Information and Advice for Prospective Students from the USA

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Welcome to the University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln is home to a thriving community of students from around the world and we are delighted that you are considering studying with us. To help you prepare for your exciting journey to study in the UK and the historic city of Lincoln, this page contains important information regarding the entrance requirements you will need to meet. We have also included information regarding University of Lincoln tuition fees, stories from our American student and Alumni community, and opportunities to meet us in your region or online. 

For students considering joining us, we are delighted to offer a range of scholarships to eligible students from around the world. Please visit our dedicated scholarships page to find out more.

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Meet Our Representative for the USA

"Hello everyone my name is Olivia Bailey. As the University of Lincoln’s representative for the USA, I am here to help you find out more about why the UK is a great study destination, and the fantastic opportunities available here at the University of Lincoln.

If you have any questions that we can help with, please do not hesitate to contact us via the link below. We look forward to speaking to you soon."

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Meet our USA Student and Alumni Community

Studying in the UK is more than just gaining a degree, it is an opportunity to learn from new experiences, develop self confidence and initiative and to make fantastic memories that we hope will last a lifetime. Find out more about what it is like to live and study at the University of Lincoln by reading some of our USA student and Alumni stories below.


"I have extremely fond memories of studying at the University of Lincoln. It was the first time in my education that I was told I could do anything if I put my mind to it, to aim for better than best, and where I could really explore my passion for news and hone my skills. I would not be where I am today were it not for my years in Lincoln and the people I met and influence my career."

Gemma Long, BA (Hons) Journalism graduate, and owner of Gem PR & Media

"Lincoln was my first choice because of the way the course was structured. When I came I could tell how much the lecturers really cared about their students and it was the personal touch that really impressed me. They were really approachable and accommodating to your needs.”

Ashton Hinton, BA (Hons) Illustration graduate and owner of Ashton Hinton Illustration

Discover Our Range Of Programmes

Find out more information about our exciting range of over 300 University of Lincoln undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

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Funding Your Studies Through US Federal and Private Loans

Visit our advice page to find out more information about funding your studies at the University of Lincoln through US Federal, or private student loans.

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Entry Requirements

As a prospective student from the USA, you will be required to meet the following academic entrance requirements prior to starting your studies at the University of Lincoln.

Prospective students require one of the following qualifications for entry onto year one of a bachelor’s degree:

  • High School Diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above plus:

    New SAT (post-2016) a score of 1190/1600 on the SAT Reasoning Test (SATR/SAT I) or an ACT score of 26 plus:

    Three SAT subject-specific tests (SAT II) with a minimum score of 580+ in each subject or at least three Advanced Placement (AP) exams with a score of 3-4 in each depending on the course applied for

  • Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) with between 27 and 34 points. Specific information regarding IB requirements can be found on the individual undergraduate course page

  • Successful completion of three A Levels

Where students are required to obtain a specific A level grade in a subject area, the following equivalencies should be observed:

A Level gradeAP equivalentSAT II equivalent
B 4 630
C 3 580

Study Abroad

If you are currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an accredited US university or college of higher education, you may be able to apply to spend a semester or full year of study at the University of Lincoln through our Study Abroad scheme.

Many US students studying at Lincoln come through our partnerships with institutions in the US including:

Advanced Entry (Undergraduate)

Depending on your academic background and intended course of study, it may be possible to apply for advanced entry into year 2 or 3 of a University of Lincoln undergraduate course.

For direct entry into year 2 (Sophomore), prospective students require:

  • Completion of an Associate Degree or;
  • Completion of two years of a US Bachelor degree with a GPA of at least 2.8 (some courses may require a GPA of 3.2)

For direct entry into year 3, prospective students must have completed three years of a US Bachelor degree with a GPA of at least 2.8 – 3.2.

For more information, please contact the International Admissions Team:

Postgraduate Taught

Before joining a University of Lincoln postgraduate taught (master’s degree) programme, you will need to have completed an honour's degree, or an equivalent qualification, at a recognised institution. You will also need to obtain a specific grade/classification in order to be accepted onto the programme.

Our programme webpages contain information regarding the specific grade/classification we require. The requirements may range from a first class honour’s degree to a lower second-class honours. The table below outlines what we deem to be an equivalent grade/classification in the USA.

UK bachelor’s degree classificationEquivalent bachelor’s degree classification (USA)
First Class (1st) 3.7/4 GPA
Upper Second Class Hons (2:1) 3.2/4 GPA
Lower Second Class Hons (2:2) 2.8/4 GPA
Third Class Hons (3rd) 2.4/4 GPA


For certain programmes we may be able to consider extensive relevant professional experience if you do not meet the above requirements. The programme webpage will tell you if your chosen programme will consider professional experience in lieu of an honour's degree.

Please note that the information above is for guidance purposes only and is not an exhaustive list of accepted qualifications. To check if your qualification is eligible, please contact the International Admissions team by emailing

Postgraduate Research

The University of Lincoln offers a variety of research degree programmes. Information regarding entry requirements can be found on the individual programme webpage.

English Language Requirements

In addition to meeting the academic requirements outlined above, you will also be expected to meet the University's English Language requirements.

As a guide, the majority of our programmes require an IELTS score of 6.0, 6.5 or 7.0. To find out more about the specific English Language requirements you will need to meet, please visit our programme pages.

As an alternative to IELTS, we also accept Grade C / 75% in English at High School Grade 12 level. This qualification should usually have been completed no more than 5 years before enrolling at the University of Lincoln. However this requirement will usually be waived for applicants who achieved the required High School English grade and subsequently completed a degree in their home country that was taught fully in English. An official letter from the previous institution, confirming that the degree was taught in English, may be required.

Please visit our English language requirements page for further details regarding alternative English language qualifications and tests we accept.

Meet Our International Representatives

The University of Lincoln have partnered with a number of representatives and education agents around the world. As part of their role, they can provide information and support in the following areas:

  • An introduction to studying in the UK and what options are available
  • Applying to the University of Lincoln
  • Visa advice and support
  • Applying for your university accommodation and travelling to the UK

Visit our dedicated page to see the approved representatives and education agents in your country or region.

Meet Us in Your Country

Find out more about our upcoming events and opportunities to meet us in person, or online, where you live.

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Join Our Virtual Events

Our virtual events are designed to help you prepare for your exciting journey to the UK and the University of Lincoln. They can also help you to find out more about what makes Lincoln a great place to live and study.

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