USA

We value our long-standing links with the United States and are delighted to welcome students for full degree programs, study abroad, and faculty-led visits. Our US Engagement Lead regularly attends exhibitions and transfer fairs, visits schools, and arranges individual meetings in the US to support students and counselors through the application process.

If you have any further questions about your application, or anything else for that matter, please email our North American Engagement Lead, Beth Meehan – b.meehan@abertay.ac.uk.

If you are US military veteran who is thinking about studying with us, find out more or contact Beth. Or if you are thinking about transferring your studies to Abertay, we have a page all about that where you can find more information.

US Standardised Testing (SAT and ACT tests) for September 2022 entrants

We recognise the ongoing disruption COVID-19 is causing to your education.

If you have already taken, or are able to take, SAT or ACT tests then we’ll take into account your scores when considering your application.

If you are unable to take a standardised test, we will still consider your application using a range of other evidence depending on your educational circumstances.

How it will work

You should state clearly in your application why you were unable to take either the SAT or ACT. If you are unable to take the test, we may ask to see other evidence of your academic ability, such as:

  • Your high school curriculum for any essential subjects subjects (eg Math for our Computer Games degrees), along with your school profile. We may ask for your School Guidance counsellor or teacher to send this to us.
  • Details of experience you have had in your chosen subject, such as a job or volunteer position in which you learned or employed the required knowledge and skills.
  • Participation in extra-curricular activities which are linked to the degree you are applying for, such as Games you have previously developed if you are applying to our Games programs.
  • Strong grades in AP or Honours classes in relevant subjects, if these classes were available at your school.
  • College or university level classes you have completed or are currently taking. Please provide a transcript.

If you have any further questions, please email Beth - b.meehan@abertay.ac.uk.

 

Beth Meehan, North American Engagement Lead

I am originally from the Niagara Falls area but I made the jump from North America to Scotland a few years ago, and have been living in Dundee for most of that time. I absolutely love it here – great museums, great scenery and, above all, great people!  Dundee is an ideal place to explore everything that Scotland has to offer because you are so close to it all.

As the North American Engagement Lead here at Abertay, I am really happy to answer any questions you may have about applying to our university or just living in Scotland in general. Feel free to get in touch if I can help!

Contact me 

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Undergraduate Entry Requirements

Undergraduate

These are the general entry requirements for the USA:

  • High School Diploma GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) plus one of the following:
  • 1100 in New SAT Score to include 550 in each component
  • ACT score of 26
  • Three AP Tests at grade 4
  • Three SAT Subject Tests at 550

If you are thinking about transferring to Abertay, find out more here.

Please see the table below for more specific entry requirements based on your major:

Major Entry Requirements

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons) Forensics Science

High School Diploma GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) plus one of the following:

  • 1100 in New SAT Score to include 550 in each component
  • ACT score of 26
  • 3 AP Tests at grade 4
  • 3 SAT Subject Tests at 550

Essential subject required: Biology or Chemistry.
Note: A test will be required to demonstrate knowledge in the essential subject.

MEng/BEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering

High School Diploma GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) plus one of the following:

  • 1100 in New SAT Score to include 550 in each component
  • ACT score of 26
  • 3 AP Tests at grade 4
  • 3 SAT Subject Tests at 550

BSc (Hons) Food & Consumer Science

BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition & Health

High School Diploma GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) plus one of the following:

  • 1100 in New SAT Score to include 550 in each component
  • ACT score of 26
  • 3 AP Tests at grade 4
  • 3 SAT Subject Tests at 550

BSc (Hons) Computing

BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking

High School Diploma GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) plus one of the following:

  • 1200 in New SAT Score to include 600 in each component
  • ACT score of 26
  • 3 AP Tests at grade 4
  • 3 SAT Subject Tests at 550

Essential subjects required: Math, Computing or Physics, and a literate subject (English or History).
Note: A test will be required to demonstrate knowledge in the essential subject.

BA (Hons) Game Design and Production

BSc (Hons) Computer Game Applications Development

High School Diploma GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) plus one of the following:

  • 1200 in New SAT Score to include 600 in each component
  • ACT score of 26
  • 3 AP Tests at grade 4
  • 3 SAT Subject Tests at 550

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology

High School Diploma GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) plus one of the following:

  • 1200 in New SAT Score to include 600 in each component
  • ACT score of 26
  • 3 AP Tests at grade 4
  • 3 SAT Subject Tests at 550

BA (Hons) Computer Arts

High School Diploma GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) plus one of the following:

  • 1200 in New SAT Score to include 600 in each component
  • ACT score of 26
  • 3 AP Tests at grade 4
  • 3 SAT Subject Tests at 550
An Art portfolio will also need to be submitted.

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

BA (Hons) Business Management

BA (Hons) Marketing & Business

High School Diploma GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) plus one of the following:

  • 1100 in New SAT Score to include 550 in each component
  • ACT score of 26
  • 3 AP Tests at grade 4
  • 3 SAT Subject Tests at 550

BA (Hons) Criminology

Bsc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Bsc (Hons) Psychology

Bsc (Hons) Psychology & Counselling

BA (Hons) Sport & Management

High School Diploma GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) plus one of the following:

  • 1100 in New SAT Score to include 550 in each component
  • ACT score of 26
  • 3 AP Tests at grade 4
  • 3 SAT Subject Tests at 550

 

Bsc (Hons) Sport & Exercise

High School Diploma GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) plus one of the following:

  • 1100 in New SAT Score to include 550 in each component
  • ACT score of 26
  • 3 AP Tests at grade 4
  • 3 SAT Subject Tests at 550

Essential subject required: A science subject such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Note: A test will be required to demonstrate knowledge in the essential subject.

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

Please check the relevant postgraduate programme page on our website to review the entry requirements for each course. GRE is not a requirement, but it may benefit your application.

A Bachelor’s degree (BA/BSc) with a GPA of 3.0-3.33 corresponds to a UK 2:1 (Upper Second) and a GPA of 2.7-3.0 is compares to a UK 2:2 (Lower Second) degree.

How to apply for an Undergraduate Degree

All undergraduate applications to Scottish universities are submitted via the UK’s centralized application website called University & Colleges Admissions Service, or UCAS. Applications from everywhere in the world must be made through this system.

Although the main deadline for UCAS applications is 15 January, we will accept applications after this date for US applicants.

We do however, recommend that you apply as soon as possible in order to give your application the best chance for consideration, and yourself enough time to prepare.

For more information see Abertay’s How to Apply – Undergraduate page.

The UCAS website also provides lots of guidance on the application process, as well as a helpful glossary of terms to help make the application process as easy as possible.

After reviewing the UCAS website, if you still have questions on how to submit your application, please contact Beth for help. 

If you are thinking about transferring to Abertay, find out more here.

How to apply for a Postgraduate Degree

Applications for postgraduate taught courses are made direct to Abertay University. There is no charge to apply for a taught postgraduate (Masters) degree online. Choose the degree you want to study from our course list and click the Apply Online button. 

For more information see our How to Apply – Postgraduate Taught page.

Applications for postgraduate research (Masters, PhD) degrees are also made directly to Abertay, but first you must decide on your area of research and secure a potential supervisor.  We welcome enquiries and applications from prospective research students for degrees in a range of subjects or interdisciplinary areas and on topics across different academic divisions

For more information see Abertay’s How to Apply – Postgraduate Research page

Get inspired

Our grads have gone on to have amazing careers in the USA

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Claude Dareau

Since graduating Claude works on VR projects for Oscar-winning visual effects studio Framestore

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Michael Barclay

Michael is a Game Designer who has worked on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and The Last of Us: Part II at Naughty Dog.

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Costs and Funding

The video below gives you helpful guidance how to apply for the various funding options for US students. 

Tuition fees for US students can be found here.

Abertay University is happy to accept US Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) payments. Learn more about the FAFSA application process and other ways to fund your studies at Abertay

A range of funding opportunities are available for international students, including:

Abertay Undergraduate Scholarships

This is an award of up to £12,000 for international undergraduate students who are accepted to study at Abertay. This scholarship is intended to support you with living and travel costs. The award is £3,000 annually, paid in equal instalments in January and April, for a maximum of 4 years.

Abertay Graduate Scholarships

This £3,000 award is open to all new international (non-EU) graduate students who are overseas fee payers domiciled outside the UK. You must have a 2:1 UK Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to B grade or above). 

How to Apply:

You do not need to complete an application form for these scholarships. If you meet all the eligibility criteria you will be notified in late August (for fall entry) or early January (for winter entry) that you have been granted the Abertay International Scholarship.

A full list of Scholarships can be found here.

Transferring from a US Community College

Abertay University is happy to accept articulating (or transfer) students from community colleges all across the US. If you would like to transfer to Abertay, please find out more about transferring your studies and then please contact Beth so she can help create a personalized track for your transfer.

Abertay proudly maintains an Articulation Agreement with Northern Virginia Community College. As part of the agreement, NOVA students are guaranteed entry into Abertay if they complete the necessary prerequisites, obtain their Associate’s Degree, and maintain a 3.0 GPA! If you are from NOVA and interested in transferring, speak to your campus transfer counsellor or contact Beth, our US Engagement Lead to discuss your options. If you are a NOVA student, visit our dedicated NOVA page.

US University Partnerships and Exchanges

We are also happy to accept study abroad students from any US university*, no need for any agreements or contracts! If you are interested in studying abroad at Abertay, speak to Beth Meehan, our North American expert, about how to apply.

Abertay University also maintains a variety of exchange partners in the United States. Students from our partner colleges and universities do not pay tuition fees to study at Abertay for a semester or full year. Here is the list of our current exchange partners:

  • Champlain College
  • George Mason University
  • New Jersey City University
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • St. Edward’s University
  • University of North Florida

If you attend one of these institutions and want to participate in an exchange, contact your university’s international office to discuss the application process.

*pending a review of class options available to your major. Please email our Exchange and Study Abroad officer, Evie Jackson, if you need advising on your class choices.

US Veterans

We are very proud to accept US GI Bill funding (VA facility code: 11201274). If you qualify, you can receive generous funding towards tuition (up to $22,805 annually), housing (up to $1,681 monthly), and book costs (up to $1,000 annually) at Abertay. Find out more on our US veterans page.

 If you are a US Veteran, please visit https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ to see if you are eligible for this funding. Once you receive confirmation, visit our US Veterans page and then please contact Beth to discuss your application process. 

Abertay currently has two VA approved degree courses: BA (Hons) Game Design and Production and BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking.

If you would like to take a different course, please contact Beth to have that course approved.

UK English versus US English

While you sometimes find small, self-explanatory spelling differences between UK and US English (e.g., programme versus program, maths versus math, honours versus honors), there are also some differences in word choice that can be confusing. Here are some tips to help you navigate our website:

UK EnglishUS English
moduleclass
coursedegree
subjectmajor
postgraduategraduate
collegecommunity college
articulationtransfer (from community college)

You often see the letters 'Hons' after our degrees e.g., Computer Arts BSc (Hons); Marketing and Business BA (Hons). This is short for Honours.

At Abertay, an Honours degree is a four-year degree. A non-Honours degree is a three-year degree, also known as an 'ordinary' degree. Your final year at Abertay - your  senior year - is when you will take honours modules which are like 300 and 400-level classes.

Confused about anything else? You’re not alone! Contact Beth and she will talk you through it.

More Information

Find out how to apply for an undergraduate or postgradute programme at Abertay and explore our full list of scholarships.

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How to Apply

From entry requirements and alternative routes, find guidance on how to apply to Abertay as an undergraduate, postgraduate or international applicant.

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Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help support your studies with us.

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Visa Information

Learn more about visa requirements for studying at Abertay University.

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