Aston University provides a welcoming and multi-cultural learning experience to approximately 10,000 students, many of whom live on our safe and friendly city centre campus. The University has more than 2,300 international students from over 120 countries studying a wide range of subjects.

Aston University's links with America

American students have been studying at Aston for many years and each year we welcome many more new students. We currently have 35 American students studying at Aston University.

Academic staff regularly visit a number of countries to work with our partner institutions and to take part in international conferences.

A list of all of our partner institutions can be found here

American community on campus & in Birmingham


There is a very active American community on campus. There are a number of societies which may be of particular interest to American students.

There are also a number of societies which bring together students from similar religious backgrounds. Find out more about societies at Aston

Birmingham is a multi-cultural city and there is a strong American community. You'll find American  restaurants, supermarkets, music, and more in the city.

Aston Ambassadors

Aston University Alumni Ambassadors provide help and advice to students all over the world who are considering studying at Aston. They also offer help and a friendly face to any Aston alumni who may be re-locating.

Feel free to email our Ambassadors if you have any questions about:

  • Aston University
  • Living in the UK/Birmingham
  • Living or working in their specific country

In order to find out how to contact one of our Ambassadors, please visit: http://www.astonalumni.org/alumni


At undergraduate level the most popular courses with American students include: Politics & Business and Business & Management.  

Find out more about all our undergraduate courses.

Postgraduate taught

At postgraduate level the most popular taught programme choices with American students include: Public Policy & Social Change (MA) and Marketing Management (MSc)

Find out more about all our postgraduate taught courses

Postgraduate research

We also have American students on research degrees working with some of Aston's key research groups, including the Work and Organisational Psychology research group.

Find out more about research degrees at Aston.


There are a number of Aston University scholarships available for international students. You can also have a look to the list of external funding providers


See our full list of our course fees.


To be eligible for the international foundation programme students must hold a a minimum of C in the US School Diploma.

For Year 1 entry, you must have SAT (Reasoning Test) with a minimum of 600 in each section or a min score of 26 in the American College Test (ACT) plus one of the below:

  • at least 3 APs (min score of 4) – this is the preferred option as it would be closest to A levels and involves the student taking AP or college prep classes

  • at least 3 subjects in SAT Subject tests with a min of 600 in each  - for those who don’t have access to the AP test (or some other honours/college prep classes)

Engineering and Science subjects will require specific subjects, but students from any stream can apply for courses in Aston Business School.  

Postgraduate - Masters

To be eligible for entry on to a masters programme you must have a good GPA (normally at least 3.0) in both overall and in individual courses from a regionally accredited institution as well as:

  • have taken advanced-level courses in appropriate subjects

  • have accumulated sufficient credits in major courses (typically between 30 - 54)

If you are applying for finance, engineering or science based subjects, you must have studied a similar field in your undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate - MBA 

You can come from any subject background, but should have a  good GPA (normally at least 3.0) in both overall and in individual courses from a regionally accredited institution as well as:

  • have taken advanced-level courses in appropriate subjects

  • have accumulated sufficient credits in major courses (typically between 30 - 54)

  • and a minimum of three years post graduation managerial work experience, as stipulated by the Association of MBA (AMBA) requirements.

Postgraduate - Research 

Each of Aston's Schools of Study has a number of research groups with the potential to host PhD students. Research specialisms include finance, economics, marketing, organisational psychology, bioenergy, knowledge engineering, photonics, languages, biomedical sciences, neurosciences, health sciences and more. 

All PhD applicants need to contact the research groups direct with their individual research proposal. Find out more on Aston's Postgraduate research pages

How to apply

Guaranteed accommodation for international students

Guaranteed accommodation for international students

Aston is able to guarantee you University accommodation for the duration of your studies, providing you apply by the deadline each year.

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research