International qualifications
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International qualifications

If you want to apply to Oxford, you need to have achieved - or expect to obtain - one of the following qualifications with the grades shown, or another equivalent.

You may take any qualification from any country, as long as you meet the general entrance requirements.

There are also specific entrance requirements for some courses, particularly in the sciences. The qualifications below will only be sufficient alternatives to A-level where they cover the same content as the required A-levels, to the appropriate standard.

If your qualification is listed as being insufficient to make a competitive application to Oxford, then you will need to undertake further study if you wish to apply.

You could take British A-levels (the British Council may know where you can take A-levels in your country), the International Baccalaureate (IB), or any other qualifications listed as acceptable on this page. The first year of a bachelor's degree from another university could also be an acceptable alternative.

United Kingdom

A-levelsConditional offers for students studying A-levels range between A*A*A and AAA depending on the subject.
Pre-U

Conditional offers are likely to vary between D2, D2, D3 and D3, D3, D3 depending on the subject. D2 is considered to be equivalent to an A* grade at A-level and D3 to an A grade.

Scottish HighersAAAAB or AAAAA in Scottish Highers, usually supplemented by two or more Advanced Highers. Offers made to candidates on the basis of the Advanced Higher subjects are likely to be set at AA for two subjects, and AAB for three subjects.
Welsh BaccalaureateAdvanced Diploma with A*A* to AA at A-level alongside the Core Certificate at Level 3.

Other qualifications

International BaccalaureateA total score of at least 38 points including core points, with 6s and 7s in subjects taken at the Higher level.
American education systemSAT Reasoning Test with at least 1,400 in Critical Reading and Mathematics and preferably also 700 or more in Writing, giving a combined score of at least 2,100
OR

ACT with a score of at least 32 out of 36.

AND


Grade 5 in three or more Advanced Placement Tests in appropriate subjects. 
OR

SAT Subject Tests in three appropriate subjects at 700 or better.
European BaccalaureateAn average of 85% or above, with scores of between 8 and 9 in specified subjects.

European Union

AustriaReifeprüfungszeugnis/Maturazeugnis with scores of 1 (sehr gut) in the majority of subjects taken.
BelgiumDiploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs, Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur or Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts with an overall average score of at least 8. Scores of 9 may be required in particular subjects.
BulgariaDiploma Za Sredno Obrazovanie with overall scores of 5.75.
CroatiaMatura with the Maturalna Svjedodzba (matriculation certificate), with scores of 5.
CyprusApolytirion with an average of 19 / 20 points and normally 2 or more A-levels at grade A.
Czech RepublicMaturitni Zkouška / Maturita with scores of 1 (výborný) in the majority of subjects taken.
DenmarkThe Danish Studentereksamen (STX, HHX or HTX) or HF with an overall average score of at least 11 (using the new 7 step grade scale). Specific marks may also be required in Level A subjects.
EstoniaGümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus, including the Riigieksam with an overall average score of at least 90%, with scores of 5 in 5 individual subjects.
FinlandSuccessful completion of the Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/ Studentexamensbetyg with at least four subjects, where no individual subject score is below eximia cum laude approbatur (excellent) and at least two subjects are at laudatur (outstanding).
FranceFrench Baccalauréat or Option Internationale du Baccalauréat with an average score of at least 15.
GermanyAbitur with a total mark between 1.0 and 1.5 with scores of between 13 and 15 in individual subjects.
GreeceApolytirion with an average of 19 / 20 points and normally 2 or more A-levels at grade A.
HungaryA student taking the Erettsegi/Matura needs to take five subjects and achieve a score of five in at least four subjects. Where there is a required subject for the degree scheme (eg Mathematics for Mathematics, Physics or Engineering degrees) the student would be expected to take the Higher (emelt szintu) examination in this subject.
IrelandLeaving Certificate with a minimum of grades AAAABB at Higher / Honours level.
ItalyDiploma Di Esame Di Stato with an overall score of at least 95% and may also require particular grades in specific subjects.
LatviaThe Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application, whatever grades have been achieved. This qualification would need to be supplemented by further study such as A levels, the IB, or a year at a Latvian university.
LithuaniaBrandos Atestatas with an overall average of at least 9, with scores of at least 9 in the majority of subjects.
LuxembourgA pass in the Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires with an overall score of at least 50.
MaltaAdvanced Matriculation with A grades in the A-level subjects taken.
The NetherlandsDiploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) with a minimum of 8 in individual subjects.
PolandPolish Matura / Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci with 85-90% in all subjects with the relevant subjects taken at the higher (extended) level.
PortugalDiploma de Ensino Secundário/Certificado with a score of 18 or higher.
RomaniaDiploma De Bacalaureat with an overall average of at least 8.
SlovakiaSlovakian Maturitńa Skúška/Maturita with v'yborn'y (excellent) in the majority of subjects.
SloveniaMatura with scores of 5 in the majority of subjects.
SpainAttainment of 9 out of 10 from the combined Bachillerato and PAU. Particular degree schemes will require that an applicant has studied the appropriate specialist area in their Bachillerato (eg science and technology specialism for degrees in sciences, mathematics, medical sciences or engineering).
SwedenAvgangsbetyg with a total of at least 2500 points, with scores of MVG (excellent) or A or B in the majority of relevant subjects.

The rest of the world

AfghanistanBaccalauria / Baccalaureate Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
AlbaniaCertificate of Maturity / Secondary School Leaving Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
AlgeriaSchool leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
AngolaThe Habilitação Literárias (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
Antigua and BarbudaCaribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) in Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, French, History, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, Spanish with grades of AAA.
ArgentinaSchool leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
ArmeniaHimnakan Yndhanur Krtutyan Attestat (Certificate of Basic Education) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
Australia
      Offers are likely to be for successful completion of one of the following qualifications, with a position between 98.5 and 99.5 in the Australia Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)
  • ACT Year 12 Certificate
  • Higher school certificate (HSC) from New South Wales
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
  • South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)

OR

  • Senior Certificate from Queensland
with an overall position in band 1.
AzerbaijanSecondary School Leaving Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
BahamasBahamas Junior Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
BahrainTawjahiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
BangladeshSchool leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
BrazilCertificado de Ensino Medio or University entrance examination (Vestibular, ENEM, PAS) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
BruneiBrunei-Cambridge A-level with grades of AAA.
CameroonCameroon Baccalauréat with at least 15 out of 20.

Canada

We accept all Canadian Provincial Secondary School qualifications. A typical example would be the OSSD from Ontario where we would be looking for a minimum of 85%.

ChileLicencia de Educación Media would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
ChinaSenior High School Diploma, Chinese University Entrance Examination or 'GaoKao' would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
EcuadorBachillerato would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
EgyptThe Thanaweya A'ama (General Secondary School Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
EthiopiaSchool leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
Faroe IslandsStudentereksamen or Højere Forberedelseseksamen with an overall average score of at least 11.
GambiaWest African Senior School Certificate Examination would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
GhanaWest African Senior School Certificate Examination would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
GuatemalaBachillerato would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Advanced Level Certificate, with grades of AAA

OR

Associate degrees from Hong Kong, with a result of 3.8 or better.

OR

HKDSE with grade 5s in three elective subjects.  (The exception is for candidates taking Mathematics, who would need a 5* in the compulsory Mathematics course and then a 5 in the Mathematics extended paper.) 

IndiaYear XII qualification, studied with either the CBSE or ISC examination boards, with an achievement of 90% in each of the five subjects studied. Science subjects may also require that candidates take the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrance examinations as a pre-condition for entry.
IndonesiaSurat Tamat Sekolah Menengah Umum Tingkat Atas/STTB: SMA (Senior Secondary School Certificate of Completion) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
IranNational Entrance Exam (Kunkur) with a result of at least 80%, and the Pre-University Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe) with scores of 18 or more.
IsraelBagrut with 90%, with at least three subjects at level 5.
JapanKotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
JordanTawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
KazakhstanAttestat/Svidetel' stvo o Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
KenyaKenya Certificate of Secondary Education would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
KuwaitShahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama (General Secondary School Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
LiechtensteinMatura, with scores of 6 in the majority of subjects.
MalawiMalawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
MalaysiaSijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (Malaysian Higher School Certificate) with AAA.

Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM/Certificate of Education) or Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
MauritiusCambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate with AAA.
MexicoBachillerato General would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
MoroccoBaccalauréat with at least 18 out of 20.
MyanmarSchool leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
NamibiaCambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate with grades of AAA.
New ZealandUniversity Entrance Certificate with National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) at Level 3 endorsed with Excellence.
NigeriaWest African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or Senior School Certificate Education (SSCE) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
NorwayVitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate) with grades of at least 5.0 in each subject.
OmanThanawiya Amma (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
PakistanHigher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSC) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
QatarThanawaya Aa'ma Qatari (Qatar General Secondary Education Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
Russian FederationAttestat o Srednam Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
SerbiaMatura/Secondary School Leaving Diploma, with a score of 5 in the majority of subjects.
Sierra LeoneSchool leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
SingaporeSIPCAL with three A grades at H2. Please note that because applicants following the Singaporean SIPCAL are educated and assessed in English they would not be required to take an English language proficiency test.
South AfricaSouth African Senior Certificate (with Matriculation endorsement) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
South KoreaIlbankye Kodung Hakkyo (General High School Diploma) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
Sri LankaThe Sri Lanka Advanced Level with AAA.
SudanSudan School Certificate (SSC) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
Switzerland
  • Maturitätszeugnis (Federal Maturity Certificate)
  • Certificat De Maturité
  • Baccalauréat
  • Attestato Di Maturità
  • Eidgenössisch Anerkanntes Kantonales Maturitätszeugnis
  • Certificat De Maturité Cantonal Reconnu Par La Confédération
  • Attestato Di Maturità Cantonale Riconosciuto Dalla Confederazione
  • Cantonal Maturity Certificate

Any of the above qualifications, with grades of at least 5.0 in each subject.
SyriaAl Shahada Al Thanawiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
TaiwanSenior High School Leaving Certificate or the Senior High School Diploma would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
TanzaniaCambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC) or East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE) with AAA.
ThailandMathayom Suksa 6 (M6) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application.
TunisiaBaccalauréat with of at least 16 out of 20.
TurkeyAnadolu Lisesi (Anatolian High School Diploma) with Grade Point Averages of 5.0.

Devlet Lise Diplomasi (State High School Diploma) or Lise Bitirme Diplomasi (Private High School Diploma) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application.
UAETawjihiyya (General Secondary Education Certificate/GSEC) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application.
UgandaThe Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with AAA.
UkraineAtestat pro Povnu Zagal'nu Sersdniu Osvitu would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
UruguayTitulo de Bachillerato Diversificado would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

USA

SAT Reasoning Test with at least 1,400 in Critical Reading and Mathematics and preferably also 700 or more in Writing, giving a combined score of at least 2,100
OR

ACT with a score of at least 32 out of 36.

AND


Grade 5 in three or more Advanced Placement Tests in appropriate subjects
OR

SAT Subject Tests in three appropriate subjects at 700 or better.

 

A combination of APTs and SAT Subject Tests (or other equivalent qualifications) is also acceptable, if they are in different subjects.

UzbekistanAttestat o srednem obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
VenezuelaTitulo de Bachiller would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
VietnamTot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
YemenAl Thanawiya (General Secondary Education Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
ZambiaZambia School Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).
ZimbabweCambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC) or East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE) with at least three A grades.

If your qualification is not listed here, please contact us and we will be happy to advise you. It would be helpful if you could provide further details about your qualifications, including the name of the awarding institution, and your intended course of study at Oxford.