Freshman requirements by country

You may have to meet additional admission requirements and follow certain guidelines for filling out the undergraduate application, depending on your country or educational system.

Country or educational system:

13-Year system

Admission requirement

If pre-university education in your country takes 13 years, you must:

  • Complete all 13 years before entering UC
  • Graduate from secondary school in your country
  • Earn a certificate of completion that allows you to attend a university in your country.

Filing out the application

The application will ask you to fill out information about your high school/secondary school, including the years you attended and the grades you received.  The application only has 9th – 12th grades as options (in the United States, 12th grade is equivalent to the year of schooling before you attend university).

You should list your 13th year of coursework under 12th grade and work backward through 11th, 10th and 9th grades.  For example:  Enter marks/grades you earned in your 13th year for the 12th grade, your 12th year marks/grades for the 11th grade, your 11th year marks/grades for the 10th grade, and your 10th year marks/grades for the 9th grade.

British system

Admission requirement

You must complete at least 5 IGCSE/GCSE/GCE O-Levels, and at least 3 academic GCE A-Level exams to be considered for admission. If your school offers both H1 and H2 A-Level exams, UC will only consider H2 A-Level exams.

China

If you are following the IGCSE/GCSE/GCE curriculum, you must do the following to be eligible for admission:

  • Complete at least 5 IGCSE/GCSE/GCE O-Levels, and at least 3 academic GCE A-Level exams
  • If your school offers both H1 and H2 A-Level exams, UC will only consider H2 A-Level exams.

If you are following the Chinese national curriculum, follow these instructions for the application:

  • List all courses and marks, from grade 9 (year 3 of lower middle school) through grade 12 (years 1 through 3 of upper middle school) exactly as they appear on your official academic records.
  • Be prepared to submit your Graduation Certificate from the upper middle school if you are accepted to UC.

If you are following the IB curriculum, follow these instructions for the application.

Hong Kong

Submitting official documents (after you are admitted to UC)

 If you attended a local secondary school that offers the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) curriculum and you are accepted to UC, you must submit the HKDSE to the UC campus where you plan to enroll. The HKDSE must be postmarked on or before July 1.

If you attended a school that does not offer the HKDSE curriculum, please refer to the list on this page and look for the education system your school offers.

India

Admission requirement

You must complete both year X and XII state board or CBSE examinations, with average marks above 70 and no mark below 60.

If you have earned a Bachelor's degree in engineering or a Master's degree in any other subject, you cannot apply for an undergraduate degree program at the University of California.

International Schools

Admission requirement

The international school must be accredited by your country’s Ministry of Education or have U.S. regional accreditation. You also must earn a certificate of completion that will allow you to enter a university in the educational system of the country in which you are attending secondary school. For example, if your international school follows a U.S. curriculum, your school must have U.S. regional accreditation and you must graduate with a U.S. high school diploma.

International Baccalaureate

Filling out the application

  • You must report grades exactly as they appear on your official academic records (that includes the secondary school transcript and exam report from the International Baccalaureate Organization.)
  • If possible, report predicted scores you expect to earn for the diploma exams. You should enter the scores on the International External Exams page of the application, under the Test Scores tab (Step 6 of 7 under Test Scores). You should not put your predicted scores on the International Baccalaureate page.
  • If predicted IB scores are not available at the time you submit the application, you do not need to report them on the application, and you do not need to submit them at a later date (unless a campus requests that you do so). UC campuses do not use predicted scores as the only factor for admission.

Korea

Submitting official documents (after you are admitted to UC)

If you are accepted to UC, you must submit official middle and senior high school academic records/transcripts, a senior high school diploma and complete required high school classes with above average grades to the UC campus where you plan to enroll. These documents must be postmarked on or before July 1.

The records must include all course titles and grades received.

Kuwait

Submitting official documents (after you are admitted to UC)

If you are accepted to UC, you must have an official General Secondary Education Certificate (GSEC) sent to the UC campus where you plan to enroll. The GSEC must be postmarked on or before July 1.

The GSEC should indicate completion of required high school classes with a minimum average of 75 percent and no grade lower than 60 percent.

Malaysia

Admission requirement

You must complete either the SPM and STPM or the SPM and at least 3 academic GCE A-Level exams to be considered for admission.

New Zealand

Admission requirement and filing out the application

You must complete Form 7 and earn the Higher School Certificate. If you will receive a Bursary or NCEA Level 3, you should report the Bursary or NCEA in the International External Exams section on the application (Step 6 of 7 under Test Scores).

Pakistan

Admission requirement

You must complete both year X and XII state or board examinations to be considered for admission.

If you have earned a Bachelor's degree in engineering or a Master's degree in any other subject, you cannot apply for an undergraduate degree program at the University of California.

Saudi Arabia

Filling out the application

When filling out your coursework and marks/grades, refer to the Intermediate School Certificate (Shahadat Al Kafa’at Al Mutawassita) and the General Secondary Education Certificate (GSEC) (Shahadat Al-Marhalat Al-Thanawiyyat) for accuracy.

Submitting official documents (after you are admitted to UC)

After you are accepted to UC, you must submit both of the following documents by July 1 to the UC campus where you plan to enroll:

  • An official Intermediate School Certificate (Shahadat Al Kafa’at Al Mutawassita) with courses listed and grades received for each course; and
  • An official General Secondary Education Certificate (GSEC) (Shahadat Al-Marhalat Al-Thanawiyyat) with courses listed and grades received for each course, indicating completion of required high school courses with above average grades.

Both certificates must:

  • Indicate completion of the following subjects in an academic, non-vocational secondary program: history/economics, Arabic, foreign language (English), laboratory science, mathematics (including geometry and second year algebra at a minimum);
  • Include course title and grades received; a minimum average of 75 percent is needed for consideration with no grade lower than 60 percent.

Singapore

Admission requirement

You must complete at least 5 IGCSE/GCSE/GCE O-Levels, and at least 3 academic GCE A-Level exams to be considered for admission. If your school offers both H1 and H2 A-Level exams, UC will only consider H2 A-Level exams.

Sri Lanka

Admission requirement

You must complete the Sri Lankan GCE O and A-Level exams. A minimum 3 academic A-Level exams is required. Students may also complete the exams through a British Examination Authority.

All other countries

Admission requirement

You must complete a rigorous college preparatory program that includes the minimum academic subject requirement courses. UC is aware that many school systems may not offer similar courses, but we do expect students to take challenging courses offered in their schools. Students must complete secondary school and be eligible to enter a competitive university in that country.

Academic records

You don't need to submit your academic record to UC when you submit your application. However, you should refer to it as you fill out the application to ensure the information you enter is accurate.