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When should I start my application process?   

Dear future applicant, there’s no easier way to say this because when it comes to applications, time is of the essence.  

So when should you start applying to study abroad?  

The answer is right now!  

Except of course you don’t mind missing out on the next admission intake, but if you do, it’s advisable to begin today. Now, that has been said, here are a few things you should put in mind as you prepare to apply.   

  1.       University & Chosen Programme of Study  

The first thing to do would be to decide on a university & program of choice. We have a simple breakdown on how best to pick a suitable course and university here. You should definitely plan applying to more than one school, just to have more options to choose from. 

  1.         Admission Intakes  

Next would be to decide on what intake in the year you want to apply for, the number of intakes varies per school, course which are- January/February, June/July, September/October and the most popular intake being the January/September due to the high number of courses available at that time.   

As earlier mentioned, some courses have varying intakes within the year, for example- Nursing, Business & Entrepreneurial courses in some of our partner universities have intakes in January, March, May & September and these intakes are usually highly competitive, so it’s important to put your best foot forward when applying.  

  1.         Application Deadlines 

Another thing to take note of is your application deadline, check your university’s website, ask your UKEAS counsellor and start planning towards it. It’s also best to start applying 8 months to the resumption date.  

  1.     Required Documents  

The majority of universities would ask for the following documents- Degree Certificate, Transcript, Personal statement, WAEC/NECO result, IELTS/GMAT/GRE (if applicable), Resume, Reference letters, other certifications, etc.   

However, if you haven’t gotten some of your documents, like your certificate, you can still go-ahead to apply. The university can give you a conditional offer, pending the time you submit your complete documents to them.  

It’s best to start getting your visa documentation ready (Tuberculosis test, bank statements, etc.) as you wait for an offer from the university. Remember, the sooner you get an offer from the university of your choice, the sooner you can start your travel plans.    


Then, there’s the other part of applying to study abroad that many people try to evade, and that’s the time-consuming part of the application process, especially when applying for the first time. This is why so many students would rather engage the free application services that UKEAS offers.    

Lastly, a fun fact about UKEAS: we work with over 300 universities across multiple study abroad destinations, therefore we can take you through the entire application process with no hassle.  

Why not start now?! Get a dedicated UKEAS counsellor to assist you with your application process for free. 

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