At UWE Bristol we are proud of our international reputation. With a thriving international community of students from over 140 countries worldwide, we are the perfect UK university to study at.

Entry requirements - USA

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The experienced UWE Bristol International team will be happy to give you advice on the suitability of your qualifications for your chosen course.

Qualifications listed under each heading may satisfy UWE Bristol entry requirements to that level of study. This is not a guarantee of an offer of a place, which is at the University's discretion.

Entry onto foundation courses

If you do not meet the requirements for our undergraduate degree courses, you may be considered for a foundation degree.

Holders of a High School Graduation Diploma with a GPA of 2.5 out of 4 are eligible to apply for the UWE Bristol Art and Design foundation degrees.

For other courses, students who don't meet the requirements for direct entry may have the option to undertake our international foundation course or international year one courses at our International College, which then offers the opportunity for guaranteed entry one UWE Bristol's undergraduate courses.

In some cases, students might be eligible to apply for direct entry to the first year of an undergraduate degree depending on the school, grades and subjects.

For other courses, students have the option to undertake an international foundation or international year one course at our International College. Upon successful completion, these courses offer guaranteed entry onto a UWE Bristol degree course.

Entry onto undergraduate courses

You will be considered for first year entry with a GPA of 3.0 out of 4 in a High School Graduation Diploma (HSGD) plus one of the following:

  • SATR (SAT I) with a minimum score of 1050 out of 1600
  • ACT with a minimum score of 21
  • 2 AP Tests with minimum scores of 3
  • 2 SAT Subject Tests with minimum scores of 550
  • 3 Honours or College Level classes with grades B or higher
  • 30 Community College Credits with a minimum GPA of 2.7 out of 4.0.

Some of our courses require pre-requisite subject knowledge. This must be evidenced via relevant AP tests, SAT Subject Tests, Honours or College level classes.

AP and SAT results can be sent to UWE Bristol via college code 7409.

ACT scores can be sent to UWE Bristol via college code 7992.

Transfer students:
Advanced entry may be awarded if sufficient credit has been obtained in relevant subjects:

  • Associate Degree/ 60 Community College credits with a minimum GPA of 2.7 out of 4
  • 2 years of university study with a minimum GPA of 2.7 out of 4.

The requirements listed above are the minimum requirement for entrance to UWE Bristol. Competitive courses may have higher requirements.

Entry onto postgraduate courses

You will be considered for entry onto a master's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.7 out of 4 in a four year bachelor's degree.

Please note: where UWE Bristol has an academic agreement in place with an institution, greater flexibility in entry requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate courses may apply as outlined in those agreements.

English language requirements

To study at UWE Bristol you must demonstrate that your English level is high enough for university study. We accept a number of different Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for entry onto our degree courses, with IELTS being the most common. English language requirements vary slightly from subject to subject.

Please visit our English language pages for the list of other acceptable English language qualifications.

What to do if you don't meet our entry requirements

If you do not quite meet our entry requirements, our International College offers a range of university preparation courses to teach you all you need to progress to UWE Bristol.


Country manager

Sam Micklewright

For UWE Bristol enquiries please contact our UK-based expert:

Sam Micklewright
Regional Manager,
Americas Based in Bristol

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International scholarships and funding

We have scholarships of £2,000 available to students from the USA. If you hold an unconditional or conditional offer for UWE Bristol and would like to be considered for a scholarship, simply send a short video of yourself answering the following questions:

  • Why did you apply to UWE Bristol?
  • What are you looking forward to most?
  • How could UWE Bristol attract more students from your country?

Please remember to state your name, country and UWE Welcome ID at the start of your video. Send your completed video via WeTransfer to

The closing date for video submissions is Friday 30 October 2020. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified after this date. Scholarships will be applied as a tuition fee discount and are offered against the first year of studies only. Recipients of this scholarship will be required to undertake ambassadorial activity for the University throughout the duration of their course.

If you are successful, you will be notified by Friday 13 November 2020.

Take a look at our list of UWE Bristol International Scholarships to find out about other available funding. You may also be interested in scholarships available from external organisations.

Funding- USA Federal Direct Loans

UWE Bristol is approved by the US Department of Education to participate in the Federal Direct Loan Program. This enables eligible US students to access financial support. You will need to include UWE Bristol's School code G21948 on your FAFSA.

Read our guide to US loans

Email: for further advice and guidance.

Veteran Affairs Funding

UWE Bristol participates in the Veteran Affairs (VA) Funding programme. Please see confirmation of UWE Bristol's recognition on the Department of Veterans Affairs website (using the following search terms: 'University of the West of England').

If you think you may be eligible for VA funding, you should initially contact the Department for Veterans Affairs or telephone 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

The Dept for Veteran Affairs requires a certification of enrolment to be completed and need to approve your course before they will pay benefits to students. UWE Bristol can apply for your course to be approved prior to enrolment and send off a Certificate of Enrolment once you are fully registered. Please email prior to enrolment to let us know which course you will be studying and so that we can organise completion of the Certificate of Enrolment.

Payments for Tuition Fees will be sent direct to UWE Bristol and will be applied to your tuition fee account. If there is any surplus amount we will arrange to have this credited to you.

Performance Sport Scholarships

If you are a high-performing athlete, UWE Bristol could offer you exceptional opportunities and support to pursue your sporting ambitions through a Performance Sport scholarship. For further information please contact

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