Although most universities in the UK begin their academic year in September, you will be surprised to know that there are many universities in the UK which offer an intake at the beginning of the calendar year. A wide range of courses are offered, from accountancy to engineering. These courses are also offered at a variety of levels, from foundation (if you are planning to go to the UK after your SPM or IGCSEs) to undergraduate and postgraduate masters. Some of these universities even offer generous scholarships which international students like yourself will be eligible for. 

Courses which start at a different time of the year follow the same curriculum, delivery methods and assessment rigour as those which start in September. You will enjoy and access the same facilities as any other student in the university you are enrolled into. Even if your results are released in time for the September intake, starting your course in January will also allow you more time to plan, apply for your visa, pack and say your farewells. After all, you are probably leaving home for the first time travelling to a country you have never visited or stayed beyond the duration of your tourist visa. 

If you'd still like to start in September like everyone else, you can start researching and applying to universities now. Applying early gives you the opoprtunity to consider your options and prepare the necessary documents required for admission.

These are a few universities with courses which are open for applications for their 2019 intakes:

The University of Bath

The University of Bath is one of the UK's leading universities both in terms of research and our reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and graduate prospects. The University is rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the Government’s assessment of teaching quality in universities, meaning its teaching is of the highest quality in the UK. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 research assessment 87 per cent of our research was defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Well established as a nurturing environment for enterprising minds, Bath is ranked highly in all national league tables.

University of Southampton

Consistently ranked in the Top 100 universities worldwide, The University of Southampton  is a global centre for excellence in research and education and a founding member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group. Situated on the warm south coast of England and 70 minutes from London, Southampton is a thriving modern and safe city. Over 30% of our students are international, representing 140 different countries. Ranked in the top 20 in the UK, we offer over 750 academically rigorous courses.  Come and discover your new world by gaining transferable skills for employability and your future success throughout your time with us.

University of the West of Scotland

Study at University of the West of Scotland: one of Scotland’s most modern, innovative, international universities with over 120 years of heritage and expertise.