Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Sorting the Spring vs Fall intake dilemma

You have your eyes all glued to the top global admit, but as you rummage through the information overload on the internet, you pause to think which is the best intake, what's the timeline, what tests... Ah, questions, questions and more questions!

Let's take this one step at a time: Most countries like USA, Europe, Canada and Australia will have two intakes in a year for admission. The academic calendar in all these countries commences in Aug /Sep each year (called Fall or Winter). Since this is the first semester of the academic calendar, most funding for projects and research comes in during this semester. 

Secondly, it is concurrent with our graduation months in June when most Indian universities grant the degrees. Thus you can take up the higher education degree immediately after your degree completion without a gap.

Hence Fall/Winter is the most preferred intake.

Now, let's look at the other side: Since Summer/Spring/Jan intake is the second intake in the academic calendar, most funding is exhausted by then. Also, not many international universities accept international students in this intake.

Most importantly, some universities do not allow students to do internships when they join in Spring intake.

Hence, in summary, you need to weigh the pros and cons well before deciding what the best option for you might be. Unless there is a dire situation, we would not recommend that you opt for Spring intake, though  a lot of CS, ECE and Mech universities (mainstream courses) are open to spring intake these days. 

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