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What are the different course intake periods in US colleges?
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


04 Sep 2018 19.7K Book icon 2 mins Share

What are the different course intake periods in US colleges?

Did you know that the most recommended intake to study in the USA is the fall intake?

04 Sep 2018 19.7K Book icon 2 mins Share
What are the different course intake periods in US colleges?

Often most students who want to study abroad face a lot of questions that bother them for a long time: Which university should I choose? Which course would be perfect for me? And how do I figure out the budget needed to study abroad?

The United States welcomes students from all countries and offers a wide array of courses across varied disciplines. Scores of international students head to the country every year. Likewise, Indian students move on to the country in search of better academic opportunities. US universities have always maintained higher academic standards that are, undoubtedly, considered to be life changing.

There are two primary intakes in the USA for students to choose from: either Fall or Spring.

Usually, a fall semester starts from September; and therefore the majority of students who finish their schools and colleges by August opt for the fall intake. Also, since fall is the beginning of the academic year, students get better opportunities in terms of scholarships and better networking options with other students.

Spring intake is another major intake for students interested to study at US institutes. Several universities in the USA are open to admit students for the spring intake. There are two issues that a student would face while opting for the spring intake. Firstly, as it is the fall back semester there might not be enough courses or faculty members for the university to offer, which can be a serious concern for students who apply. Secondly, most of the funding and scholarships are dispersed during the beginning of the academic year.

If you are planning for the August intake, then you have to start prepping at least a year earlier to your application deadlines. Between June and September a year earlier, you must get down to work, starting with your exams that are key academic requirements, depending on the country and university that you wish to study in.

By December, you are required to submit your applications, along with statement of purpose and recommendation letters. Universities will send out their acceptance or rejection letters by May in the following year, shortly after which you are required to book your study visas.

The fall semester witnesses the biggest rush in most abroad universities. But, what would you do if you miss the fall intake or don’t manage to get a seat? Will you wait for another year? The choice is yours. However, in such cases, it’s mostly advisable to target the closest intake, i.e., spring and send over your applications. There could be two reasons behind this decision: either you don’t want to invest the time and money for another year that you had already done or you aren’t confident enough that you’ll get an admit the following year.

The decision rests on you to figure out which intake suits you best. Please speak to our study abroad advisors. You can call or chat with them to understand which US university could be your type and fitted to your academic requirements. 

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