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15th December 2020

Applications are now open for the Sutton Trust US Programme 2021.

The Sutton Trust US Programme helps state school students from across the UK explore US study and access leading universities through support, advice, two virtual residentials and a one-week trip to visit a variety of US universities.

Please note the Sutton Trust US Programme staff take the health and safety of our young people very seriously. We are currently planning to visit the US in-person, but due to COVID-19 we may need to adjust this to a virtual US week. Accepted students will receive more information about US weeks.

Year 12 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland) and Year 13 (Northern Ireland) students can now apply to be part of the tenth cohort.

It is free to take part in the programme.

The student application deadline is 11:59 pm on Sunday 17 January 2021. Please do pass on this information to any students who may be interested.

Who can apply?
To be eligible to apply, students must

  • Currently be in Year 12 in England and Wales, S5 in Scotland or Year 13 in Northern Ireland
  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school or college i.e. non-fee paying
  • Not hold US citizenship
  • Be from a low or middle income family (generally, this will mean a household earning £45,000 or less)
  • Be interested in US culture and higher education

Take a look at the Sutton Trust US Programme website to learn more about eligibility and selection.

Application process
Our online application form is based on the Common Application, an admissions platform used by over 900 American universities.

Among other things, the application will ask questions on an applicant's:

  • Academic profile
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Family and financial background information
  • Passport and visa information

Applicants are required to complete five short essays, and a video interview. Students will also have to coordinate a reference from a member of staff at their current school.

Students who apply will have the chance at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore what studying in the US is like.

Programme participants get a taste of what it's like being an international student in the US and can decide if it's the right fit for them. 

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