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 contact the Student Recruitment Office at sro@abertay.ac.uk.

Our US and Canada Engagement Leads attend events across North America regularly. To see where they'll be, visit our Meet Us In North America page. 

Meet Adrienne, our US Engagement Lead

I was born and raised in Delaware and came to Scotland for the first time as a 19-year old study abroad student. That trip changed my life - I fell in love with the culture, the history, and the people of this beautiful country and needed to return immediately to learn more. I came back to Scotland for my Masters degree then returned to Delaware briefly after, but Scotland was still calling. I moved back in 2011 to pursue a PhD and have lived in Scotland ever since, with no end in sight! Dundee is a fun and vibrant place to live - all that's missing is somewhere for a decent hoagie (my only homesickness involves food!). I love this country and am passionate about higher education, it would be my pleasure to talk to you about the amazing opportunities Abertay offers!

Contact me 

Adrienne McLaughlin

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

Undergraduate

There 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

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

School of Science, Engineering & Technology US High School Diploma (> 3.0 on 4.0 scale) along with either AP or SAT scores

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:

  • 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 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.

School of Design and Informatics US High School Diploma (> 3.0 on 4.0 scale) along with either AP or SAT scores

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:

  • 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) Computer Games Technology

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) Computer Arts

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
An Art portfolio will also need to be submitted.
Dundee Business School US High School Diploma (> 3.0 on 4.0 scale) along with either AP or SAT scores

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
School of Social & Health Sciences US High School Diploma (> 3.0 on 4.0 scale) along with either AP or SAT scores

BA (Hons) Criminology

Bsc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Bsc (Hons) Psychology

Bsc (Hons) Psychology & Counselling

BSc (Hons) Sociology

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 must be 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.

The main deadline for applications is 15 January 2019.

After this deadline, applications may be accepted for some degrees but we recommend you contact us to check before submitting your application.

The UCAS website 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 Adrienne for help.

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

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

Costs and Funding

Tuition fees for international students can be found here.

Abertay University is happy to accept US Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) payments. Please contact Adrienne to discuss the FAFSA application process

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

Abertay Undergraduate Scholarships

This is an award of up to £9,200 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 £2,300 annually, paid in equal instalments in January and April, for a maximum of 4 years.

Abertay Graduate Scholarships

This £2,000 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 (i.e., transfer) students from community colleges all across the US. If you would like to transfer to Abertay, please contact Adrienne as soon as possible so she can help create a personalized track for your studies.

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 to Abertay, speak to your campus transfer counsellor or contact Abertay’s 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, please contact Adrienne to discuss your options.

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 contact our Exchange and Study Abroad officer, Torsten Matzke, 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.

 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, please contact Adrienne to discuss the application process.

Your chosen degree must be approved by the VA in order to be eligible for funding. Currently Abertay has two degrees approved: BA (Hons) Game Design and Production and BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking. If you would like to pursue a different degree, please contact Adrienne to have that degree 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 English US English
module class
course degree
subject major
postgraduate graduate
college community college
articulation transfer (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 (i.e., senior year) is when you will take honours modules (i.e., 300 and 400-level classes).

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

More Information

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