International applicant info

If you have previously graduated from a post-secondary program in another country from around the world (including the United States), then you are considered an international applicant.

Some extra things you should know

In addition to the standard application process, general admission requirements, language proficiency and individual program requirements and deadlines, international students should review the following information:

Application deadlines

Although application deadlines are set by the individual departments, if you are an international applicant, it is advised that you apply well in advance of the deadline for your entry point to allow time for processing and to apply for a visa. Individual departments may have earlier deadlines: review their websites for more information.

Study permits

If you are an international applicant, it is your responsibility to obtain the correct immigration documents to enter and study in Canada. If you are outside Canada, refer to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website for a list of Canadian visa offices around the world and visit the website of the visa office that is responsible for your country of citizenship or country of current residence. If you are within Canada, phone the CIC call centre toll free at 1-888-242-2100.

You must be admitted to UVic before you can obtain the correct immigration documents. Processing times for immigration documents can take up to six months in some countries, so it is essential that you apply for admission to UVic well before the posted deadlines for your entry point.

For further information about being an international student at UVic, contact the International Office.

Minimums from other countries

These are the minimum standards required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies for regular admission to a master's degree program. Individual programs may have higher requirements; please review the program information for more details. For information on countries not listed here, please contact the Graduate Admissions and Records Office. If you do not meet the minimum credential requirements as outlined below, please see the Graduate Calendar (other admissions) for more information.

Country

Minimum credential (for master's studies)

Minimum required grades

Afghanistan

Bachelor's degree; Licence

80%

Albania

Bachelor's degree (Diplomë e Nivelit të Pare; Diplome with Titull (minimum four years))

8.0/10.0

Algeria

Licence; Diplôme d'Études Supérieurs; Diplôme d'Ingénieur

14.0/20.0

Angola

Licenciatura

14.0/20.0

Antigua and Barbuda

No post-secondary degree level institutions

 

Argentina

Licenciatura

8.0/10.0; Distinguido

Armenia

Bachelor's degree (Diplom Bakalavri Astichan); Specialist Diploma (Diplom Masnageti) 

7.0/10.0; 13.0/20.0; 4.0/5.0; Good/լավ

Australia

Bachelor's degree (Honours)

Upper 2nd Class; Distinction; 70%

Austria

Bachelor's degree; Diplomstudium/Magister; Fachhochschuldiplom/Diplom (FH)

2.0; Gut

Azerbaijan

Bachelor's degree (Bakalavr Diplomu); Specialist Diploma (Diplomu)

4.0/5.0; Good/yaxsi

Bahamas

Bachelor's degree

B; 3.0/4.0

Bahrain

Bachelor's degree

80%; 3.0/4.0

Bangladesh

Bachelor's degree (minimum four years); Master's degree

B; 3.0/4.0; 60%; 1st Class

Barbados

Bachelor's degree (following CAPE/GCE A Levels)

Upper 2nd Class; 3.0/4.0

Belarus

Bachelor's degree (Bakalavr); Specialist Diploma

7.0/10.0; 4.0/5.0

Belgium

Licencié; Licenciaat; Bachelor's degree

14.0/20.0; Avec Distinction

Belize

Bachelor's degree

B; 3.0/4.0

Benin

Maîtrise

14.0/20.0; Bien

Bermuda

No post-secondary degree level studies

 

Bhutan

Bachelor's degree (Honours)

B; 70%; Very Good

Bolivia

Título de Bachiller Universitario; Licenciatura

Distinguido; 77%

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bachelor's degree (Diplomirani); Advanced Diploma of Higher Education (Diploma Visokog Obrazovanja)

4.0/5.0

Botswana

Bachelor's degree

Upper 2nd Class; B; 70%

Brazil

Bacharelado (minimum four years); Licenciatura (minimum four years)

8.0/10.0

Brunei

Bachelor's degree

Upper 2nd Class; B; 3.5/5.0

Bulgaria

Bachelor's degree (Bakalavr)

4.5/6.0

Burkina Faso

Maîtrise; Diplôme d’Ingénieur

14.0/20.0; Bien

Burundi

Diplôme de Licence; Diplôme d’Ingénieur (minimum four years)

70%; Grande Distinction

Cambodia

Bachelor's degree; Licence

B; Good; 7.0/10.0; 70%

Cameroon

Licence; Diplome d'Ingenieur; Bachelor's degree

14.0/20.0; Bien

Cape Verde

Licenciatura

14.0/20.0; Bien

Cayman Islands

Bachelor's degree

B; 3.0/4.0

Central African Republic

Maîtrise; Diplôme d’Ingénieur

14.0/20.0; Bien

Chad

Licence (minimum four years); Maîtrise

14.0/20.0; Bien

Chile

Licenciatura; Título Profesional

5.0/7.0; Bueno

China

Bachelor's degree (minimum four years)

B; 80%

Colombia

Título de Licenciado/Título Profesional; Maestro en [arts subject] (minimum four years for all degree types)

3.5/5.0

Congo

Maîtrise

14.0/20.0; Bien

Costa Rica

Bachiller Universitario; Licenciatura

8.0/10.0

Croatia

Bachelor's degree (Baccalaureus)

4.0/5.0

Cuba

Licenciatura; Ingeniería; Arquitectura; Título de Doctor

4.0/5.0; Muy Bien; 80%

Cyprus (see below for Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus)

Ptychio

7.0/10.0

Czech Republic

Bakalář

2.0/5.0; Velmi dobře

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Licence; Doctorat en Médecine

80%; Grande Distinction

Denmark

Candidatus; Diplomingenior; Bachelor's degree

7.0/12.0

Djibouti

Maîtrise

14.0/20.0; Bien

Dominica

No post-secondary degree level studies

 

Dominican Republic

Licenciatura; Título Profesional

80%; B; Muy Bueno

Ecuador

Licenciatura; Título Profesional

Bueno; 80%; 30.0/40.0

Egypt

Bachelor's degree; Licence

Very Good

El Salvador

Licenciatura; Título Profesional

8.0/10.0; Bien

Eritrea

Bachelor's degree (minimum four years)

B; 3.0/4.0

Estonia

Bachelor's degree (Bakalaureusekraad/Rakenduskõrgharidusõppe Diplom)

4.0/5.0; Vaga Hea

Ethiopia

Bachelor's degree (minimum four years)

B; 3.0/4.0

Fiji

Three-year bachelor

B+

Finland

Kandidat or Magistr

3.5/5;”Cum Laude Approbatur”

France

Licence; Maîtrise (until 2009)

12/20; Bien

Gabon

Maîtrise

bien

Gambia

No credentials available are considered equivalent to a Bachelor's degree

3.0/4.0

Georgia

Bakalavris Khariskhi/ Diplomirebuli Specialistis Diplomi

4/5, 70%, Kargi “good”

Germany

Bachelor, Diplom, Magister, Staatsexamen

"Gut," 2.49

Ghana

Bachelor's degree (Honours)

Upper 2nd class

Gibraltar

No Post Secondary degree level institutions

 

Greece

Ptychion

7/10

Greenland

Candidatus; Diplomingenior; Bachelor's degree

7/12

Guatemala

Licenciado, Ingeniero

80%

Guinea

Diplome d'Etudes Superieures/ Matrise/ Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies

14/20 or “bien”

Guinea-Bissau

No credentials available are considered equivalent to a Bachelors’ degree

 

Guinea-Conakry Diplome d’Etudes Superieures/ Matrise/ Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies 14/20 or "bien"

Guyana

Bachelor

Pass with Distinction

Haiti

Bachelor/ Diplome*/ Licence

70%

Holy See

Very specific Ecclesiastical education not normally recognized outside of those fields (Baccalaureate)

 

Honduras

Licenciado/Titulo

76% muy bueno

Hong Kong

Bachelor's degree (Honours)

Upper 2nd class

Hungary

Egyetemi Okevel

3.5/5; “Cum Laude”

Iceland

Candidatus Mag.

6.00/10

India

Bachelor's degree (minimum four years); Master's degree

1st class; 60%; 7/10

Indonesia

Bachelor's degree (Sarjana I)

3.0/4.0

Iran

Karshenasi; Licence

15/20; 80%; 3.0/4.0

Iraq

Bachelor's degree

B; 70%; Good

Ireland

Bachelor's degree

Upper 2nd class

Israel

Bachelor's degree (minimum four years)

75%; Good

Italy

Laurea

25/30

Ivory Coast

Maitrise

14/20 or "Bien"

Jamaica

Bachelors degree

Class II upper division

Japan

Bachelor's degree (Gakushi)

B; 3.0/4.0; 70%

Jordan

Bachelor's degree

B; 3.0/4.0; Very good

Kazakhstan

Bakalavr; Specialist Diploma

B; 3.0/4.0; Good/хорошо; 4.0/5.0 (before 2005)

Kenya

Bachelor's degree (Honours)

Upper 2nd class

Kiribati

No Post Secondary degree level institutions

 

Kosovo

Baçelor / Baccalaureus

8/10

Kuwait

Bachelor's degree (minimum four years)

B; 3.0/4.0

Kyrgyzstan

Bakalavr; Specialist Diploma

4/5; "Good"

Laos

Bachelor's degree (minimum five years until 2009; minimum four years thereafter)

3.0/4.0

Latvia

Bakalaurs (2003+)/Dilpoms of professional qualification/ Magistrs (pre2001)

7/10

Lebanon

4-year bachelor (see France for French patterned U’s)

80%

Lesotho

Master’s degree/ Bachelor of Law

70%, B

Liberia

Master’s degree

80% B

Libya

Bachelor

75% or “Very Good”

Liechtenstein

Bachelor's degree/ diplom (from Fachochschule)

5/6

Lithuania

Bakalaurus/ Auksjo Mokslo diploma

Good or 4/5 or 8/10

Luxembourg

Bachelor/ Diplome d'Ingenieur

40/60

Macao

Bachelor/Licenciatura

3.0/4.0

Macedonia

Bachelor/ Visoko Obrazovanja

8/10

Madagascar

Maitrise

14/20 or "Bien"

Malawi

Honours Bachelors

2nd Class = 70%, 5/6, Pass with Marginal Distinction

Malaysia

Bachelor's degree (Honours/minimum four years)

Upper 2nd class

Maldives

Bachelor's degree

3.0/4.0

Mali

/Diplome de l’Ecole Normale Superior/ Diplome d’etudes Approfondies

14/20 or “bien”

Malta

4 yr/Honours Bachelors - (Bacillier … bl -Unuri)

second class (upper division)

Mauritania

Maitrise

14/20 or“Bien”

Mauritius

Bachelors degree

Class II, division ii

Mexico

Licenciado/ Licenciatura, Ingeniero

8/10

Moldova

Diploma de Licenta (since 1991)

8/10

Monaco

No higher education institutions

 

Mongolia

Bachelors degree

“B”  (3.0/4.0) 

Montenegro

Diploma primijenjenih osovnih studija/ Diploma/ Uvjerenje o završenim osnovnim akademskim studijama

4/5;8/10

Morocco

Licence (minimum four years); Maîtrise (minimum four years)

14/20; Bien

Mozambique

Licenciatura

17/20

Myanmar

Honours Bachelor

2nd class (80%)

Namibia

Masters degree

B, Very good, 70%  3.0/4.0

Nepal

Bachelor's degree (minimum four years); Master's degree

1st class

Netherlands

Doctoraal/Doctorandus, Ingenieur, Meester

7/10

New Zealand

Honours Bachelor

2nd class

Nicaragua

Licenciado/titulo

80%

Niger

Matrise

15 /20

Nigeria

Bachelor's degree (Honours)

3.5/5.0; B; Upper 2nd class; 60%

Norway

Bachelorgraden = Bachelor’s equivalent, Mastergraden = Master’s equivalent  (Candidatus Magisteri = pre 2002)

2.5 or "Laudabilis" Very good = “B” second class.

 

Oman

Bachelor’s

3.0/4 or “B” or Very Good

Pakistan

Bachelor's degree (minimum four years)

1st class; 60%

Palestine National Authority

Four year Bachelor

80%

Panama

Licenciado/titulo

Bueno; 81%

Papua New Guinea

Bachelors degree

Class II division A

Paraguay

Titulo de Licenciado/ Titulo de (professional title)

4/5

Peru

Licenciado, Ingeniero

14/20 

Philippines

Master's degree

2.0; Good

Poland

Licencjat; Inzynier; Bachelor's degree

4.0/5.0; Dobry

Portugal

Licenciado/Licenciatura

14/20

Puerto Rico

Four year Bachelor

3/4; "B"

Qatar

Bachelor

3/4;4/5 or “Very Good”

Romania

Diploma de Licenta

8/10

Russian Federation

Diploma Specialist

4/5; "Good"

Rwanda

No credentials available are considered equivalent to a Bachelors’ degree

 

Samoa

Bachelor's degree (from University of the South Pacific)

5, B,  65%

Saudi Arabia

Bachelor's degree

80%; Very good; 4.0/5.0

Senegal

Diplome d’Etudes Superieures/ Maitrise

14/20 or "Bien"

Serbia

Bachelor's degree/ Diplom Visokog Obrazovanja (second-level degree obtained on completion of a four to six-year course)

8/10

Seychelles

Bachelor's degree (Honours)

Upper 2nd class

Sierra Leone

Bachelor

Upper 2nd class

Singapore

Bachelor's degree (minimum four years)

Upper 2nd class

Slovakia

Bakalar/ Absolvent Vysokej skoly/ Magister(pre 2003)

1,5,  B, vel' mi dobrý

Slovenia

Diplomant/Diplomirani/ Univerzitetni Diplomant/ Visoko Obrazovanji (pre 2000)

8/10, Prav Dobro

Solomon Islands

Bachelor's degree (from University of the South Pacific)

5, B,  65%

Somalia

Bachelor/ Laurea

80%, 25/30

South Africa

Bachelor's degree (minimum four years)

Upper 2nd class

South Korea

Bachelor's degree (minimum four years)

B; 3.0/4.5; 80%

Spain

Licenciado, Ingeniero, Arquitecto

7/10 or “Notable”

Sri Lanka

Bachelor's degree (minimum four years); Master's degree

Upper 2nd class; B+; 3.3/4.0

St Kitts and Nevis

Bachelors degree (from University of the West Indies)

Credit with 70% (Upper Second)

St Lucia

Bachelors degree (from University of the West Indies)

Credit with 70% (Upper Second)

Sudan

Honours Bachelor

Upper Second Division

Suriname

Bachelor's degree (since 1983)/ Doctoraal Examen (until 1983)

Met Genoegen

Swaziland

Bachelor

70%, 2nd class first division

Sweden

Bachelor or Filosofie Kandidatexamen

3/4.5 (120 points)

Switzerland

Diplom/Licence

5/6; 8/10 or "Gut" or "Bien"

Syria

Bachelor's degree (minimum four years); Licence (minimum four years)

70%

Taiwan

Bachelor's degree

B; 70%

Tajikistan

Bakalavr/Specialist Diploma

4/5

Tanzania

Bachelor's degree (Honours - minimum four years)

B; Upper 2nd class

Thailand

Bachelor's degree

3.0/4.0

Togo

Diplome d'Ingenieur/Doctorat (Medicine)/Maitrise

14/20 or "Bien"

Tonga

Bachelor's degree (from the University of the South Pacific)

5, B,  65%

Trinidad & Tobago

Honours Bachelor (from the University of the West Indies)

Upper 2nd class, B+

Tunisia

Licence (minimum four years); Maîtrise; Diplôme d’Ingenieur/Architecture; Docteur en ...

14/20

Turkey

Lisans; Muhendis Diplomasi

3.0/4.0; BB; B

Tukish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Lisans; Muhendis Diplomasi

3.0/4.0

Turkmenistan

Bakalavr/ Secialist diploma (Prior to 2001)

4/5; "Good"

Uganda

Bachelor's degree (Honours)

Upper 2nd class

Ukraine

Dyplom Bakalavr; Specialist Diploma (post 1990)

4/5

United Arab Emirates

Bachelor's degree

3.0/4.0; B; 80%

United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

Bachelor's degree (Honours)

Upper 2nd class

United States of America

Bachelor's degree

3.0/4.0

Uruguay

Titulao de Licenciado

6/12

Uzbekistan

Bakalavr; Specialist diploma

Yaxshi (71%)

Vanuatu

Bachelor's degree (from the University of the South Pacific)

5, B,  65%

Venezuela

4 year Licenciado or professional degree

3.3/5; 7/9; 13/20 (sciences) or 14/20

Vietnam

Bachelor's degree (Bằng Tốt Nghiệp Đại Học)

7.0/10.0

West Bank and Gaza

Bachelor's degree

B, 3.0/4.0, Very Good

West Indies

Honours Bachelor

Upper 2nd class

Yemen

Bachelor's degree

78, Very Good

Yugoslavia

Visoko Obrazovanja (2nd level degree of 4 years)

4/5;8/10

Zambia

Bachelor's degree

“B+” or “Meritorious”

Zimbabwe

Bachelor's degree

Upper 2nd class


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