Applying to university and colleges, especially for international applicants, can be a long and difficult journey. You should allow, and expect, 4 - 6 months from deciding where to go, to finally getting your admission offers and study visa/permits. More competitive institutions have their application deadlines around 9 months, or even 1 year before the semester intake, and it should also be taken into account.

Check out Zept's articles on the Four Stages of University Application:

The First Stage: Knowing Where to Go

The Second Stage: Getting Your Entry Requirement Documents

The Third Stage: Applying for Admissions

  • How many programs can I apply for? 
  • Do I need to verify my foreign/overseas education credentials?
  • What is a strong university application profile? 
  • What if the application deadline has passed? 

The Forth Stage: Applying for Study Visa/Permit

  • How do I get my visa in time?
  • How long does it take to apply for a study permit?
  • What is the difference between a study permit and a visitor visa?
  • Where do I apply for a visa?
  • What if I don't get my visa in time? 
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