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All you need to know about Deferred Admissions

Demystifying deferred admissions – Read everything that you need to know about the process in this article.

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Students have to apply for deferred admissions within a specific date. Rules vary from institution to institution. Some institutions do not offer this facility for international applicants.

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Getting admission in a prestigious institution abroad is a matter of great pride. It is a reward for your hard work and a sign of your merit. There might arise a scenario wherein you would not be able to join the institution as scheduled. This could be due to a variety of reasons. In such cases, if your institution offers the deferred admissions facility - you can apply for the same.This allows you to join the institution a semester or a year late.Students have to apply for deferred admissions within a specific date. Rules vary from institution to institution. Some institutions do not offer this facility for international applicants.Other institutions offer this facility for international students who apply within the specified deadline. 

This article aims to offer a clear picture of ‘deferred admissions’ and how students can use this option.

Valid Reasons:

Each and every deferment request is verified by the Admissions Team of the university. Reasons that are accepted include - illness, visa-delays, military service and humanitarian service.  Supporting documents must be submitted by the student with the application for deferment.

Deadline and Fees:

Most institutions have a specific cut-off date by which the deferment application has to be sent. This is usually three to five weeks before the start of classes. Ensure that your application reaches well before the deadline.

Deferment Duration:

The duration of deferment varies from institution to institution. Most institutions offer deferment by one admission intake.If you are not able to join the classes in August/September; you can request a deferment to classes starting in January of the next year. Deferment for a longer duration of time is at the discretion of the institution. 

Test Scores:

The validity of test scores is an important factor to consider when applying for a deferred admission. The validity of test scores ranges from two to four years. So if you have asked for a deferred admission, which fits within the validity period of your test scores then you do not have to worry. 

Scholarships:

Offering of scholarships to a student with a deferred admission is at the discretion of the university and the scholarship awarding body.

Terms & Conditions:

Verify with the University Admissions Team about the documents that you need to submit along with your ‘deferred admissions’ application. Ensure that your application is complete in all aspects and that it reaches the University Admissions Office on time. You need to convince the Admissions Office that you will join the institution at a later date. In some institutions, the admission deferment guarantees only admission into the University and not necessarily admission to a particular major and/or programme of study. Students will be asked to submit an enrolment deposit, which ranges between US$ 150 to US$250. 

Institutions in the USA have more stringent rules with respect to deferred admissions and the number of institutions offering this option to international students is limited. In countries like the UK and New Zealand the process is easier and more streamlined and on offering a valid reason students can secure a deferred admission with relative ease. 

Deferment Request Approved:

If your request is approved then consider yourself lucky. An approved deferment request means that the offer of admission to the University will be honoured.You may need to retake programme-specific entrance tests as mandated by the department. 

Deferment Rejection:

You cannot state - ‘lack of funds’ as a reason for requesting a deferred admission. This reason will not be accepted and your request will be rejected. At the time of admissions, you have to submit a bank statement with details of available funds. Now after securing a place if you state that your funds are all over it is going to sound very suspicious. 

To conclude, we reiterate the important points: 

  • Rules vary from country to country and institution to institution. 
  • Be doubly sure if an institution offers the deferred admissions facility.
  • Granting of deferred admission is at the discretion of the institution.

We hope that you found this article useful. If you would like to add some information on deferred admissions, please share your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.  

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