Case study: Destination USA – Using your Cambridge qualifications to study in the USA


Every year, thousands of Cambridge learners gain places at good universities worldwide – including the USA, the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

We work closely with universities to extend recognition of our programmes and qualifications. More than 450 universities in the USA recognise Cambridge International AS and A Levels, including all Ivy League and Ivy Plus universities.

We have formed a US Higher Education Advisory Council which meets regularly to discuss progression to US universities and advise on qualification development. Membership of the Council includes representatives from universities such as MIT, Duke, Texas at Austin, Pennsylvania State, Washington and Yale.

The information on this page is for learners applying to universities in the USA, and admissions staff at US universities. For general information about university recognition of Cambridge programmes and qualifications, go to the recognition and acceptance section.

To find out which universities worldwide accept Cambridge programmes and qualifications, search our recognitions database.

College credits

In the USA and Canada, good grades in Cambridge International A Level subjects can result in university course credits. Credit is typically awarded based on each subject and examination grade earned.

Each university in the USA sets its own policy and we ask students to contact the admissions office at the university of interest to learn their credit by examination policy for Cambridge International AS and A Levels, which are also known as ‘Cambridge AICE exams’.

Credit for Cambridge International AS and A Level examinations varies between institutions in the USA. Credit or advanced standing for Cambridge International A Levels can be between 4 to 10 hours, but typically is usually 6 to 8 hours. Where credit is awarded for Cambridge International AS Levels, it is typically half as much credit as is awarded for Cambridge International A Levels.

Examples of credit policies from universities in the USA can be viewed in our recognitions database. For up to date information on credit policies, please contact the university directly.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarships (Florida students only)

Florida high school graduates who have earned a Cambridge AICE Diploma and completed an approved 100-hour community service programme automatically qualify for the Florida Academic Scholars Award ($103 per semester hour tuition at 4 year colleges) from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Students who complete the Cambridge AICE Diploma curriculum with best composite score of 1290 SAT or 29 ACT and 100 hours of community service will also receive the Florida Academic Scholars Award.

Students who have completed the Cambridge AICE Diploma curriculum with best composite score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT and 75 hours of community service will receive the Florida Medallion Scholars Award ($77 per semester hour tuition at 4 year colleges) from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

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