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Country-Specific Requirements

Admissions standards at the University of Colorado Boulder are competitive, and students are expected to have excellent academic records.  Graduate student applicants are expected to have completed appropriate course work in mathematics, science, language, and the humanities.  Below are credential and grade standards requirements for approximately 100 countries.

Students who meet or exceed the credential or grade standards are encouraged to apply.  Be aware that satisfaction of minimum academic standards, while mandatory, is only one factor in securing admission to the university.  If your country is not listed below and you possess an excellent academic record, you are encouraged to apply for admission.

Direct any further inquiries about these country-specific requirements to the International Admissions team at intlgrad@colorado.edu.

 

Notes:

1. Academic transcripts, designated as “official,” must be sent directly to the University of Colorado at Boulder from all schools attended.
2. By province.
3. By institution.
4. For Bologna Compliant credentials required, see “Bologna Process – European Higher Education Area” line in this guide.
 
 

Argentina

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale
Licenciado 6 0-10

 

Armenia 

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale4
5-year Diplom 4 1-5

 

Australia

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale
4-year Bachelor’s, Honours Degree, or Postgraduate Diploma B A-E; Varies3

 

Azerbaijan

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale4
5-year Diplom 4 1-5

 

Bangladesh

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) 50
Div. II
0-100; Div. I, II, III, P, F

 

Belarus

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
5-year Diplom 4 1-5

 

Bolivia

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale
Licenciado 77 0-100

 

Bologna Process – European Higher Education Area

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale
Varies by country. Bachelor’s Degree (total of 16 years). C A-F
 

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina  

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Diploma (total 16 years) 7 1-10

 

Brazil

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bacharelado, Licenciado, or Titulo B;7 A-F; 0-10

 

Bulgaria

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Diploma of Completed Higher Education 4 2-6

 

Canada

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) 65 0-100; Varies2

 

Cayman Islands

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale
A-levels plus Bachelor’s Degree  Div. II Honours  Div. I, II, P, F

 

Chile

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale
Licenciado 5 0-7

 

China (PRC)

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale
4-year Bachelor’s Degree  76  0-100; Varies3

Colombia

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale
Licenciado 3.5 0-5

 

Costa Rica

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale
Licenciado  80 0-100

 

Croatia 

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Diploma (total 16 years) 7 1-10

 

Cyprus

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Bachelor's Degree B A-F

 

Czech Republic

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Bachelor's Degree (total 16 years) 2 1-4

 

Denmark

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale4
4-year Degree (Candidatus or Civilingenior) 7 0-13

 

Ecuador

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale
Licenciado  32 0-40

 

Egypt

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) 70 0-100; Varies

 

Estonia

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
5-year Diplom 4 1-5

 

Ethiopia

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree B; 3; 80 A-F; 0-4; 0-100

 

France

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Maitrise 12 0-20

 

Georgia 

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
5-year Diplom 4 1-5

 

Germany

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Vordiplom plus 2 semesters 2.5 1-6

 

Ghana

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) B A-F

 

Greece

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Ptychion (4-year program) 6 1-10

 

Hong Kong

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree B A-F

 

Iceland

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
3-4-year Bachelor’s Degree 6 0-10

 

India

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) or 3-year Bachelor’s Degree plus 1 year of Master’s Degree in the same field 55;
Div. II
0-100;
Div. I, II, III, F

 

Indonesia

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Sarjana (S1) 7 1-10; Varies3

 

Iran

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
4-year Licence/Karshenasi 15 0-20

 

Iraq

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree 65 0-100

 

Ireland

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) 55 0-100

 

Israel

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
4-year Bachelor’s Degree 75 0-100; Varies3

 

Italy

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Laurea 24 0-30

 

Jamaica

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) B A-F

 

Japan

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree B; 70 A-F; 0-100

 

Jordan

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree B; 70 A-F; 0-100

 

Kazakhstan

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Diplom (4-5 year program) 4 2-5

 

Kenya

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) B A-F

 

Korea

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree B A-F; Varies3

 

Kuwait

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree 5 0-9

 

Kyrgyzstan

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
5-year Diplom 4 1-5

 

Latvia

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Diplom (4-5 year program) 4 2-5

 

Lebanon

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
4-year Licence 12; 75 0-20; 0-100

 

Libya

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) 65 0-100

 

Lithuania

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Diplom (4-5 year program) 4 2-5

 

Macedonia

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Diploma (total 16 years) 7 1-10

 

Malaysia

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree B A-F

 

Mexico

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
4-year Licenciado or Titulo 8 0-10 (7=Pass)

 

Moldova

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Diplom (4-5 year program) 4 2-5

 

Montenegro 

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Diploma (total 16 years) 7 1-10

 

Nepal

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) 50;
Div. II
0-100;
Div. I, II, III

 

Netherlands

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
HBO 7 0-10

 

New Zealand

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) B A-F

 

Nigeria

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) B A-F

 

Norway

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Candidatus or Sivilingenior 2.4 0-6; Varies3

 

Oman

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree B; 80 A-F; 0-100

 

Pakistan

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) B; 55 A-F; 0-100; Varies

 

Peru

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Grado de Bachiller or Titulo de Licenciado 13 0-20; Varies

 

Philippines

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree B; 2.25 A-F; 1-5

 

Poland

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Dyplom (total 16 years) 4 2-5

 

Qatar

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree B; 4 A-F; 0-5

 

Romania

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Diploma de Licenta 7 0-10

 

Russian Federation

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Diplom (4-5 year program) 4 2-5

 

Saudi Arabia

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree 80 0-100

 

Senegal

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Maitrise 12 0-20

 

Serbia

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Diploma (total 16 years) 7 1-10

 

Singapore

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
4-year Bachelor’s or Honours Degree B A-E

 

Slovenia 

Tertiary School Credential Required Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Diploma (total 16 years) 7 1-10

 

South Africa

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) 60;
Class II
0-100;
Class I, II, III, F

 

Spain

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Licenciado or 4-year university degree 6 0-10

 

Sri Lanka

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (Special) B; 55 A-F; 0-100

 

Sudan

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree (total 16 years) B; 50 A-F; 0-100

 

Sweden

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Filosofie Kandidat or 4-year university degree 4 1-7

 

Switzerland

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Licence or Diplom 4.5 0-6

 

Taiwan (ROC)

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree 75 0-100

 

Tajikistan

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Diplom (4-5 year program) 4 2-5

 

Thailand

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Bachelor’s Degree 70 0-100

 

Turkey

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Bachelor’s Degree, Lisans or Muhendis 7 1-10

 

Turkmenistan

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Diplom (4-5 year program) 4 2-5

 

Ukraine

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Specialist Diploma 4 2-5

 

United Kingdom

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale4
Bachelor’s Degree Div. II Div. I, II, III, P, F

 

Uzbekistan

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Diplom (4-5 year program) 4 2-5

 

Venezuela

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Licenciado or 4-year university degree 13 1-20; Varies3

 

Vietnam

Tertiary School Credential Required1 Grade Standard Grading Scale
Diploma of Graduation from a University 6 0-10