From summer to summer

You should begin applying 12 months before you enrol. The following is a rough timeline, but each university can set their own deadlines, so make sure you do your research and planning.


  • Finalise your programmes and external funding body choices, if necessary
  • Make a schedule of application deadlines and requirements
  • Check to confirm the last admissions exam testing date each university will allow you to sit
  • Register for the appropriate admissions exam date if they are required


  • Many graduate school applications open online on 1 August
  • Begin drafting your university and funding applications
  • Request your transcript and references from your university
  • Early application deadlines: early December - it is strongly advised you apply by an early deadline if they are available


  • Continue to apply for additional scholarships from the university and external funding bodies during the winter and early spring


  • Regular application deadlines: March, but you should submit your application as early as possible
  • Admissions and university funding decisions are usually released by April
  • Notify universities of your decision by 15 May
  • Begin your visa application process and attend a visa interview between May and August
  • Read the Fulbright pre-departure guide and complete our survey to win prizes!


  • Orientation usually begins between mid-August and early September, but don’t book your flights until you know your arrival date
  • Begin studying in the USA!