Information for USA Students

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We've been welcoming students from the USA to study on our campuses for many years. Whether it is for a semester abroad or for full Undergraduate or Graduate Programmes we look forward to welcoming you!

Employers in the USA and around the world recognise the value of a UK education.

Once you have decided on a course that you wish to study with us, you need to check that you meet our standard entry requirements and English language requirements.

If you are still studying at your school or university you do not have to wait until you have finished your current course to apply to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

We can make you a conditional offer based on the results you expect to achieve.


Alterations due to the COVID pandemic

We are temporarily altering our test policy for students graduating from high schools accredited in the United States applying for entry to UWTSD undergraduate programmes in the year 2021-22.

The University recognises that as a result of Covid-19 disruptions, it will be difficult for students to sit for various standardised tests next year.

Students who have test results available are encouraged to submit them and these scores will be considered as part of their application.

However, students who are unable to submit test results will not be disadvantaged.

When making admissions decisions, UWTSD uses a holistic review process, taking a variety of factors into account including your personal statement, letter of reference, extracurricular activities, test scores and some academic grades.

In some programmes portfolios or an audition are also required.


How to Apply

Students can apply to the University directly, we will help you through the applications process.

Download an Application Form   Apply online

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Student Experience

Student Experience

"You grow up so much when you study abroad...when you board a plane alone for the first time when you leave everything you ever know when you make that decision. It sounds scary, but it's so worth it. And I'm so glad I picked Wales. Everyone at UWTSD is so involved. They really love Wales and they want to share it with you. All of their weekend trips are spectacular. Also, don't forget to explore the rest of Europe on your spring break or take an impromptu trip to Scotland here and there. It'll be worth it, I promise"! 

Ashley J Woods, USA, California State University at Fullerton (BA Acting)


What our Students Say

Ana Martin, South Carolina - Psychology Major

"I have gained so many wonderful experiences while studying abroad; I have come to call Wales ‘home’."


Marie Vernon - Study Abroad, North Carolina - Art Major

"Studying in Wales was a special and magical experience that I wouldn't have given up for anything. I was so lucky to meet many kind people, and right from the first, I felt that I really belonged to the community.
My experience in Wales really made me grow, and, even after I leave, it will remain part of me forever"


Mattie Lanham, Ohio - Education Major

"Wales has found a special place in my heart, I'll never forget the memories I've made and the people that I've met. The students and staff at UWTSD have helped guide and support me through this amazing life experience and I couldn't be more thankful".


Entry Requirements

For entry to all our programmes, you will need to demonstrate that your qualifications meet the University’s entry requirements.

  • These are general guidelines only and exact requirements will vary from subject to subject.
  • All applications are assessed on an individual basis.  
  • For all our programmes, applicants will need to satisfy the University's English language requirements.  
  • All academic qualifications must be from recognised institutions.

English Language

For ALL programmes of study, we require:
  • Confirmation that you are a national of the USA and that you have achieved Grade C or above in English in the High School Diploma
  • Production of a valid passport must accompany all applications

Undergraduate Programmes

For ALL Undergraduate programmes of study, we require:
  • High School Full Diploma and certified transcripts must accompany all applications
  • Secondary school exams/grades/GPA and scores on standardized tests like the SAT and AP
  • SAT Reasoning Tests (formerly SAT 1) – 550 in all three parts plus 550 in any SAT Subject tests (formerly SAT 2) AND Advanced Placement Tests (AP) grades 3 or above in 2 / 3 subjects
  • Interviews, portfolios, auditions, supplemental testing
  • Advanced Placement Tests with grade 3 and above in at least 3 relevant Group A, AP subjects
  • Students who have successfully completed a 2-year Associate Degree or Professional Diploma at an institution such as a community college can be considered for advanced entry to the 2nd year of a relevant degree programme
  • Applicants transferring from community college or another university are assessed on an individual basis
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of reference (ideally in your chosen subject area)
  • Standardised English language proficiency tests (if applicable)

Postgraduate Programmes

For ALL Postgraduate programmes of study we require one of the following:
  • Bachelor degree
  • First Professional Degree
  • A full certified transcript must accompany applications

To apply for study abroad

Please fill in the form from the website and return it with:
  • A statement of why you want to be considered for the program
  • Two faculty recommendations from your home institution
  • Transcript of grades from your home institutions (Minimum GPA 2.5)
  • Approval for you to study abroad from Study Abroad Advisor or Dean of Student Life
  • Two passport-sized photographs

Degree completion (2+2 / 2+1)

  • If you are a student at a community college on a diploma or Associate degree, you may be eligible for degree completion at UWTSD. Fee reduction available for students studying at one of our partner institutions.

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Contact our International Team

If you require more information please contact:

International Recruitment Unit
Email: iru@uwtsd.ac.uk