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US student thinking of moving to the UK


I've had this question on my mind for quite some time, and I need some clarification.

I have finished High School in the US, and have completed 1 year of university in the US. I have dual citizenship, and I'm thinking of moving to the UK on a permanent basis. I am currently on a path to finishing a degree in business/finance.

How would I go about transferring my credits/diploma? Will I have to complete my a-levels first before transferring my credits, or are there some courses that I can take in the US that would allow me to complete my a-levels here? I haven't been able to find an answer.

Answered by Alison Patterson
Hi Denzil,

Most UK universities will consider your US qualifications to date including SAT scores and AP results from High School. You should find US minimum entry requirements listed on UK university websites.

Unlike in the US, you must choose a degree course and apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com

You should write to UK universities to find out if you can transfer onto a course of study. Credit transfer is not common practice in the UK and as most degree courses are lock step in structure it is usual to start in year one.

Note that you will probably be classed as an international student for fees purposes as the criteria for home fees are based on residence not citizenship. Generally, you should have been living in the UK for the three years immediately prior to starting university to qualify for Home fees. Look at:

Use our Course Chooser at:

I hope this helps. Best of luck with your application!


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