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