Considering applying for January admissions? The application procedures are more or less the same as applying to begin in the autumn. See below for a timeline to begin your studies in the spring.
1-1½ Years Before Enrolment (Winter/Early Spring)
10-12 Months before Enrolment (Late Spring/Summer)
- Decide whether you need to take an admissions test and register.
- If you wish to sit the SAT/ACT again in autumn, registration for October test dates opens in June.
- Check with your university(s) to make sure they will accept scores from autumn test dates for spring entry.
- If you require additional or one-to-one support, consider meeting with a test tutor or educational consultant.
- Attend an Undergraduate Study Seminar if you have not already.
- Narrow your choices to the 6-8 universities which you will apply.
- Request a transcript from your school and 2-3 reference letters.
- Begin drafting your application essays.
- Late summer / early autumn: Begin applications (deadlines will fall in October/November for Spring semester entry).
- October/early November - Application deadlines for January/Spring enrolment (Note: Scholarships for Spring semester admission may have similar deadlines).
- Alongside your admissions applications, apply for funding from US universities and external funding bodies. (Note: Many scholarship applications follow the same timeline as autumn admissions. Many scholarship applications will open in winter and close in spring. Check to see if student starting in spring semester/quarter are eligible for the scholarship. Other scholarships may have separate deadlines for students beginning in spring.)
Lead up to Enrolment (Autumn)
- Begin researching visa application process. Apply for a student visa as soon as you are admitted.
- Read the pre-departure section of our website to prepare for your arrival in the US.
- Early Winter: Complete your visa interview at the US Embassy in London or if applicable your home country.
- Early/Mid-January: Attend new student and international student orientations before classes begin.
- Begin study in the US!
If you do not choose the US for your full undergraduate studies, you may wish to consider completing a short-term study abroad programme, short-term work exchange or your postgraduate studies in the US.