Deadlines for 2025 university applications

If you’re thinking about going to university in 2025/2026, now is the time to be looking at the application process and accompanying deadlines. These university application deadlines are the latest acceptable dates by which you must apply to qualify for acceptance into the higher education of your choice.

This may seem like a daunting task as university is a big step to take, but we advise you to apply as early as possible. Entry requirements, as well as application deadlines, differ depending on the course and university you wish to apply for. The criteria, paperwork and deadlines will also differ, depending on the country you want to study in.

If you are still not sure about the course or university you want to apply for, or just need help to get on track, contact us and we can help guide you through the whole process.

Here are some of the main deadlines that are important for a 2025/2026 intake.


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UCAS Undergraduate applications

The dates vary between courses and course providers, but applications for most undergraduate courses should arrive at UCAS by the last Wednesday in January. So for applications for 2025, this is Wednesday 29 January 2025. If you are thinking about applying to a university place in the UK, through UCAS, it’s time to get started.

Although the official deadline is in January, we advise our students to submit their applications at the beginning of December, as this shows universities that you are organised, motivated and enthusiastic.

We can guide you through the UCAS process, so get in touch now to get started on your application.

Studielink university applications

Studielink is the Dutch equivalent of UCAS, and applications for the 2025-2026 year should be submitted as soon as possible. Applications open on 1st October of each year. The deadline for registering for “numerus fixus” courses is 20 January 2025. For other courses, the deadlines vary. So again, if you are thinking of studying in The Netherlands, you need to be working on your application in advance of these dates.

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Central Application Office (CAO)

European students who wish to attend universities in Ireland must apply via CAO. All new applications need to be submitted via their website.
The deadline is 1 February 2025, but applications received before 20 January 2025 are eligible for a discounted application fee.


McGill University in Canada has a deadline of 15 January for applications.
Concordia University encourages you to apply by 1 February to allow sufficient time for application processing.


Bocconi students


Bocconi, Italy

Competition for entry to this university is intense, so applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

There are three application sessions for entry to Bocconi. Although the dates may change by a couple of days each year, the approximate dates are
– Early Session mid July to late September
– Winter Session Mid november to late January
– Spring Session Early March to early April.

The results are published 5 weeks later.  Don’t forget to take the Bocconi test or SAT/ACT before applying and add your results to your application.

Read our blog article about Bocconi, the jewel of Italy

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We have the necessary international experience to help you with your choices.

Our detailed knowledge of the universities, courses, campuses and application processes in the UK, Europe and Canada means we can guide you to maximise your chances of getting into the programme you want.

We offer a totally individual service, all our appointments are one-to-one, and there are no group meetings. This enables us to create a bespoke application based on your own ambitions, your school grades, and your wishes and so your application to study abroad is optimised.

Contact us in the first instance to set up a call to discuss your requirements.