University of Birmingham and USA

The University of Birmingham welcomes applications from students from the USA.

We currently have around 90 American students following a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across our five academic colleges; from Law and Shakespeare to Robotics and Biosciences.

The student experience

Find out about student life and how to get involved in the student community to make the most of your time here.


Entry requirements

The following information is for guidance only and should be used together with the University's general entrance requirements and any specific degree programme requirements. 

Birmingham Foundation Academy

High School Graduation Diploma with 'good'/grade B/GPA 3.0 average, to include grade B in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

For further information see the Birmingham Foundation Academy website.


Students must  hold a High School Diploma with an overall GPA score of 3.0 or above 

  • plus  SAT 1 with a minimum of 1800 (at least 1900 for subjects where standard offer is AAB or higher); 

    or  ACT Composite Score of 27 or above. 
  • plus  3 AP subjects (minimum of 2 UCAS AP Programme Group A subjects required) with a score of 4 - 5 depending upon chosen course; 

    or 3 SAT Subject Tests (SAT II) with a minimum score of 650 in each 

    or a combination of AP Subjects (UCAS Group A subjects only) and SAT Subject Tests equalling 3 subjects in total.

Students who have not completed the above would normally be expected to have completed at least one year at an accredited US College or University.

Common Application

If you are an applicant currently studying within the USA we can accept an application from you through the Common Application. However, if you are able to apply though UCAS we would encourage you to apply through this route. We strongly recommend that you apply by January 15 to ensure equal consideration with the rest of our applicants, however, we may consider applications after this date in some subject areas.

Please note you may only apply through the Common Application or UCAS, not both.


We are registered with ACT, therefore if you wish to provide your qualifications to us you can find our details on their website.


The University will consider students who hold an Honours degree from a recognised institution in the USA with a GPA of at least 3.0.

Please note that some subjects which are studied at postgraduate level in the USA, eg, Medicine and Law, are traditionally studied at undergraduate level in the UK.


English Language

You may be required to provide evidence of your English ability. Please view the entry requirements for specific programme requirements


How to apply

How to apply video

Interested in applying? Find out more about how to apply for undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham by watching our video above!


Accommodation at the University of Birmingham

Find out more about student accommodation. The University has a wide variety of accommodation to suit every need making Birmingham feel like a home away from home.

Alumni in USA


The University has many strong alumni groups all over the world. Find out more about Birmingham alumni activities in Bahrain by clicking on the picture above.

Contact us

If you have any questions in regards to the above, please email Carl Adaway, or you can also join our North America community and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter


British Council

The British Council has offices in many countries throughout the world which are able to provide you with advice about studying in the UK. Most offices also have an education library and Internet facilities where you can consult university material. The British Council can also provide advice about funding opportunities.



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