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There are currently around 70 students from the US enrolled on programmes as diverse as Accounting, Architecture, Arts and Social Sciences, Built Environment, Conservation of Fine Art, Graphic Design, Leadership and Management, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Sport Management and many more.

US students are able to fund their studies at Northumbria through the US Federal Loans Scheme.

Northumbria University is the first UK university to partner with, offering US high school students the opportunity to earn micro-scholarships that recognise both academic and non-academic achievements.  Students can earn up to $2000 in micro-scholarships for study at Northumbria University which will be awarded as a tuition fee discount. More information can be found on our dedicated Scholarships & Discounts for Overseas Students Page.

The University hosts a large number of Study Abroad students from the USA each year. Partner institutions include: Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York; Columbus College of Art and Design; Frostburg State University, Maryland; Montclair State University; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE); The College of New Jersey; University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Our American students are involved in a wide variety of clubs and societies at Northumbria University. Find out about the fantastic opportunities available to you at our A-Z of Societies. 


For details on our English Language Requirements and Pre-Sessional Courses visit our English Language Centre pages.

General entry criteria for qualifications from the United States of America is given below but Northumbria will consider other qualifications for entry onto its courses:

For entry to: You will need: Grade Required:

International Foundation Programme/ Foundation Year Programmes 

High School Graduation Diploma   Recommended CGPA 2.4
1st Year Undergraduate High School Graduation Diploma

with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 Plus one of the following :-

- SAT I - An overall score of 1240 including minimum scores in each component, (Reading and Writing 630+) and (Math 610+)

- A minimum ACT score of 26

- Advanced Placement Tests - Grade 3 or above in at least two tests (preferably three tests)


-SAT subject tests - 550+ in minimum of two test (preferably three tests)


Test Optional Applicants:


We continue to adopt a flexible and inclusive approach to applications from students who have been affected by SAT, AP or ACT cancellations as a result of Covid-19.  You should aim to submit test scores where possible, but we will not penalise applicants who have been unable to take, or have access to standardised tests.


We will consider applicants with a minimum overall CGPA of 3.2.


Some courses may require you to have a particular background in the subject you are applying to study. This is known as ‘pre-requisite’ knowledge. If required, you must sufficiently evidence this knowledge via honors or college level classes (where standardized tests have not been accessible), all applicants will be assessed on a case by case basis.

First year of Bachelors Degree completed GPA of 2.8 
Advanced Undergraduate   Associate Degree  GPA of 2.8 
Two years of Bachelors Degree completed (for entry to second year) GPA of 2.8 and at least 60 credits completed – 20 credits would need to be relevant to the subject.  
Three years of Bachelors Degree completed (for entry to third year) GPA of 2.8 and at least 90 credits completed – 30 credits would need to be relevant to the subject. 
Postgraduate Programmes  Bachelors Degree (when awarded by a regionally accredited institution)  

GPA of 2.8 or above for courses which require a UK 2:2 equivalent

GPA of 3.0* or above for courses which require a UK 2:1 equivalent

Graduate Certificate Bachelors Degree (when awarded by a regionally accredited institution)   GPA of 2.0 or above 

Please note these are general entry guidelines. Actual requirements may vary depending on your chosen course of study and certain courses may have specific or additional entry requirements, full details can be found on our course directory. Decisions for entry will also be based on personal statements, previous study information and not just your final course grading.

Northumbria University participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program. If you are studying an Undergraduate or Postgraduate programme at Northumbria then you should apply for loans through the University.

Please see our Financial Aid pages for further information.

To find out more events for international students, please view our International Events page. 

Iain has enjoyed living in Newcastle for fourteen years both as a student studying Human Geography, and as an employee at both Newcastle University and Northumbria University.Iain Harris - Canada , USA

After working in Europe post-graduation he returned to Newcastle to start his career and found a passion for helping inform prospective students of the incredible opportunity Higher Education presents.

Not originally from Newcastle, Iain has fallen in love with the City and surrounding region. He enjoys playing football (soccer) and taking time out to explore the beautiful local coastline, its historic castles, and delicious seaside fish and chips!

Newcastle provides such contrasting pleasures, from partying in one of the UK’s best nights out to walking along Hadrian’s Wall, the World Heritage Site.

His favourite past time is sharing all the City and region has to offer with new visitors who quickly become lifelong fans.  For several years Iain worked with many US students, including Fulbright students, whilst managing a Summer School.  They all keep in touch and have fond memories of the local delicacy, Gregg’s, and cheering on Newcastle United the City's Premiership football team!

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