Center for International Programs

Equivalent Credentials

We understand that every country has a unique education system. To help determine which specific academic documents are required for admission, we have developed the following list of equivalent secondary school credentials.

Freshmen must submit complete final secondary school transcripts. All documents must be official, original, and final. English translations must be provided for all non-English documents.  

Secondary School Requirements for Admission

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Austria

Reifezeugnis/Reifeprufungzeungnis (Maturity Certificate)

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Bahamas

GCE A Level exam results

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Bahrain

Tawjahiya Secondary School Certificate (from an agriculture, arts, commercial, health sciences, textiles, or religious institute—Shahaadat itmaam al-diraasa al-thaanawiya al-aamma) / General Certificate of Secondary Education (from public institute)

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Bangladesh

Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)

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Belgium

Certificate of Higher Secondary Education: Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Superieur (French Community) or Getuigschrift van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs (Flemish Community)

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Brazil

Diploma/Certificado de Ensino Medio

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Canada

Completion of senior secondary school— General or Advanced High School Diploma (Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma, etc.)

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China

Upper Middle School Graduation Certificate with official English translation bearing the original ink seal of the school

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Colombia

Bachiller (Bachelor, High School Graduate) / Bachillerato (Baccalaureate) / Título de Bachiller Academico / Educación Media (Upper Secondary)

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Costa Rica

Diploma de conclusión de estudios de educación diversificada (Diploma of Conclusion of Diversified Education Studies) or Bachillerato

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Egypt

Thanaweya a’ Amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) / Shehadet Thanawiya Azharia (Al Azhar Secondary Education Certificate)

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France

Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement de Second Degré / Baccalauréat Général

For university-level work: Students should submit final and official rélève de notes for 

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Germany

Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Certificate of General Maturity for Higher Education) or Abitur

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Haiti

Baccalauréat

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) results showing completion of at least six examinations with grades of four or higher on each. At least one exam must be in each of the following areas: English, Math, Lab Science, and Social Science.

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India

Official grade 12 board exam results (Higher Secondary School Certificate Examination / Senior School Certificate Examination–Class XXII / Indian School Certificate –Year 12)

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Indonesia

Surat Tanda Tamat Belajar (STTB) or Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (Diploma) from an Academic Upper Secondary School

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International Baccalaureate and British-Style Exams

Official transcript of grades from the International Baccalaureate Organization. Students can request that the official transcript be sent by visiting the International Baccalaureate website and filling out the information. Completion of individual IB school graduation requirements.

General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) showing completion of at least five Ordinary Level examinations with grades of C or better, certified by the examination body or the student’s secondary school. At least one exam must be in each of the following areas: English, Math, Lab Science, and Social Science.

For A Levels: A level certificates must be certified by the examination body in order the student to be awarded advanced standing.

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Iraq

Adadiyah (Sixth Form/Preparatory Baccalaureate) Certificate of Preparatory Studies (3 years of Preparatory Secondary School)

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Israel

Teudat Bagrut (Matriculation Certificate)

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Italy

Diploma de Maturita, Diploma de Maturita Magistrate, or Diploma di Esame di Stato (Diploma of State Examination)

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Jamaica

Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) or GCE O Levels

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Japan

Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho)

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Jordan

Tawjihi General Secondary Education Certificate

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Kazakhstan

Attestat or attestation of middle (complete) secondary education

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Kenya

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)

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Kyrgyzstan

Official copies of the Attestat certificate and the table (transcript) that comes with it.

For university-level coursework: A copy of the spravka (progress report) is needed for incomplete university level coursework.

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Latvia

Completion of the Atestats par Visparejo Videjo Izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education, awarded upon completion of three-year program from Vidusskola [General Secondary School] or Gimnazija [Gymnasium])

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Malaysia

Sijil Pelajaran/SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education / General Certificate of Education), or the Sijil Matrikulasi (Matriculation certificate)

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Mexico

Certificado de Bachillerato (Baccalaureate Certificate) / Título de Bachiller (Title of Baccalaureate) / Certificado de Preparatoria (Preparatory School Certificate)

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Myanmar (Burma)

Diploma of Education, or the Basic Education High School Examination Diploma “A” with two years of university study

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New Zealand

National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA), Level 3

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Nepal

Higher Secondary Certificate (awarded by a Higher Secondary Examination Board)

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Nigeria

West African Examinations Council Senior School Certificate and copy of WAEC scratch card.

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Pakistan

Higher Secondary Certificate or Intermediate Certificate and final, official marks statement

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Philippines

Completion of first two years of university study if graduated in grade 10, or completion of 12 years of secondary study.

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Qatar

Thanawiya aama Qatari (Qatari General Secondary Education Certificate or high school diploma)

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Romania

Diploma de bacalaureat (Baccalaureate Diploma) certificate with subjects studied and marks obtained

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Russia

Аттестат о среднем (полном) общем образовании / Attest o srednem (polnom) obchshem obrazovanii (Certificate of [Complete] General Secondary Education) (or its equivalent) following the completion of 11–12 years of secondary school. Attestat (Аттестат) certificate and Tabel (Табель).

For university coursework: An Akademicheskaya spravka (Академическая справка) for any university work pursued which was not completed.

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Saudi Arabia

Official copies of the English and Arabic versions of the General Secondary Education Certificate (Shahadat Al-Marhalat Al-Thanawiyyat) and the Examination Transcript

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Singapore

Singapore-Cambridge O Level certificate

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South Africa

National Senior Certificate (NSC, from 2008 onwards) with 130 credits

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South Korea

Senior high school certificate (Inmungye Kodung Hakkyo)

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Spain

Final, official copies of Spanish and English versions of the Bachillerato-Título de Bachiller diploma and examination results

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Switzerland

Certificat de Maturite

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Taiwan

Senior Middle (High) School Diploma and final, official transcripts with grades in percentages

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Thailand

Matayom (Secondary) VI Certificate / M6

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Turkey

Original copies of the English and Turkish versions of their academic records for the Lise Diplomasi (General Secondary School [Lyceum] Diploma) and a copy of the Devlet Lise Diplomasi (State Secondary School Diploma) from the Milli Egitim Bakanligi (National Education Ministry)

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Ukraine

Atestat pro povnu zagal’nu serednyu osvitu (Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education)

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United Arab Emirates

Thanawiya (Government/Secondary School Leaving Certificate) stamped by the Ministry of Education

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United Kingdom

United Kingdom: General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) showing completion of at least five Ordinary Level examinations with grades of C or better, certified by the examination body. At least one exam must be in each of the following areas: English, Math, Lab Science, and Social Science.

For A Levels: A Level certificates must be certified by the examination body in order to be awarded advanced standing.

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Vietnam

Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong (Graduation Diploma for completion of 3 years of academic high school [Upper Secondary School])

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