I've searched through the forums and didnt' find much about American kids applying to UK universities and what kind of qualifications they had for the respective schools they got into.
I'm currently in the process of finalizing my UCAS application for the following programs: Environmental Policy with Economics @ LSE, Geography with Economics @ LSE, Italian and Business Studies @ UCL, Economics and Business with East European Studies and a year in industry @ UCL, Applied Business Management with a year in industry @ Imperial, Business Studies and Spanish @ University of Edinborough.
I'm in my second year as a business major @ Virginia Tech (A Top 30 U.S. University) and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and this semester I'll be getting a 3.8, I also play Water Polo, in the Young Democrats Club, Boxing Club, helped organize philanthropy, a blood drive, and am involved with my fraternity.
My highschool GPA was 3.85, took 9 AP's, lots of sports and community service, but I didn't try on my AP tests cause I was unmotivated and didn't score any 4's. I scored a 1220 on my SAT's.
I'll be applying as a 1st year to these UK universities, not as a transfer. I don't know how these qualifications compare to UK standards, does it help or hurt being an American student? Do I have any business in applying to these schools? Or should I save my money? I've really been going at this blind because none of the guidance counselors are knoweledge about the UK admission system. So can someone help me?
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- Thread Starter
- 08-12-2005 17:40
- 08-12-2005 17:47
Edinborough = Edinburgh
I'd recommend posting in the university or subject forums for these subjects. If you call the universities or email them THEY will tell you what they want. Not many Americans come over here. I don't think SATS stand for anything over here to be honest, qualifications do, so tell them all you put up there.
Did you know in Britain we actually have blood donation 3 or 4 times a year, do not get paid and the health servce does this?
Irrelevant but nice. Hope you do better than my information but I'm right
- 08-12-2005 19:23
I've applied to universities in the UK as a student from the US (although I am British). Scottish and English unis (dont know about Welsh unis, probably the same as English unis) vary with regard to US qualifications. As APs are the preferable qualification, you might have a problem with applying to UK unis. However, I believe Scottish unis usually use SAT 1 scores and SAT 2 scores (you might have to take the New SAT 1 though).
English unis seem to put an emphasis on AP scores and in general don't seem to bother with SAT scores. Extra curricular activities are seen as an important part of the U.S. admissions system, however in the UK it is not. They can only help you in your Personal Statement.
I suggest you contact the unis individually.