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Plan Ahead to Meet International College Deadlines

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For prospective international students who want to apply to global universities in more than one country, early planning and organization are key.

Admissions timelines in some countries, such as the U.S. and the United Kingdom, are relatively similar. But other popular destination countries for international students, like Australia, operate on a completely different schedule because the academic year begins months later.

The summer between junior and senior year of high school is a good time for students to sit down with their calendars and map out application deadlines for each country they’re interested in, says Lauren Randle, senior manager of educational consulting at College Coach.

She says students need to “look at the entire year ahead until graduation, so that applications, essays, recommendations, testing, visas can all be organized well ahead of each deadline.”

 Admissions experts say it’s beneficial for prospective international students to reflect on why they want to study in each country they’re considering.
 Students who apply to lots of universities in various countries without thinking through why they’re interested in certain places might have a more difficult time making a final school decision, says Ian Sutherland, head of admissions at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He recommends students try to narrow their focus before they start applying.

Once they begin receiving acceptances, prospective international students who applied to universities in multiple countries may face a deposit deadline for one school before they even hear back from another. In cases like this, Randle says it’s not out of the norm for students to ask schools for deposit deadline extensions.

 She says students should let other schools know they are awaiting decisions from colleges in another country. They can explain that an extension would enable them to weigh all of their options and make a financially responsible college decision.
 If a school isn’t willing to extend a deposit deadline, students will have to consider whether they can afford to put down a potentially nonrefundable deposit to hold their spot at a particular school while they wait to hear back from others, Randle says.

The timeline below begins in the academic year prior to a student’s intended college enrollment date. It shows the general application deadlines for institutions in Australia, Canada, Germany, the U.S. and the U.K. Exact deadlines vary by school.

[Source:- USnews]

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