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Information and entry requirements for students from the USA

Student from the USA and interested in studying at NTU? You'll find entry requirements for our Bachelors and Masters degrees on this page and meet your NTU Country Advisor who can help with your study plans.


Hello, my name’s Becca Kennedy 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.

If you're visiting NTU and would like to have a campus tour, please email me and we can arrange an appointment.

We’ll also let you know if I’m visiting the USA so we can arrange to meet if you wish, or you can contact me directly.

If you’d like to keep in touch please register with us and we’ll send you the latest news and opportunities at the University, including scholarship information, live events and finding a counsellor to help you apply.

Entry requirements

We understand certain tests may not be available at all schools and aim to be as flexible as possible.

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If you would like guidance on our entry requirements and whether you qualify for entry, please email Becca Kennedy.
First year entry to Bachelors degree

We accept a range of qualifications for entry onto our undergraduate courses, for most courses we would look for two of the following qualifications alongside your High School Diploma with a 3.0 GPA: SAT (score of 1090), ACT (score of 23), APs, IB Diploma, IB certificates, College Credit, Dual Enrolment Classes, Honors Classes. We assess applications on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Becca Kennedy if you have any questions about your qualifications.

For Art and Design courses that require a portfolio assessment, we would look for one additional qualification from the above list, alongside your high school diploma with a 3.0 GPA.

Advanced entry to second year of Bachelors degree is possible depending on subject matchAssociate degree with a minimum grade of 3.0 overall.
Masters degree

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

English language requirements

Students who do not meet the English language requirements may be required to take a pre-sessional English language (PEAP) course

"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."

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.

International Scholarships

Do you have an offer to study with us? Why not apply for our exclusive USA scholarship. If you're an undergraduate student you can apply for 50% off your tuition fee.

We also offer a variety of other scholarships ranging from £2,000 to 50% of your tuition fee. Once you submit an application form we’ll assess you for all scholarships you are eligible for.

Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 and applying web page.

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 taking the ACT exam you can send your scores through to us. Our college code is 1766.

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.

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.

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 Student 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.

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 visit our web pages for school counsellors or contact me, Becca Kennedy.

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.

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