Admission criteria

Overseas secondary qualifications

Institutions use the National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) and Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) as the primary resources for determining the educational standard of overseas secondary qualifications. Australian Education International (through the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR)) guidelines and other relevant resources are also used as required.

Commonly accepted overseas secondary qualifications

All our institutions consider the following qualifications as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification, although some conditions may apply.

Institutions may also accept other overseas secondary qualifications. Contact the institutions to which you are applying for further information.

Note that equivalence of qualifications alone does not guarantee entry into courses. Entry into a course is competitive and there may be limited places. Some courses also have additional admission criteria. Qualifications may also be superseded by, or looked at in combination with, other assessable qualifications you hold.

Advanced International Certificate of Education

All India Senior School Certificate

Austrian Maturity Certificate

Belgian Certificate of Access to Higher Education

Bulgarian Diploma of Completion of Secondary Education

Canada – Alberta High School Diploma

Canada – British Columbia Senior Secondary School Graduation Diploma

Canada – Manitoba High School Graduation Diploma

Canada – New Brunswick High School Graduation Certificate

Canada – Newfoundland Provincial High School Graduation Certificate       

Canada – Nova Scotia High School Completion Certificate

Canada – Ontario Secondary School Diploma with Ontario Academic Courses

Canada – Ontario Secondary School Diploma with University Preparation Courses or University/College Preparation Courses

Canada – Ontario Secondary School Honour Graduation Diploma (1989 and earlier)

Canada – Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies or comparable qualification

Canada – Saskatchewan Complete Division IV or Grade XII Standing

China Peoples Republic National Entrance Examination (Gaokao)

Czech Republic and Slovakian Maturita

Danish Studentereksamen or equivalent

Dutch Diploma of Pre-University Education

European Baccalaureate

Fiji Seventh Form Certificate

Finnish Matriculation Certificate

French Baccalauréat

German Abitur

Great Britain GCE Advanced Level or comparable qualifications

Hong Kong ALE

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Hungarian Maturity Certificate

Iceland Stúdentspróf

Indian School Certificate

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Israel Teudat Bagrut

Italian High School Diploma

Korean Republic College Scholastic Ability Test (1993 onwards)      

Luxembourg Diplôme de Fin D’études Secondaires

Malaysian Matriculation Certificate (Matrikulasi)

Malaysian Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia

New Zealand NCEA Level 3

New Zealand Universities Bursaries and Scholarships Examinations

Norwegian Certificate of Completion of Upper Secondary School Examinations or equivalent

Polish Matriculation Certificate

Portuguese Certificate of Secondary Education

Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate or equivalent

Romanian Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Scottish Certificate of Education

Scottish National Courses at Advanced Level

Singapore–Cambridge GCE Advanced Level

Slovenian Matura or Secondary School Leaving Certificate (1994 onwards)

South African National Senior Certificate

South African Senior Certificate or Matriculation Certificate of the Joint Matriculation Board (2008 and earlier)

Spanish University Orientation Year or equivalent

Sri Lankan GCE Advanced Level

Swedish Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate

United States SAT Reasoning Test

Overseas secondary qualifications that will not be assessed

Institutions do not consider the following qualifications as comparable to an Australian Year 12 qualification. 

However, some of these qualifications may be used as a basis of entry to pathway courses or as proof of completion of high school studies when applying in conjunction with the United States of America Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 1 and American College Test.

If your only qualification is listed below, contact the institution to which you wish to apply for further information on your competitiveness for the courses that interest you. Institutions are also able to suggest possible pathway courses.

If you have qualifications in addition to those listed below, your overseas secondary studies may be superseded by or looked at in combination with these other qualifications.

Afghanistan Baccaluria

Albanian Certificate of Maturity

Algerian Baccalauréat

Bangladeshi Higher Secondary or Intermediate Certificate

Brazilian Secondary School Leaving Certificate or comparable qualification

UAC assesses the Brazilian National High School Exam (ENEM). If you have this qualification, contact UAC’s participating institutions for more information about your competitiveness for entry into courses that interest you.

Canada – Newfoundland Senior High School Graduation Diploma (1982 and earlier)

UAC assesses a senior secondary qualification or scholastic admission or aptitude test from this country based on commonly accepted guidelines and resources. Check the Commonly Accepted Overseas Secondary Qualifications table above.

Canada – Quebec Secondary School Diploma or comparable qualification

UAC assesses a senior secondary qualification or scholastic admission or aptitude test from this country based on commonly accepted guidelines and resources. Check the Commonly Accepted Overseas Secondary Qualifications table above.

Chilean Licencia de Educación Media or comparable qualification

Costa Rican Diploma of Completion of Diversified Education Studies or comparable qualification

Dutch Diploma of Higher General Secondary Education

UAC assesses a senior secondary qualification or scholastic admission or aptitude test from this country based on commonly accepted guidelines and resources. Check the Commonly Accepted Overseas Secondary Qualifications table above.

Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate

Finnish Secondary School Leaving Certificate

UAC assesses a senior secondary qualification or scholastic admission or aptitude test from this country based on commonly accepted guidelines and resources. Check the Commonly Accepted Overseas Secondary Qualifications table above.

French Pattern Senior Secondary Level qualifications

UAC assesses a senior secondary qualification or scholastic admission or aptitude test from this country based on commonly accepted guidelines and resources. Check the Commonly Accepted Overseas Secondary Qualifications table above.

Greek Apolyterion (1999 and earlier) and (post 2010)

UAC assesses the Greek Certificate of Access (Veraiosi Prosvasis). If you have this qualification, contact the institution for more information about your competitiveness for entry into courses that interest you.

Indonesian Sekolah Mengah Atas Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Iranian Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Iraqi Certificate of Preparatory Studies

Japanese Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma

UAC assesses the Japanese National Centre Test (Senta). If you have this qualification, contact UAC’s participating institutions for more information about your competitiveness for entry into courses that interest you.

Korea Republic Senior High School Diploma

UAC assesses a senior secondary qualification or scholastic admission or aptitude test from this country based on commonly accepted guidelines and resources. Check the Commonly Accepted Overseas Secondary Qualifications table above.

Libyan General Secondary School Leaving Certificate or Vocational Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Libyan General Secondary School Leaving Certificate or Vocational Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Mexican Upper Secondary School Programs

Middle Eastern School Leaving Certificate

Moroccan Baccalaureat

Nepalese Proficiency Certificate

UAC assesses the Nepalese Higher Secondary Education Certificate. If you have this qualification, contact UAC’s participating institutions for more information about your competitiveness for entry into courses that interest you.

Nicaraguan Upper Secondary School Diploma

Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate

Pakistani Higher Secondary School or Intermediate Certificate

Peruvian Official Certificate of Secondary Education or comparable qualifications

Philippines National College Entrance Examination

Portuguese Pattern Secondary School Completion Certificates

UAC assesses a senior secondary qualification or scholastic admission or aptitude test from this country based on commonly accepted guidelines and resources. Check the Commonly Accepted Overseas Secondary Qualifications table above.

South American Bachillerato

Spanish Secondary School Diploma or equivalent

UAC assesses a senior secondary qualification or scholastic admission or aptitude test from this country based on commonly accepted guidelines and resources. Check the Commonly Accepted Overseas Secondary Qualifications table above.

Sudanese Higher Secondary School Certificate

Taiwanese Senior High School Diploma

UAC assesses the Brazilian National High School Exam (ENEM). If you have this qualification, contact UAC’s participating institutions for more information about your competitiveness for entry into courses that interest you.

Tunisian Baccalauréat

Turkish High School Diploma

USA General Educational Development (GED) Test

USSR (New Independent States of the Former) Certificate of Secondary Education or Certificate of Maturity

Vietnamese Bàng Tót Ngiêp Phó Thông Trung Hoc

West African Senior School Certificate

Zimbabwean M-Level Examination of the Associated Examining Board