10th Aug 2022
A significant percentage of UAE students head off to universities in the United Kingdom - more than any other country in fact according to this report. If you have a place at a UK university in your sights, then you need to be aware of these key dates...
FYI: The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the British admission service for students applying to university and college. UCAS is primarily funded by students who pay a fee when they apply and a capitation fee from universities for each student they accept.
- March–September. Research and make choices about universities and courses. This step of the process is considerably harder for UAE based students. In the United Kingdom, universities make presentations to schools , and university roadshows hit almost every major town. In the UAE you're largely on your own - even schools are reportedly very poor at giving advice on where and how to apply. This is an area WSA will focus on going forward.
- (Note some UK universities have country managers for the UAE who will help guide students through the application process... If you are targeting specific universities, you should search for this information on the relevant university web site).
- Applications may be sent to UCAS from mid-September.
- 15 October. Deadline for receipt at UCAS of applications for Cambridge or Oxford or medicine, dentistry or veterinary science/medicine in any university.
- 15 January. Deadline for receipt at UCAS of all other applications to be treated equally from the UK or elsewhere in the EU (except some art and design courses). Applications are normally accepted after this date but are marked as 'late'.
- Many schools and colleges will encourage students to apply well before the 15 January deadline for good reason, with early November a common school/college deadline. This allows the school to add things such as references, and check personal statements and choices.
- February–July. UCAS Extra (4 July 2012 is the last day to apply through Extra).
- 25 February. If you are eligible to use UCAS Extra you can refer yourself to another choice.
- 24 March. Extended deadline for some art and design courses – visit the UCAS website for details of these courses.
- 31 March. If UCAS received your application by 15 January, universities and colleges aim to have supplied UCAS with their decisions by this date, although they can take longer.
- 8 May. If UCAS receive universities decision on your application by 31 March, you need to reply to any offers by this date, unless you are applying through UCAS Extra. If UCAS has not received your reply, they will decline on your behalf.
- 9 May. If you applied by 15 January and are awaiting decisions, universities need to have sent their decisions to UCAS by this date. If they do not, UCAS will make any outstanding choices unsuccessful on their behalf.
- 6 June. If UCAS received decisions from universities by 9 May, you need to have replied to any offers by this date, unless you are applying through UCAS Extra. If UCAS has not received your reply, they will decline your offers on your behalf.
- 27 June. If UCAS receives all decisions from universities by 7 June, you need to reply to any offers by this date, unless you are applying through UCAS Extra. If UCAS has not received your reply, they will decline your offers on your behalf.
- 30 June. If UCAS receive your application by 30 June, they will send it to your chosen universities and colleges. All applications received after this date will be entered into Clearing.
- July. Results published for BTEC and IB qualifications. Students taking these qualifications do not have to wait until the August Clearing process to confirm their place or check for vacancies.
- 3 July. Last date to apply through UCAS Extra.
- 18 July. If you applied by 30 June are are waiting for decisions, universities need to send UCAS their decision by this date. If they do not, UCAS make any outstanding choice unsuccessful on their behalf.
- 25 July. If UCAS receives all decisions from universities by 18 July, you need to reply to any offers by this date, and this includes those applying through UCAS Extra. If UCAS do not receive a reply from you, they will decline the offers on your behalf.
- 26 July. The last date to make changes to your replies.
- August 2013 (date to be confirmed). SQA results are published and the Scottish Clearing vacancy information service starts.
- 15 August 2012. GCE and Advanced Diploma results are published and the full Clearing vacancy information service starts. UCAS Adjustment opens for registration.
- 31 August 2012. UCAS Adjustment closes on this date.
- 20 September. This is the last date that UCAS will normally accept applications for courses starting in 2013.
- 22 October. This is the last date to add a Clearing choice. It is also the last date a university or college can accept an applicant in Clearing.
Note: these will vary marginally each year but this page will always have the latest dates to follow.
The Complete University Guide/UCAS