The Sutton Trust US Programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore what studying in the US is like. It will give you a taste of what it's like being an international student in the US and help you see if it could be the right fit for you. It's a fully-funded programme so we'll cover all costs, including travel, residential events, accommodation and food.

EXPLORE US UNIVERSITIES ON A WEEK LONG TRIP TO THE US

LEARN ABOUT THE US ADMISSIONS PROCESS AT UK BASED RESIDENTIALS

Support from expert advisers throughout the process

In-depth admissions test preparation

Guidance for parents and teachers

Make friends with young people from across the UK

Format and key dates

Applicants will be expected to participate in all elements of Part 1 of the programme.

Part 1: Explore

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Applications open

November 2019 - January 2020

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Applications open

November 2019 - January 2020

After checking whether you are eligible to apply, submit your application to the Sutton Trust US Programme by the deadline.

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Application Decisions Released

End of February 2020

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April residential

5-8 April 2020

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April residential

5-8 April 2020

At the April residential you’ll meet your cohort from across the UK. This action-packed residential will allow you to hear from current students, alumni of American universities and experts in the admissions and test prep field. We will also spend time preparing for the ACT test in June.

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ACT exam

12 or 13 June 2020

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ACT exam

12 or 13 June 2020

You’ll sit the ACT admissions exam at a testing centre near where you live. Scholars will be expected to study on their own for the ACT test, however you will receive support both at the April residential and online in the run up to the exam.

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June Residential

20-21 June 2020

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June Residential

20-21 June 2020

You will spend time preparing to go on your US week and begin to work on elements of the US admissions application, such as essays and the extracurricular list.

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Foundations of a US application

June and July 2020

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Foundations of a US application

June and July 2020

Working through our bespoke modular course, you will learn how to write about yourself, your world view and your achievements. These will form the building blocks of a US application in the autumn.

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US week

July/ August 2020

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US week

July/ August 2020

There are four different residential weeks: North Carolina, Boston, Philadelphia and New York. Each group will stay in university dorms and take part in campus tours, information sessions and cultural activities. You will also take part in a university fair, where students will meet with university representatives from all over the US. During this week, you will start to decide if studying in the  US is the right choice for you.

The week long visits to the US will likely be held between 20 July – 1 August at a leading US university. Until we have confirmed the dates and campuses, students should be available for this entire period.

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Apply to Part 2

August 2020

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Apply to Part 2

August 2020

If you decide you would like to apply to US universities during Year 13, you can apply to join the second part of the programme.

Part 2: Apply

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Attend USA College Day

September 2020

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Attend USA College Day

September 2020

Fulbright’s USA College Day is the largest US college fair in Europe. You’ll receive a VIP pass to access the admissions officers at the fair before anyone else.

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Apply to US Universities

September 2020- January 2021

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Apply to US Universities

September 2020- January 2021

At this point you’ll submit your application to your university choices. The application process has multiple stages and deadlines. The Fulbright advisors will guide you through this process, including how to apply for financial aid.

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December event

TBC December 2020

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December event

TBC December 2020

At this one day event, you will prepare for the early application results and work on your regular round applications.

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Pre-Departure Event

July 2021

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Pre-Departure Event

July 2021

In July we celebrate all the students on the programme at our pre-departure event hosted in London. You’ll be joined by the rest of your cohort, parents, staff members, donors and programme alumni to celebrate your achievements.

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Join the Sutton Trust alumni community

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Join the Sutton Trust alumni community

All Sutton Trust US Programme students will be invited to join the Sutton Trust alumni community. Now 30,000+ strong, you’ll gain access to suttontrustalumni.com, the online platform that offers careers support, exclusive events and the chance to connect with other alumni.

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Information for teachers

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Funding US study

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Since 2012, we have given hundreds of incredible state school students from across the UK the chance to change their lives by studying in the States. They benefit from a broad and varied curriculum, exciting enrichment opportunities, as well as funding for both tuition and living costs. I'm constantly impressed by their achievements. They are proof that background is no obstacle to studying in the US.

Sir Peter Lampl | Founder and Chairman of the Sutton Trust

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About the Sutton Trust

The Sutton Trust is committed to improving social mobility from birth to the workplace. Founded by Sir Peter Lampl in 1997, the Trust has supported over 30,000 young people through evidence-led programmes and published over 200 pieces of agenda-setting research, many of which have influenced government policy.

About the Fulbright Commission

The US-UK Fulbright Commission advances knowledge, promotes civic engagement and develops compassionate leaders through educational exchange between the peoples of the US and UK. Fulbright is part of the EducationUSA network, which is the official source of advice for UK students applying to US universities. Over the last 70 years, Fulbright has helped thousands of UK students apply to hundreds of US universities.

Thanks

The Sutton Trust US programme is made possible through generous support from our donors.

Martin and Antoinette Sullivan

We would also like to thank our donors who prefer to remain anonymous.

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