K M Enayet Hossain
05 January, 2023

7 min read


Apply to Study in the UK from USA

USA is a top 5 sender country of international students to the UK for higher education. Being an English speaking country and a world leader in education, UK is a top choice by students of the United States.

UKVI has ‘differential evidence requirements’ for USA students - USA students applying for student visa in USA do not need to provide education certificates or bank statements with their visa applications. USA students do not need to provide evidence to prove their knowledge of English to study UK undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.

Admissions are open at our partner universities in the UK – submit your initial application to commence your Study UK journey.

Study in the UK – Key Information

Academic level
Level 3 to Level 8

Qualification type
Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate & Doctorate

Study mode
Full-time, part-time or on-line

0.5 year to 4 years*

Throughout the year*


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Why choose Total Student Care (TSC) to study in the UK

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  1. Offering 15,000+ courses at 100+ study locations
  2. Availing almost any subject and year-round intakes
  3. Helping students from any country, on-line and off-line
  4. Providing end-to-end services, almost 24/7
  5. Maintaining 99% visa success rate
  6. Equipping 15+ years accumulative admission experience

Cost of Studying in the UK for USA Students

The cost breakdowns below are average figures of expenses that a typical USA student will spend on commonly studied subjects at commonly chosen universities in the UK while living a UK life like other international students. However, these costs may vary for certain courses at top universities. For living and maintenance costs, students are in control and can choose to spend more or less as per their financial ability or necessity. This is a general guideline for USA students to prepare for their budget to study in the UK.

Tuition Fee

Course Level Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (USD)
Foundation courses (Full fees) 10000 to 15000 12151 to 18226
Undergraduate courses (per year) 11000 to 15000 13366 to 18226
Postgraduate courses (Full fees) 11000 to 16000 11000 to 19441
Doctorate courses (per year) 14000 to 16000 17011 to 19441

Most of the universities offer some scholarship ranging from GBP 500 to GBP 5000 which will reduce tuition fee cost.

Living cost and Maintenance costs per month

Details Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (USD)
Accommodation 600 to 1000 729 to 1215
Utility bills 50 to 100 61 to 122
Travel 200 to 400 243 to 486
Food 300 to 600 366 to 729
Mobile phone 30 to 50 36 to 61
Entertainment 100 to 300 122 to 365
Other casual irregular costs 100 to 200 122 to 243

Students get 30% discount on travel card and different types of discount on shopping.

Visa application and IHS (International Health Surcharge) fee

Details Cost (GBP) Cost (USD)
Student visa application (One-off) 348 423
IHS (per year) 470 571

Visa application and IHS (International Health Surcharge) fee may change per year by Home Office. Please check visa application fees calculator & IHS fees calculator to find out how much you will have to pay for your application.

For up-to-date currency rate, please check oanda.com.

Earnings from working in the UK on student visa

Students will have the right to work while continuing their studies in the UK i.e. 10 hours per week if they are studying foundation course, 20 hours per week studying a bachelor, masters or PhD course. Students will be able to work full time per week during holiday period in between your course.

Student earning in the UK per month

Details Average earning from student job (GBP) Average earning student job (USD)
Part-time work 460 to 800 559 to 972
Full-time work 1600 to 2000 1944 to 2430

Popular subjects USA Students choose to study in the UK

The most popular subjects USA students choose to study at UK universities include:

  • Business and Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Social Sciences
  • World Language
  • Law
  • Liberal Arts
  • Fashion
  • History
  • Health Care
  • Nursing
  • Biomedical Science
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Geography
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Humanities
  • Fine and Applied Arts
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Design and Technology
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Political Science
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Journalism
  • Media Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Music
  • Film and Photography
  • Sports Science
  • Data Science
  • Criminology
  • Event Management
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Sociology
  • Physical Education

Documents required for admission application

In general, initially students are required to provide the following documents for university admission applications:

  • All final official academic certificates and transcripts
  • Two academic reference letters
  • Up-to-date CV
  • Passport
  • English Language proficiency certificate i.e. IELTS
  • Personal statement of purpose
  • Research proposal (for MPhil, PhD course)
  • Portfolio of works (for art/design/architecture/film etc. course)
  • ACCA registration confirmation for ACCA course
  • Past visa refusal documents (if applicable)

Why choose to study in the UK from USA?

11 top reasons USA students choose to study in the UK

  • Course duration is shorter in the UK than that of USA
  • Degree at much less tuition fees, savings of money
  • Admission is less competitive and fairly straightforward
  • Free access to world-class NHS health services
  • UK offers amazing social safety and high quality living
  • Learning in hugely diverse and multicultural environment
  • UK has world-famous art, culture, music, theatre, history
  • UK is gateway to the Europe & well-connected to the world
  • Students can learn course and earn money at the same time
  • Make money & take work experience during Graduate visa
  • Switch to skilled worker visa to build international career


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)s

Q What are the benefits and advantages to study in the UK?

A UK is one of the top 3 higher education countries in the world. Studying in the UK is a matter of pride and prestige while achieving a degree from the UK can transform your career to optimum level. Find a range of benefits and advantages you can reap in our blog why study in the UK.

Q What are the course durations at UK universities?

A The degree course durations are shorter at UK universities than those are at US universities. Please see the comparison in the table below:

Course level Duration in UK Duration in USA
Undergraduate 3 years 4 years
Postgraduate taught 1 year 2 years
Postgraduate 3 years 5-7 years
Q Is it mandatory to apply for undergraduate courses via UCAS?

A No, it is not mandatory to apply for undergraduate courses via UCAS, many UK universities accept direct applications via online application portal for undergraduate courses. You do not need to apply for postgraduate courses via UCAS.

Q What are the entry requirements for UK undergraduate courses for USA students?

A Applicants with the following quali?cations will be considered for entry on an undergraduate degree:

  • A High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 2.8/4 and
    • a score of 1600/2400 on pre-2016 SAT Reasoning Test (SAT) or
    • a score of 1050/1600 on the new SAT Reasoning Test (SAT) or
    • an ACT score of 23+ or
    • two Advanced Placement (AP) tests with scores of three or above (depending on the course you are applying for) or
    • two SAT Subject-specific Tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 580 in each
      A Level SATS AP test
      A 680 5
      B 630 4
      C 580 3
  • Associate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.6/4
  • British/International A Levels (from a minimum 112 UCAS tariff points depending on course)
  • IB Diploma (from a minimum 25 points depending on course)
  • A recognised foundation course

Grade requirements may vary university to university and course to course.

Q What are the entry requirements for UK postgraduate courses for USA students?

A : Applicants with the following quali?cations will be considered for entry on a postgraduate degree:

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.6/4
  • Degree equivalent to UK Honours bachelor’s degree (2.2 minimum)
  • A Master's qualification is accepted to apply for PhD study

Grade requirements may vary university to university and course to course.

Students are not required to take GRE or GMAT exams

Q Do I need to sit IELTS test to study in the UK from USA?

A USA students applying to study bachelor degree or above level courses at a UK University do not need IELTS to prove their proficiency in English.

However, students applying to study a foundation course in the UK will require sitting IELTS for UKVI to meet the requirements.

Q Do UK University require Personal Statement or Statement of Purpose with admission application?

A Universities in the USA ask for a Statement of Purpose while universities in the UK ask for a Personal Statement with admission application. You can find detailed guidelines in our blog ‘How to write a Personal Statement for university application’ on our website.

Q How to apply for a UK student visa in the USA?

A To apply for a UK student visa in the USA you need to follow the following steps:

  • Apply online
  • Pay your fee
  • Book and attend your biometric appointment
  • Attend an Application Support Center (ASC)
  • Mail your application with current passport and any supporting documents (if you haven’t uploaded them online) within 5 days to:

    VFS Services USA Inc.
    UKVI Scanning Hub
    128 East 32nd St
    Floor 4
    New York NY

Alternatively, you can attend a VFS Premium Application Centre (PAC) to provide your biometric information and submit your application.

Q What British etiquette & customs I should be aware of when in the UK as an American?

A UK has its unique etiquette and customs representing British value, it would be very useful and handy to go through our international student guide to British etiquette & customs and make your student life pleasing and enjoyable in the UK.

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