USA

The University of Leicester welcomes students from the USA.

You can find country specific information here including entry requirements for our courses, and information about the American student community.

Your International Office Team

The International Office can provide you with more information about studying in the UK at Leicester.

Please visit our contact us page for details.

Useful information

Entry requirements

Foundation

If you need to do a foundation year, the University of Leicester International Study Centre (ISC) offer an International Foundation Year in:

  • Economics and Management 
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Science
  • Society and Culture

We also offer the International Year One for management programmes.

Once you have successfully completed the International Foundation Year, you will be able to progress to an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Undergraduate (Bachelors) degrees

For entry to the first year of a Bachelors degree you will need a High School Diploma with at least a grade C average together with SATR (Math, Critical Reading and Writing) with a minimum score of 550 in each and three Advanced Placement exams. The AP grades needed will vary depending on the degree that you wish to study but grades 4 or 5 would be a typical requirement. You may also require specific subjects for some degrees.

If you are studying A-levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) then you can begin from the first year of a Bachelors degree. Please see our individual course pages for entry requirements

If you have already completed the first year of an undergraduate degree at a university in the USA , you may be considered for entry to the first year of a Bachelors degree. Law students only: Please note that you can only start from the first year of a Law degree. No credit transfer or exemptions are given.

For more information about available degrees please see individual course pages.

Postgraduate (Masters) degrees

If you hold a Bachelors degree with a B average or equivalent GPA or percentage mark you will typically be considered for entry to a Masters degree. Higher marks, either overall or in relevant courses, may be required for admission to some degrees.

For more information about available degrees please see individual course pages.

PhDs and other research degrees

To apply for a PhD (or other postgraduate research qualification) you must have an undergraduate (Bachelors) degree from a recognised American university, usually in a related subject area, with a B average or equivalent GPA or percentage mark (depending on the subject that you wish to study) which is equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (also known as a 2:1).

You must also be able to demonstrate practical knowledge of appropriate research methodologies. Research degrees are demanding and intensive: to succeed at this level you must be highly motivated, be able to work independently, and have an appropriate familiarity with the discipline and its associated research techniques/methodologies.

Where a Masters degree is required, this is indicated in the relevant description on our Postgraduate Research webpages, together with further information about requirement.

English language requirements

Please see details of our English language requirements.

Scholarships and funding opportunities

The University of Leicester offers a number of scholarships for new international students. You should also check in your own country whether scholarships are available for study overseas, from government or other organisations.

The University of Leicester is registered with the US Department of Education as an eligible foreign institution for participation in the Federal Student Aid programs. Our Federal School Code is G22291. You can check this for yourself on the Federal Student Aid website.

Postgraduate

  • President's Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
  • The Fulbright-Leicester Student Award is offered to a US citizen (resident anywhere but the UK) for a one-year Masters degree in any subject. The successful candidate will be selected by the Fulbright Commission and the Institute of International Education (IIE). Details of the award benefits (full fees plus an allowance of £10,000 for other expenses), together with eligibility and selection criteria, application process and deadlines, can be found on the Fulbright website.
  • Any scholarships which are for a specific degree will be listed on the relevant course page.

Visit our scholarships page for more funding opportunities.

American student community

sarah, American student

The University of Leicester welcomes students from all over the world. Of our 13,000 full-time, campus-based students, over 25% come from outside the EU, from more than 70 different countries.

“The city is fun to get to know and a perfect place to travel from. The University is an exciting and valuable place to be.” - Sarah, Museum Studies MA

Read more about Sarah’s time at Leicester.

Student societies

Exchange opportunities

We have partnership agreements with universities in your country. If you are currently studying an undergraduate degree in your home country it may be possible to study with us for a semester or a year. Please check with your home university whether they have a partnership with Leicester or whether your studies with us could be taken as an accredited part of your degree.

Other sources of information