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United States of America

LSBU has a very friendly and diverse student body from many regions of the world. With many activities ongoing throughout the year, there is always something to keep me busy.

LyChou Kouai, Civil Engineering

If you're thinking of studying with us at London South Bank University (LSBU), our entry requirements, scholarships and details of how to apply are laid out below to help you with your application.

Entry requirements

We accept a range of English language qualifications (PDF File 111 KB). Please contact the international office for further details.

Foundation year requirements

You will need to hold a High School Diploma with a GPA ranging from 2.5-2.8 (on a 4.0 scale)

Undergraduate course requirements

To apply for an undergraduate course at LSBU you need to have one of the following:

  • High School Diploma with overall GPA of 2.8 or above (on a 4.0 scale) and one of the following:
    • one year of Community College with overall marks of 2.8 or above
    • ACT exam score of 24 or higher
    • SAT exam score of 1150 (post-March 2016) with 550+ in Evidence Based Reading and Writing
    • SAT exam score of 1590+ (pre-March 2016, post-2005)
    • two completed AP exams of 3 or better
  • 1 year of Community College in relevant subject area with a GPA of 2.8 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)

If your qualification is higher than this see information for postgraduates.

Postgraduate course requirements

To apply for a postgraduate course at LSBU you need to have a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited College or University with a GPA of 2.8 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

How to apply

The process to apply for a course varies to whether you study as an undergraduate or postgraduate student. You should also find out how to apply for any available scholarships.

Visa information

As an American national you will need to obtain a student visa or equivalent to be able to study with us at LSBU. The main route for students to come to the UK to study is the Tier 4 General student visa. We have information about visas and immigration on our website and guidance on the requirements. It is also important to refer to the information and Tier 4 Policy Guidance which is available on the Home Office website. You should also check the visa processing times if you are applying from the USA.

You may be able to apply for a short-term study visa if you are coming to do a course of 6 months or less and as an American national you can apply for this visa at the port of entry on arrival in the UK. It is important that you are clear that you are coming to the UK to study and show them a letter from the University to confirm this. For more information, please see our visas and immigration page and the Home Office website. You can also check the visa processing times if you are applying from the USA.


We currently offer a wide variety of scholarships with a total value of £1 million. Read more about LSBU scholarships for international students.

Representatives in the United States of America

We do not currently have any representatives based in the United States of America. If you would like further information regarding LSBU or making an application please contact us at

LSBU in the United States of America

Our International Officer Gemma Proudley is responsible for applications from America. For upcoming LSBU events in the US visit What's On. If you have any questions in the meantime regarding LSBU, our courses or applying to us email

UK contact

If you have any further questions regarding the application process or questions regarding courses please contact our Enquiries Manager via email or phone +44 20 7123 4842.