If you want to get a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Europe in 2021, it is important to do your research early. In some countries, you may have to submit your applications up to 9 months before the start of term.
This article is regularly updated with the relevant university application deadlines.
University application deadlines are very different from country to country. And they sometimes depend on whether you need a student visa. To start studying in autumn 2021, applications might close as early as January 2021 (Sweden or Finland) up until as late as July 2021 (Germany) or even August/September (Austria or Poland).
We have compiled an overview of university application deadlines in Europe - check out the table below. The following dates are generally valid to start studies in the following autumn semester, in some countries called fall semester or winter semester; and they apply to the majority of public universities in the respective countries.
|Country||Common application deadlines|
|Austria||June to September 2021 (varies by university)|
|Belgium||1 June 2021 (students from the EU/EEA); February/March (non-EEA students)|
|Czech Republic||usually February to April for most universities|
|Denmark||15 March 2021 (Bachelor degrees); varies for Master degrees|
|Estonia||between March and June 2021; deadlines for non-EEA citizens are usually earlier|
|Finland||January 2021 (most universities); March/April 2021 (some UAS)|
|France||between February and April 2021 for most universities|
|Germany||15 July 2021 for most universities/programmes; deadlines can be different especially if a visa is needed|
|Hungary||between February and May 2021 for most universities|
|Iceland||varies by university; between January and April 2021|
|Ireland||Bachelors: 1 February 2021 (online) or 1 May 2021 (late paper applications); Masters: varies by university and programme|
|Italy||varies by university; but generally from May to July, and earlier for students who need a visa|
|Latvia||May/June 2021; varies by university|
|Netherlands (Holland)||1 April 2021 or 1 May 2021 for most universities; some universities offer assistance with accommodation if you apply early|
|Norway||1 December 2020 for non-European students, 1 March 2021 for students from EU/EEA; might be different for some universities|
|Poland||varies by university; but generally from July to August|
|Russia||beginning of July 2021 for most universities|
|Spain||varies by university; some as early as January, some as late as July|
|Sweden||15 January 2021 to register application, and 1 February 2021 to submit all documents|
|Switzerland||varies by university; but generally from February to April, and earlier for students who need a visa|
|United Kingdom||Bachelors/undergraduate: usually by January, and vacant places are filled via Clearing applications from July until October
Master/postgraduate: varies by university; some accept applications until the summer; some popular courses are full much earlier
Some study programmes, or some private universities, may have different application deadlines before or after the entries in the table. Be sure to do your research early so that you won’t be caught in a hurry.
The application closing dates in the table above usually mean that by then you must have submitted your complete application. Check with the universities for the details - but in general, applying for a Bachelor or Master means you have to submit the following documents:
In some cases, some of these documents can be supplied after the actual application deadline - so long as you began your application before that date. Make sure to read the admissions guidelines to know exactly what documents are needed when.
It is definitely recommended to apply by the official application deadlines - and in some cases it is even technically impossible to apply later, because the websites through which you would have applied are shut down. However, many universities in many countries allow late entries when there are still places available.
Even if you missed the application date for a study programme, there is still a chance you can apply and get admitted. Here is what you should do:
Especially during the coronavirus pandemic, many countries closed their embassies and consulates. That makes it difficult for non-Europeans to apply for a student visa to study in Europe. Details vary a lot depending on your country of origin and the country you plan to study in. Be aware that waiting times can be much longer in 2021 and therefore, plan ahead! Reach out to universities early to find out what they recommend.
Universities in some countries require you to send your applications very early, for example Sweden or Finland, where first-round closing dates are usually in January. However, it is common that you can send in late applications for a second admissions round. This could be successful if the courses you apply to did not otherwise get enough applicants.
Otherwise, some countries generally have very late application deadlines. In the Baltic countries - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania - you can usually apply to university until June. German public universities commonly accept applications until mid-July. In Austria and Poland, you can sometimes send in your application until shortly before the start of the semester.15125 Programmes in Europe