How to apply for Fall intake in the UK?



Updated On 21 February 2023


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If you're thinking about studying at a university in the UK, the fall is an important time to start preparing your applications. Here are some tips to help you navigate the application process and increase your chances of success.


Popular Intake Universities in UK

Majorly, there are two intakes: Spring, which starts in January, and Fall which starts in September. A few universities also offer a third intake: Summer in May. The application deadline for all three intakes is mentioned below.



Application Deadline



End of October



End of February



End of June

How to Apply for Universities in UK During Fall Intake

The process of applying to universities in UK for the fall intake typically involves the following steps:

  • Research: Start by researching the universities which are offering courses and programs you are interested in and ensure that they fall within your budget. Students are advised to shortlist at least 3 to 4 universities.

  • Collect your academic documents: As soon as you shortlist UK universities, you must check the eligibility criteria and collect all your previous academic documents and other documents required to apply to that university.

  • Personal Statement: Write a personal statement highlighting your motivations for studying your chosen subject and why you're a suitable candidate for the program.

  • References: Obtain two references from teachers or academic advisors who can vouch for your academic abilities and achievements.

  • Tests: Take any necessary entrance exams, such as the IELTS (for non-native English speakers), and include the results in your application. Some UK universities may also require standardised admission tests scores such as GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.

  • Make an Application: After compiling all these documents, apply to your shortlisted universities for your preferred course. Make sure you attach all the necessary documents with your application.

  • Wait for a response: You will have to wait for universities to review your application and accept your application. Universities will send you an offer letter if your profile is strong.  

  • Apply for the visa: As soon as you receive your offer letter, you must apply for a UK student visa through their online portal.

  • Fill out the online visa application form: Fill out the application form, pay the visa fee, and book an appointment at a visa application centre.

  • Attend Biometrics: Attend an appointment at a visa application centre to provide biometric information, such as fingerprints and a digital photo.

  • Submit Supporting Documents: Submit your supporting documents in person at the visa application centre or via mail.

  • Wait for a decision: The visa processing time varies, but you should typically receive a decision within three weeks.

  • Receive Visa: If your visa is approved, you will receive your visa vignette (sticker) in your passport or a decision letter.

  • Book your flight tickets and start your study abroad journey to the UK.

Timeline to Apply in Fall Intake UK

For a smooth process and to increase the chances of an offer letter; international students must stick to the timeline mentioned below:



September/ October

Shortlist the Universities

November/ December

Appear for the English proficiency test

January - March

Make an application to your preferred universities

March - April

Get an offer letter from the universities

May - June

Apply for the visa


Get the UK student visa

July/ August

Book your flight tickets to the UK


Start your study-abroad journey to the UK

Benefits of Applying in Fall Intake in UK

Some of the benefits of applying for Fall intake in UK are mentioned below:

  • Almost all UK universities accept international students' applications for all the courses. This is a great opportunity for international students as they can apply for whatever course they wish.

  • September intake is also known as primary intake in the UK. So, during this intake, the chances of you being accepted is higher than during other intakes.

  • Starting studies in the Fall can give students more time to engage in extracurricular activities, internships, and work experience opportunities to enhance your employability after graduation.

Documents Required to Apply in Fall Intake

While applying to UK universities, international students require various academic and personal documents. Some important documents required to apply in UK universities are mentioned below.

  • Academic transcripts of all previous qualifications (10th, 12th, and bachelor’s)

  • English proficiency test score (IELTS/ TOEFL/ PTE/ Duolingo)

  • Standardised Admission Tests scores (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS)

  • 2-3 Statements of Purpose

  • 3 Letters of Recommendations (one from a previous educational institution and the other two from your employer)

  • Work experience certificate (if required)

  • Your updated CV/resume

  • a valid Passport

Fall Intake Universities in UK

Some of the top universities in the UK for international students applying in Fall intake are mentioned below. You can find a wide range of course options in the universities below.

  • Oxford University

  • Cambridge University

  • King's College London

  • The Queen Mary University of London

  • The University of Exeter

  • University East London

  • Coventry University

  • Brunel University

  • Aston University

  • The University of Portsmouth

  • Birmingham City University

  • The University of Leeds

  • The University of Bradford

  • Kingston University

  • University of Hertfordshire


Q: How many intakes are there in the UK for international students?
A: Most UK universities offer two intakes for international students, i.e., Spring (January) and Fall (September). However, few universities also offer Summer (May) intake.


Q: What is the fall intake deadline for international students?
A: The application deadline for Fall intake varies from university to university and course to course. However, most universities close their applications by the end of June.


Q: When to apply for Fall intake in the UK?
A: To increase the chances of an offer letter from the university and for a smooth process, international students are advised to start applying in January.

Moreover, if you are planning to study in the UK in the upcoming intake, i.e., September 2023, contact our expert counsellors at any branch of Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). You can also take free online counselling sessions through our website. Our expert education counsellors will provide you with the best guidance and support for the admission and visa process. For more information or any queries, you can mail us at or call us at our toll-free no. 1800-1230-00011.

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