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Entry requirements for the United States

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we want to ensure the welfare of our staff and students. Our staff won't be able to attend international exhibitions or events at this time but you can still get in touch.

Our entry requirements will vary depending on your level of study, the course you are interested in and your English language proficiency.

Undergraduate courses

We are aware that due to the Covid-19 pandemic there has been significant disruption to standardised testing and that it may not be possible to meet our requirements as planned. As a result, for September 2021 entry we will consider one Honours/College level class or AP class in place of one test. In some circumstances we may also consider two classes in place of two tests. Classes and grades will be considered on a case by case basis.

For entry to our undergraduate programmes, you will be required to have one of the following:

  • Three Advanced Placements with scores in the range of 5,4,4 - 4,4,3.
  • Three SAT Subject Tests with scores in the range of 600 – 680*.
  • A combination of Advanced Placements / SAT Subject Tests graded as above, to include three qualifications in total.
  • Successful completion of an Associate Degree at a recognised Community College.
  • Successful completion of one or more years of undergraduate study at a recognised university in the USA (to be decided on a case by case basis by academic schools).

We also accept a wide range of UK and international qualifications, such as A-Levels and International Baccalaureate.

Please note that it is not necessary to have taken these tests at the time of application. Where possible, applicants should include details of the tests they plan to take in senior year as part of their UCAS application.

* We are aware of the recent College Board decision to discontinue SAT Subject Tests. If you have been affected by this decision and are concerned about meeting our entry requirements due to cancelled tests, please email NAmerica@cardiff.ac.uk.

Postgraduate taught courses

The majority of postgraduate qualifications at Cardiff University, and in the UK, are one year in duration and generally combine a mixture of taught courses and research.

You will be required to have a bachelor's degree with good grades from recognised universities and colleges in the United States to be considered. A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 is usually required and admissions tutors will pay special attention to key subject classes.

"The best thing about living in Cardiff is the independent aspect of studying away from home. Cardiff is a nice city and I have learned to become more independent since living here. I have made some good friends on my course from China, India and Greece, which has given me a broader network once I leave Cardiff."

Derrell Nelson MBA

Postgraduate research courses

If you have a bachelor's or master's degree with good grades from recognised universities and colleges in the United States, you will be considered for our postgraduate research courses. A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 is usually required and admission tutors will pay special attention to relevant classes taken during the degree.

English language requirements

USA is listed by UK Visas and Immigration as a majority English-speaking country. This means that you should not need to prove your knowledge of English if you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree.

If you are a native English-speaking applicant who has successfully completed year 12 secondary school education with good grades in your High School Diploma, you should be considered for English language requirement exemption.

Non-native English-speaking applicants who have successfully completed a degree qualification from a recognised US university should be considered for English language requirement exemption.

If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements, please contact us.

Acceptance rates

The UK admissions system works differently to that of the US.  Because most undergraduate students in the UK apply to universities before receiving their final qualifications, they are usually given conditional offers, and can then decide which of their offers to accept.  This means most applications in the UK system do not move from ‘application’ to ‘acceptance’ – they usually move from ‘application’ to ‘offer’.

In addition, in  the UK, students apply to individual academic programmes, not universities as a whole.  Some academic programmes may have relatively high rates of offers to applications, whereas other more competitive programmes may have much lower rates.  This means that overall university rates are often not meaningful, and are far less useful than rates related to individual courses.

These factors mean that the concept of an acceptance rate for an overall university is not widely used in the UK. Cardiff University publishes its undergraduate application to offer rate by academic school (faculty) - this information can be viewed for specific undergraduate programmes.

If you would like further information on the application to offer rate for a specific academic programme, please contact us, and we will be happy to advise further.