Welcome USA

 

Hi, my name is Jackie and I am the regional officer for the USA. I am a former international student and look forward to sharing my experience with you and to answer any questions you might have. I can be contacted using the details below. 

Contact: Jackie Jarocki
Phone: +44 1970 622 367
Email: jaj64@aber.ac.uk

Please note that Aberystwyth University accepts US Federal Loans

Entry Requirements

 

Entry Requirements

Foundation

Successful completion of High School Diploma with final GPA of 2.5-2.7 (depending on subject to be studied). 

Undergraduate

Minimum final GPA of 3.0 - 3.2 (depending on the subject to be studied)

Plus one of the following:

  • Minimum of 2 AP tests with scores of 3+ (subject-specific requirements for some degree programmes)
  • Minimum of 2 High School Honors classes with B grades
  • Minimum of 2 College Level classes with B grades

Applicants with lower scores may be considered for courses with integrated foundation years.

 

For mature learners (ie applicants over the age of 21), we will also consider work experience in lieu of exams on a case by case basis.

 

If you are studying the IB programme we generally look for 26-30 points.

 

Collegeboard Code: 6856
ACT Code: 7898

Postgraduate

Generally, the minimum entry requirement for most taught Masters courses is a lower second class honours degree (2.2). However, some departments may require upper second class honours degrees (2.1) (e.g. School of Art) or relevant work experience.

 

The following table shows how US qualifications compare with UK degrees:

 UK 2ii Honours standard  

 UK 2i Honours standard 

 UK 1st Class Honours standard

 Bachelor's GPA 2.6

 Bachelor's GPA 3.10

 Bachelor's GPA 3.60

For specific requirements, please refer to the Postgraduate Admissions Office website.

English Requirement

As the USA teach through the medium of English and English is used widely for administrative purposes, it is expected that nationals from the States would not be required to have an English Language qualification. They are, therefore, exempt from providing proof to meet the UK Visa and Immigrations requirements and the University's requirements for English language ability.

 

American citizens, and/or those who have successfully graduated from a NARIC recognised American institution, there is no language requirement for PG study.

 

Scholarships

Name of Award Value When to Apply

International Accommodation Scholarship

(Undergraduate and Postgraduate)

Click the link for further information.

Click the link for further information.

AberDoc Scholarship 
(Postgraduate)

Grant for up to 3 years.

29th January and 1st March.

(Differs by department)

Global Wales Scholarships
(Postgraduate)

3 x Scholarships (one per student) worth £10,000 for an applicant studying a Postgraduate Masters course at Aberystwyth University.

The deadline for submitting an application is 20 June 2021.

Fulbright Degree Award 
(Postgraduate)

Full tuition waiver and £13,700 living stipend

The deadlines is October for the following academic year. 

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award
(Postgraduate)

£6,725 living stipend  The deadline is October for the following academic year. 

US Federal Loans

Loans from the United States Government Apply via the FAFSA

For further information on Scholarships and Bursaries please contact the International Office on +44 (0) 1970 62 2891 or international@aber.ac.uk

Student Profiles

Amanda Duhig

BA English Literature & Creative Writing

 

For me, Aberystwyth was a fresh start at an uncertain point in my life. The University was willing to accept my unconventional hodgepodge of academic qualifications, and throughout my time in Aber, the tutors and lecturers were accessible and truly passionate about their subjects. They offered sincere praise and fair critique, which helped me to grow as a student and writer. I learned to read critically, and to interpret materials using perspectives I might not have otherwise considered; a skill which has proven valuable in both my career and day-to-day life. Aberystwyth is a safe, welcoming, wonderful town all on its own, with a vibrant, surprisingly cosmopolitan culture for such a small place, but it's the friends I made there that made it feel like home. Days and nights spent exploring the coastline, building beach bonfires, chatting in the  pubs, and studying for exams with my friends are some of my most cherished memories.

 

My degree and the skills I honed while at Aberystwyth have made my career possible. The highly focused nature of a U.K. degree means I was able to spend 3 years building meaningful skills in my field rather than wasting time on "core classes." U.S. employers have done double-takes seeing "Aberystwyth University" on my CV, but many of them recognise the value of an employee who has spent time in a different culture. For U.S. students considering Aberystwyth, it's certainly different from the typical American university experience. Arrive with an open mind and don't be afraid to join societies, engage with your course mates, and try new things. You'll find your niche and, after graduation, you might never want to leave.

Andy McDonald 

Andy McDonald graduated with a degree in Geography in 1972. In addition to his successful career, Andy also acts as Aber's unofficial ambassador in the eastern USA and he is willing to assist any Aber alumnus with locating and/or doing business there. Contact him at usa-east@alumni.aber.ac.uk 

What do I remember most about my time at Aber?

As with all the most enjoyable experiences in life, the thing that stands out most for me are the friendships that I formed while at Aber. Most of these were through my participation in sports, in my case - football. Finding out that I had so much in common with people from such varied backgrounds was a real learning experience for me and helped to broaden my horizons tremendously. It probably provided me with a level of comfort that helped me to be willing to accept new opportunities and to be mobile. From growing up in a small town in Yorkshire I went on to work in London, travel extensively in Europe and the Middle East and, ultimately, to emigrate to New York. 

What am I doing now career wise and how has my Aberystwyth degree helped?

Nobody was more surprised than me that, after graduating with a degree in Geography (and a Masters Degree in Hydrology), I found myself working in banking! I probably had a fraction of the career knowledge and ambition that the average undergraduate student is armed with nowadays but, fortunately, I found that I loved the profession that I had somehow stumbled into. After a number of years working in international banking I took an opportunity to move into private banking. I now manage the New York and New England private banking business for a major U.S. bank. I love the business; it's fast paced, always changing and our clients are so varied that every day brings something different. It certainly may not be obvious as to exactly how my degree helped me in my career, but I found my background in science to be a great learning experience for me. It gave me discipline, a grounding in research and fact finding and a belief in analysis which has proved invaluable. 

What advice do I have for a student doing my course now?

The world of career opportunities has changed dramatically since I graduated; in my era, employers were looking more for a generic graduate than someone who was partially trained in their particular business line. The world has become more specialized now but I still think that college students should study what they are academically interested in. College is a time to stretch your intellect- in whatever direction you choose. Your various experiences at university will gradually lead you towards your natural areas of interest and, from that, where your talents lie. Worry less about your career and simply pursue your interests.

Jane Stilley

Jane Stilley graduated with a degree in History and Latin in 1964. In addition to her successful career, Jane also acts as Aber's unofficial ambassador in the southern USA and she is willing to assist any Aber alumnus with locating and/or doing business there. Contact her at usa-south@alumni.aber.ac.uk

What do you remember most about your time at Aber?

Like all other foreign students at virtually any university, there is that "oh my gosh, how did I get here?" reaction, no matter how much one has planned in the future, but that first step on Aberystwyth soil remains in one's mind as a dream. The reader has to remember that my arrival was in 1963, long before any sort of internet, so my total amount of knowledge, aside from the university information sent to me, was from my professor who thought highly of Aberystwyth and its courses of study in my field of interest, and 'oh by the way, it does have the nicest weather of all of the UK.' The students, of course, that is what I remember best, the lasting friendships. Fighting my way down Penglais Hill in gale force rain, headed for the main building and knowing that after classes, coffee at the Penguin Cafe. Prince Phillip's visit to Rendel and his amazing answer to the students' complaint that there was no on-campus pub. But it is the people, the occasional gamanfa ganu, the kicking of the bar at the end of the Prom.

What are you doing now career-wise and how has your Aberystwyth Degree helped?

I am retired now, from a petrochemical engineering company, so my study of history might seem not at all helpful to the casual observer. Not at all true, though, as any company that relies upon the advancement of technology is deep into the study of trends. What's history if one doesn't understand trends and be prepared to look for them, sometimes in less than the obvious places? My work involved a great deal of interviewing of personnel, and what's better for a history student than the fun of asking more and more questions?

What advice would you have for a student doing your course now?

No matter what your course of study, whether it is medieval history or chemistry or agricultural studies, or whatever, do it because you find it fascinating, fascinating for you yourself, challenging, and fun. Sure, it's harder than indescribably hard from time to time, but the fascination and interest must be there. Do it for yourself. Embrace it. Don't do it for others. Do it because you want to! We all agree that some fields of study are more likely to be instant job getters, but one also has to have that belief that a good deal of what studying is about is in the discipline, the stick-to-it-iveness, and the intellectual curiosity that leads one on!

Angela Hawekotte

Angela graduated from Aber in 1980 with a diploma in International Law and Relations. She is now an attorney in California. 

What do you remember most about your time at Aber?

I remember a wonderfully diverse and intellectually curious student population. The teaching faculty were top-notch and truly interested in advancing the education of the students. I loved the traditions of the University, its cultural identity, and, in particular, I enjoyed walking the Promenade and "kicking the bar."

What are you doing now career-wise and how has your Aberystwyth degree helped?

I am a practicing attorney in California. I am also a licensed certified public accountant. My areas of emphasis are estate planning, tax and corporate law. My Aberystwyth degree helped me especially in expanding my world-view and becoming more aware of the political and economic events that shaped the European Union and its tremendous impact in the global arena. The knowledge that I gained has made me a more interesting person, better able to communicate with a wide range of clients who come from varying backgrounds.

What advice would you have for a student doing your course now?

Enjoy the intellectual pursuit. While we do not always end up professionally doing something directly related to what we study, it is important to expand our minds and to learn about the impact of law and politics on all of us and their purpose in our ever-changing world.

Partners

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Email: usa@studyin-uk.com