U.S. High School Diploma Equivalents

Before being accepted as an international student at Mesa Community College, we want to make sure that future F-1 students have reached the appropriate academic levels in their home countries. We do this by asking that students submit proof of a secondary school leaving qualification or, in other words, the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.

Education changes from country to country and we know that figuring out what the equivalent of finishing high school is in your country can be difficult so we offer the following list of equivalents to make things easier.

List of High School Equivalents

The list works as follows: the left column lists the countries in alphabetical order and the right column the high school diploma equivalents.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | M | N | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | Z 

COUNTRY CERTIFICATE
A
Afghanistan Baccalauria
Albania Deftese Pjekurie
Argentina Bachillerato
Armenia Mijnakarg Krtutyan Attestat
Australia by State/Territory
    -Australian Capital Territory Year 12 Certificate/ACT
    -New South Wales NSW Higher School Certificate
    -Northern Territory Certificate of Education
    -Queensland Senior Certificate
    -South Australia Certificate of Education
    -Tasmania Certificate of Education
    -Victoria Higher School Certificate/VCE
    -Western Australia Western Australia Certificate of Education
Azerbaijan Svidetel´stvo o Srednem Obrazovanii
B
Bahamas Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education
Bahrain Tawjahiya Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate
Belgium Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Superiéur/Getuigschrift van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs
Belize Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate or Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination
Bolivia Bachiller en Humanidades
Brazil Certificado de Conclusao de Segundo grau or Certificado de Ensino Médio
Bulgaria Diploma za Zavurcheno Sredno Obrazovanie
C
Cameroon Baccalaureat de L’Enseignement Secondaire du Deuxième  Cycle
Canada by Province
    -Alberta -Advanced High School Diploma
    -British Columbia - Secondary School Graduation Diploma (Dogwood Diploma)
    -Manitoba - Manitoba High School Diploma
    -New Brunswick-  New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
    -Newfoundland and Labrador - Provincial High School Graduation Diploma
    -Northwest Territories - High School Graduation Diploma
    -Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
    -Ontario - Ontario Secondary School Diploma
    -Prince Edward Island - Senior Secondary School Diploma
    -Quebec - Diplome d'etudes secondaire (DES) and Diplome d'etudes collegiales (DEC) or Certificate of Graduation (DES plus Grade 12)
    -Saskatchewan - Secondary School Diploma
    -Yukon -  Yukon High School Diploma
Chile Bachillerato en Ciencias/Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales
China, People's Republic Senior (Upper / High) Middle School Graduation Certificate
Colombia Bachillerato
Costa Rica Diploma de Conclusion de estudios de educacion diversificado o Bachillerato
Cyprus Apolyterion or Lise Diplomasi
Czech Republic Vysvědčeni o maturitní zkoušce
D
Denmark Bevis for Studentereksamen, Hojere Forberedelseseksamen or Hojere Handelseksamen
E
Ecuador Bachillerato en Humanidades/Ciencias
Egypt General Secondary Education Certificate
El Salvador Bachiller Academico/General
Ethiopia General Secondary School Certificate
F
Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus or Studentbexamensbetyg
France Baccalaurèat
G
Germany Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife
Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE)
Greece Apolyterion Eniaiou Lykeiou
Guatemala Bachiller en Ciencias y Letras
H
Honduras Bachiller en Ciencias y Letras
Hong Kong Hong Kong Certificate of Education + Hong Kong Advanced Level Certificate or Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
Hungary Érettségi Bizonyítvány
I
Iceland Studentspróf
India Senior School Certificate, Pre-University Certificate or Pre-Degree Certificate
Indonesia Surat Tanda Tamat Belajar or Sekolah Menengah Unum Tingkat Atas
Iran Diplom Metevaseth or Diplom and Peesh-daneshgahii
Iraq Baccalaureate
Ireland Ardteistiméireacht (Leaving Certificate)
Israel Te'udat Bagrut
Italy Diploma di Maturita / Diploma di Esame di Stato
J
Jamaica Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination
Japan Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Jordan Tawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate)
K
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education
Korea Kodung Hakkyo (Korean Senior Secondary School Certificate of Graduation)
Kuwait Shahadat Al-Thanawia Al A'ama (General Secondary School Certificate)
M
Malaysia STPM (Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia)/Advanced Level Exams
México Bachillerato
Moldova Diploma de absolvire a invatamintuni mediu general (Diploma of Completion of General Secondary Education)
Mongolia Buren Dund Bolovsroliin Ynemlekh, Gerchilgee
N
Nepal Proficiency Certificate
Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs Certificate or Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs
New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3
Nicaragua Bachillerato en (specialization)
Nigeria WAEC Senior School Certificate
Norway Vitnemål fra Videregående Skole
P
Pakistan Higher Secondary Certificate
Panamá Diploma de Educación Media / Bachiller
Paraguay Bachillerato (Bachiller en Humanidades y Ciencias)
Péru Certificado de Educación Secundaria Común Completa / Bachillerato Academico
Philippines 12 Year Secondary School Graduation
Poland Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci
Portugal Certificado de Fim de Estudos Secundarios/Diploma de Ensino Secundario
Q
Qatar Certificate of General Secondary Education
R
Romania Maturity Certificate or Diploma de Bacalaureat
Russian Federation Attestat/Certificate of (complete) General Secondary Education
S
Saudi Arabia General Certificate of Secondary Education (Tawjihiyah)
Scotland Scottish Qualifications Authority Certificate (SQA) or Scottish Certificate of Education at the Higher Level
Singapore Advanced Level Exams
South Africa National Senior Certificate
Spain Bachillerato/Titulo de Bachiller
Sri Lanka Advanced Level Exam
Suriname Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs
Sweden Avgangsbetyg fran Gymnasieskola
Switzerland Maturity Certificate
Syria Secondary School Leaving Certificate
T
Taiwan (Rep. of China) Senior High School Leaving Diploma
Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education (Matayom VI)
Turkey Lise Diplomasi
U
United Arab Emirates Secondary School Certificate
United Kingdom Advanced Level Exams
Uruguay Bachiller Diversificado de Enseñanza Secundaria
V
Venezuela Bachillerato en Ciencias, Humanidades o Artes
Vietnam Senior High School Certificate
Z
Zimbabwe Cambridge Overseas School Certificate