University of Birmingham and USA

The University of Birmingham welcomes applications from students from the USA. There are currently 230 students from 39 US states studying with us, benefitting from our three year undergraduate degrees, one year Masters, and three to four year PhDs.

The University of Birmingham is a founding member of The Russell Group with a glorious, green campus, outstanding  teaching and facilities and a vibrant and welcoming community. Located in the heart of England, Birmingham is an exciting and vibrant city with a fascinating history. There has never been a more exciting time to study with us.

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

Please note: If you have taken exams which are from another country's national education system (eg SAT and AP exams from the USA) you should consult that country's page for qualification equivalence information. If you are unsure about the acceptability of your qualifications for entry to Birmingham please contact us for further details.

 

English Language

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

If you do not have the required level of English or would like to improve your English before the start of the academic year, you can take one of our pre-sessional English language courses.

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.

Undergraduate

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: 3.0; 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)

ACT

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

Postgraduate

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.

Funding

To reward outstanding achievement and to help ensure that fears about finance do not constrain our students, we are pleased to offer a number of prestigious international scholarships.

Scholarships

The University offers a range of scholarships for international students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including:

Undergraduate:
Two awards of £7,500 towards first year tuition.

Masters: 
One award up to £17,000 towards tuition.

Marshall and Fulbright scholarships covering tuition and living costs. 
Up to four £5,000 awards towards tuition (Santander Scholarships) 
Departmental and Sports scholarships may also be available.

There are lots of ways to find out more about Birmingham. We run monthly live chats where you can ask us any questions you might have about your application or Birmingham: www.birmingham.ac.uk/livechat

Birmingham Visits

Our beautiful campus is open to the public throughout the year, so if you are in the UK and would like to visit, please get in touch - international@bham.ac.uk

Student Experience

The University of Birmingham is a fantastic choice for your academic study. Our thriving campus with its beautiful grounds, friendly community and excellent facilities will quickly make you feel at home. We offer you a huge variety of exciting activities to get involved in outside of your studies, too.

Beautiful surroundings and fantastic facilities

When you step onto campus, you are immersed in our historic red-brick buildings and glorious green spaces. You'll find our Edgbaston campus both a peaceful and vibrant place to spend your time, whether it's studying on one of the lawns, or enjoying a hot drink in one our many cafes.

When you are on campus, you are in the heart of University life - it's the perfect place to meet friends, whether it's to have a bite to eat, discuss your seminar notes or meet up before heading off to a sports club or society.

You can also take advantage of our fantastic facilities on campus. Study in our state-of-the-art academic library with its stunning views over campus, or go for a swim after lectures at our brand new £55 million Sport and Fitness Club.

Student societies

Many nationality groups form student societies during their time at the University of Birmingham. 

The student societies are an excellent way to keep in contact with home and also provide an opportunity to highlight your culture and customs in the UK. Student societies are also a useful point of contact for prospective students to Birmingham who may want to contact current students for information.

Careers

We offer dedicated support for international students, including an international careers consultant and a team of international student ambassadors. We will support you in developing the skills you will need to fully prepare for the working world or further academic study, whether this is in your home country or elsewhere.

Our Careers Network researches jobs all over the world. We host fairs, workshops and presentations, which are attended by many large, global companies that offer opportunities worldwide. We also offer a huge database of information on employers, vacancies and industry trends in a range of countries.

Alumni

The University of Birmingham has many strong alumni groups all over the world. Alumni groups are an excellent way of keeping in contact with the University and with other graduates from Birmingham who live in your country. Some alumni groups meet on a regular basis for social and professional events.

If you would like to meet up with University staff when they are in your country or you would be willing to help promote the university at education exhibitions, we would also like to hear from you. You can find out if there is an alumni group in your country or join our alumni mailing list on the Alumni website.

Contact Details

For all general queries about becoming an international student at Birmingham, please complete and submit our enquiry form.

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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