International Secondary School Requirements for Admission

To be eligible for admission to HCC, applicants must provide documentation of high school graduation or an equivalent level of education at an institution with a non-U.S.-based education system. 

If you graduated from secondary school in one of the countries listed below, please have your official transcripts, exam results and/or graduation certificates submitted to Hillsborough Community College directly by the issuing institution (digital copies are acceptable). Transcripts provided by the student will be considered unofficial unless they are submitted in an envelope sealed by the institution. Documents must be in English or be accompanied by an English translation.

If you graduated from a high school outside of the United States and your country is not listed below, your transcripts, exam results and/or graduation certificates must be evaluated by a NACES-accredited member service (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) to prove equivalency with a U.S. high school diploma.

Country Required Credentials/Documentation
Australia
  • Australian Capital Territory/ACT Year 12 Certificate
  • New South Wales Higher School Certificate/HSC and Record of Achievement
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education/NTCE and Record of Achievement
  • South Australian Certificate of Education/SACE and Record of Achievement
  • Queensland Senior Certificate of Education
  • Tasmanian Certificate of Education/TCE and Statement of Marks
  • Victorian Certificate of Education/VCE and Statement of Results
  • Western Australia Certificate of Education/WACE Statement of Results
Austria
  • Reifepruefungszeugnis/Reifezeugnis/Matura
Bahamas
  • Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education/BGCSE (five or more academic subject passes*)
Bahrain
  • Secondary School General Certificate
Belgium
  • Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur/Diploma von Hoger Secundaire Onderwijs
Bermuda
  • Bermuda School Diploma (BSD)
Bolivia
  • Bachiller and Certificado de Notas/Calificaciones
Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Svjedocanstvo Svjedodzba o Zavrsnom (IV Stepen)/Certificate of final examination IV level
  • Svjedodzba o Zavrsnom Obrazovanju (IV Stepen)/Certificate of final examination IV level
Botswana
  • Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (five or more academic subject passes*)
Brazil
  • Certificado de Conclusão de Segunda Grau and transcripts
  • Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio and transcripts
Cameroon
  • Baccalauréat d’Enseignement Secondaire (Secondary Education Baccalaureat)
  • Cameroon General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-level; five or more academic subject passes*)
  • Cameroon General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-level; two or more academic subject passes within two years of completion of GCE O-Level)
Canada
  • Alberta—General High School Diploma; Advanced High School Diploma
  • British Columbia— Secondary School Graduation Diploma
  • Manitoba—High School Diploma
  • New Brunswick—High School Graduation Diploma
  • Newfoundland and Labrador—High School Graduation Diploma
  • Northwest Territories—High School Graduation Diploma
  • Nova Scotia—High School Graduation Diploma
  • Nunavut—High School Graduation Diploma
  • Ontario—Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • Prince Edward Island—Senior Secondary School Diploma
  • Quebec—Certificate of Graduation; Diplôme d’Études Secondaires/Diploma of Secondary Studies; Diplôme d’Études Collegiales
  • Saskatchewan—Record of Higher Standing/Record of Secondary Level Standing
  • Yukon—High School Diploma

English-speaking Caribbean 

(includes Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and British Virgin Islands)

  • Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC; five or more academic subject passes*)
  • Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE; two or more academic subject passes*)
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE; five or more academic subject passes*)
  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE; five academic subject passes*)
  • General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-level; five or more academic subject passes*)
  • General Certificate of Education, Advanced Levels (GCE AS/A-Level; two or more academic subject passes* within two years of completion of GCE O-Level)
Chile
  • Licencia de Education Media Humanistico Cientifica (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Colombia
  • Bachiller and Certificado de estudios/calificaciones
Denmark
  • Studentereksamen
  • Højere Forberedelseksamen
  • Højere Teknisk Eksamen
  • Højere Handelseksamen
Ecuador
  • Bachillerato/Bachiller
Egypt
  • General Secondary Education Certificate (Thanawiya a’Amma)
  • Technical Secondary Education Certificate (Shehadet Thanawiya)
  • Advanced Technical Diploma
France
  • Diplôme de Baccalauréat
  • Brevet de Technicien
  • Diplôme d’Access aux Études Universitaires
Gambia
  • West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Senior Secondary School Leaving Certificate (five or more academic subject passes*)
Germany
  • Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife or Abitur
  • Zeugnis der Fachhochschulreife
Ghana
  • Senior Secondary School Certificate/SSSCE (five or more academic subject passes*)
  • West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination/WASSCE (five or more academic subject passes*)
Greece
  • Upper Secondary School Certificate (Apolytirion)
  • General High School Diploma, Technological Track
Guatemala
  • Bachiller
Honduras
  • Bachiller
Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education/HKDSE (five or more academic subject passes*)
  • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination/HKALE (five or more academic subject passes*)
  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination/HKCEE (five or more academic subject passes*)
Iceland
  • Upper Secondary School Certificate (Studentsprof)
  • Technical Upper Secondary School Certificate (Sveinsprof)
  • Commercial Diploma (Verzlunarsprof)
India
  • Higher Secondary Certificate/HSC earned after standard XII (grade 12)
  • All-India Senior School Certificate/AISSC
  • Senior Secondary School Certificate (National Institute of Open Schooling)
  • Pre-university/degree certificate earned after standard XII (grade 12)
  • Intermediate Certificate (grade 12) for Goa and Andra Pradesh
  • Indian School Certificate
Italy
  • Diploma/Certifica di Maturita/Esame di Stato (state exam after conclusion of upper secondary school)
Japan
  • Upper Secondary/High School Graduation Certificate and transcripts
Jordan
  • General Secondary Education Certificate (Tawjihi)
Kazakhstan
  • Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Complete Secondary Education)
  • Diplom o Srednem Spetsialnom Obrazonavii (Diploma of Secondary Specialized/Vocation Education)
Kenya
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE; five or more academic subject passes*)
  • East African Certificate of Education (EACE)
  • Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE)
Kuwait
  • General Secondary Education Certificate
Kyrgyzstan
  • Attestat o Srednem Obschem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Complete Secondary Education)
  • Diplom o Srednem Professionalnom Obrazovanii (Diploma of Specialized Secondary Education)
Liberia
  • Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examination/LSHSC (five or more academic subject passes*)
Macau
  • Senior Secondary School Certificate and transcripts
Madagascar
  • Baccalaureat de l’Enseignement Secondaire
Malawi
  • Malawi School Certificate of Education (five or more academic subject passes*)
Namibia
  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (five or more academic subject passes*) and/or Advanced Levels 
Mexico
  • Bachillerato
Morocco
  • Diplome/Attestation de Baccalauréat Marocain
  • Baccalauréat Technique
Nepal
  • Higher Secondary Education Board Examination Certificate (HSC), Migration Certificate
Netherlands
  • VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs) (University Preparatory Education)
  • HAVO (Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs) (Senior General Secondary Education)
  • MBO (Middelbar Beroepsonderwijs)
Netherland Antilles (Includes Bonair, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten)
  • VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs) (University Preparatory Education)
  • HAVO (Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs) (Senior General Secondary Education)
  • SBO (Diploma Secundair Beroeps Onderwijs) (Diploma of secondary vocational education)
  • See English-Speaking Caribbean
New Zealand
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement/NCEA Level 2 (after conclusion of yr 12)
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement/NCEA Level 3 (after conclusion of yr 13)
  • New Zealand University Entrance
Nigeria
  • West African Examinations Council Senior School Certificate (five or more academic subject passes*)
  • National Examinations Council (NECO) Senior School Certificate (five or more academic subject passes*)
Norway
  • Vitnemål fra den Videregăende Skolen (Completion Certificate for Upper Secondary School)
Oman
  • General Education Diploma/Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Pakistan
  • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
  • Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC)
  • Intermediate Certificate
Peru
  • Bachillerato/Bachiller Profesional
  • Certificado Oficial de Estudios de Educacion Secundaria Comun
  • Bachillerato Técnico
Qatar
  • General Secondary Education Certificate
Russia
  • Attestat o Srednom (Polnom) Obschem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary General Education)
Saudi Arabia
  • General Secondary Education Certificate
Sierra Leone
  • West African Examinations Council Senior School Certificate (five or more academic subject passes*)
South Korea
  • Certificate of Graduation/Senior High School Diploma
Spain
  • Bachillerato
Sudan
  • Sudan Secondary School Certificate (five or more academic subject passes*)
Swaziland
  • General Certificate of Education (five or more academic subject passes*)
Sweden
  • Avgångsbetyg or Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola (School Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School)
  • Hoegskoleforberedande examen (Higher Education Preparatory Diploma)
Tunisia
  • Diplôme de Baccalauréat/Baccalaureate Diploma and transcripts
Uganda
  • Uganda Certificate of Education (five or more academic subject passes*) 
  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education 
United Arab Emirates
  • Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
United Kingdom & British Crown Dependencies
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations (five or more academic subject passes*)
  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations (five or more academic subject passes*)
  • General Certificate of Education, Advanced Levels/GCE AS/A-Level examinations (two or more academic subject passes*)
  • Scottish National Qualifications
Venezuela
  • Bachiller
  • Titulo de Educación Media General
Vietnam
  • bằng tốt nghiệp trung học phổ thông/Graduation diploma of completion of upper secondary school
Zambia
  • Zambian School Certificate (five or more academic subject passes*)
Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE; five or more academic subject passes*)
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE; five or more academic subject passes*)
  • General Certificate of Education, Advanced Levels/GCE AS/A-Level examinations (two or more academic subject passes* within two years of completion of GCE O-Levels)
  • Cambridge Overseas School Certificate; five or more academic subject passes*)
International Baccalaureate
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma and accompanying certificate

*Five or more academic subject passes with the U.S. equivalent grade of 'C' or above. Three of the required five passes must include English, math, and a science.