How to apply
International students apply to the university in the same way as UK students, but there are different application procedures for different types of courses:
Read more about our courses and find out how to apply
- undergraduate study
- postgraduate study
- research study
- university preparation courses and pre-masters programmes
- English language programmes.
Details of the academic and English language requirements for your course are on our course finder. We help many students from the USA to improve their qualifications to meet entry requirements.
We require a High School Graduation Diploma (HSGD) or a General Educational Development (GED) diploma.
In addition to this, we also require one of the following:
- Old SAT (pre-2016): a score of 1600/2400 on the SAT Reasoning Test (SATR) plus three SAT subject-specific tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 580 on each.
- New SAT (post-2016): a score of 1050/1600 on the SAT Reasoning Test (SATR) plus three SAT subject-specific tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 580 on each.
- An ACT score of 24+ plus three SATS with minimum scores of 580 on each.
- At least three Advanced Placement (AP) exams with scores of 3
- Pass High School Graduation Diploma with GPA of 3.3 from final year (grade 12) AND a score of 1600/2400 on pre-2016 SAT Reasoning Test (SAT), OR a score of 1050/1600 on the new SAT Reasoning Test (SAT) AND pass three subject-specific tests with minimum scores of 680 in each including biology and chemistry or three AP Exams with minimum scores of 5 in each including biology and chemistry. Or a combination of both (for example, 680 in Biology and Chemistry SATs plus a grade 5 in an AP exam).
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We can also accept a minimum of 30 US college credits, either attained at college or through successful College Level Examination Programme (CLEP) passes at 50 or above (equivalent to BBC A-levels).
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We require a four-year bachelor's degree.
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English language requirements
Find out more about our English language requirements.
Improve your academic and English language ability
If you don't have the correct grades or qualifications to meet our entry requirements, we can help you improve them.
Degree preparation courses at the International College
If you complete your pathway course at the International College at the required level, you are guaranteed entry to a degree at the University of Brighton. Available degree subject areas include accounting and finance, art and design, business management, international hospitality management, law with business, international event management, and many more.
Find out more about the pathway courses on offer at the University of Brighton International College.
English language preparation courses at our Language Institute
The University of Brighton Language Institute provides a comprehensive range of academic English language preparation courses for students who need to improve their English before starting a UK university degree.
Successful completion of one of our English courses guarantees your progression to a degree course at the University of Brighton.
Find out more about our academic English language preparation courses.
Immigration and visas
USA is a country of many nationalities, including many people with citizenship of the UK but residency in USA. Your residential status will determine your tuition fees and the type of visa you will require to come to the UK to study.
Generally, prior entry clearance (ie a visa) is required for students coming from USA. To obtain a visa you will need to have an unconditional offer of a place at the University of Brighton and your CAS number from the university. You will need to prove that you have the funds to pay your tuition fees and living expenses.
To make your visa application in USA, contact the UK Home Office.
For advice and help from our immigration advisers, and for further information visit our immigration and visas page.
British Council office
If you would like to talk to a trained counsellor about studying and living in the UK, please contact the British Council in USA.
Study abroad with a summer school, junior semester or junior year abroad
We offer excellent study abroad opportunities through summer schools, semester or junior years abroad.
While you enjoy your studies as part of the University of Brighton community, you will be assisted by caring advisors who can help you to adjust to UK university and cultural life. To make the most of this life experience for you, we provide organised field trips in the UK and to Europe. Brighton is a great choice for your study abroad experience.
If you are interested in study abroad opportunities at the university please find out more from the Study Abroad pages.
The University of Brighton is certified to administer Federal Student Aid.
Students from the USA are also eligible for University of Brighton scholarships:
If you have any questions about studying at the University of Brighton or need more information contact us online