Minimum admissions requirements for international applicants
In general, if you have completed the level of education required to be admitted to a university in your home province, state or country — and you have achieved good grades — then you should be eligible to apply for admission to Concordia.
Two appropriate A-Level exams plus three appropriate GCSE/IGCSE exams. An average grade of C or better is required in A-Level exams.
Note: Two appropriate AS-Levels may be accepted in lieu of an A-Level.
JMSB applicants must also have completed at least three O-Levels with a B average.
ENCS applicants must attain a minimum average of C in at least two A-Levels, including C in mathematics and physics, if required for their program, plus superior grades in three appropriate GCSE/ IGCSE exams. Grades of B in A-Levels may be required or preferred for admission to highly competitive ENCS programs.
Alternatively, ENCS applicants must attain a minimum average of B in at least four AS-Levels, including B in mathematics and physics, if required by your program, plus superior grades in five appropriate GCSE/IGCSE exams. Grades of A in AS-Levels may be required or preferred for admission to highly competitive ENCS programs.
Fine Arts applicants: BFA Computation Arts with Computer Applications: A level Math. A level Physics is recommended.
Students who have not completed Year 13/Upper Form VI need superior grades in a minimum of five appropriate GCSE examinations plus one year of formal schooling beyond GCSE level in a suitable academic program in a recognized school or college.
Certain programs require additional materials. Find details at concordia.ca/programs.
Here is a list of certificates that we recognize as a minimum qualification for admission.
|Albania||‘Dëftesë Pjekurie’ (Edge)
Certificate of Maturity (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
|Algeria||Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire|
|Argentina||Bachiller or Bachiller especializado|
|Australia||Year 12 upper secondary school certificate plus Tertiary Entrance Statement or equivalent|
|Bahamas||Completion of Grade 12 + BGCSE (Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education)|
|Bahrain||General Certificate of Secondary Education|
|Bangladesh||Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)|
|Belgium||Getuigschrift van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs/Certificate of Higher Secondary Education or Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs|
|Belize||CXC or BGCSE plus one year college or CAPE|
|Benin||Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire|
|Bermuda||High school diploma or GCE A levels|
|Brazil||Certificado de Ensino Médio|
|Brunei||Brunei/Cambridge Certificate of Education|
|Bulgaria||Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie|
|Cambodia||Upper Secondary School or Baccalauréat|
|Cameroon||Baccalaureat (Francophone system) or Cameroon GCE A-level|
|other Caribbean countries||CXC or BGCSE plus one year college or CAPE|
|Chili||Licencia de Educacion Media|
|China||Senior Middle School Diploma plus Chinese National University Entrance Examinations (if available)|
|Colombia||Bachiller Academico/Bachillerato or Bachiler Tecnico|
|Cyprus||Apolytirion from a Lykion or Lise Diplomasi|
|Czech Republic||Maturitni Vysveˇdcˇení (Maturity Certificate)|
|Congo (Democratic Republic of the)||Diplôme ďEtat ďEtudes Secondaires du Cycle Long (State Diploma of Long Cycle Secondary Studies)|
|Denmark||Eksamensbevis for højere teknisk eksamen (Higher Technical Certificate) or Eksamensbevis for højere handelseksamen (Higher Commercial Certificate) or Studentereksamen (Upper secondary School Leaving Certificate)|
|Ecuador||Bachiller en (Ciencias, Humanidades)|
|El Salvador||Titulo de Bachiller en. Or Titulo de Bachillerato en|
|Ethiopia||EHEEE with score of 350. Early decisions can be based on Grade 11 and 12 results (C or better).|
|Finland||Ylioppilastutkinto or Studentexamen (Finnish Matriculation Certificate) Baccalauréat *|
|Gambia (The Reblublic of)||West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)|
|Germany||Zeugnis der Allegmeine ii Hochschulreife|
|Ghana||West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)|
|Greece||Apolytirio Eniaiou Lykeiou (Upper Secondary School Certificate)|
|Guatemala||Bachiller en Ciencias y Letras/(Baccalaureat in Sciences and Letters)|
|Haiti||Baccalauréat - Part II|
|Hong Kong||Certificate of Education Examinations (Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations are acceptable as equivalent to Advanced Level passes in GCE) or Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
The minimum requirements are the four core subjects (Chinese Language, English, Mathematics and Liberal Studies), as well as a minimum of two elective subjects chosen from category A (academic subject) or category C (foreign languages). Subjects from category B (applied learning subjects) cannot be used for admission.
Predicted and final grades of 3.5 or better in each subject is the minimum expected for all programs, with the exception of Engineering and Computer Science programs where the requirement is 3.0.
|Hungary||Érettségi Bizonyìtvàny (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)|
|India||Higher School Certificate or Intermediate Certificate or Higher Secondary Certificate or Indian School Certificate or All India Senior School Certificate or Pre-University Certificate|
|Indonesia||Upper Secondary School Diploma (Ijazah SMA) as well as the certificate of final national examination (Surat Keterangan Hasil Ujian Nasional)|
|Iran||Diplom-Metevaseth (Secondary School Leaving Certificate plus Pre-university Certificate)|
|Iraq||Sixth Form Baccalauréat (Adadijah)|
|Israel||Bagrut (Matriculation Certificate)|
|Italy||Diploma dell’ Esame di Stato conclusivo dei Corsi di Istruzione Secondaria Superiore**|
|Japan||Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate)|
|Jordan||Tawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate)|
|Kazakhstan||Certificate of Secondary Complete General Education|
|Kenya||Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education|
|Korea (South)||Inmungye Kodung Hakkyo (High School Certificate)|
|Kuwait||Shahadat Al-Thanawiya-Al-A’ama (General Secondary Education Certificate)|
|Lebanon||Baccalauréat (General Secondary School Certificate)|
|Liberia||West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)|
|Libya||Secondary Education Certificate|
|Luxembourg||Diplome de fin d’etudes secondaire (End of secondary school diploma)|
|Madagascar||Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement Secondaire|
|Malaysia||Malaysian Higher School Certificate (STPM) C+ (2.33)* or Unified Examination Certificate for Independent Chinese Schools in Malaysia (UEC) C (7) (55-59)|
|Mali||Baccalaureat Malian (3 years)|
|Mauritius||General Certificate of Education Advanced Level or Higher School Certificate *|
|Netherlands||Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) gained at a gymnasium or athenaeum|
|New Zealand||National Certificate of Educational Achievement|
|Nicaragua||Bachillerato en Humanidades or Bachillerato en Ciencias|
|Nigeria||West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)|
|Norway||Vitnemål fra Videregäende Skole|
|Pakistan||Intermediate Certificate or Higher Secondary School Certificate|
|Palestine||Tawjihi (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) or Al Thanaweya Al A'ama (General Secondary School Certificate)|
|Panama||Diploma de Educacion Media or Diploma de Bachiller|
|Peru||Certificado de Educacion Secundaria Comun Completa or Bachillerato Academico|
|Philippines||Completion of the high school diploma (academic) with 80%|
|Qatar||Al-Thanawiya Aama Qatari (Qatar General Secondary Education Certificate)|
|Romania||Diploma de Bacalauréat|
|Russian Federation||Certificate of Secondary Complete General Education|
|Rwanda||Secondary Education Advanced Level Examination Certificate|
|Saudi Arabia||Shahadat Al-Marhalat Al Thanawiyyat (General Secondary Education Certificate)|
|Scotland||Scottish Qualifications Certificate with 4 Highers.|
|Senegal||Baccalaureate / Technical Baccalaureate|
|Sierra Leone||West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)|
|Singapore||Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced 'A' Level examinations* or School Graduation Certificate|
|Slovak Republic||Vysveˇdcˇení o Maturitnej Skúˇske (Certificate of Maturity)|
|South Africa||National Senior Certificate|
|Spain||Titulo de Bachiller|
|Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka GCE Advanced Level|
|Suriname||Voorbereldend Wetenschappelljk Onderwijs (VWO) (General Lower Sec. Sc plus Pre-Univ. Certificate)|
|Sweden||Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola (High School Leaving Certificate)|
|Switzerland||Maturitätszeugnis,Certificat de maturité Attestali du Maturità *|
|Syria||Al Shashada Al Thanawiyya Al’Amma (Baccalauréat/GeneralSecondary School Leaving Certificate)|
|Taiwan||Senior High School Diploma|
|Tanzania||Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE) *|
|Thailand||Matayom VI (Upper Secondary School Certificate)|
|Togo||Baccalauréat/Bachelier de l'Enseignement du Troisième Degré|
|Trinidad and Tobago||CXC or BGCSE plus one year college or CAPE|
|Turkey||Lise Diplomasi (General Secondary School Diploma)|
|Ukraine||‘Atestat’ or ‘Atestat pro Povnu Zagal’nu Sersdniu Osvitu’ (Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education)|
|United Arab Emirates||Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al- Amma (General Secondary School Leaving Certificate)|
|United Kingdom||GCSE (or O level) Examinations + 1 year of full-time study A levels *|
|Venezuela||Bachillerato or Título de Educación Media General (Title of General Secondary Education)|
|Vietnam||Bằng Tốt Nghiệp Trung Học Phổ Thông (Senior High School Certificate) including secondary school leaving examinations|
|Yemen||Al-Thanawiya (General Secondary Education Certificate)|
|Zambia||Joint Examinations for Zambian School Certificate and GCE|
No asterisk (*): indicates the certificate is acceptable for application to a four-year (120-credit) program or the five-year program (150-credit) in BA (Early Childhood and Elementary Education), BEng, BEd (TESL), or BFA (Specialization in Art Education).
* : indicates the certificate is accepted for application to a three-year (90-credit) degree program or a four-year BA (Early Childhood and Elementary Education), BEng, BEd (Teaching English as a Second Language), or BFA (Specialization in Art Education) program.
**: indicates the certificate is normally acceptable for entry to a four-year (120-credit) program with the possibility of some advanced standing (credits).
If you are transferring from a university outside Canada, please consult our transfer student admission requirements.
We treat each home-school case on its own merits. Home-schooled applicants should submit all supporting application documents, e.g. SAT and AP test scores and transcripts, of any academic institution attended. In some cases, an interview(s) with a university official may be required.
You must also include a:
- Description of the home-schooling curriculum program followed and measures of academic acquisition in the program
- Letter of intent explaining on which basis admission is sought and a letter from the home-educator detailing how the home-school program has prepared the applicant for university studies
- Letter of recommendation from an impartial source indicating the applicant’s readiness for university-level study
Please note that the above-mentioned are minimum qualifications required and do not guarantee admission to a specific program. The university reserves the right to change admission requirements at any time.
Advanced Placement (AP)
If you have successfully passed Advanced Placement examinations in appropriate subjects with a grade of 3* or better (exceptions noted with *), you may be granted some advanced standing. We will notify you if you’ve been given advanced standing in your Offer of Admission.
English language proficiency
Regardless of your citizenship, if your primary language is not English, you may be required to write an English language proficiency test. See English language proficiency for more information.
Immigration and financial information
If you are not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident and you wish to pursue studies in the province of Quebec, then you may need to obtain study permits. This requirement depends on the length of your program. If your program lasts for a period of:
- More than six months — you must obtain both a Certificat d'acceptation du Quebec (CAQ) and a Canadian Study Permit before you enter Canada.
- Less than six months — you are not required to obtain a CAQ or Canadian Study Permit.
CAQ first. Study permit second.
You must obtain a CAQ from Immigration Quebec before Immigration Canada can issue you a Study Permit. It may take several months to obtain your Study Permit, so please start this process immediately after you receive an Offer of Admission from Concordia.
Refugees and refugee claimants
Convention Refugees, Refugee Claimants, and Protected Persons who have not yet obtained their Permanent Residency status in Canada are considered to be International students by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES).
They are required to obtain a CAQ or Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) and a Study Permit.
How to obtain these documents
We will mail you information on how to obtain these documents with your Offer of Admission. You will also find it at the International Students Office.
You must arrange funding to attend Concordia before you leave for Canada. In fact, when you apply for the CAQ and the Canadian Study Permit, you will be required to present evidence of sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Please see Tuition and Fees for more information.
If you want to learn about the regulations related to International students working on or off campus, please contact the International Students Office.