This dropdown chart shows the names of certificates, diplomas and other documents that are the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.

This page is for:

  • prospective students intending to apply to UC San Diego - use this as a guide for planning.
  • current applicants who are waiting for a decision and who graduated from a secondary school outside the U.S. - make sure you meet this condition.

If you are a newly admitted freshman or transfer student, please visit the Required Documents from Schools Outside the United States page. You will need to request official records from the school(s) you attended.

You must achieve excellent results on your final secondary school exams. Find your country or region below to see the name of the documents.

Argentina Flag Argentina Bachillerato
Australia Flag Australia: State/Territory  
  ♦ Australian Capital Territory Year 12 Certificate/ACT
  ♦ New South Wales NSW Higher School Certificate
  ♦ Northern Territory Certificate of Education
  ♦ Queensland Senior Certificate
  ♦ South Australia Certificate of Education
  ♦ Tasmania Certificate of Education
  ♦ Victoria Higher School Certificate/VCE
  ♦ Western Australia Western Australia Certificate of Education
Bangladesh flag Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate
Belgium Belgium Certificate of Higher Secondary Education or Diploma of Secondary Education
Belize Belize Secondary Education Certificate or Diploma and CAPE or A Levels
Bolivia flag Bolivia Bachiller en Humanidades
Brazil flag Brazil Diploma/Certificado de Ensino Médio
Canada flag Canada: Province  
  ♦ Alberta Advanced High School Diploma
  ♦ British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma (Dogwood Diploma)
  ♦ Manitoba Manitoba High School Diploma
  ♦ New Brunswick New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
  ♦ Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial High School Graduation Diploma
  ♦ Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
  ♦ Nova Scotia Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
  ♦ Ontario Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  ♦ Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
  ♦ Quebec Diplome d'etudes secondaire (DES) and Diplome d'etudes collegiales (DEC) or Certificate of Graduation (DES plus Grade 12)
  ♦ Saskatchewan Secondary School Diploma
  ♦ Yukon High School Diploma
Chile flag Chile Bachillerato en Ciencias/Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales
China, People's Republic flag China, People's Republic Sr. High School Graduation certificate and General Education Examination (i.e.,
Columbia flag Colombia Bachillerato
Costa Rica flag Costa Rica Diploma de Conclusion de estudios de educacion diversificado o Bachillerato
Cyprus flag Cyprus Apolyterion or Lise Diplomasi
Czech flag Czech Republic Maturity Certificate
Denmark flag Denmark Studentereksamen
Edcuador flag Ecuador Bachillerato en Humanidades/Ciencias
Egypt flag Egypt General Secondary Education Certificate
El Salvador flag El Salvador Bachiller Academico/General
Ethiopia flag Ethiopia Ethiopian Higher Education Engrance Examination
Finland flag Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/Studentbexamensbetyg
France flag France Baccalaureat
Germany flag Germany Reifezeugnis/Abitur
Ghana flag Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE)
Greece flag Greece Apolyterion Eniaiou Lykeiou
Guatemala flag Guatemala Bachiller en ciencias y letras
Hunduras flag Honduras Bachiller Letters & Science
Hong Kong flag Hong Kong HKDSE Certificate or Advanced Level Exams
Hungary flag Hungary Maturity Certificate
Iceland flag Iceland Studentspróf
India flag India Senior School Certificate / Pre-University Certificate / Pre-Degree Certificate
Indonesia flag Indonesia STTB or SMA
Ireland flag Ireland Ardteistiméireacht (Leaving Certificate)
Israel flag Israel Teudat Bagrut
Italy flag Italy Diploma di Maturita / Diploma di Esame di Stato
Japan flag Japan Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Kenya flag Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education
Korea flag Korea High School Graduation Certificate
Kuwait flag Kuwait General Secondary Education Cert.
(Shahadat Al-Thanawia Al A'ama)
Malaysia flag Malaysia STPM/Advanced Level Exams
Mexico flag México Bachillerato
Netherlands flag Netherlands VWO
New Zealand flag New Zealand NCEA Level 3
Nicaragua flag Nicaragua Bachillerato en (specialization)
Nigeria flag Nigeria WAEC Senior School Certificate
Norway flag Norway Vitnemål fra Videregående Skole
Pakistan flag Pakistan Higher Secondary Certificate
Panama flag Panamá Diploma de Educación Media / Bachiller
Paraguay flag Paraguay Bachillerato (Bachiller en Humanidades y Ciencias)
Peru flag Péru Certificado de Educación Secundaria Común Completa / Bachillerato Academico
Philippines flag Philippines 12 Year Secondary School Graduation
Poland flag Poland Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci
Romania flag Romania Maturity Certificate or Diploma de Bacalaureat
Russian flag Russian Federation Attestat/Certificate of (complete) General Secondary Education
SaudiArabia flag Saudi Arabia General Certificate of Secondary Education (Tawjihiyah)
Scotland flag Scotland Scottish Higher Grade
Singapore flag Singapore Advanced Level Exams
SouthAfrica flag South Africa National Senior Certificate
Spain flag Spain Bachillerato/Titulo de Bachiller
SriLanka flag Sri Lanka Advanced Level Exam
Suriname flag Suriname VWO
Sweden flag Sweden Avgangsbetyg fran Gymnasieskola
Switzerland flag Switzerland Maturity Certificate
Taiwan flag Taiwan (Rep. of China) Sr. High School Diploma
Thailand flag Thailand Matayom VI
Turkey flag Turkey Lise Diplomasi
UAE flag United Arab Emirates Secondary School Certificate
UK flag United Kingdom Advanced Level Exams
Uruguay flag Uruguay Bachiller Diversificado de Enseñanza Secundaria
Venezuela flag Venezuela Bachillerato en Ciencias, Humanidades o Artes
Vietnam flag Vietnam Senior High School Certificate