One of the reasons why universities reject a student’s admission application is the fact that it is sent after the application deadline. However, to be considered for a place in any institution, one must send his/her admission application on time. But the problem is that almost 60% of students don’t know the application deadlines for most universities. However, I have decided to post the admission application deadlines for some countries in Europe to save as a guide.

Application Deadline for study in Austria

There are two general admission periods for studies at university in Austria with the deadlines as explained below:



  • September 1: submit your application before September 1 for studies in the winter semester.
  • February 1: for studies in the summer semester.

Extended application period for EU students

After the general admission period expires, the extended admission period starts. Through the extended admission period, students from the European Union can also apply for university studies in Austria according to the extended deadlines listed below:

  • November 30: for studies in the winter semester.
  • April 30: for studies in the summer semester.

Application Deadlines for study in Finland

If you apply for studies at a university or polytechnic through the joint application system, you will have to consider the application deadlines as seen below.

Application deadlines for study in Polytechnics in Finland

For study programs conducted in English, the usual application period starts approximately 6 months in advance of the beginning of the program. For example, if your program starts in autumn, the deadlines will most likely be by February. Please note that you must submit all supporting documention before the dealine expires in order for your application to be considered. About 2 months after the deadlines expires, your university of applied sciences/polytechnic will inform you whether you have been admitted to the program you applied for. You will have to confirm you accept your study place after that.

Application deadlines for study at universities in Finland

The application period begins around November and runs through February – April depending on the study program. Please, check at the institution website the specific deadline for the course of your choice.

Application Deadlines for study in France

The academic year in France begins on 1st October and ends on 30 June, and it is divided into two semesters:

  • First semester: runs from early October through late January
  • Second semester: runs from early February through late May

At the end of each semester, students are called to take their exams.

It’s advisable that you start the admission process by January.

Application Deadlines for study in Netherlands

Application deadlines in the Netherlands vary depending on the study program or course. In general, you should apply for studies some months in advance before the academic semester starts. The winter semesterstarts in the first week of September and the summer semester starts in February.

Application Deadlines for study in Spain

Though application deadlines for study in Spain may vary depending on the institution, there are usually 3 intake periods for studies at Spanish universities and colleges and they are:

  • First week of June: for studies beginning in the fall semester (October).
  • First week of September: late applications for studies beginning in the fall semester (October).
  • First week of December: for studies beginning in the spring semester (February).

Application Deadlines for study in Luxembourg

There are two main application periods and they are:

From January to February for studies in the summer semester (from February to June)

From July to September for studies in the winter semester (from September to January)

If you are interested in studying a master’s program for the first time in Luxembourg, you may apply throughout the year.