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List of diplomas per country

The international diplomas included in this list are considered to meet the diploma requirements of our Bachelor's programmes.

If your country is not on this list, it might still be possible to gain admission. The admissions teams assess each application individually and will inform you of the admission decision.

Please note that our diploma list may be updated for future intakes. No rights can be derived from this list and the final decision on admission to the programme will be determined by the International Office and Student Administration.

VU Amsterdam reviews all non-Dutch diploma applications individually due to their distinctive nature. Therefore, the only way to determine whether you are eligible for admission is by submitting an official application via Studielink and providing all required documentation in the application section of the VU dashboard. After you have done so you will be informed whether you are eligible for admission.

Next to the general admission requirements, each Bachelor’s programme has its own specific admission requirements and these requirements will be taken into consideration while assessing your application. Please check the specific admission requirements on the page of your Bachelor's degree programme.

Questions?

Contact your International Student Advisor (ISA) if you are an international diploma applicant applying for one of our English-taught programmes.

International diploma applicants who are applying for a Dutch-taught study programme are assessed by the Student Administration. For questions you can contact the Student Desk.

For International Students

  • Africa

    Cameroon

    General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (at least 4 exam subjects with a final result of A, B of C) + General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level with at least 3 subjects with a final result of A or B

    Egypt

    Al Azhar Secondary Education Certificate/General Secondary Education Certificate and at least 1 year of credits in academic education at an internationally recognised university

    Ghana

    Senior Secondary School Certificate (at least 6 subjects graded A-C)/West African Senior School Certificate(at least 6 subjects graded A1-C6) and at least 1 year of credits in academic education at an internationally recognised university

    Morocco

    • Attestation du Baccalauréat, Série: Lettres (Modernes / Originelle) with a General Average of at least 14 and also scores of at least 14 for each of the 5 National Examinations 
    • Attestation du Baccalauréat, Série: Sciences (Expérimentales / Mathématique / Originelle) a General Average of at least 14 and also scores of at least 14 for each of the 5 National Examinations

    Nigeria

    West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC)/ Senior School Certificate (NECO) and at least 1 year of credits in academic education at an internationally recognised university

    South Africa

    National Senior Certificate with 7 examination courses and an overall average result of 70% (the courses Life Orientation and Mathematical Literacy are not included in the calculation of average result) + 1 Independent Examinations Board (IEB) Advanced Programme Certificate (Mathematics or English) with a result of at least 55%

    Tanzania

    Certificate of Secondary Education (at least 5 exam subjects with a final result of A, B, C) + the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education including at least 3 principal level subjects with grade A or B + a principal pass (grade A – E) for General Studies

    Tunisia

    Diplôm du Baccalauréat with a moyenne final of at least 14. We accept the following streams: Experimental sciences; Languages (Literature); Humanities and social sciences; and Mathematics

    Uganda

    Uganda Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level ( at least 6 exam subjects with a final result of 1 to 6) + Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education with at least 3 principal level subjects with a final result of A or B 

    Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level (at least 5 exam subjects with a final result of A, B, C) + the Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level with at least 3 principal level subjects with a final result of A or B

  • Asia

    Bangladesh

    Higher Secondary Certificate (humanities/sciences)/ Alim Certificate and at least 1 year of credits in academic education obtained at an internationally recognised university

    China

    Senior middle school graduation certificate (Gaozhong), a high Gaokao score and at least 1 year of credits in academic education obtained at an internationally recognised university

    Hong Kong

    • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with all subjects level 3-5
    • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) - Advanced Level

    India

    • All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE) with A1, A2 or B1 grades in 5 academic subjects
    • Indian School Certificate (CISCE) with at least 5 academic subjects and a minimum grade of 75% for each subject
    • Migration Cum Transfer Certificate of the Senior Secondary School Examination (NIOS) with a score of A, B of C in 5 academic subjects

    Indonesia

    Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) obtained at a highly ranked school with a grade average of at least 80%

    Israel

    Te’udat Bagrut including at least 3 academic subjects with unit level 4 or 5, one of these being English

    Iran

    Certificate of Completion of Secondary School Studies + Pre-University Certificate and at least 1 year of credits in academic education obtained at an internationally recognised university

    Pakistan

    • Higher Secondary School Certificate/Intermediate School Certificate (with a final grade of at least C) and at least 1 year of credits in academic education obtained at an internationally recognised university.
    • Bachelor (Pass)

    Singapore

    Cambridge GCE A level in 3 H2 + 1 H1 content-based subjects + General Paper/Knowledge and Inquiry (5 different subjects in total)

    South Korea

    High School Certificate and at least 1 year of credits in academic education obtained at an internationally recognised university

    Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education Advanced level with at least three subjects at GCE-A level with minimum grade C

    Thailand

    Certificate of Secondary Education/ Matayom 6 (M6) and at least 1 year of credits in academic education obtained at an internationally recognised university

    Vietnam

    • Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc and at least 1 year of credits in academic education obtained at an internationally recognised university
    • Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc obtained at a high school for the gifted with a minimum GPA of 80%
  • Europe

    Albania

    Diplomë e Maturës Shtetërore / Diploma e Maturës Shteteröre Profesionale

    Austria

    Reifeprüfung/Matura, awarded by an Allgemeinbildende Höhere Schule

    Belgium

    • Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs (ASO)
    • Certificat d’enseignement Sécondaire Supérieur

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    • Diploma o položenom maturskom ispitu (RS)
    • Diploma o završenoj srednjoj školi (FiBH) (Secondary School Leaving Diploma)

    Bulgaria

    Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie, Academic stream

    Croatia

    Svjedodžba o (državnoj) maturi

    Cyprus

    Apolityrio Lykeiou with an overall average of at least 16/20

    Czech Republic

    Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce obtained at a Gymnázium

    Denmark

    • Studentereksamenbevis (STX)
    • Bevis for Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF)

    Estonia

    Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus with the Riigieksamitunnistus (state exam) including at least 3 state exam subjects

    Finland

    • Ylioppilastutkintotodistus
    • Studentexamenbevis
    • Matriculation Examination Certificate

    France

    Baccalauréat Général

    Germany

    Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife

    Greece

    Apolityrio Genikou Lykeiou with an overall average of at least 16/20 

    Hungary

    Gimnaziumi Erettsegi Bizonyitvany

    Iceland

    Stúdentspróf (Matriculation Examination), awarded by a Menntaskóli

    Ireland

    • Leaving Certificate with at least 6 exam subjects from the Established programme, including two courses with H5 or higher and 4 courses with at least O6 or H7 + a minimum of 350 CAO points
    • Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme with at least 6 courses and the link modules, including two courses with H5 or higher and 4 courses with at least O6 or H7 + a minimum of 350 CAO points

    Italy

    Diploma di Superamento dell’Esame di Stato Conclusivo, awarded by a Liceo Classico/Scientifico/Linguistico/Scienze Umane

    Latvia

    Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību

    Liechtenstein

    Matura

    Lithuania

    Brandos Atestatas from a Gimnazija or Licejus

    Luxembourg

    Diplôme de Fin d'Études Secondaires Classiques

    Malta

    Matriculation Certificate Examination, awarded by University of Malta

    North Macedonia

    Diploma za položena državna matura

    Norway

    Vitnemål for Videregående Opplaering, with a clear academic focus

    Poland

    Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego

    Portugal

    Diploma do Ensino Secundário, cursos científicos humanisticos with a final GPA of at least 15/20 and having passing grades for the exames nacionais

    Romania

    Diploma de Bacalaureat (obtained after 2005)

    Russian Federation

    Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii and at least 1 year of credits in academic education obtained at an internationally recognised university

    Serbia

    Diploma o stečenom srednjem obrazovanju when studied for four years

    Slovakia

    Vysvedčenie o Maturitnej skúške awarded by a Gymnázium

    Slovenia

    Splošna Matura

    Spain

    Bachillerato (Titulo de Bachiller) and the Prueba de Acceso a Estudios Universitarios (PAU) or the Evaluación de Bachillerato para el Acceso a la Universidad (EBAU) / Evaluación para el Acceso a la Universidad (EVAU) with a score of at least 6.0 (apto)

    Sweden

    Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan or Högskoleförberedande Examen with one of the following programmes:

    • Ekonomiprogrammet/ Business Management and Economics Programme
    • Estetiska programmet/ Arts Programme
    • Humanistiska programmet/ Humanities Programme
    • Naturvetenskapsprogrammet/ Natural Science Programme
    • Samhällsvetenskapsprogrammet/ Social Science Programme
    • Teknikprogrammet/ Technology Programme

    Switzerland

    • Maturity Certificate
    • Maturitätszeugnis
    • Maturitätsausweis
    • Certificat de Maturité

    Turkey

    Lise Diplomasi obtained at a highly ranked school with a cumulative GPA of 80% on the final diploma

    Ukraine

    Atestat pro zagal’nu serednyu osvitu, passing the independent external examination (EIT) and at least 1 year of credits in academic education obtained at an internationally recognised university.

    United Kingdom

    Applicants from the United Kingdom can find further information about admission on the information page for UK applicants.

    • GCE A-levels: at least 3 GCE A-levels (A2) in general, academic subjects with an A*, A, B or C grade + 3 GCSE’s with grade A*, A, B or C/grade 4-9 in six different subjects.
      Note that AS-levels and BTECS are not considered to be equivalent to the Dutch pre-university diploma. When you apply, upload your GCSE results + predicted A-level grades (official school statement).

      Examples of accepted A-level subjects: All Languages*, Ancient History, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Classical Studies, Computer Science, Digital Technology, Economics, Environmental Science / Technology, Further Mathematics, Geography, Government and Politics, History, History of Art, Islamic Studies, Latin, Law, Literature,  Marine Sciences, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistics.

      *For non-Humanities programmes a maximum of 1 GCE A-level in languages is accepted. 
    • Scottish Qualifications Certificate with 2 Advanced Highers (plus 4 Highers)
  • Central and South America

    Brazil

    Certificado de Conclusão do 2° Grau or Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio and at least 1 year of credits in academic education obtained at an internationally recognised university.

    Chile

    Licencia de Enseñanza Media and at least 1 year of credits in academic education obtained at an internationally recognised university.

    Mexico

    Bachiller and at least 1 year of credits in academic education obtained at an internationally recognised university.

    Suriname

    VWO Diploma

  • North America

    Canada

    • High School Diploma (obtained in an English speaking province) + at least 1 year of credits in academic education obtained at an internationally recognised university
    • Quebec: Diplôme d’Études Collégiales (DEC) including the Préuniversitaire (2 years)

    United States of America

    • High School diploma + at least 4 College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exam certificates* with grade 3, 4 or 5.
      *AP Seminar, AP Research, AP Capstone and vocational subjects are not accepted
    • High School diploma and at least 1 year of credits in academic education obtained at an internationally recognised university
    • Associate in Arts/Sciences degree (transfer program) with a clear academic curriculum and good GPA (3.0 or higher). These diplomas are evaluated on a case-by-case basis
  • Oceania

    Australia

    An ATAR score higher than 85 in combination with one of the following:

    • Higher School Certificate
    • South Australian Certificate of Education
    • Qualifications Certificate or Tasmanian Certificate of Education
    • Victorian Certificate of Education
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education
    • ACT Year 12 Certificate
    • Northern Territory Certificate of Education 

    An OP score lower than 8 in combination with:

    •  Queensland Certificate of Education

    New Zealand

    NCEA Level 3 (with sufficient credits from general level 3 subjects)

  • International

    Carribean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) 

    Three double units in General/Academic subjects with an overall grade of I-V

    European Baccalaureate

    European Baccalaureate (Schola Europaea)

    International A-levels

    3 GCE A-levels in in general, academic subjects with an A*, A, B or C grade.
    Note that AS-levels and BTECS are not considered to be equivalent to the Dutch pre-university diploma. When you apply, please also upload your predicted A-level grades (official school statement).
    Further information about admission with A-levels can be found on the information page for UK applicants.

    Examples of accepted A-level subjects: All Languages*, Ancient History, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Classical Studies, Computer Science, Digital Technology, Economics, Environmental Science / Technology, Further Mathematics, Geography, Government and Politics, History, History of Art, Islamic Studies, Latin, Law, Literature,  Marine Sciences, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistics.

    *For non-Humanities programmes a maximum of 1 GCE A-level in languages is accepted. 

    International Baccalaureate Diploma

    International Baccalaureate Diploma. Only the full diploma is accepted.