International students


Information for Students from the USA


USA country contact

Your country contact is Michael Bissell - please don't hesitate to contact Michael if you have any questions.

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We currently have 275 students* from the USA studying at The University of Nottingham - find out how you can join them here.

* Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) 2011/12 

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Below is an approximate guide to entry requirements for students from the USA for admission to The University of Nottingham at the following levels.


Only students who have taken the wrong subjects or an insufficient number of SAT II / AP exams will normally be considered for the Engineering and Science foundation programmes.

A minimum high school GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) is required for entry.

For further information about our foundation options, please visit our undergraduate prospectus.

Find out how to apply.



For entry to our Bachelors degree programmes, we require the following combination of qualifications:

High School Diploma (GPA 3.0 minimum)


SAT 1 (score of 1700-1900) or ACT (score of 26-28)


3 SAT II Subject Specific Tests (minimum scores of 600-700)


3 AP exams (minimum score 4-5)


a combination of SAT II and AP exams (to make a total of three)

We do not generally require any standardised tests, but students for Law will need to take the LNAT, and Medical applicants are required to take the UKCAT test. We do not accept the BMAT.

Students taking A levels or the IB should refer to the online undergraduate prospectus for entry requirements.

Students taking APs or SATIIs should refer to entry requirements for the USA.

Find out how to apply.



























A Bachelors degree from a recognised institution with a GPA of 3.2 is acceptable for entry to masters programmes requiring a UK 2:1 for entry. A GPA of 2.8 is acceptable for masters programmes requiring a UK 2:2 for entry.

For more information, please see our postgraduate prospectus.

Find out how to apply.


























PhD & research

A masters and bachelors degree from a recognised University are usually required for PhD entry, although exceptional students may be considered for PhD entry without a masters qualification.

The typical minimum requirement from American universities is a GPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale).

For all research degrees, we recommend that you make initial enquiries with a potential supervisor or the relevant University of Nottingham school / department before applying.  A research proposal is required when submitting your application.

For more information, please see our postgraduate prospectus.

Find out how to apply.


English language requirements

To ensure that you can fully benefit from your studies at Nottingham, you will need to demonstrate a required level of English language proficiency.

Students who have completed a recognised degree, or completed the whole of their secondary education in one of these countries within the last 10 years are not normally required to take a separate English language test.

Otherwise, in addition to the more common language qualifications - such as IELTS, (I)GCSE, O level, IB and A and AS level English - the University also considers a number of other English language qualifications for admission.

English language courses

Our Centre for English Language Education (CELE) offers a range of English language courses.

These courses are designed to prepare international students with the required language skills for academic study at The University of Nottingham.


Meet us in your country

Staff from the University of Nottingham make regular visits to your country.  Come along and meet us, and we'll be happy to discuss any questions you have about living and studying in Nottingham.

For details of upcoming visits, see our meet us  page.

Overseas representatives

We work with a number of appointed representatives (agents) in many countries who can help you with the application process and all of the next steps to your arrival at Nottingham.

List of overseas representatives

The British Council

The British Council’s website and in-country offices can also be a useful source of information.




International Office

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The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

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