Brooklyn Bridge at dusk, New York City, USA

International studentsUSA


We've been welcoming US students to Strathclyde for over 150 years - our first US students began studying with us in the 1850s.

Since then, we've welcomed a growing number of students from all over the United States who come to Strathclyde to study within our four faculties: Business, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences and Science.

Living and studying within the heart of one of the world's friendliest cities is a fantastic experience for our students from the USA. Glasgow’s transport infrastructure, including Glasgow international airport less than 20 minutes away, makes the city a great base to explore the rest of Scotland, the UK and Europe, and beyond.

Strathclyde’s long-standing links to the US date as far back to the late 1700s, when our founder John Anderson used to accompany Benjamin Franklin on visits to Scotland. You can read more about their friendship and a letter to John Anderson from Bejamin Franklin can be found in our Archives and Special Collections.


We're proud of our US partnerships and the many opportunities that our strong links with the US continue to provide.


We've been joint hosts of the Scottish Fulbright Summer Institute for the last few years. We also host Fulbright research students every year.

Strathclyde also has a partnership with Fulbright to offer the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching. US teachers receive grants to study at a university, observe classes and complete a project pertaining to their field of educational inquiry during their time abroad.

Find out what some of our recent Fulbright students thought about the University of Strathclyde.

Study abroad & exchange partners

Our exchange partnerships with universities across the US allow students the opportunity to study for a semester or a year abroad with us. Find out more on our study abroad web pages.


At a national level, Strathclyde is the leading institution in SU2P, a £2.4-million initiative between universities in Scotland and California, including Stanford University, which is enhancing the economic impact of research in photonics and related technologies. Find out more about SU2P.

Scottish Space School

Our Scottish Space School, which is part of a strategic partnership with NASA, is giving Scotland’s school pupils an insight into engineering and the opportunity to meet with astronauts, engineers, and scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre.

Centre for Health Policy

Strathclyde's Centre for Health Policy has partnerships with a number of US institutions, including New York University and Yale University.

Glasgow City Innovation District

Scotland's first Innovation District, a hub for entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration, was officially launched at the University of Strathclyde. It builds on Scotland’s rich tradition of scientific excellence and industrial collaboration. We're proud to be at the heart of a thriving area that is creating a world of opportunities for research, business and academia.

Entry requirements

Update on US undergraduate entry requirements for those applying for entry in 2021

In light of the disruption caused to the availability and accessibility of testing by COVID-19, the University of Strathclyde will be adopting a more flexible admissions policy for those students applying for entry in 2021.

Should you be unable to meet the entry criteria as detailed below, we will consider other evidence in lieu of standardised testing. We may be able to consider strong academic performance in AP or Honors classes as detailed on your high school transcript. Should you lack the necessary standardised testing/college preparatory courses, we may be able to consider your application on a case-by-case basis.

Please feel free to get in touch with our US representatives, Melissa and Ashley, should you wish to discuss your application further. Their contact details can be found on the Contact Us tab.


Students require successful completion of the High School Diploma, plus one of the following:

Method 1

Old SAT: 1800 (600+ in Critical Reading, Mathematics, Writing) or New SAT: 1200 (600+ in Evidence Based Reading & Writing & Maths) or ACT: 27


Two AP examinations (in relevant subjects) at 4+ or two SAT subject tests (in relevant subjects) 600+

Method 2

Three AP examinations (in relevant subjects) 4+ or three SAT subject tests (in relevant subjects) 600+

A combination of AP and SAT subject tests are acceptable provided they are in different subjects.

Entry to some degree programmes requires SAT subject tests or APs in specific subjects eg Maths and Physics for Engineering. These subjects will be listed in the undergraduate prospectus. Please contact the department or International office if you are not sure.

For the new SATs we will not be looking for the optional essay and we will not be super scoring between the old and new tests.

How to apply

For all undergraduate courses, the MSW Social Work, Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), and our LLB Law courses including the LLB Scots and English Grad Entry, applications must be made through UCAS.

For undergraduate students applying from the USA, please request that your transcripts are sent to the University of Strathclyde using the following codes:

  • Strathclyde SAT Code: 0841
  • Strathclyde ACT Code: 5318


A minimum GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. Some courses may accept a lower GPA and will take into consideration your supporting documents. Please contact us if you are in any doubt. Applications are made directly to Strathclyde through the course webpage for postgraduate study. If you wish to apply for a research degree you'd normally have to have a Masters degree and some experience of research work.

For further information on entry requirements, please contact our representative Melissa Cunningham (

Degree preparation courses

The University of Strathclyde International Study Centre offers international students, who do not meet direct requirements for a course, the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation, International Year One or Pre-Masters programme. Upon successful completion, students will be able to progress to a degree level course at the University of Strathclyde.

How to apply

Apply through our course pages.

Get in touch

If you're in any doubt about the entry requirements, just get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

While you're here

We're based in the centre of Glasgow, beside George Square - the city's iconic main square.

Glasgow is a vibrant and exciting city with lots of things to get involved in, no matter what your interests are. We have a world-renowned music scene, loads of sports events, more than 90 parks, and the Style Mile - the UK’s largest retail centre outside of London.

The slogan for the city is 'People Make Glasgow', and you'll understand how true this is when you get here!

Music & culture

Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music with an average of 130 music events across the city each week as well as playing host to a number of large festivals throughout the year, including:

  • Trnsmt - an indie and rock festival, that gathers international and local music acts and around 50,000 festival goers for one of the most exciting events of the summer. Trnsmt is held in Glasgow Green, only a 10-minute walk from our campus
  • Celtic Connections - Glasgow’s annual festival celebrating folk, traditional and Celtic music. More than 2,000 musicians from around the world come together for more than 300 events over 18 days
  • Glasgow Film Festival - one of the UK’s leading film festivals where audiences can experience the best in international cinema. The programme regularly features new local and international films from all genres

Glasgow is also home to Scottish Ballet and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Arts & history

Glasgow has Europe's largest free-to-view art collection!

There are a number of museums and art galleries across the city, like the beautiful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum where you can discover everything from artists like Salvador Dali, to animals, Ancient Egypt, and much more.


Glasgow is one of the world's top five sporting cities and has hosted many fantastic international events including the Commonwealth Games 2014, the European Athletics Championships 2018 and the European Indoor Athletics Championships 2019.

Scotland's national football stadium and museum are also based in Glasgow.

Glasgow is home to Braehead Clan, a professional ice hockey team that competes in the Elite Ice Hockey League. You can catch a match at the 3,500 seater Braehead Arena not too far from the city centre.

Beyond Glasgow

Scotland is known for its natural beauty and fascinating history so it would be a shame if you missed out!

Strathclyde is less than one hour by train to the stunning Loch Lomond. You can also travel a little further and see some scenery you may recognise from movies and TV shows like Outlander, Skyfall and Harry Potter!

Our amazing location also means we're only a one-hour flight from London. If you prefer train travel, there are also plenty of trains leaving Glasgow for London every day. This journey normally takes under five hours.

Find out more about Discovering Scotland.


Weather in Glasgow is similar to London, with average temperature of 4°C during winter (6°C in London), and 19°C during summer (21°C in London).

Contact us

Want to find out more about studying at Strathclyde?  

Our US student recruitment team are hosting weekly 30-minute webinar calls, every Tuesday and Thursday at 4pm (UK time) during term time.

Find out more about studying in Scotland and talk to one of the team. Please fill out your details below and we will be in touch.

Register now

Please note – If you register after 5pm UK time the day preceding each scheduled call you will automatically be considered for the following week's scheduled call. For example, if you register for the Tuesday call on Monday after 5pm UK time, you will be scheduled for the following week's Tuesday call.

In your country

We have an agreement with Across the Pond. Find out all you need to know and how their team can help you by visiting Across the Pond's website.

You can also telephone Across the Pond on: +1-702-318-7127 or send the team an email,

On social media, you can like Across the Pond on Facebook or find them on Twitter, using @AcrossthePondUK.

Upcoming events and visits

Across the Pond representatives regularly attend events across the USA, and they would love to speak to you! Find out when a member of the team is next in your area by taking a look at our list of upcoming events and visits.


Fulbright - University of Strathclyde Award

Each year, the University of Strathclyde, in partnership with the Fulbright US Student programme, is delighted to offer the Postgraduate Student Award.

Our partnership with Fulbright aims to foster intercultural understanding between the US and the UK through educational exchange, and we're delighted to offer this scholarship opportunity to students seeking to pursue a Master’s or PhD at Strathclyde that will help them fulfil their potential in their career and beyond.

Many students over the years have availed of this award; one of our more recent graduates being Natasha Hessami, MSc Social Policy (Research Methods). Find out more about Natasha's story, and watch Natasha on Youtube where she talks about her experience of studying at Strathclyde.


The University of Strathclyde will accept students under the new Direct Loan programme and GI Bill. For assistance, please contact our finance team by emailing 

Federal Aid

Strathclyde is registered as a foreign school with the US Department of Education. This means that we can certify eligibility for Direct Loans and Direct PLUS Loans (graduate / professional students only)

You must be attending a course that leads to one of the qualifications below:

  • bachelor degrees
  • master's or doctorate degrees
  • first professional degrees

The University of Strathclyde's Federal Aid registration code is (FAFSA): 00980800. 

Find out more about the US Direct Federal Aid.

Check out our scholarships database to find out more about all scholarships and funding opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.