Applying after the deadline

Although you should submit your application as early as possible, late applications may be considered for some courses and programmes.

Submitting a late application

After the last day to apply has passed, it's possible to submit a late application to courses and programmes that are still open for application. 

It's of course best to submit a completed application by the deadline in order to ensure you'll be considered for the courses or programmes you've applied for. However, universities do process a number of late applications and, if time permits, your application will be considered. Your chances depend on the number of students who applied on time and accepted their spot after admissions selection.

Late additions to an application

If you´ve submitted your application on time, you can still add courses and programmes that are open for late application. These additions to your application are considered late and are processed if places become available.

You can´t change the ranking of the courses you´ve already applied to before the deadline. However, the new, late courses you apply for can be placed anywhere in that order.

If you wish to delete any of the courses that have already been processed, you can contact the university that you applied to. It's up to them to decide if they'll delete the course/programme. In most cases, this will not be possible.

If you wish to delete a course you've been offered a place in, you can decline your offer here in your account. Declining your place as soon as you know you won't be attending is important as it lets the university know of your plans and frees up the place for another student.

How and when will I be notified if I've been offered a place?

Those who applied on-time are considered first and receive an admissions notification. Those who don't wish to accept their place decline it here on

After this, universities consider applicants on the waiting list (reserve), and then late applicants. 

If you've submitted a late application and are then offered a place, you'll receive an email from University Admissions and an admissions notification. In most cases, the university will also notify you directly.

It's impossible for us to say when - and if - you'll be notified that you've been offered a place.

What are my chances of getting in if I apply late?

Universities keep courses and programmes open for late application for different reasons. It should be noted that, just because a course can be applied to late, this doesn't necessarily mean that places will become available in the course. At the same time, there are a number of universities who do offer places to students who apply late.

The majority of universities in the world accept more students than they have places for. This is to guarantee that the course will be filled after an expected number of qualified and accepted students choose a different course or programme. 

It's possible that your application will be reviewed and your eligibility for the course determined -  you may even be offered a reserve place - but again, this does not guarantee that you'll be offered an actual place in the course.

Find out more about being on a waiting list

Last updated: 03 September 2020