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Academic Requirements for International Applicants

*This page is part of the official Academic Calendar


In order to gain admission into an RDC program, international applicants must meet the academic requirements for their program of choice. International applicants should select their program of choice from the Academic Calendar and review the information in the “Requirements” section. The Office the Registrar will assess whether the courses an international applicant has taken throughout their educational history are recognized and international equivalencies for the described academic admission requirements. 

Assessment of International Documents 

Determine whether RDC can assess your international documents and what official documents are required, per this list.  If you have attended secondary or post-secondary education in a country that is not on this list, or if your documents are not in English, you must obtain an Educational Assessment from International Qualifications Assessment Services (IQAS).   Please note that there is a fee to receive an IQAS assessment, this is the applicant’s responsibility.

List of documents that RDC will assess for admission, by country.  Updated January 27, 2021.

Document Type

Countries

Caribbean Secondary Education Council Certificate
Caribbean Examination Council
Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anguilla
Antigua & Baruda
Barbados
Belize
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Dominica
Guyana
Jamaica
Montserrat
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent & Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Islands
Virgin Islands

UK Educational System GCSE or GCE O-level:

General Certificate of Secondary Education
General Certification of Education Ordinary Level
Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level
Certificate of Secondary Education
International General Certificate of Secondary Education

Bahamas
Bermuda
Botswana
Brunei
Cameroon (English System only)
Falkland Islands
Lesotho
Malawi
Northern Ireland
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
Uganda
The United Kingdom
Zambia
Zimbabwe

UK Educational System GCE AS or A-level

General Certificate of Education Advanced Level
General Certificate of Education Advanced Subsidiary
Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education

Brunei
Cameroon (English Systems only)
Falkland Islands
Northern Ireland
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
Uganda

West African Examination Council (WAEC) Exam Certificate

National Examinations Council (NECO)

Ghana
Liberia
Nigeria
Sierra Leone
The Gambia

Country

Required Document(s)

Australia

Australian Capital Territory Year 12 Certificate
New South Wales High School Certificate (HSC)
Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
Queensland Senior Certificate (QSC)
South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
Victorian Certificate of Education (TCE)
Western Australian Certificate of Secondary Education (WACE)

Bangladesh

Higher Secondary Certificate

China

 

 

Certificate of Graduation from Senior Secondary School
Upper Middle School Graduation Certificate
Zhuanke Certificate of Graduation
Benke Certification of Graduation
Please Note: High School transcripts may also be needed.

Ethiopia

 

Ethiopia Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Ethiopian University Entrance Examination

Hong Kong

 

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE)

India

 

 

Senior Secondary School Exam Certificate
Higher Secondary School Certificate
All India Higher Secondary Examinations Pt II
Any Form XII Exam Certificate

Kenya

 

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

GCE/IGSE Examinations

New Zealand

 

National Certificate of Education Achievement
Higher School Certificate

Pakistan

Higher Secondary School Certificate

Philippines

High School Transcript
Post-Secondary Transcript of Records

South Africa

Senior Certificate

Uganda

Certificate of Education
Advanced Certificate of Education

United Arab Emirates

Secondary School Certificate

United States

High School Transcript

 

The Office of the Registrar will accept “unofficial” or scanned documents in order to admit you to a program and provide a Letter of Acceptance; however, you must provide official documentation to the Office of the Registrar prior to the first day of classes. This is a vital step in the admission process and you will not be granted “clear” admission until this step has been completed.  

Common International Course Equivalencies 

Common international course equivalencies for grade and subject levels in other countries that are accepted by RDC. Review the common equivalencies for the United States, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Australia, and China on RDC’s International Course Equivalencies.  

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