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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.


03 Feb 2017 798 Book icon 4 mins Share

[Must Read] FAQs on Spring Admission Cycle You Should Ask!

What are those frequently asked questions (FAQs) on spring admission/ intake cycle at universities abroad??? Learn the answers as well.

03 Feb 2017 798 Book icon 4 mins Share
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.


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Must know FAQs on spring admission cycle

Universities abroad primarily have two intake periods, that is, fall and spring whereas a few universities (limited number) may have a summer intake period (not so popular) which lasts no longer than 2 months. As you know, fall is considered to be a high time when universities abroad receive major applications from all over the world. Due to strong competitive attitude and heavy applications, it becomes difficult for the admissions officers at those universities to decide whom to accommodate during the fall and whom to not.  

Sometimes you may find yourself ambivalent about the choices: ‘Should I choose spring or fall intake?’ Will I (as a spring admit) get the same benefits as fall admits do? What if I don’t complete my projects or theses on time (as a spring admit)? What if I don’t graduate on time (as a spring admit)?

Based on the choices and feedback from several students that our advisors interact with on a daily basis, we have tried to gather in this article all possible questions on spring admission cycle:

1. What’s a spring intake or admission cycle?

Most universities abroad have two or three application deadlines: summer, fall and spring. A fall semester or intake begins late August and continues till late December or early January whereas a spring intake or semester begins early January and continues till early May.

2. When and why am I selected as a spring admit at a university abroad?

A typical spring intake at a university abroad is  that time of the year when admissions are granted to students who have either failed to apply or those who were not granted admission due to a heavy influx of equally competitive student profiles during the fall semester/ intake period.

3. How many students are normally selected during the spring admission cycle?

Normally, the size of any university ranges from 10,000 to 30,000 per year, depending on whether it is a public or a private university. A typical spring class size ranges from 40 to 60, which is smaller than the fall class size. *

*It is advisable to enquire with the university abroad about the class size, irrespective of the intake period you apply for.

4. How does the spring admission or intake cycle differ from the fall admission cycle?

We suggest you read this article on difference between fall and spring semester.

5. Is there an orientation programme normally for spring admits?

That depends from university to university. Some universities may conduct a single orientation programme before the fall whereas others may conduct two orientations for both fall and spring semesters.

If you miss either of the orientation, you can always have a word with the fall admits and learn what important information were circulated during the orientation that you have missed. You can also meet your faculty and enquire what transpired during the orientation.

6. When will I register for the classes?

Spring admits register during the spring orientation. It is advisable to check with the university where you want to get enrolled for more information.

7. Will I receive any financial aid?

Financial aid is not merely granted based on what semester you choose. It depends on several factors including academic profile, financial situation, etc. Some of the popular financial aid providers are FAFSA, DAAD, British Council, etc. *

*You can also search our website for scholarship details.

8. How do I make most of my time during the fall before the spring semester begins?

Prior to the spring semester, you can use the time in your hand to follow your interests. Some students take up courses at other colleges during the fall.  There are some other options too that you can follow, such as internships, travel, paid outdoor work and volunteering in communities or for any projects.

9. Can I transfer credits if I work during the fall?

Yes, you can. Some universities encourage students to work during the fall and transfer those credits when spring semester begins, although they may want to review those credits before granting admission to those students. Please talk to the universities and our advisors for more information on how to earn credits while studying abroad.   

10. Are spring admits allowed to be part of athletics or any clubs at universities abroad?

If you are really keen on honing your athletic skills or any hobbies, time should not be a constraint. I don’t think any universities abroad will be biased on this aspect.*

*Check the university prospectus or have a word with them to clear your doubts on this.

11. Will I graduate on time as a spring admit student?

If you work closely with your faculty and peers and finish all required projects before the deadline, then definitely you will graduate on time.

Never rely on myths related to the spring intake cycle. The best source of information to rely on would be the university and our advisors.

12. Will I get on campus accommodation during the spring?

Most universities abroad guarantee accommodation to the spring admits at halls or dorms and others guarantee accommodation if you submit the housing and meal plan contract during the fall.

Apart from on campus accommodation facilities, there are several other options like homestays (which are apparently cheaper than dorms or halls), apartments on sharing basis, etc.

13. What could be the benefits of choosing spring intake?

Every college or university will have great benefits in store for you. Similarly both fall and spring semester will equally offer good opportunities for your academic growth.

As mentioned earlier, if you opt for the spring intake, you can utilise the fall period doing some additional internships or any courses to increase your skills. At some universities, you are allowed to earn extra credits by doing some volunteering work during this time. You will have plenty of time in hand and flexible options so use the time wisely.

14. As a spring admit, is it possible to be considered under the fall wait list?

Yes, some universities do allow that, for example, Miami University in the United States gives an opportunity to the spring admits to secure a place in the fall wait list.

Here come the must know FAQs that you should have asked by now to our advisors. Don’t worry, you still have ample time. Talk to us if you have a few more questions running around in your mind.

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