Information and entry requirements for students from the USA

Interested in studying at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)? On this page, we’ve included everything you’ll need to know – meet NTU’s Representative for the USA, learn about our entry requirements, and get a taste of what it’s like to live and learn in Nottingham.

Ella Davis

Welcome to NTU

Hello, my name’s Ella Davis and I’m the NTU Representative for the USA. I’m delighted you’re considering studying with us and if you have any questions I’ll be happy to help in any way I can.

If you’d like us to keep in touch with you please register with us and we’ll send you updates on what’s happening at the University. We’ll also let you know if I’m visiting the USA so we can arrange to meet if you wish.

What's it like to live and study in Nottingham?

We know it can be difficult to imagine studying in a city you have never visited, so take a look at this video which brings the NTU Experience to life.

Meet one of our students from the USA

"I chose NTU because of the social side and the sense of community. This seemed so prevalent here; I have met so many friends from all over the world whilst being here. There is so much to do in the city and It is so friendly and unified."

Makayla Martinez is from Arizona and is studying BA (Hons) Fashion, Communication and Promotion. Read her full story.

Entry requirements

Your qualificationYou could study
High school diploma with no university preparation courses

Foundation courses at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC)

High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 (unweighted)

PLUS

Either SATs (post March 2016) with a minimum score of 1090 OR ACT with a minimum composite score of 26

AND

Either two APs each with a minimum score of 3 OR two SAT Subject tests each with a minimum score of 550

First year entry to Bachelors degree
Associate degree with a minimum grade of 3.0 overallAdvanced entry to second year of Bachelors degree is possible depending on subject match

Bachelors degree from a recognised institution.

  • GPA 3.2 required for courses requiring the equivalent of a UK 2:1
  • GPA 2.8 for courses requiring the equivalent of a UK 2:2
Masters degree
If you have a non-standard qualification please contact Ella Davis for advice

Frequently asked questions

  • What are the main differences between the US and UK education systems?

    There are several differences between the US and the UK education systems. The main one is that UK degrees are often shorter than those studied in the USA. A Bachelors degree in England is typically three years in length and a Masters degree is typically one year. Because we teach a shorter programme there is no generalised year and students choose their major at the point of application and study that subject for the duration of their course.

    For students who know what subject they want to study, this is a great benefit. You aren’t usually required to take modules from other subject areas and you can focus on the one subject that interests you. This can save time and money as well as prepare you for a career in your chosen industry.

  • How do I apply?

    Postgraduate applicants can apply directly to NTU through our website.

    Undergraduate students can apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). This is an application system which allows students to apply to up to five courses with one application. You can apply through the UCAS website.

    For more information please visit our how to apply web pages.

  • When should I apply?

    NTU begins accepting direct applications one year before the course start date. If you are an undergraduate student applying through UCAS then the application dates can be found on the UCAS website.

    NTU continues accepting applications until close to the course start date, however we recommend that you apply as early as possible to give yourself plenty of time to make your arrangements for moving to Nottingham.

    NTU runs a rolling admissions process. This means that once you submit your application you can expect to hear back from us within a few weeks.

    For more information on planning your application please visit our how to apply web pages.

  • I haven’t completed my qualifications, do I need my results to apply?

    You do not need to wait until you have your results to apply. Both undergraduate and postgraduate applicants can apply with pending qualifications. We will assess your application based on the qualifications you are studying and your predicted grades.

    Any offer we make before you have completed your qualifications will be conditional on meeting certain entry requirements and sending your final transcripts and certificates to the University.

    For more information on planning your application please visit our how to apply web pages.

  • When do I choose my major?

    In the UK students choose their major when they make their application. Once you are enrolled you study classes related to this subject for the duration of your course. Although your major will be fixed from the point you start your course, the University offers a range of opportunities so you can tailor your studies and get the most out of your time here.

    If you would like to know more about any of our courses feel free to email me and I will be happy to provide more information, or visit our courses web page.

  • How do I send my transcripts and test scores to NTU?

    If you are taking College Board exams you can request that College Board send your scores to us through their score submission service. Our institution code for College Board is 4556.

    If you are applying through UCAS, all other documents can be sent by email to our admissions team.

    If you are applying directly via our website you will gain access to an online portal when you register. This will allow you to upload documents such as transcripts and degree certificates.

  • Can I transfer college credits studied in the US to NTU?

    If you have studied one year or more of a Bachelors degree in the USA and would like to complete your studies at NTU we can assess your application for ‘advanced entry’. This means you would join the course in the second, or possibly third (final) year of study.

    UK universities do not use the same credit system as US universities and for this reason these decisions are made on a case by case basis and will depend on the relevance of your prior study in relation to the course you are applying for.

    If you would like to know more about completing your degree at NTU please feel free to email me.

  • What financial support is available?

    NTU is registered with the US Department of Education as an international university. This means that students can apply for federal student aid in order to study both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

    NTU has a fantastic range of international scholarships available to students from the USA. Any international student who has an offer to study with us can apply for a scholarship. By filling in the scholarship application form you will be considered for all of the scholarships you are eligible for.

    International students who hold a Tier 4 visa are eligible to work part-time during their studies for up to 20 hours per week during term-time and full-time during official vacation periods. This can be a great option to give you some additional spending money whilst also gaining work experience.

    Nottingham is an affordable student city and you can live comfortably here on a budget. We've put together a chart of expenses so you can get an idea of the cost of living in Nottingham.

NTU Sports Scholarships

Talented student athletes can continue to achieve high sporting success in a wide range of sports while studying at the University. The scholarship programme combines high-quality performance support services with outstanding facilities to effectively support elite athletes.

More information about NTU Sport Scholarships

Information for college counsellors

We understand that the university application system in the UK is quite different to the US and that you may not be familiar with it. We are here to support you and your students through this process, so if you require any further information or have any questions please contact me, Ella Davis.

I travel to the USA regularly and love to visit schools and meet college counsellors while I am there. If you would like to arrange a meeting with me next time I am in the USA, or if you would like to receive our monthly newsletter for college counsellors please email me.

Still need help?

International Development Office
+44 (0)115 848 8175