• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The 3+1 Liberal Arts BA program at Southern New Hampshire University is designed specifically for international students who want to earn a degree in the United States. Students who have earned 90 credits from an approved institution abroad may enter this program, during which they will earn 31 additional credits to complete a 121-credit degree as a Liberal Arts major.


The Liberal Arts program at Southern New Hampshire University emphasizes critical thinking skills and a broad range of education topics. The goal of a Liberal Arts degree is not to prepare students for any one specific job or career, but to help students grow as individuals and better prepare them to enter any field, no matter what their career goals may be.

See Yourself Succeed with a Liberal Arts Degree

Earning a Liberal Arts degree through SNHU's 3+1 program can set you up for success in a variety of ways. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), critical thinking and problem-solving skills rank as the second highest career-readiness competency. That means that employers are often more concerned with finding employees who possess the skill set that they feel is right for the job, rather than focusing on individuals who have earned a specific major.

The Liberal Arts program at SNHU focuses on helping students build a skill set that will be valuable across many different industries and career fields. The program will help students develop skills that employers value, including communication skills, analytical skills, organization and time management abilities, and more.

Careers & Outcomes

SNHU’s Liberal Arts program helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills, including communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world situations.

In short, you can go almost anywhere—professionally and personally—with a Liberal Arts degree. Your Liberal Arts degree studies at SNHU give you knowledge and skills you can build on throughout life.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    121 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Academic Writing and Research Skills
  • Critical Reading Skills
  • Grammar Workshop
  • Fundamentals of Writing for International Students

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

All transcripts submitted must be official or attested copies of degrees, diplomas, or certificates. Academic documents must include an official transcript with record of courses and grades/marks received. Transcripts should be issued by the institution in a sealed and stamped envelope. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30756 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    30756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30756 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Manchester

  • 990 - 1790 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


International Merit Scholarship: As part of the commitment to international students and their academic achievement, Southern New Hampshire University offers merit-based scholarships to international students who are applying for admission to SNHU.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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