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International high school

Minimum admissions requirements for international applicants

Education system

Graduation from an accredited high school. Students at American curriculum schools should include a school profile with their admissions application.

ACT and SAT scores are not required.

AP exams are not required but you may qualify for advanced standing (see Advanced placement section below).

Canadian provincial curriculum course requirements

For detailed admissions requirements for your program of interest, please consult our A-Z program list.

Applicants are admitted to the 120-credit Extended Credit Program (ECP). Transfer credits are awarded for Spécialité courses with a score of 12 or higher. Students are eligible to receive 12 transfer credits for up to 2 Spécialité courses completed in Terminale for a maximum of 24 transfer credits. Transfer credits and course exemptions will be listed in your offer of admission.

The baccalauréat professionnel is not accepted.

Students completing the baccalauréat français in Quebec, must submit the results from the compléments d’enseignement québécois.

For detailed admission requirements for your program of interest, please consult our A-Z program list.

Courses listed below with an asterisk (*) are not required for admission, but are strongly recommended, and may grant advanced standing.

Baccalauréat français 2021 reforms

Faculty of Arts and Science

BA and BEd programs (except select BAs listed below)
No specific subject prerequisites

BA Psychology
No specific subject prerequisites
Première : Spécialité mathématiques*

BA — all Mathematics programs
Première : Spécialité mathématiques

BSc — all programs
Première : Spécialité mathématiques AND Spécialité physique-chimie
Terminale : Spécialité mathématiques, Spécialité physique-chimie*
Also accepted: Mathématiques complémentaires AND Spécialité physique-chimie

Certificates — all programs
No specific subject prerequisites

Faculty of Fine Arts

BFA
Computation Arts with Computer Science:
Première and Terminale : Spécialité mathématiques

Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science

BEng — all programs
Première : Spécialité mathématiques AND Spécialité physique-chimie
Terminale : Spécialité mathématiques, Spécialité physique-chimie*
Also accepted: Mathématiques complémentaires AND Spécialité physique-chimie

BCompSc
Première : Spécialité mathématiques
Terminale : Spécialité mathématiques

BCompSc — Health and Life Sciences
Première : Spécialité mathématiques AND Spécialité physique-chimie
Terminale : Spécialité mathématiques, Spécialité physique-chimie*

Certificate in Science and Technology
Première : Spécialité mathématiques

John Molson School of Business

BComm
Première : Spécialité mathématiques
Terminale : Mathématiques complémentaires
OR Spécialité mathématiques*

Certificate in Business Studies
Première : Spécialité mathématiques
Terminale : Mathématiques complémentaires 
OR Spécialité mathématiques*

Certificate Foundations for Business
No specific subject prerequisites

Applicants are admitted to the 120-credit Extended Credit Program (ECP). Transfer credits are awarded for HL courses with a score of 4 or higher. Students are eligible to receive 9 transfer credits for up to 3 courses, for a maximum of 27 transfer credits. Transfer credits and course exemptions will be listed in your offer of admission.

The following math courses are accepted for those programs that require math:

  • Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations HL
  • Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches SL 
  • Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches HL
Program Standard entry requirement
BA No specific subject prerequisites
BA – all mathematics programs Math required
BComm Math required
BCompSc Math required
BCompSc – Health and Life Sciences Math and one Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics SL or HL) required
At least one HL math or science
BEd No specific subject prerequisites
BSc Math and one science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics SL or HL) required
At least one HL math or science
BEng Math and Physics required--at least one must be HL
BFA No specific subject prerequisites
BFA – Computation Arts with Computer Science Math required

For detailed admissions requirements for your program of interest, please consult our A-Z program list.

Requirements by qualification type

A-levels: Two A-level exams required. You may apply with your final grades from lower sixth form (include AS-level and iGCSE/GCSE/O-level exam results, if any) and predicted A-level results.

AS-levels: Four AS-level exams required. You may apply with your grades from the last two years of study (include iGCSE/GCSE/O-level results, if taken). Include predicted or final AS-level results, as available.

GCSEs or equivalent: Must have one year of higher education at an accredited institution after completing iGCSEs, GCSEs or O-levels, such as a pre-degree diploma from a university. Include your final GCSE (or equivalent) exam results and your higher education grades to date when you apply.

BTEC: Level 3 diploma or extended diploma are accepted and considered to be equivalent to at least two A-levels. Students can be considered for admission to a program in a related subject area. Include grades from the last two years of study and BTEC progress grades or final results, as available. If taken, include any other exam results: A-level, AS-level or iGCSE/GCSE/O-level.

Course requirements
Students applying to programs with math or science requirements may be admissible without A-level exams in these subjects, based on AS-level or GCSE (or equivalent) exam results. Students should include all their exam results from GCSE (or equivalent) onwards to support their application.

Admission requirements by degree
The standard entry requirement ranges below are for students completing A-levels and can be used as a guide for those completing other British qualifications. These requirements are the typical results required and do not guarantee admission. Applicants missing some of the prerequisite courses may still be eligible for admission.

For specific program requirements, please consult our A-Z program pages.

Program Standard entry requirement
BA CD to CC
BA – all mathematics programs CD to AA with Math D to A
BComm CC with Math C
BCompSc AB with Math B
BCompSc – Health and Life Sciences AB with Math B and Science B
BEd CC
BEng CD to AB with Math C to B and Physics C to A
BFA CD
BFA – Computation Arts with Computer Science AB with Math B
BSc CD to AA with Math D to A and Science D to A

Here is a list of certificates that we recognize as a minimum qualification for admission. For the admission averages for your program of interest, please consult our A-Z program list.
Note: Not all countries are listed. 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.

Afghanistan 12th Grade Graduation Certificate
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 or
Certificate VI for Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Austria Reifeprüfung Certificate
Azerbaijan Certificate of Complete Secondary Education
Bahamas Completion of Grade 12 + BGCSE (Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education)
Bahrain Tawjihi, Academic Stream
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
Belgium Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs/Certificate of Higher Secondary Education
Belize CXC or
BGCSE plus one year college or
CAPE
Benin Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire
Bermuda High school diploma or
GCE A levels *
Bhutan Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate or
Senior Secondary School Certificate
Bolivia Bachiller
Brazil Certificado de Ensino Medio or
Certificado de Técnico de Nivel Médio or
Certificado de Ensino Médio com Habilitação
Brunei Brunei-Cambridge Advanced Level Certificate of Education *
Bulgaria Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie
Burkina Faso Baccalaureat
Burundi Diplôme d'État
Cambodia Upper Secondary School Diploma
Cameroon Baccalaureat (Francophone system) or
Cameroon GCE A-level (Anglophone system) * or
Cameroon GCE Technical A-level (Anglophone)
Caribbean
(Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands)

CXC plus one year of CAPE or
CXC plus 2-year CAPE program *
Chad Baccalauréat
Chile Licencia de Educacion Media
China Senior Middle School Diploma plus Chinese National University Entrance Examinations (if available)
Colombia Bachiller Academico/Bachiller Tecnico/Bachiller Comercial
Costa Rica Bachillerato/Bachiller, rama academica
Côte d’Ivoire Baccalauréat
Cuba Bachiller/Bachillerato
Cyprus (Greek-Cypriot system) Certificate of Completion (Apolytirion)
Cyprus (Turkish-Cypriot system) Lise Bitrime Diplomasi 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)
Dominican Republic Bachillerato or
Bachillerato en Ciencias y Letras or
Bachiller
Ecuador Bachiller en (Ciencias, Humanidades)
Egypt Thanaweya a`Amma
El Salvador Bachiller or
Bachillerato General (Academic Stream)
Ethiopia Secondary School Leaving Examination (SSLE) or
Ethiopian University Entrance Examination (EUEE)
Finland Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (lukion päästötodistus/ gymnasiets avgånsbetyg)
France Baccalauréat général or
Baccalauréat technologique * or
Diplome d’Access Etudes Universitaire *
Gabon Baccalauréate
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 Lykeiou and Apolytirio EPAL (Upper Secondary School Certificate)
Guatemala Bachiller en Ciencias y Letras/(Baccalaureat in Sciences and Letters)
Guinea Baccalauréate Unique
Haiti Baccalauréat - Part II
Honduras Bachillerato/Bachiller
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 or better in each subject is the minimum expected for all programs.

Hungary Érettségi Bizonyìtvàny (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Iceland Stúdentspróf
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 Sekolah Menengah Atas SMA)
Iran Diplom-Metevaseth (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Before 2020: Pre-University Certificate also required
Iraq Sixth Form Baccalauréat (Adadijah)
Ireland Leaving Certificate
Israel Bagrut (Matriculation Certificate) or Mechina
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, Republic of Inmungye Kodung Hakkyo (High School Certificate)
Kuwait Shahadat Al-Thanawiya-Al-A’ama (General Secondary Education Certificate)
Latvia Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību (Certificate of General Secondary Education)
Lebanon Baccalauréat (General Secondary School Certificate)
Liberia West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) & 2011 NECO & WAEC examinations results both acceptable
Libya Secondary Education Certificate (Literary, Scientific, or Specialized)
Luxembourg Diplome de fin d’etudes secondaire (End of secondary school diploma) *
Madagascar Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement Secondaire
Malaysia Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM/Malaysia Higher School Certificate) * or
Matriculation Certificate * or
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) or
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM/Certificate of Education) + one year post-secondary
Mali Baccalaureat Malian (3 years)
Mauritania Baccaleureat or Brevet de technicien
Mauritius General Certificate of Education Advanced Level *
Mexico Bachillerato
Mongolia Gerchilgee (Бурэн Дунд Боловсролын Унэмлэх) (Complete Secondary Education Certificate)
Morocco Baccalauréat
Namibia National Secondary School Certificate (NSSC)
Nepal National Examination Board 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
Niger Baccalauréat
Nigeria West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)
Norway Vitnemål fra Videregäende Skole
Oman Thanawiya Amma or
General Secondary School Certificate
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
Paraguay Bachiller Humanistico-scientifico
Peru Certificado de Educacion Secundaria Comun Completa
Philippines Completion of the high school diploma (academic)
Poland Matura/Swiadectwo dojrzalos´ci
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 or
Diplome de Fin d'Études Secondaires
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
Sudan Sudan School Certificate
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 or
Senior Vocational School Certificate of Graduation
Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) PLUS Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (ACSE) two A-Levels *
Thailand Matayom VI (Upper Secondary School Certificate)
Togo Baccalauréat/Bachelier de l'Enseignement du Troisième Degré
Tunisia Baccalaureat
Türkiye (Turkey) Lise Diplomasi (General Secondary School Diploma)
Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education *
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
IGCSE plus one year of full-time study or
IGCSE exams plus one year of full-time study (4 AS-Levels) or
A level *
Uruguay Bachillerato
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
Zimbabwe Cambridge A-Levels * or
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Advanced level *

NOTES

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.

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. In some cases, an interview with a university official may be required. To apply, submit all supporting application documents (e.g. SAT and AP test scores) and transcripts from any academic institution attended. You must also include :

  • A description of the home-schooling curriculum followed and measures of academic acquisition in the program
  • A letter of intent explaining your academic background and why you are a good candidate for the program
  • A letter from the home-educator detailing how the home-school program has prepared the applicant for university studies
  • A 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.

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.

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