Admission requirements: International

Undergraduate programs

The following undergraduate degree programs are available to students who are currently studying at or previously graduated from high school.

The following undergraduate degree programs require students to have completed post-secondary coursework before applying to UVic. Refer to the department websites for admission requirements.

If you are a high school student and are interested in a program that has post-secondary prerequisites, apply to UVic via Humanities, Science or Social Sciences, and transfer into the program after completing the required courses.

Minimum admission requirements for international students

The following qualifications are the minimums required for admission to undergraduate studies at UVic.

Note that possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Only applicants who meet all specific program requirements (see "Undergraduate programs" above) and have high levels of academic achievements will be admitted.

Afghanistan

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Albania

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Algeria

  • Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire

Angola

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university.

Antigua and Barbuda

  • See Commonwealth Caribbean

Argentina

  • Bachillerato

Armenia

  • Attestat o srednem obrazovanii (at Grade 11)

Australia

  • ACT: Year 12 Certificate / Tertiary Entrance Statement
  • NSW: Higher School Certificate / T.E. scores
  • NT: SACE Certificate / N.T. Year 12
  • QLD: Senior Certificate / T.E. scores
  • SA: Year 12 Certificate of Achievement / SACE Certificate / Higher Education Entrance Score
  • TAS: Tasmanian Certificate of Education / T.E. score
  • VIC: Victorian Certificate of Education / T.E. rank
  • WA: Certificate of Secondary Education / T.E. scores

Austria

  • Reifeprüfung ("Matura") from an Allgemeinbildende höhere Schulen

Azerbaijan

  • Svidetel'stovo/o Srednem Obrazovanii (after Grade 11)

Bahamas

  • 12 Years of schooling, a combination of CXC and/or British G.C.S.E. examinations; see also United Kingdom and Commonwealth; U.S.A.

Bahrain

  • Tawjahiya

Bangladesh

  • Higher Secondary Certificate

Barbados

  • See Commonwealth Caribbean

Belarus

  • See Azerbaijan

Belgium

  • Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur / Getuigschrift van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs; Diplôme d'Aptitude à Accéder à l'Enseignement Supérieur / Bekwaamheidsdiploma dat Toegang verleent tot het Hoger Onderwijs

Belize

  • see Commonwealth Caribbean

Benin

  • Baccalaureat

Bermuda

  • 12 years of schooling, Bermuda Secondary School Certificate or British G.C.S.E. examinations; see also United Kingdom and Commonwealth; U.S.A.

Bhutan

  • Indian School Certificate (Class XII)

Bolivia

  • Bachillerato

Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • Matura and proof of admissibility to a university in Bosnia-Hercegovina

Botswana

  • One year of postsecondary studies at the University of Botswana; see also United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Brazil

  • Certificado de Conclusao de Ensino Medio plus one of ENEM (Middle Education National Examination)/Vestibular (university entrance exam)/SAT scores

Brunei Darussalam

  • Brunei Matriculation Examination/Brunei-Cambridge G.C.E. "A" level

Bulgaria

  • Diploma za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie

Burkina Faso

  • Baccalaureat/ Diplome de Bachelier de l'Enseignement de Second Degre

Burma

  • see Myanmar

Burundi

  • One year of postsecondary studies at the University of Burundi

Cambodia

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Cameroon

  • Cameroonian G.C.E. "O" and "A" levels
  • Baccalauréat

Central African Republic

  • Baccalaureat/Diplome de Bachelier de l'Enseignement de Second Degre

Chad

  • Baccalaureat

Chile

  • Licencia de Education Media
  • Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA)

China (PRC)

Colombia

  • Bachillerato plus one year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Commonwealth Caribbean

  • The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Secondary Education Certificate and a Preliminary Year at the University of the West Indies
  • Or the G.C.S.E. and G.C.E. "A" Level examinations;
  • see also United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Congo

  • Baccalaureat

Costa Rica

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Côte

  • d'Ivoire Baccalaureat

Croatia

  • Matura
  • Proof of admissibility to a university in Croatia

Cuba

  • Pre-university course
  • National competitive exam

Cyprus

  • Apolytirion of Lykeion
  • Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

Czech Republic

  • Maturitni Zkouùska ("Maturita")

Denmark

  • Studentereksamen
  • Hojere Forberedelseseksamen
  • Hojere Handelseksamen
  • Hojere Teknisk Eksamen

Dominica

  • See Commonwealth Caribbean

Dominican Republic

  • Baccalaureat

Ecuador

  • Baccalaureat

Egypt

  • 1995 and thereafter: One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university
  • prior to 1995: Thanawiya A'ama

El Salvador

  • Baccalaureat
  • Entrance Exam

Eritrea

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Estonia

  • Secondary School Certificate (at Grade 12); see U.S.S.R. (former)

Ethiopia

  • Ethiopian General Secondary Education Certificate (EGSECE) and
  • Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination (EHEEE)

Fiji

  • Form 7 Examination (5 separate subjects)
  • see also New Zealand

Finland

  • Ylioppilastutkinto
  • Studentexamen

France

  • Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement du Second Degré
  • Baccalauréat Technologique
  • Diplome de Bachelier de l'Enseignement du Second Degré

Gabon

  • Baccalaureat

Gambia

  • See West Africa

Georgia

  • Attestat o srednem obrazovanii (at Grade 11)

Germany

  • Abitur / Reifezeugnis

Ghana

  • Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations and
  • University Entrance Exam

Gibraltor

  • See United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Greece

  • Apolytirion of Lykeion
  • General Entrance Examination

Grenada

  • See Commonwealth Caribbean

Guatemala

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Guinea

  • Baccalaureat (2eme partie)

Guyana

  • See Commonwealth Caribbean

Haiti

  • Baccalaureat II (Philosophie)

Honduras

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Hong Kong

As of 2012:

  • the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with 4 core subjects plus 2 additional elective subjects from Category A and/or C relevant to the requested program.
  • A minimum overall average grade of Level 4 is required for consideration.

Prior to 2012:

  • The Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations/Certificate (HKALE)/;
  • see also United Kingdom and Commonwealth. Passes in examinations at the Advanced Level are considered as equivalent to passes in the G.C.E. at the Advanced Level. Grades of D and E are not acceptable.

Candidates who hold a Diploma or Higher Diploma with a minimum of 70%/B/3.00 standing from the City Polytechnic of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Baptist College, Hong Kong Polytechnic or Lingnan College may also apply; see also United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Hungary

  • Erettsegi / Matura

Iceland

  • Studentsprof from gymnazium

India

Indonesia

  • After 1993: Surat Tanda Tamat Belajar S.M.A.
  • Up to 1993: Ijazah S.M.A. (Sekolah Menengah Atas)

Iran

  • Diploma Metevaseth
  • National High School Diploma (after 12 years) or Pre-university year

Iraq

  • Sixth Form Baccalaureat

Ireland (Northern)

  • See United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Ireland (Republic)

  • Leaving Certificate;
  • National Diploma (of the N.C.E.A.)

Israel

  • Bagrut / Mechina

Italy

  • Diploma di Esame di Stato

Jamaica

  • See Commonwealth Caribbean

Japan

  • Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (academic curriculum) OR
  • Second Year at a recognized junior college with 70% ("B") overall

Jordan

  • Tawjihi

Kazakhstan

  • Svidetel'stvo/o Srednem Obrazovanii and above average results on the Unified National Test

Kenya

  • Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education

North Korea

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

South Korea

  • Immumgye Kodung Hakkyo Choeupchang

Kuwait

  • Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama (General Secondary School Certificate)

Kyrgyzstan

  • See Azerbaijan

Laos

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Latvia

  • Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Attestation of General Secondary Education)

Lebanon

  • Lebanese Baccalauréat (part II) in those years in which the government examinations were offered;
  • Students who completed school in 1976, 1978, 1985 or 1987-1990 (the years in which the government examinations were not offered) will have to present one year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Lesotho

  • One year of postsecondary studies at the National University of Lesotho;
  • See also United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Liberia

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Libya

  • General Secondary Certificate

Liechtenstein

  • Matura Certificate (Type B or E)

Lithuania

  • Secondary School Diploma

Luxembourg

  • Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires

Macao / Macau

  • University of Macao's Pre-university Program;
  • See also Portugal, Hong Kong, Taiwan, U.S.A., United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Macedonia

  • (Skopje) Matura/ Secondary Leaving Diploma and
  • Proof of admissibility to a university in Macedonia

Madagascar

  • Baccalaureat de l'Enseignement du Second Degre

Malawi

  • Malawi School Certificate of Education;
  • See also United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Malaysia

  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM);
  • MICSS Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)

Mali

  • Mali Baccalaureat

Malta

  • University of Malta Advanced Matriculation;
  • See also United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Mauritania

  • Diplôme de Bachelier de l'Enseignement du Second Degré (Baccalauréat)

Mauritius

  • See United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Mexico

  • Bachillerato

Moldova

  • Attestat o srednem obrazovanii (at Grade 11)

Mongolia

  • A five-year post secondary diploma

Montserrat

  • See Commonwealth Caribbean

Morocco

  • Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire

Mozambique

  • Certificado de Habilitacoes Literarias (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

Myanmar

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Namibia

  • See South Africa; United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Nepal

  • Proficiency Certificate awarded by Tribhuvan University

Netherlands

  • VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs) Certificate

New Zealand

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Level 3)

Nicaragua

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Niger

  • Baccalaureat / Diploma de Bachelier de l'Enseignement du Second Degre

Nigeria

  • Senior School Certificate

Norway

  • Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole / Examen Artium

Oman

  • Thanawiya Amma

Pakistan

  • Intermediate Certificate or
  • Higher Secondary School Certificate

Palestine

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Panama

  • Bachillerato

Papua New Guinea

  • Higher School Certificate

Paraguay

  • Bachillerato

Peru

  • Certificado de Educacion Secundaria Comun Completa (Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education) and
  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Philippines

  • Second Year standing in appropriate academic subjects at a recognized university

Poland

  • Matura / Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci

Portugal

  • Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários and, since 1993, Prova de Afericao and Provas Especificas

Puerto Rico

  • High School Graduation Diploma;
  • See U.S.A.

Qatar

  • Al-Thanawaya Al-Amah (General Secondary Certificate Examination)

Romania

  • Diploma de Baccalaureat

Russia

  • Attestat o srednem obrazovanii (at Grade 11)

Rwanda

  • Certificate des Humanities

Saint Christopher and Nevis

  • See Commonwealth Caribbean

Saint Lucia

  • See Commonwealth Caribbean

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines

  • See Commonwealth Caribbean

Saudi Arabia

  • Tawjihiyah

Scotland

  • Scottish Certificate of Education at the Higher Level (4 subjects);
  • See also United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Senegal

  • Bachelier de l'Enseignement du Second Degre / Baccalaureat

Seychelles

  • See United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Sierra Leone

  • Senior School Certificate Examination
  • See also United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Singapore

  • Singapore / Cambridge G.C.E. Ordinary and Advanced Level Examinations;
  • See also United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Slovak Republic

  • Maturitnej Skuske ("Maturita")

Slovenia

  • Matura

Solomon Islands

  • University of the South Pacific Foundation Year

Somalia

  • One year of postsecondary studies at the Somali National University

South Africa

  • Senior Certificate of South African Certification Council;
  • Before 1992 Matriculation Certificate (of the J.M.B.)

Spain

  • Titulo de Bachillerato + Prueba de Acceso Universidad (PAU)

Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lankan Advanced Level Examinations (in 4 subjects)

Sudan

  • Sudan School Certificate

Surinam

  • V.W.O. Certificate

Swaziland

  • One year of postsecondary studies at the University of Swaziland;
  • See also United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Sweden

  • Avgangsbetyg / Studentexamen / Slutbetyg

Switzerland

  • Maturitätszeugnis / Certificat de Maturité / Baccalauréat / Attestato di Maturità

Syria

  • Al Shahada al Thanawiya / Baccalaureat

Taiwan

  • Senior High School Leaving Certificate plus one of General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT), SAT, ACT scores

Tajikistan

  • Attestat o srednem obrazovanii (at Grade 11)

Tanzania

  • Certificate of Secondary Education and Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education;
  • See also United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Thailand

  • Matayom / M6 (Certificate of Secondary Education – academic stream with a minimum 3/4
  • Completion of O-NET, GAT and PAT examinations with an acceptable score

Togo

  • Baccalaureat

Tonga

  • Tonga National Form 7
  • AND New Zealand University Entrance, Bursaries and Scholarship Examinations
  • OR University of the South Pacific Foundation Year

Trinidad and Tobago

  • See Commonwealth Caribbean

Tunisia

  • Baccalauréat

Turkey

  • Devlet Lise Diplomasi / Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

Turkmenistan

  • Attestat o srednem obrazovanii (at Grade 11)

Uganda

  • Ugandan Certificate of Education and Advanced Certificate of Education;
  • See also United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Ukraine

  • Atestat pro Povnu Zagal'nu Sersdniu Osvitu (at Grade 12);
  • Attestat o srednem obrazovanii (at Grade 11)

United Arab Emirates

  • Tawjihiyya (Secondary School Certificate)

United Kingdom and Commonwealth

United States of America

Uruguay

  • Bachillerato

Uzbekistan

  • Attestat o srednem obrazovanii (at Grade 11)

Vanuatu

  • University of the South Pacific Foundation Year;
  • See also New Zealand

Venezuela

  • One year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university

Vietnam

  • Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong (Certificate of Secondary School Graduation) (including high school graduation/national university entrance examination)

West Africa

  • School Certificate and Higher School Certificate. Passes in these examinations are considered as equivalent to passes in the G.C.S.E. and G.C.E. at the Advanced Level in the United Kingdom;
  • See also United Kingdom and Commonwealth

West Indies Associate States

  • See Commonwealth Caribbean

Yemen

  • Al Thanawiya

Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)

  • Diploma o Zavrsenoj Srednjoj Skoli / Matura Examination (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

Zaire

  • Diplome d'Etat d'Etudes Secondaires du Cycle Long with Homologation Certification

Zambia

  • Zambia School Certificate

Zimbabwe

  • See United Kingdom and Commonwealth


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