The following is a listing of required secondary school credentials for students educated outside of the United States. A complete record (all years) of your secondary school education is required for admission into a CUNY college. Educational credentials in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official word-for-word translation on business letterhead. CUNY/UAPC may request additional credentials as needed. Select your country from the list below to view credentials required for admission into a CUNY college.

Afghanistan - Czech Republic

Country Name

Credentials Accepted For Admission

AfghanistanBaccaluria
AlbaniaDeftese Pjekurie (Certificate of Maturity)
AlgeriaBaccalaureat de l’Enseignement Secondaire (Secondary School Baccalaureate), Baccalaureat de Technicien (Technician Baccalaureat), Brevet Superieur de Capacite (Advanced Proficiency Certificate), Brevet de Technicien (Technician Certificate)
AndorraBachillerato
AngolaDiploma de Ensino Pre-Universitario (Diploma of Pre-University Education)Diploma de Ensino Medio (Diploma of Intermediate Education), Diploma de Ension Industrial Pedagogico (Ensino Medio) (Diploma of of Industrial Pedagogical Education), Diploma of Ension Normal de Educacao Fisica (Diploma of Teacher Training in Physical Education) Diploma de Ensino Normal Pedagogico para o Ensino de Base (Encino Medio) (Diploma of Pedagogical Teacher Training for Primary Education (Intermediate Education) Habilitacoes Literarias (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Antigua & Barbuda*Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CXC), General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
AntillesHAVO (Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs), VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs)
ArgentinaBachillerato /Perito Mercantil/Certificado de Tecnico
ArmeniaAttestat o Srednem Obrazovanii, Hasunutian Vkaiakan (Certificate of Maturity)
ArubaHAVO (Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs), VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs)
Australia (Capital Territory)Year 12 Certificate/Higher School Certificate
Australia (New South Wales)Higher School Certificate
Australia (Northern Territory)Senior Secondary Studies Certificate
Australia (Queensland)Senior Certificate/Queensland Public Examination Certificate
Australia (South Australia)SA Certificate of Education/Year 12 Certificate of Achievement/Secondary School Certificate
Australia (Tasmania)Tasmania Certificate of Education/Higher School Certificate
Australia (Victoria)Victorian Certificate of Education/Higher School Certificate
Australia (Western Australia)Certificate of Secondary Education/Leaving Certificate
AustriaReifezeugnis (Maturity Certificate)
AzerbaijanAttestat o Srednem Obrazovanii
Bahamas*Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE), General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
BahrainTawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate)
BangladeshHigher/Senior Secondary Certificate, Intermediate/Pre-University Certificate
Barbados*Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CXC), General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
BelarusAttestat o Srednem Obrazovanii
BelgiumGetuigschrift van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs, Certificat de l’Enseignement Secondaire Superieure, Diplome d’Aptitude a Acceder a L’Enseignement, Bekwaamheidsdiploma dat Toegang Verleent tot het Hoger Onderwijs, Certificate of Higher Secondary Education
Belize*Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CXC), General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
BeninBaccalaureat
Bermuda*Bermuda Secondary School Certificate/ General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O"Level)
BhutanIndian School Certificate
BoliviaBachillerato/Tecnico
Bosnia & HerzegovinaSvedocanstvo o Polozenom Zavrsnom
Botswana*Cambridge Overseas School Certificate / School Certificate
BrazilCertificado de Conclusao de 2ndo Grau (Secondary Education Conclusion Certificate)/Diploma de Tecnico de Segundo Grau (Secondary Education Technician Diploma)
British West Indies (Anguilla/BVI/Cayman Islands/Montserrat/Turks & Caicos Islands)*Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CXC), General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O"Level)
BruneiGeneral Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
BulgariaDiploma Za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie (Diploma of Completed Secondary Education)/Svidetelstvo za Zrelost; Certificate of Maturity
Burkina FasoBaccalaureat/Diplome de Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second Degre (Diploma of Bachelor of Secondary Education)/ Baccalaureat de Technicien/Diploma de Bachelier de Technicient (Baccalaureate of Technician/Diploma of Bachelor of Technician)
BurmaBasic Education High School Examination Certificate/Upper School Certificate
BurundiDiplome des Humanites Completes (Diploma of Humanities)
CambodiaBaccalaureat
CameroonBaccalaurea de Technicien (Technician Baccalaureate), Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second Degre (Baccalaureat of Secondary Education)/ General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
Canada (British Columbia)Secondary School Graduation diploma
Canada (Ontario)Ontario Secondary School Diploma/Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma
Canada (Québec)Diplome d’Etudes Secondaires (DES) (Diploma of Secondary Studies)
Canada (Saskatchewan)Grade 12 Completion Certificate
Canada (Other provinces)High School/Secondary School diploma Note: English-speaking Canada is exempt from TOEFL. TOEFL is required for Quebec students.
Cape VerdeCertificado de Fin de Estudos Secundarios
Central African RepublicDiplome de Bachelier l’Enseignement du Second Degre (Diploma of Secondary School Bachelor)/Baccalaureat Technique (Technical Baccalaureate)
ChadBaccalaureat
Channel Islands*General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O"Level)
ChileLicencia de Educacion Media, Bachillerato
ChinaHigh School Graduation Certificate/ Transcript/Unified Examination for High School Graduates
ColombiaBachillerato/Bachiller (Bachelor)
ComorosSecondary School Leaving Certificate**
CongoBaccalaureat/Baccalaureat Technique
Costa RicaBachillerato/Diploma de Conclusion de Estudios de Educacion Diversificada/Certificados de Conclusion de Estudios de Educacion Media
CroatiaSvjedodzba o Zavrsnom
CubaBachillerato/Titulo de Tecnio Medio/Titulo Perito/ Maestro de Educacion Primaria/Pre-University Course
CuracaoHAVO (Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs), VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs)
CyprusApolyterion/LiseDiplomasi and school transcript
Czech RepublicVysvedceni o Maturitni Zkousce (Maturity Certificate)

Denmark - France

Country Name

Credentials Accepted For Admission

DenmarkStudentereksamen (Student Examination)/Hojere Forbe Redelseskasmen(Higher Preparatory Examination)/Hojere Handelseksamen (Higher Commercial Examination)/Hojere Teknisk Eksamen (Higher Technical Examination)
DjiboutiBaccalaureat de líenseignement secondaire
Dominica*General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level);Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CXC)
Dominican RepublicBachillerato/Perito/ Titulo de Maestro Normal Primario/Secondary school transcript showing successful completion of program of study (with no missing grades)
EcuadorBachillerato(Baccalaureate)/Titulo de Bachiller (Title of Bachelor)/Tecnico Medio (Intermediate Technician)
EgyptThanawiya AíAmma (General Secondary Education Certificate)
El SalvadorBachillerato/Bachiller en ____ (Bachelor in)
England/Wales*General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Equatorial GuineaSecondary School Leaving Certificate**
EritreaEritrean General Certificate
EstoniaKeskkooli Loputunnistus; Svidetelstvo
EthiopiaEthiopian Higher Education Entrance Certificate Examination
Falkland Islands*General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE);General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
Fiji*Fiji School Leaving Certificate (Form 6);Form 7 Certificate
FinlandYlioppilastutkintotodistus (Maturity Certificate);Lukion Paastotodistus (Upper Secondary School Certificate)
FranceDiplome de Bachelier de líEnseignement du Second Degre (Diploma of Baccalaureate of Secondary Education)/Diplome de Baccalaureat de Technicien (Diploma of Baccalaureate of Technician)/Baccalaureat Professionel (Vocational Baccalaureate)/Brevet de Technicien (BT) (Certificate of Technician)Baccalaureat

Gabon - Ivory Coast

Country Name

Credentials Accepted For Admission

GabonBaccalaureat (Baccalaureate)/Baccalaureat Technique (Technical Baccalaureate)/Certificat de Fin díEtudes Secondaires (Certificate of End of Secondary Studies)
Gambia*West African Examinations Council School Certificate(WAEC)/Senior School Certificate/ General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
GeorgiaAttestat o Srednem Obrazovanii;Sashualo Ganatlebis Atestati (Certificate of Completion of Secondary Education)
GermanyAbschlulzeugnis (Completion Certificate) and Fachhochschulreife (Technical College Maturity) from a Fachoberschule;Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Certificate of General University Maturity)
Ghana*West African Examinations Council School Certificate(WAEC)/Senior School Certificate/ General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
Gibraltar*General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)/ General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
GreeceApolytirio (Certificate of Completion)
Grenada*Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CXC);General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
Guam*High School Diploma, Transcript
GuatemalaBachillerato/Perito Bachiller en Ciencias y Letras (Bachelor in Science and Letters)
GuineaBaccalaureat de l’Enseignement Secondaire
Guinea-BissauCertificado de Fin de Estudos Secundarios
Guyana*Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CXC);General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
HaitiBaccalaureat, Part I; Certificat de Fin díEtudes Secondaires Classiques, Premiere Partie
HondurasBachillerato/Perito Industrial/Technico Medio
Hong KongHong Kong Certificate of Education Examinations (HKCEE); Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
HungaryErettsegi Bizonyitvany (Maturity Certificate)/Erettsegi-Kepesito Bizonytvany (Technical Maturity Certificate)
IcelandStudentsprof
IndiaHigher Secondary Certificate and transcript/Secondary School Certificate
IndonesiaSurat Tanda Tamat Belajar Sekolah Menengah Tingkat Atas (SMA);(Certificate of Completion of Studies from a General Academic Senior Secondary School);Surat Tanda Tamat Belajar Sekolah Menengah Umum (SMU)
IranPre-University Certificate and Certificate of Completion of Secondary Education
IraqAdadiyah;Sixth Form Baccalaureat
Ireland*Leaving Certificate Ordinary/Higher
IsraelBagrut/Mechina, Teudat Gemer Tichonit (Secondary School Final Diploma)
ItalyDiploma di Maturita
Ivory CoastBaccalaureat;Diplome de Bachelier de líEnseignement du Second Degre

Jamaica - Luxembourg

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Credentials Accepted For Admission

Jamaica*Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CXC);General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
JapanKotogakko/Secondary School Leaving Certificate and school transcript
JordanTawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate)
KazakhstanOrta Bilim Turali Attestat/SvidetelíStvo o Srednem Obrazovanii
Kenya*Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education/East African Certificate of Education
Kiribati*Pacific Secondary School Certificate;Form 7 Certificate
KoreaHigh School diploma and transcript
KosovoDiplomë për Kryerjen e Shkollës së Mesme te Përgjithshme-Gjimnazin
KuwaitShahadat Al-Thanawiya-All-AíAma (General Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
KyrgyzstanAttestat o Srednem Obrazovanii
LaosBaccalaureat
LatviaAtestats Par Visparejo Videjo Izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education)
LebanonCertificate of General Secondary Education (Baccalaureat)
Lesotho*Cambridge Overseas School Certificate
Liberia*Senior School Certificate / General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)/Senior High School Certificate
LibyaGeneral Secondary Education Certificate
LiechtensteinMatura Certificate
LithuaniaBrandos Atestatas
LuxembourgDiplome de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires

Macao - Oman

Country Name

Credentials Accepted For Admission

MacaoGeneral Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)/Certificado de fin de Estudios Secondarios (Certificate of Secondary Studies)
MacedoniaSvidetelstvo za Polozen Zavrsen
MadagascarBaccalaureat
Malawi*Malawi Certificate of Education/General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE ìOî Level)
MalaysiaMalaysian Certificate of Education/Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia; MCE/SPM and transcript of Lower Form VI; Higher School Certificate/Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran
MaldivesGeneral Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
MaliBaccalaureat
MaltaGeneral Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level); Secondary Education Certificate Examination; Trade school Certificate;Matriculation Certificate
Mariana Islands*High School Diploma, Transcript
Marshall Islands*Senior Secondary School Certificate
MauritaniaBaccalaureat de l’Enseigement du Secondaire or Brevet d’Enseignement Professionel
Mauritius*General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
MexicoBachillerato/Tecnico
Micronesia (Federated States Of)Senior Secondary School Certificate
Midway*High School Diploma, Transcript
MoldovaAtestat de Maturitate (Maturity Certificate)/Atestat de Studii Medii (Certificate of Secondary Education)/Diploma de Absolvire a Invatamintului Mediu General (Diploma of Completion of Secondary Education);Diploma de Bacalaureat
MonacoBaccalaureat
MongoliaGerchilgee (School Leaving Certificate);Certificate of Complete Secondary Education
MontenegroSvedocanstvo o Polozenom Zavrsnom
MorocooBaccalaureat/Certificat de fin díetudes secondaires/Diplome de Bachelier de líEnseignement Secondaire (Secondary Education Baccalaureate)Baccalaureat de Technicien (Technical Baccalaureate)
MozambiqueCertificado de Habilitaco es Literarias(Certificate of Learning Competence or Secondary School Leaving Certificate);Ensino Secundario Geral
MyanmarBasic Education High School Examination Certificate/Matriculation Certificate
Namibia*International General Certificate of Secondary Education;General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level);South African Senior Certificate
NauruSenior Secondary School Certificate**
NepalProficiency Certificate/Higher Secondary School Certificate
Netherland AntillesHAVO (Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs)(Senior General Secondary Education);VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs)(University preparatory education)
The NetherlandsEindexamen/V.W.O. and exam scores
New ZealandHigh School Certificate and New Zealand University Entrance Qualification
NicaraguaBachillerato/Technico Medio/Diploma de Conclusion de Estudios del Ciclo Diversificado (Diploma of Conclusion of the Diversified Cycle of the Baccalaureate in Science, Letters and Philosophy)/Bachiller Tecnico (Technical Bachelor)/Tecnico Medio (mid-level technician)
NigerBaccalaureat;Diplome de Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second Degre;Diplome de Fin d’Etudes Nigeriens/DFEN (Diploma of End of Nigerien Studies)
NigeriaWest African Examinations Council School Certificate(WAEC)/Senior Secondary Certificate/General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)/Grade II teacherís certificate
North KoreaSecondary School Graduation Certificate, Transcript
Northern Ireland*General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
NorwayVitnemal Fraden Videregaende Skole (Certificate from Upper Secondary School); Examen Artium
OmanThanawiya Amma (General Secondary Education Certificate)

Pakistan - Rwanda

Country Name

Credentials Accepted For Admission

PakistanIntermediate or Higher Secondary School Certificate
Palestinian National AuthorityGeneral Secondary Education Certificate (tawjihi)
Palau*Senior Secondary School Certificate**
PanamaBachillerato
Papua New GuineaHigher School Certificate
ParaguayBachillerato
PeruCertificado de Educacion Secondaria Commun Completa (Official Certificate of Studies in Common Secondary Education)
The PhilippinesKatunayan;Katibayan;High School Diploma/ Transcript
PolandSwiadectwo Dojrzalosci (Maturity Certificate)
PortugalCertificado de Fin de Estudos Secundarios (Certificate of Completion of Secondary Studies)
Puerto Rico*High School Diploma, Transcript
QatarThanawiya Aam Qatari (Qatar General Secondary Education Certificate)
RomaniaDiploma de Bacalaureat;Diploma de Maturitate
RussiaAttestat o Srednem Obrazovanii;Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii
RwandaDiplome des Humanites Completes;Diplome d’Humanites Generales

Saba - Uzbekistan

Country Name

Credentials Accepted For Admission

SabaHAVO (Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs);VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs)
San MarinoDiploma di Maturita
Sao Tome & PrincipeCertificado de Fin de Estudos Secundarios
Saudi ArabiaShahadat Al-Marhalat Al-Thanawiya (General Secondary Education Certificate),Quranic Secondary School Certificate
Scotland*Scottish Certificate of Education, Standard Grade
SenegalDiplome de Bachelier de líEnseignement du Second Degre;Baccalaureat
SerbiaSvedocanstvo o Polozenom Zavrsnom;Diploma o Zavrsenom Razredu/Obrazovanii (Level 4)
SeychellesSecondary School Leaving Certificate**
Sierra LeoneWest African Examinations Council School Certificate(WAEC)/Senior Secondary Certificate/General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
SingaporeSingapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
SlovakiaVysvedceni o Maturitni Zkousce (Maturity Certificate)
SloveniaMaturiteno Spricevalo (Maturity Examinations Certificate)
Solomon IslandsPacific Secondary School Certificate;Form 7 Certificate
SomaliaSecondary School Leaving Certificate;General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
South AfricaSenior Certificate/Standard 10 Certificate
SpainBachillerato/Curso de Orientacion Universitaria (COU) Titulo de Tecnico Especialista (Title of Specialist Technician)
Sri LankaGeneral Certificate of Education, Advanced Level
St. Christopher (St. Kitts) & Nevis*Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CXC);General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
St. EustatiusHAVO (Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs);VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs)
St. Lucia*Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CXC);General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
St. MaartenHAVO (Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs);VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs)
St. Vincent & The Grenadines*Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CXC);General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
SudanSudan Secondary School Certificate
SurinameHAVO (Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs);VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs)
Swaziland*Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (by UCLES)
SwedenAvgangsbetyg (Leaving Certificate)/Fran Gymnasieskola and transcript
SwitzerlandFederal Maturitatszeugnis/Certificat de Maturite/Attestanto di Maturita
SyriaShahadat Al Thanawiya (General Secondary Education Certificate);Baccalaureat/Technical Secondary Certificate/Religious Secondary Certificate
Taiwan, R.O.CSenior High School Diploma
TajikistanAttestat o Srednem Obrazovanii
Tanzania*Certificate of Secondary Education;East African Certificate of Education
ThailandMathayam Suksa VI including grades and school transcript
TogoBaccalaureat
TongaPacific Secondary School Certificate;Form 7 Certificate
Trinidad & Tobago*Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CXC);General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
TunisiaBaccalaureat/Diplome de Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second degree (Diploma of Bachelor of Secondary Education)/Brevet de Technicien (Certificate of Technician)/ Certificat d Fin d’Etudes Secondaires (Certificate of End of Secondary Studies)
TurkeyLise Bitirme Diplomasi/Devlet Lise Diplomasi
TurkmenistanAttestat o Srednem Obrazovanii
TuvaluPacific Secondary School Certificate;Form 7 Certificate
Uganda*Uganda Certificate of Education (by Uganda National Examinations Board);East African Certificate of Education (by EAEC)
UkraineAtestat Pro Zagalnu Osvitu;Atestat Pro Serednio Osvitu;Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii
United Arab EmiratesShahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma (General Secondary Education Certificate)
United Kingdom*General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
UruguayBachillerato
USVI (St. Croix/ St. Thomas/ St. John)*High School Diploma, Transcript
UzbekistanAttestat o Srednem Obrazovanii

Vanuatu - Zimbabwe

Country Name

Credentials Accepted For Admission

VanuatuYear 12 Completion Certificate
VenezuelaBachillerato
VietnamBang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Completion Diploma);Tu-Tai II (Baccalaureat II)
VojvodinaSvedocanstvo o Polozenom Zavrsnom
Wake Island*High School Diploma, Transcript
Western SamoaPacific Secondary School Certificate
YemenThanawiya (General Secondary Education Certificate)/Islamic Secondary Certificate/Technical Secondary Certificate
ZaireDiplome díEtat díEnseignement Secondaires
Zambia*Zambian School Certificate;General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)
Zimbabwe**Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE "O" Level)

*Exempt from TOEFL.
**Exact title of credential unavailable.

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