These pages are designed for students coming to Dundee from the USA or from a school or college operating the US system of education. We have a long history of welcoming students from the USA to Dundee, with students choosing us for their undergraduate and graduate education, as well as studying with us on one semester and junior year abroad programmes.

Active alumni groups can be found across the US, notably in California, New York, Virginia, Chicago and Texas, and they'll tell you what we already know - that Dundee offers Scotland's best student experience.

Study for your undergraduate or postgraduate degree at a Top 25 UK University (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018). We are one of the World's Top 200 Universities (Times Higher Education 2018) and consistently rated among the best in the United Kingdom for student experience. The 2018 Guardian University Rankings have seen us rise to 24th in the UK, and we came top in Dentistry and Design & Crafts. We also came top in Scotland (6th in the UK) for Law.

We offer an exceptional standard of education, built on a foundation of outstanding research.  Our teaching is ranked highly in the top university league tables, and our small class sizes provide you with a highly personalised education.

Career prospects for our graduates are amongst the best in the UK.

Study for a degree in Scotland

The US educational degree model was founded upon the Scottish education system, which dates back to 1413. Indeed, the Scottish Master of Arts (MA) undergraduate degree, available in humanities and social science subjects is the basis for the US liberal arts degree, emphasizing the value of a broader, more flexible learning experience. Scotland also operates on a two semester system and four year degree programs. There are a few differences, however:


An undergraduate degree is a first degree for those who do not already hold one.  You can choose from more than 220 undergraduate degree courses.

Four Year Honours

As with most Scottish universities, the majority of our undergraduate degrees traditionally take four years study to complete. This is different from those in the rest of the UK, and the additional year is designed to give you a broader education in the early years with a greater degree of flexibility, and in many
cases, the opportunity to try out new subjects.

In the final two years you will narrow your choice of subject and specialise in the key areas of interest to you.  It is also possible to study for a joint degree.

Three Year Honours 

If you are suitably qualified, you may be able to start your course at Level 2 (second year).  This is known as advanced entry.  

We also offer several discrete three year degree courses, including:

Five Year Degrees

For some degrees, you will need to study for a little longer. Courses which take five years include:

Academic Years

Our academic years run from September to May, with two teaching semesters. Exams for most undergraduate courses are in December and April/May.

Terminology - what is different from the US?

  • The Scots do not talk about their major, instead they refer to it as a course of study.
  • Instead of individual courses, we use the term modules.
  • Classifications like freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior are not used. Instead, students talk about being in Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, or their final year of study.
  • An Honours year in the UK (or final year of study) denotes the honours degree classification. This means a student will produce an original piece of research to present at the end of their degree.
  • Degree classification. Instead of using GPAs, Scottish students graduate with a First class degree, Second class – upper or lower, or a Third class degree.

Professional Subjects

You can study law, dentistry or medicine straight from school and do not have to study a 4-year pre-med or pre-law program first.

Study Abroad

All students can take advantage of our study abroad programmes.  Whether you want to spend a semester or full year abroad, we have programmes in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong that you can take advantage of to enhance your degree and your undergraduate experience.

Masters Degrees

UK masters programs are one year (from September to September) of intensive study. So you can save both time and money by studying for your masters at the University of Dundee. Visit our cost comparison webpage for more details

UK masters courses tend to be very focused and students leave with a specialisation that often grants them an edge in a particular field.

You do not have to sit the GRE for entry into any of our postgraduate programmes.


A PhD or Doctorate usually takes three years to complete, if studied full time. The British PhD does not have a substantial taught element, rather it relies on original research.

Myth Busting

US students may have heard rumours that the one-year UK MSc degrees are not recognised in the USA. This is 100% false. ALL of the degrees in the UK are recognised globally and by obtaining a degree in the UK you will in fact have enhanced your CV/Resume, with a world class degree from an internationally renowned university, all in one year!


  • In the UK, a masters course is called a postgraduate degree, rather than a graduate degree.
  • Sometimes, instead of being referred to as a course, a masters degree will be referred to as a programme of study.

Which courses are popular with students from the US?

Students from the USA apply across the full range of our disciplines with the following courses being the most popular:

BDes Art & Design

BSc Medical Sciences

BSc Forensic Anthropology

I was thrilled when I received my acceptance to study at the University of Dundee, but I could never have imagined how amazing the experience would be. Studying in Dundee was everything I hoped for and more. I gained confidence in myself from living in a different country and navigating an unfamiliar culture. I connected with Dundee in a way I haven't connected with a place in a long time. But, beyond connecting with place, I forged bonds with students around the world. About 150 international students formed a group on social media and we spent the semester exploring Scotland and beyond. The flexibility of classes at Dundee allowed plenty of time for learning outside of the classroom. Course work challenged me to approach topics in a new way from what I was accustomed to in the States, but travelling challenged me to approach myself in new ways. I didn't just study in Scotland, I lived and breathed and loved Scotland.

Taylor Arceneaux, English Literature Major, 2013/4

As a third-year joint honours Psychology and Philosophy student at the University of Dundee, my course keeps me busy, but I enjoy the challenge it offers. Teaching standards at Dundee are at an exceptional level, but professors are always friendly and willing to meet with you after lectures or during office hours if you need a little extra help.

Danielle Ames, Psychology and Philosophy student

The University of Dundee and Fulbright

The University of Dundee and the University of Strathclyde hosted the first Fulbright Scotland Summer Institute in July 2013 in a unique partnership between the two institutions, and last year ran the second Summer Institute.

Twelve students from universities in the United States are selected competitively to spend five weeks in Dundee and Glasgow for an intensive programme of lectures, seminars and cultural visits on the theme 'Scotland: Culture, Identity and Innovation'.

British Council

British Council USA offers guidance, information and pre-departure sessions for American students who are coming to study in the UK. You can discover further information on the British Council USA website.

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Your Dundee, Your Scotland

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The University campus has been voted the friendliest in Scotland. With 3,000 staff and nearly 18,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students coming to the University of Dundee from all over the UK, Europe and beyond, we have a truly welcoming and diverse campus community.

Student Life in Dundee

Dundee itself is a dynamic and multicultural city which has recently been named as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design. It is a friendly place you can settle into quickly, but has all the cultural and leisure activities you would expect from a much larger city. Theatres, art-house cinema, restaurants, galleries, bars, boutiques and craft shops are all within five minutes' walk from the University.  Most students choose to live on or near the campus, so all facilities are nearby. The city also has a vibrant nightlife, with a mix of mainstream and alternative clubs and live music venues. 

While at Dundee you can immerse yourself in Scottish culture (there's more to it than just tartan and shortbread!) and explore the scenic beauty of Scotland. Mountains, lochs and glens are all within easy reach, with the rest of the UK easily accessible, even without a car. If that's not enough, you'll only be a short flight away from mainland Europe too.

Find out more about our student life in Dundee »

Coming from the US, Dundee is a very small and walkable city with good bus coverage for rainy days.

Student from the USA, International Student Barometer, 2015

Student societies

Dundee University Students' Association (DUSA) has many student societies and sports clubs for you to choose from. Our International Student Society organises trips, tours and arranges social events such as Hogmanay (New Year), Burns Night, and St Andrew's Day. They work alongside our International Support Service to help make your time in Dundee memorable.

Freshers’ fairs at the beginning of the year give you the opportunity to sign up for every club and sport imaginable, I chose to write for The Magdalen, Dundee’s student magazine, as well as participate in Athletics, and the Sailing club. I’ve found Scottish students to be exceedingly friendly, and through getting to know them and understanding their rare breed of Scottish humour, I’ve accumulated priceless memories of my time in Dundee.

Danielle Ames, Psychology and Philosophy student

The thing I enjoyed the most about my experience here is the amount of connections and friendships I have made. I have made life long friends, and I am so thankful to have shared this experience with them.

Jessica Jack, Humanities and Social Sciences student

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Emily Goodfella, student from USA

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Why our students think we're number one

For entry to all our programmes you will need to demonstrate that your qualifications meet the University of Dundee entrance requirements. These are general guidelines only, and exact requirements will vary on an individual basis, and from course to course. The information below is based on you taking your exams under your country's national education system. If this is not the case, please refer to the entry requirements for the relevant country.

For undergraduate courses: if you have taken international school leaving qualifications such as A Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB), the entry requirements are detailed on the individual undergraduate course pages.

For some of our postgraduate programmes there may be additional non-academic entrance requirements such as relevant work experience. These are detailed on the individual postgraduate course pages.

USA-based entry requirements for 2018

Year 1

U.S High School graduates who hold a minimum SAT composite score of 1200 (individual scores for Reading & Writing and Math will be assessed in a holistic manner and within the context of the overall application) or a minimum ACT composite score of 27 will be considered for entry to most programmes. 

Entry to some degree programmes will also require SAT subject tests or APs in specific subjects. Please see our undergraduate course pages for more information.

The University of Dundee’s institutional code for the ACT is 5400 and for the SAT the institutional code is 0857.

We also welcome applications from students holding an Associate Degree and seeking advanced level entry, as well as transfer applications from U.S colleges. Assessment of each individual application will determine the year of entry.

Year 2

We also welcome applications from students holding an Associate Degree and seeking advanced level entry, as well as transfer applications from U.S colleges. Assessment of each individual application will determine the year of entry.

If you wish to study medicine at Dundee, the following qualifications are all required:


  • High School Graduation Diploma (HSGD) with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 out of 4.
  • SAT- Cumulative score of 1470 with minimum 700  in Evidence Based Reading & Writing Section and Maths Section.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) - four AP exams with scores of 5, including Chemistry and another science.


If you wish to study dentistry at Dundee, the following qualifications are all required:

  • High School Graduation Diploma (HSGD) with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 out of 4
  • SAT- Cumulative score of 1470 with minimum 700  in Evidence Based Reading & Writing Section and Maths Section
  • Advanced Placement (AP) - four AP exams with scores of 5, including Chemistry and another science

Graduates with a minimum GPA score of 3.0 will be considered for Master’s level study on most programmes.

International curriculum

Normally a 2.1 or 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject


English language requirements

For all our programmes you will also need to satisfy the University's English language requirements.

International College Dundee

If you do not meet the entry requirements above, you may be able to apply via International College Dundee


The fee you will pay depends on your course and fee category. Please visit our undergraduate or postgraduate course pages to find out more.


The University of Dundee offers a range of scholarships, depending on the course you are applying for.

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US Fulbright Awards Programme

The US Fulbright Awards Programme offers a wide range of study abroad opportunities to US citizens for postgraduate study or summer programmes. Students who receive a Fulbright scholarship receive a University of Dundee fee waiver, visit the Fulbright Commission website.

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. For more information, visit the Marshall Scholarships website.

FAFSA Funding

Did you know that you can bring your FAFSA loan with you? We have a team dedicated to helping you throughout this process.

  • Apply online at Our school code is G10864 (or 010864), then email Dawn Tindal ( to confirm FAFSA is complete.
  • The University will calculate applicant’s Cost of Attendance including living costs and tuition fees. This figure will be emailed to you, asking you to confirm the amount you wish to borrow. You will then need to complete your Entrance Counselling and Master Promissory Notes at
  • The documentation will be checked and a letter produced to confirm your loan eligibility and amounts.  This will be sent to our Admissions Office who will then proceed with your Confirmation of Acceptance Studies (CAS) letter required for visa application and will forward the loan award letter to you.
  • Matriculation (enrolment) in September triggers the process to release the funds from the US Government and the first disbursement you will receive post-matriculation. The University will deduct first half of tuition fees (and residences fees if staying in University accommodation) – the remainder will be paid into your UK bank account. This process usually takes around 5 days. 
  • For advice on opening a UK bank account see our factsheet on banking.  Once you have a UK bank account, you should notify the University of your new account details.
  • The whole process can take approx. 3 weeks and we recommend that you ensure you have sufficient funds with you when you arrive to cover this period.
  • The second disbursement in January follows the same procedure.

Living costs

  • Dundee has private rents 45% lower than Edinburgh and 20% lower than the national average (Citylets Rental Report Q4, 2018) so you get a high value of education and your cost of living is affordable.
  • As a student in Scotland, you are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week with your student visa. Please read our factsheets for more information.
  • We offer a variety of accommodation, both on and off campus.

Healthcare costs

We have an excellent employment record. 96% of our graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation.

Benefits of a British degree

A British degree is highly respected and valued by employers across the globe. Standards of teaching, research and facilities in the UK are among the best in the world. Academic standards are regularly assessed by independent bodies.

Studying and living abroad will help you to stand out from other candidates in an increasingly crowded job market. Employers value skills in adaptability, self-confidence and problem solving. You will be able to demonstrate these from your time in the UK.

Our independent approach to learning will help develop critical thinking, self-discipline and analytical skills.

Find out more about our careers service »


US students may have heard rumours that the one-year UK MSc degrees are not recognised in the USA. This is untrue. All of the degrees awarded by universities in the UK are recognised globally.

What are our graduates doing?

Our American graduates are spread out across the US. Our alumni can be found working in Silicon Valley, in leading New York firms, with the US Government, in the media, and in medical science, using their Dundee degree in locations across the US, and throughout the world.

Recent employers have included GlaxoSmithKline, Morgan Stanley, AON Global, Auburn University, Reuters and Pixar.

Contact us

Got any questions about the admissions process, studying or living in Dundee?  Please contact the international officer(s) for your region:

Joanne Bradley
Senior International Officer

T: +44 (0) 1382 38 38 38

Ellen Brooks
International Officer

T: +44 (0) 1382 38 38 38

Meet us in your country

Our international team regularly travels to countries around the world, attending conventions and fairs and visiting schools and colleges. Forthcoming trips are listed below. If there are no trips scheduled to take place, please visit the international team webpage to contact us.

Meet alumni

We are sometimes able to connect you to alumni who live or work in your part of the world. If you are interested, please email to find out more.