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If you're thinking about coming to study at the University of Plymouth from the USA, this page has all the information you need.
If you have any other questions, you can contact our team at, or by phoning +44 1752 588049.

International tuition fees

Fees for undergraduate courses and postgraduate taught programmes can be found in the 'fees, costs and funding' section of the relevant course webpage. 
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International scholarships

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies. You could get up to 50% off your tuition fees in your first year.

Funding for US students

If you are a student from the United States (USA), University of Plymouth will support you with obtaining financial aid from your home country.  The University of Plymouth participates in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program managed by the US Department of Education. We will also work with private lenders such as Sallie Mae.
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Entry requirements

Whilst these will vary according to the course, the University of Plymouth typically welcomes applicants to undergraduate courses with a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 in a US High School Graduation Diploma with a minimum of one of the following: AP at grade 3, 4 or 5 (usually two or three subjects relevant to the course), SAT 1050 or above, ACT 25 or above.
Some of our courses require pre-requisite subject knowledge, which must be evidenced via relevant AP tests, SAT Subject Tests, Honours or College level classes, or may require a portfolio and/or interview. Please refer to individual course pages for further information.
Please note that the requirements listed above are the minimum requirement for entrance to the University of Plymouth and that competitive courses may have higher entry requirements. 
To apply for our postgraduate courses (second degrees) from the USA, you'll need a good (3.0/4.0 min GPA) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject from a regionally-accredited American university.
English language requirements 
To be accepted onto a degree course with us you must have a suitable English language qualification. The tables below show the minimum English language requirements for standard courses at RQF 6 (degree level) and above.
Some courses have English language requirements that are higher than those shown below; please check the relevant course for details.
What if I don't meet the requirements?
If you don't think you will be able to meet these requirements, you may be able to join a pre-sessional English language course offered by our English Language Centre
Please note that to study a pre-sessional English language course UKVI require Student (formerly Tier 4) visa holders to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT) at a UKVI approved test centre (details of approved SELTs).

University of Plymouth requirement – USA high school graduation diploma

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UPIC requirement – USA high school graduation diploma

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Please note if you are not a national of the USA, an alternative English Language qualification may be required to demonstrate your skill in all four component areas if you require a Student (formerly Tier 4) visa for study at Plymouth.

Further guidance on English language requirements

On our further guidance on English language requirements page you will find a complete list of notes and clarifications across all qualifications for applying to the University of Plymouth.


Agents in the USA

For more help and advice, get in touch with our agent in the USA — they'll be happy to help.

Jordan McLay – MSc Clinical Psychology

University of Plymouth student Jordan McLay, talks about the experience of being an international student and life in the UK.

My course has inspired me to pursue a career in genetics and DNA

"The course I chose, BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology, provides me with both practical field experience and lots of fun, supportive lectures and activities that I feel will help me succeed."
Niccolet Guerrero adjusted to living in the UK and found career potential in BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology.
Niccolet Guerrero, BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology
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