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If you’re from the USA and interested in studying in the UK, the University of Portsmouth is a great place to fulfil your ambitions. And if you’re ready to take the next step, we’re ready to help you get here.

On this page, you'll find information about where you can meet us in your region, what you need to do to apply for a course with us and contact details for our people in your area.

Federal student aid

Students from the US who have received an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth can apply for a Direct Loan through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme. You can find more information, including how to apply and conditions for receipt of the loan, on our US Loans Scheme page, or email directloan@port.ac.uk with your questions.

GI Bill

Under the GI Bill, the US Department of Veterans Affairs provides education benefit to members of Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard Armed Forces and their families. This is designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs of education or training. For more information visit the GI Bill website. The University of Portsmouth is an approved VA school and we would welcome your application. If you would like to apply to study at Portsmouth through the GI Bill, please email directloan@port.ac.uk for further details.

Entry requirements for students from the USA

If you're joining us from the USA, the entry requirements you need to meet will depend on the course you want to study.

We consider all applications we receive. However, to make sure you get the most out of your time studying with us and have the best chance of applying successfully, we recommend the following minimum qualifications:

Undergraduate courses

For undergraduate entry, you will need to have a High School Diploma. As the level of a High School Diploma varies from state to state, the grading also varies but as a guide you will need a GPA of 3.0 or above, plus one of the following:

Tariff A level grade APs (Advanced placement tests) SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests combined (pre March 2016) SATs (post March 2016) ACT (American College Testing - top score 36
144 AAA 445 1800/2400 in SAT Reasoning (SATR) plus three SAT Subject Specific Tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 600 on each 1270/1600 in SAT Reasoning (SATR) plus three SAT Subject Specific Tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 600 on each 29
136 AAB 444

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128 ABB 344

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120 BBB 344 1600/2400 in SAT Reasoning (SATR) plus three SAT Subject Specific Tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 580 on each 1150/1600 in SAT Reasoning (SATR) plus three SAT Subject Specific Tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 580 on each 27
112 BBC 333

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104 BCC 332

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96 CCC 322 1500/2400 in SAT Reasoning (SATR) plus three SAT Subject Specific Tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 580 on each 1090/1600 in SAT Reasoning (SATR) plus three SAT Subject Specific Tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 580 on each 25

For some of our courses, you will need to have studied relevant subjects. Please refer to the individual course pages for further information.

If you don't have a High School diploma, you can apply with:

A levels

  • Please check your specific course page to find the exact number of points needed. Your A level grades should equal or exceed the total points required. You can use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your total points.
  • Some courses will require you to have studied specific subjects at A level. For example, to study a science course you will usually need to have achieved passing grades in scientific subjects at A level.
  • A level points: A* = 56 A = 48 B = 40 C = 32 D = 24.

International Baccalaureate

  • Most courses will require between 24 and 31 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB), depending on the degree you apply for.

You may be able to join an undergraduate course with other qualifications. We do consider qualifications from a range of sources. We also offer foundation courses through the International College Portsmouth (ICP)Contact us to find out more.

Transfer students

We welcome applications from transfer students, and we'll consider your application if you have completed your secondary school education and you're enrolled at a college or university where you have earned credit for academic courses. Credit must be from courses relevant to the major you wish to study here, and you will only be accepted for transfer if you can demonstrate sufficient subject knowledge in your specified major. If you have achieved credit but intend to apply for an unrelated major, it is likely that we will only accept you for year 1. Please note that transfer students can only be admitted in the Fall term.

Postgraduate courses/Graduate students

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have a Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.6 /4 or above from a recognised Higher Education institution. Some courses will ask for higher grades. Work experience is also required for several other postgraduate courses and many courses will require you to have studied relevant subjects. Please see our courses for more details.

To apply for any of our courses please go to our online application form.

If you don't meet the postgraduate entry requirements, you can do a pre-Master's programme at International College Portsmouth (ICP) for many of our courses.

PhDs

We'll consider you for a PhD if you have a good Master’s degree and submit a research proposal.

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Study Abroad Students

There are several programs available with an optional study abroad or placement year. However, you cannot undertake the study abroad or placement year if you wish to be eligible for the federal loan.

If you have further questions about studying at the University of Portsmouth, please contact us.

What to do next

Ready to start your adventure with us? Whether you know which degree course you want to do or not, get in touch with us now or meet us at an event near you to discuss your next steps.

Our Global Officers are experts in helping students from the USA, like you, to apply to join us. Whatever you want to know, just ask.

Scholarships and Bursaries

As a student from the USA, you can apply for various scholarships and bursaries, including the International Alumni Referral Award and Chevening Scholarship. You can find more information about these on our funding page.