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Information for advisors

King's College London, Strand Campus


Undergraduate advisors

Students from the US applying to universities in the UK may need some extra guidance from their advisers to complete the application process. Specifically, it would help your students to understand that their choice of programme, or major, will be the primary focus of our application review. Therefore, their essays and writing supplements should focus on their area of study, and the person chosen to provide the reference should be able to speak at length regarding the student’s accomplishments in their chosen field. If your student selects you, as adviser, to provide their reference, your letter of recommendation may need to be revised to include primarily academic information.

Entry requirements

In order to meet entry requirements, applicants from US high schools need to meet two requirements:

1) Applicants must study three subjects in-depth, including any subjects stated in our online prospectus as ‘compulsory’ for your programme. We will therefore ask for three subjects at  Advanced Placement or three subjects at SAT-S (or a combination of any three different subjects). Comparable requirements:

UK A-Level                 

Comparable AP

Comparable SAT-S

Comparable IB        
 A*AA  5-5-5

650+ in each subject

7 6 6 HL
 AAA  5-5-5 650 in each subject 6 6 6 HL


 5-5-4 650 in each subject 6 6 5 HL

2) In addition, all applicants must achieve strong scores in either the SAT-R or ACT. Comparable requirements:

UK A-Level

Comparable ACT

Comparable SAT-R

 A*AA 29

1950 (600 in each section)

 AAA 28

1950 (580 in each section)



1900 (580 in each section)

King’s College London  accepts SAT, AP and ACT scores directly via Collegeboard and ACT. Please see our codes below:

ACT Code:  6789

Collegeboard Code: 7884

Each year King's receives thousands of applications for our undergraduate programmes. Our acceptance rate for September 2014 entry was 13%. Please note that acceptance decisions vary by programme, are made at the programme level, and these figures should be used as guidance. Some restrictions apply to admissions in the field of medicine and healthcare based upon the funding of the programme of study by the National Health Service. 


Students seeking admission to King's undergraduate programmes are able to apply via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) or the US Common Application.

Guidelines for applying via the Common App:

  1. Common App is only to be used by students who will be classified as paying international fees. Therefore Home/EU fee students must use UCAS. Those who are unsure should use UCAS.
  2. Common App is available for all programmes excluding Physiotherapy, Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, and Nutrition and Dietetics. Students must use UCAS to apply to these programmes.
  3. Students must apply to no more than a combined total of five courses (UCAS and Common App) within the UK.

All Common App applicants will be expected to complete the supplement element of the Common Application. We strongly encourage students to submit their application by January 15, but the College may consider later applications up to May 1. Once a Common Application is submitted to King's, students will be registered on the College's MyApplication system through which they will be able to track the progress of their application.

UCAS is an application system for applying to UK universities and enables students to apply to up to five different UK universities with one application. Students can apply to UCAS from 1 September for entry the following fall and the normal closing date for receipt of applications is 15 January. However, if you are including Oxford or Cambridge, or programmes leading to a professional qualification in Medicine or Dentistry in your choices, then the closing date is 15 October in the year prior to entry.


This information should be used as a general guideline and entry requirements can vary depending on course. See the online prospectus for individual programme requirements. For information please contact us using the contact form.

Postgraduate advisors

King’s entry requirements vary by programmes but usually require a four year Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.3 out of 4.0. This is the equivalent to a 2:1 British Bachelor’s degree. Please check the online prospectus for exact information.

Students wishing to pursue a research degree or PhD will typically need to have completed a Masters degree in the subject. View the Guide to a Applying for a PhD.

British grading scale

1st = 3.8 GPA
2:1 = 3.3 GPA
2:2 = 3.0 GPA

Resources & contacts

This information should be used as a general guideline and entry requirements can vary depending on course. See the online prospectus for individual programme requirements. For information please contact us using the contact form.

Study Abroad Advisors

King’s College London offers several unique study options for both undergraduate and graduate students. With 800 different semester course options and 40 summer course options across all disciplines, students can complete the coursework they need in order to stay on track to completing their degree programs. Graduate students can either complete coursework or pursue research abroad. Students can study abroad for a semester, academic year, or summer. 

Admissions requirements

In order to apply for study abroad at King's, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Undertaken a minimum of 1 year of university level study (by the time you start at King’s)
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above on a 4.0 scale; or its equivalent.
  • A relevant academic background:  It is important that you have the necessary academic background for the modules for which you wish to be considered.
  • Have the required English language proficiency as required to obtain a Tier 4 Student Visa. If your student has been taught in English in all university coursework to the point of application, then you may complete an English language proficiency letter using the King's template and upload this letter to the student's application

Choosing modules

Transcripts and grades

Information regarding transcripts and marking criteria can be found on the Information for Offer Holders Study Abroad webpages. 


Online resources


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