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Here’s our guide to studying at Goldsmiths for students from USA. You'll be able to find everything from completing your application to adjusting to life in the UK. We currently have 362 American students at Goldsmiths.

Our American graduates work in a diverse range of industries and for a whole host of companies. Examples of employees include ABC News, Amnesty International, Atlantic Records, Chicago Children's Theatre, Deloitte Digital, Haringey Council, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, New York International Children's Film Festival, Saatchi Gallery and the Young Vic.

How to apply

Undergraduate

You make your application through UCAS, an online application system. The system allows you to choose up to five different universities and apply with one application.

Applications open on 1 September for entry the following September. The normal closing date is 15 January, but some courses will accept applications until 30 June. You are advised to apply as early as possible as courses have limited places.

You should refer to individual programme pages to see whether your course has any additional application requirements. Applications are usually assessed within two months and can be managed online via UCAS.

Once we've made a decision on your application you'll receive either an unconditional offer, a conditional offer or a rejection. Find out more about what these offers mean in our video:

Postgraduate

For the majority of postgraduate programmes you can apply via our website. Simply click the ‘apply now’ button on your chosen programme page. Some programmes have different application procedures, so always check the programme page before making your application. 

Summer schools

Goldsmiths offers a variety of summer schools for international students. Find out more about our summer school programme.

What to include in your application

As well as information about your education history, and the course you’re choosing, you’ll also need to provide a personal statement as part of your application. This is your chance to explain how your academic experience is relevant to the course you want to study. You’ll also have an opportunity to tell us about relevant extracurricular activities you’ve taken part in and how they make you stand out.

Find out more about what to include in your personal statement at undergraduate or postgraduate level:

Entry requirements

All applications are usually considered on individual merit and we accept a wide variety of qualifications from all over the world.

Undergraduate 

Goldsmiths welcomes applications from students with US qualifications. You do not need to take UK exams to enter Goldsmiths, and our admissions team will review your US qualifications and establish equivalences at the point of application. 

We understand that the US does not offer a nationalised curriculum and, therefore, one student may have a high school diploma and ACT scores while another may have SATs and Advanced Placement tests. When making admissions decisions, Goldsmiths uses a holistic review process, taking a variety of factors into account including your personal statement, letter of reference, extracurricular activities, test scores and some academic grades. In some programmes portfolios are also required. 

For High School applicants, Goldsmiths requires the following academic qualifications:

  • A high school diploma with a GPA 3.0 or higher (unweighted) 

Plus either of the following combinations: 

  • ACT with a composite score of 26
  • or Two advanced placement (AP) tests with a score of 3 or higher,
  • or SAT 1240 overall (with a minimum of 580 in Math and 620 in Evidence-based Reading and Writing)

 Applicants who have previously completed either the SAT-S or the SAT-R exam will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer Students 

You may also be considered for advanced entry to some of our undergraduate programmes if you have completed a period of study at a US University or Community College. Normally, those students who have completed 2 years at the undergraduate level are eligible to apply for year 2 entry. Please contact the international team for more details. Please note that not all programmes allow second year entry. 

Postgraduate

For entry to postgraduate programmes you will normally need a Bachelor’s degree in a subject relevant to your proposed area of postgraduate study. Specific entrance requirements (including portfolios) and application deadlines may also apply in some subjects. Pllease refer to individual course pages to find out what these are.

Study Abroad

Normally, you will need to have been attending university for at least 1 year and have a GPA of at least 3.0. If you have a lower GPA we may still consider you, particularly if you’ve worked previously in that subject area. Find out more on our study abroad pages.

Fees and funding

Fees

Find out more about our fees for 2016-17.

Scholarships and bursaries

Goldsmiths has a series of scholarships for international students applying for postgraduate and research programmes.  If you’re an alumni you may also be eligible for discounted fees. For further information, please see our International Scholarship pages.

As a student from the USA, there are several specific scholarships and funding opportunities that you can apply for:

  • Federal Direct Loan Program
    Goldsmiths is registered with the US Department of Education as an eligible foreign institution for the William D Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. If you are studying an Undergraduate or Postgraduate programme at Goldsmiths then you should apply for loans through Goldsmiths. Please see our information on student loans and Federal Aid.
  • Private Loans
    Some lenders also offer private loans. You should contact the lender for further information. The amount you can borrow will be limited to a maximum of the Cost of Attendance minus any Federal Aid you may receive.
  • Sallie Mae Study Abroad Loans
    If you are on a Study Abroad programme, Sallie Mae offer a private loan for visiting students to cover any shortfall and other expenses not covered by your school in the USA. If you are eligible for Federal Aid you should still apply to your school in the USA first.
  • Fulbright Award
  • Marshall Scholarships

Visas

Find out more about applying for a visa.

Visiting your country

The International team visits the USA at least twice a year to take part in higher education events, deliver presentations, interview potential applicants and catch up with local alumni. If you’re unable to visit Goldsmiths in person then these events are your chance to meet us in your home country.


Can’t make these dates? We also run regular online events, including webinars, virtual tours and chat sessions.

Across the Pond

We work with Across the Pond who can give you information about studying at Goldsmiths and help you with adjusting to life in the UK.

Adjusting to life in the UK

Generally Americans find it easy to transition to life in London, but if you’re struggling then we can offer a whole range of support.

This includes PAL (our student led mentor scheme), and our on-site Careers Service and Counselling Service. Find out more about the support we offer

MA in Promotional Media: Public Relations, Advertising & Marketing student Mackenzie, who is from America, talks about the differences between studying in the USA and the UK. 

Healthcare

You are eligible for NHS healthcare if you are enrolled on a full time course lasting six months or longer. Please ensure you register with a local GP. The nearest hospital is Lewisham hospital.

Feeling homesick?

Celebrations
Many London-based Americans still celebrate traditional American holidays so it’s easy to find somewhere to mark events like 4th of July and Thanksgiving. Check Time Out London for listings. The International Team also organises an annual Thanksgiving dinner for American students and their friends.

Places of worship
London caters for members of all faiths, and celebrates all of the major religious festivals. To find out more bout places of worship visit www.cityvisitor.co.uk/southeastlondon/placesofworship

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