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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 31 Oct '19

When Do Masters Degrees Start in Different Countries?

One of the benefits of studying your Masters abroad is the ability to access alternative educational opportunities that might not be available at home.

The courses on offer are guaranteed to vary but the way in which you can study them may also change. The academic year is a great example of this as Masters programmes start at very different times in different countries around the world.

This can be more important than you might think. After all, it's no good getting everything together to apply for a Masters in September. . . only to discover that the course actually started in July. On the other hand, being able to start a course three months earlier (or later) might be what makes a Masters work for you.

Academic years around the world

We've put the following table together to show typical starting months for Masters degrees in some of the world's most popular study abroad destinations.

These are all based on official academic calendars and teaching timetables, but bear in mind that start dates for some Masters may be different. You can use this as a rough guide, but always check the details for specific courses (you can do that right here on FindAMasters).


International Masters Start Dates
Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
China
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
India
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Malaysia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Singapore
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
UAE
UK
USA
Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec

September and October are clearly the most popular start points for a Masters, but there's a lot of variety there.

If you're interested in seeing what the Nordic countries can offer for a Masters you'll probably want to start working on your application a little sooner than you would for a Masters in Southern or central Europe.

Courses in other parts of the world start a lot sooner (or later, depending on your point of view) which can be great if you don't want to wait a whole year to begin your next study abroad adventure.

Oh, and it looks like no universities start courses around the Christmas / winter holiday period. Which makes sense really.

Wherever you're interested in going for a Masters, you can find plenty more information on postgraduate study abroad, plus thousands of different courses, here on FindAMasters.




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