University of Birmingham and USA

The University of Birmingham welcomes applications from students from the USA. We currently have 95 American students following a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across our five academic colleges; from Law and Shakespeare to Robotics and Biosciences.

Emmanuel Johnson

Robotics MSc

“The highlight of my time at the University of Birmingham was meeting the diverse student body. I have met students from all over the world – some from places I had never heard of. They have challenged my assumptions about the world and expanded my perspective. I have grown both as a student and as a person because of this diversity.”

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.


Find out more about scholarships and financial support.

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. 

Foundation Pathways

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 International Academy website.


Students should normally satisfy both of the following:

  1. Either a total of 3 distinct subject tests from APs and/or SAT subject tests, or one year at a Community College or USA University.
  2. SAT-R or ACT

 As an alternative to the above, we can accept an Associate’s Degree.

Please check the individual course pages for our typical A-level offer and see below for the corresponding scores we would require from the above qualifications:

  • A*AA = APs: 555; SAT Subject tests: 720, 700, 700; Community College or USA University GPA: 3.3; SAT-R: 1380; ACT composite: 29; Associate’s Degree GPA: 3.3 
  • AAA = APs: 555; SAT Subject tests: 700, 700, 700; Community College or USA University GPA: 3.2; SAT-R: 1350; ACT composite: 28; Associate’s Degree GPA: 3.2 
  • AAB = APs: 554; SAT Subject tests: 700, 700, 650; Community College or USA University GPA: 3.1; SAT-R: 1350; ACT composite: 28; Associate’s Degree GPA: 3.1 
  • ABB = APs: 544; SAT Subject tests: 700, 650, 650; Community College or USA University GPA: 3.1; SAT-R: 1320; ACT composite: 27; Associate’s Degree GPA: 3.0

Where a certain A-level subject is required, students must present with that AP or SAT subject test, or have studied that subject at Community College, at a USA University or during their Associate’s degree. For subjects requiring Maths A-level we accept AP Calculus BC to fulfil the maths requirement (but not AP Calculus AB).

One of the AP/SAT subject scores can be replaced by a full year Honours level course or a full year college level course at B+ or better (ABB and AAB) or at A- or better (AAA and A*AA). We cannot accept these courses if the subject is a required A-level subject.

Medicine and Surgery: Combined SAT1 score of 1380. Three AP subjects at grade 5, including Biology and Chemistry (n.b. we cannot accept SAT Subject Tests for this programme)


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:

  • 2.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for entry to programmes with a 2:2 requirement 
  • 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for entry to programmes with a 2:1 requirement 

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.

Contact Us

If you have any questions in regards to the above, please email Joelle Maurice, 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.

How to apply

How to apply

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!

Course Finder Database

Course Finder Database

Find undergraduate and postgraduate courses by searching the University of Birmingham's course finder database. Here you can find out course modules, as well as contact details for course queries.



View our range of accommodation options for undergraduate and postgraduate students.



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