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United States of America (USA)

Welcome to the country information for students from the USA.

Meet us in the USA

We visit the USA on average two times a year, typically in September and October. You can expect to meet us in New York, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. Find out about our scheduled visits or if you are unable to make it to our events, find out when we will be available to chat online.

Studying in the UK

Most bachelors degrees in the UK are three years in duration and masters degrees are one year. The teaching style here means that students focus more closely on their subject of study and complete fewer general education classes and electives. This is an advantage to American students because it means you can complete your degree in a shorter amount of time and therefore pay one year's less tuition. Degrees from UK universities are recognised around the world and are considered to be of the highest quality.

American financial aid is available to students studying in the UK. Kingston University also has scholarships worth £2,000 each that we encourage all American students to apply for. While undertaking your degree you are eligible to work part time.

Top-quality teaching and facilities

As one of the fastest growing modern universities in the UK, Kingston maintains a tradition of developing courses with industry experts and professional organisations. These partnerships help Kingston University achieve some of the best graduate employment figures in the UK.

Safe and central location

We're located in Kingston upon Thames, a safe, attractive and lively riverside town in south-west London. Kingston is only 30 minutes by train from central London, and about an hour from Gatwick and Heathrow airports. Kingston is consistently rated the safest borough in London (Metropolitan Police, 2013) and the happiest place to live in London (Rightmove, 2013). It's also the sixth happiest place to live in the UK.

Transferring to Kingston

We will consider transfer students for advanced placement onto our degree programmes. However, the faculty teaching the course has the final decision on whether or not to accept your credits and we cannot guarantee that all credits earned will be applied to your Kingston degree. Read more about transferring credits to Kingston on our entry requirements page.

Study Abroad

If you are interested in studying at Kingston University as part of your degree in the United States (for either a semester or a year), please visit the Study Abroad site. Kingston University also hosts a Summer School each year, which welcomes undergraduate students from around the world, including the United States, who earn credits to take back home.

Overseas educational representatives in the USA

Below is a list of university representatives in the United States. Please contact your nearest representative if you would like further information:

Across the Pond
170 S. Green Valley Parkway, 3rd Floor
Henderson, Nevada 89012, USA
Tel: +1 (702) 318-7127
Twitter: @AcrossthePondUK
LinkedIn: Study Across the Pond - North America

UK visa requirements for the USA

Students from the USA coming to study in the UK are required to obtain prior entry clearance and therefore need to apply for a student visa before arriving in the UK. For information on how to apply for Entry Clearance please visit the following websites:

The British Council has put together a guide to living and studying in the UK, including an outline of the UK visa process with advice for each step of the application.

You will need to show proof of funding when applying at the British Consulate in the USA. If you are planning on receiving financial aid you will therefore need to have applied for this at Kingston University.

Partner institutions in the USA

Kingston University has a number of progression route partnerships with colleges, universities and institutions. These include:

Partner Collaboration Subject areas Partnership contact
Grand Valley State University Postgraduate entry routes

Contact us

International enquiries
Tel: +44(0)20 8417 3411

Contact us

International enquiries
Tel: +44(0)20 8417 3411

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Did you know...

  • We currently have 158 students from the USA studying at Kingston.
  • Of our 20,668 students, 18 per cent come from outside the UK, representing 154 countries worldwide.

    (as of December 2014)

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