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Secondary school diplomas from specific countries

The list below shows secondary school diplomas that may be considered equivalent to the Dutch VWO for admission to AUC. English and mathematics are required for all.

This list is for general guidance only and no rights can be derived from it.

  • International diplomas: International Baccalaureate and European Baccalaureate
  • Austria: Reifezeugnis from Allgemeinbildende Höhere Schule
  • Belgium: Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs (DSO) and Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieure
  • China: Applicants are advised to contact the NESO office in Beijing
  • Croatia: Maturalna Svjedodzba and Diplôme d'Enseignement Secondaire Superieure and Matura (Gimnazija diploma)*
  • Czech Republic: Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce obtained at a Gymnázium*
  • Cyprus: Apolytirio Lykeio*
  • Denmark: Bevis for Studentereksamen and Højere Forberedelseksamen
  • Finland: Studenteksamen/Ylioppilastutkinto
  • France: Diplôme du Baccalauréat Général/Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement du Second Degré
  • Germany: Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur)
  • Greece: Apolytirio Lykeio*
  • Hungary: Gimnaziumi Érettségi Bizonyítvány*
  • Iceland: Stúdentspróf
  • Ireland: Leaving Certificate in 5 subjects (3 of which higher grade)
  • Italy: Diploma di Maturità/Superamento dell'esame di Stato Conclusivo
  • Luxembourg: Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaire, enseignement Classique ou Moderne
  • Malta: Matriculation Certificate with at least 3 subjects at Advanced level*
  • New Zealand: University Bursaries Examination in at least 4 subjects, with sufficient points for university admittance
  • Norway: Vitnemàl Videregâonde opplaering (studieretning for allmenne fag)
  • Poland: Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Ogólnoksztalcacego*
  • Portugal: Diploma de Ensino Secondario with certificate of Concurso Nacional*
  • Romania: Diploma de Bacalaureat
  • Russia: Attestat o Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Complete General Education) and a successfully completed first year of full-time university Bakalavr education (all mandatory credits of the first year)*
  • Slovakia: Gymnázium Diploma*
  • Slovenia: Matura (Maturitetno Spricevalo / Gimnazija*
  • Spain: A score of 'apte' on the Prueba de Aptitud/Acesso or Título de Bachiller after successfully passing Prueba General de Bachillerato
  • Sweden: Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan
  • Switzerland: Maturitätszeugnis / Diplôme de Maturité
  • United Kingdom: GCSE plus 3 GCE A-levels. Scotland: Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) with 3 Advanced Higher Grades
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  • USA: An American High School Diploma is not equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma. This means that you must also have at least four Advanced Placement Certificates. The subjects of the AP Certificates can vary and are not limited to a specific mix. For example, you could apply with 1 AP foreign language, 2 APs maths/science and 1 AP elective, but other combinations of subjects are also accepted. However, please remember that you must still meet the specific maths requirements for the major you are applying to. You can also apply if you have completed one year of full-time college or university credit.

All applications are considered on their individual merits. If your country/qualification is not on this list, it does not mean you cannot be admitted. In many cases you will, however, be required to have completed at least one year of university before being eligible for admission to AUC.

*Proof of university entrance may be required