Requirements by Country
If you graduate high school in December or anytime other than May-June, please provide a detailed explanation as to what you will be doing until the time you would begin study at U-M. Please also indicate if you enroll at another university in the interim and provide a list of courses. A detailed explanation of any gaps in enrollment is required (this applies to both first-year applicants and university transfers).
International or U.S. students with diplomas from United States-administered American, International, or Department of Defense Dependent schools: Placement in the top ten percent of the class and strong entrance test scores are required for freshman application. Students may apply during their senior year.
American and international students graduating from missionary and other private American type high schools abroad: Evaluation occurs on a case-by-case basis. SAT subject tests may strengthen application for admission.
Australian Capitol Territory: ACT Year 12 Certificate
New South Wales: Higher School Certificate (HSC)
Northern Territory: Northern Territory Certificate of Education
Queensland: Queensland Certificate of Education
South Australia: South Australia Certificate of Education
Tasmania: Tasmanian Certificate of Education
Victoria: Statement of Results, Victoria Certificate of Education (VCE)
Western Australia: Statement of Results, Western Australia Certificate of Education
Tertiary Entrance Exam Rank, UAI, or ENTER score, etc., is required along with any of the above certificates. University transfer applicants from universities in Australia are also asked to have a course-by-course evaluation submitted by ECE (www.ece.org) for university coursework completed.
(U.K., East and West Africa, Caribbean area, East Asia, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.) Consideration for freshman admission requires at least five ordinary level passes from one sitting at “credit” standard on the General Certificate of Secondary Education, or a comparable maturity certificate (GCSE, CXC, SPM, HKDSE, IGCSE, WASC, EASC, etc.). The Certificate must include a “credit” or “distinction” standard in English. Externally-issued, ordinary level examination results/certificates must be received by the deadline for consideration. If A-Levels are being taken, predicted A-Level results should be submitted by the school at time of application.
Students who are pursuing or who have completed A-Level exams will generally be awarded advanced standing ranging between six and ten credit hours for certain advanced level examinations completed with a grade of “D” or better. A grade of “C” or better is required for Engineering students. Three to five credits may be awarded for certain A/S exams.
Beginning in 2010, the University of Cambridge International Examinations’ new suite of Principal examinations, the Cambridge Pre-U, may be considered for possible advanced standing credit. Certificates with subject grades of D 1 – M 3 and P 1 (Distinction 1,2,3 , Merit 1,2,3 and Pass 1) would be required for advanced standing credit consideration in appropriate Principal Subjects except for Engineering applicants, who would be required to present grades of D 1 – M 3 in appropriate Principal Subjects for possible advanced standing consideration. These standards are tentative and are subject to change. Note: No advanced standing credit is granted for Cambridge Pre-U GPR. Principal Subject examinations are optional and not required for entrance.
Note for applicants from schools in Hong Kong:
Predicted HKDSE results should also be submitted by the school if available or sent following the application submission as soon as available.
Note for applicants from schools in Singapore:
H1 Levels may be considered equivalent to A/S Levels; however, a grade of “C” or better would be required for advanced standing credit consideration in appropriate academic subjects. H2 Levels may be considered equivalent to A Levels. A grade of “D” would be required for advanced standing credit consideration in appropriate academic subjects, except for Engineering applicants, who are required to have a grade of “C.” H3 Levels may be considered for credit with grades of “Pass” or above. These standards are subject to change. Predicted H Level results are required to be submitted by the school at time of application if these exams have not yet been taken.
A full load of academic courses is required for each year of high school including English 12 which is provincially examinable.
A minimum of five Grade 12 U courses, including Grade 12 U English, leading to the OSSD are required for freshman application. Students may apply during the senior year. No advanced standing credit is given for Grade 12 U/UC coursework. Students who complete programs in Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAATs) apply for freshman admission. Up to 30 credits of advanced standing may be granted on a course-by-course basis for students who have completed a three-year CAAT program. No credit is awarded for completion of a one- or two-year program.
Students enrolled in the first year of a College d’enseignement General et Professionnel (CEGEP) apply for freshman admission. (Students must be enrolled in twelve academic courses, not including physical education.) A high level of academic achievement is required. Students who complete a full academic (non-vocational) CEGEP program (two or three years) may apply for freshman admission with advanced standing. Advanced standing credit will not exceed 30 credit hours.
All other Provinces
Completion of the secondary school program and achievement of a high standard (usually top 10% of the class) are required for freshman application. Students may apply during the senior year.
Completion of the senior secondary school program is required for freshman application. Students may apply during the senior year. Transcripts must be officially issued by the senior secondary school and submitted by the school in the original language along with official English translations. Prior to enrollment, an officially certified copy of the Gaokao or Huikao, along with an official English translation, is required. If the Gaokao is not taken, the Huikao, or four different academic Advanced Placement (AP) exams (including one social science subject) if in an AP curriculum, should be submitted in lieu of the Gaokao, unless the student is submitting three to four British-patterned full Advanced Level examinations, an International Baccalaureate Diploma, a Canadian high school diploma or another international high school graduation credential. Students who have completed high school as well as university transfer applicants are required to submit a certificate of high school graduation showing actual graduation date along with English translation in addition to the final high school transcript and English translation showing grades for all three years of high school.
University transfer applicants must arrange for an official CHESICC "verification report" to be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the CHESICC China Credentials Verification, Baiyan Building, NO. 238 Beisihuan Zhonglu, Haidian District, Beijing, P.R. China (Postcode:100191). Tel: 86-10-61139123 or 86-10-61139120, Website: http://www.chsi.com.cn or http://www.chsi.cn, Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Transfer applicants are also required to submit course descriptions to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for all university coursework taken when applying. Please note that courses which are determined to transfer are converted for transfer as two-thirds (.66). The most recent fall semester transcript of grades must also be submitted as soon as available in order for a transfer application to be evaluated. A list of current and future courses being taken at the current university is also required. Transfer applicants may apply to Fall term only.
Students holding a national secondary school leaving certificate of high standard may be considered for freshman admission. Specifics for each country are listed below. In addition to the credentials listed below, the “European Baccalaureate” is also acceptable. Please note: Due to the release date of national examinations, students are expected to be enrolled in programs preparing them for these examinations. Students who are in the final year of preparation may apply for freshman admission. These applicants must request the predicted results of any external examination, along with school marks, to be sent to U-M. University transfer applicants from universities in Europe are also asked to have a course-by-course evaluation submitted by ECE (www.ece.org) for university coursework completed. Please note that courses which are determined to transfer are converted from ECTS credits to U.S. transfer credits as one-half (.50).
Austria: Reifezeugnis; Matura
Belgium: Certificat de Enseignement Secondaire Superieur; Diploma Secundair
Bulgaria: Diploma za Zavarsheno, Sredno Obrazovanie
Commonwealth of Independent States: Matura/Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Oschchem Obrazovanii
Cyprus: Apolytirion; Lise Diplomasi; GCSE
Czech Republic: Maturitni Zkouska; Vysvedceni
Denmark: Studentereksamen; Hojere Forberedelseseksamen; Hojere Handelseksamen; Hojere Teknisk Eksamen
Finland: Ylioppilastutkintotodistus; Studentexamensbetyg
France: see section “French-Patterned Education.” Limited advanced standing credit may be awarded for appropriate subjects with acceptable exam scores of ten or above on the baccalaureate when the coefficient is at least four. Approximately 12 credits may be awarded depending on the number of subjects with coefficients of 4 or above with scores of 10 or higher.
Germany: Abitur (Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife). Advanced standing of seven to eight credits may be given for certain exams taken in appropriate Abitur (Leistungskurse Prufungsfacher) subjects with acceptable exam scores of seven or above.
Greece: Apolytirio Eniaiou Lykeiou
Hungary: (Matura) Gimnaziumi Erettsegi Bizonyitvany
Iceland: Studentsprof. Advanced standing of up to 30 semester credits may be awarded on a subject-by-subject basis for exam scores of six or better on the studentsprof.
Italy: Diploma di maturità/di Esame di Stato
Luxembourg: Diplome de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires
Netherlands: Diploma from antheneum, gymnasium, H.B.S., lyceum or V.W.O.
Norway: Vitnemal from upper secondary. Limited advanced standing credit may be given for certain “branch” subjects in which a national written or spoken exam was taken with scores of five or six. If the “Examen Philosophicum” is taken, nine credits may be awarded for an acceptable score.
Poland: Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci; Matura
Portugal: Diploma de Ensino Secundario
Romania: Diploma de Bacalaureat
Scotland: Scottish Qualifications Certificate (SQC), at least four higher level subjects
Spain: Titulo de Bachiller or Curso de Orientation Universitaria (C.O.U.)
Sweden: Avgangsbetyg; Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskola
Switzerland: Maturitätszeugnis; certificat de maturité; attestato di maturità. U-M offers some one-year renewable scholarships for international students who are Swiss students. The amount varies depending on the number of students who apply, plus need and merit considerations. Inquire to: University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid, 2500 Student Activities Building, 515 E. Jefferson St., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1316, USA
Turkey: Lise Diplomasi
United Kingdom: see section “British-Patterned Education.”
(Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Slovenia.) Matura; Svjedocanstvo-Svjedodzba o o Zavrsenom Obrazovanju (Serbian)
(France, Middle East, Africa, Caribbean area.) In general, completion of the baccalaureate and achievement of a high standard of bien is required for freshman application. Nevertheless, because of varying standards, students from certain countries possessing an overall assez bien average will be considered. Students may apply during the senior year. Applicants from most countries will not qualify for advanced standing credit.
A certificate representing 12 years of academic education (excluding pre-school or kindergarten years) with an equivalent of first division achievement in senior secondary school is required for freshman application. (Examples: All India Senior School Certificate, Indian School Certificate, Delhi Senior School Certificate, Higher Secondary Certificate). Consideration for transfer admission requires official, externally-issued university mark sheets with First Division achievement for each year of study. These must be sent directly by the “Controller of Examinations.” University transfer applicants from universities in India are also asked to have a course-by-course evaluation submitted by ECE (www.ece.org) for university coursework completed.
Students who have completed an International Baccalaureate program should apply at the freshman level. Students may apply during the senior year. Students may be given advanced standing credit for examinations passed at the Higher Level only. No advanced standing credit is granted for Standard or Subsidiary Level Examinations. Predicted IB results are needed if exams have not yet been taken. For more information, click here.
Note: U-M is a Davis Foundation United World College Program member and annually offers a renewable scholarship to a graduate of a United World College. Learn more here.
Application at the freshman level is permitted if the student can present an average of sobresaliente, excelente, or muy bueno on the bachillerato or comparable certificate. Students may apply during the senior year. University transfer applicants from universities in Latin America are also asked to have a course-by-course evaluation submitted by ECE (www.ece.org) for university coursework completed.
U-M offers some one-year renewable scholarships for international students who are Guatemalan students. The amount varies depending on the number of students who apply, plus need and merit considerations. Inquire to: University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid, 2500 Student Activities Building, 515 E. Jefferson St., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1316, USA
Completion of the national secondary school certificate examinations with marks at a high percentage is required for freshman application. (Examples: General Secondary School Certificate, Tawjihi, June written examinations.)
Israel: Bagrut Examination Scores and Certificate
NCEA Level 3 and any Level 4 results from New Zealand Qualification Authority. University transfer applicants from universities in New Zealand are also asked to have a course-by-course evaluation submitted by ECE (www.ece.org) for university coursework completed.
Students may apply as freshmen while in the senior year of high school.