South American Country Requirements

Graduate Admissions

Students who meet or exceed the following academic credentials for admission to graduate programs are encouraged to apply. Note that satisfaction of minimum academic standards is only one factor in admission decisions. If your country is not listed below please contact the Credential Evaluation Specialists.

Admission Requirements for Master Degrees
One of the following academic credentials are required:
  • Título Profesional
  • Bachiller Superior (Higher Bachelor)
  • Licenciado/Licenciatura (4 year Bachelor’s degree)
What to Submit into Your Online Application
  • Copias de Certificado de Notas/Calificaciones (unofficial academic transcripts) and 
  • Títulos/Graduation diplomas, and
  • Authorized word-for-word English translation of all academic documents, (unless academic records and diplomas are routinely issued in English by the institution.)
Please note: Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can be considered for provisional admission.
 
After Admission Decision
  • Official final transcripts will be required. 
 
Grading Scale
Number Scale  Spanish (English) Description US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
10 Sobresaliente (Outstanding) A 4.00
8-9 Distinguido (Distinguished) A 4.00
6-7 Bueno (Good) B 3.00
4-5 Aprobado (Pass) C 2.00
0-3 Insuficiente/Reprobado (Insufficient/Fail) F 0.00

Please Note:  The information above is not complete, but rather represents the most common credentials and grading scales from this country. Check your transcripts for your institutional grading scale and if different, please upload it with your academic records.

Official Language and/or Language of Instruction
  • Spanish

Revised: January 5, 2020

Admission Requirements for Master Degrees
One of the following academic credentials are required:
  • Licenciado
  • Licenciatura (4-5 ½ years)
  • Diploma de Grado Académico
What to Submit into Your Online Application
  • Copias de Certificado de Notas/Calificaciones (unofficial academic transcripts) and
  • Títulos/Graduation diplomas, and
  • Authorized word-for-word English translation of all academic documents, (unless academic records and diplomas are routinely issued in English by the institution.)
Please note: Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can be considered for provisional admission.
 
After Admission Decision
  • Official final transcripts will be required.
 
Grading Scale
Number Scale Spanish (English) Description US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
90-100  Sobresaliente (Outstanding) A 4.00
77-89 Distinguido (Distinguished) A- 3.67
64-76 Bueno (Good) B 3.00
51-63 Aprobado (Pass) C 2.00
0-50 Reprobado (Fail) F 0.00

Please Note:  The information above is not complete, but rather represents the most common credentials and grading scales from this country. Check your transcripts for your institutional grading scale and if different, please upload it with your academic records. 

Official Language and/or Language of Instruction
  • Spanish

Revised: May 2018

Admission Requirements for Master Degrees
One of the following academic credentials are required:
  • Título Profissional (4-5 year program)
  • Título de Licenciatura (4-5 year program)
  • Título or Grau de Bacharel (4-5 year program)
What to Submit into Your Online Application
  • Unofficial histórico escolar/certificados de estudios/certificados de notas /certificados de calificaciónes/transcripts containing a complete record of all courses taken and individual marks obtained. If transcripts do not list the date of graduation, please upload a copy of your diploma and
  • Authorized word-for-word English translation of all academic documents, (unless academic records and diplomas are routinely issued in English by the institution).
Please note: Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can be considered for provisional admission.
 
After Admission Decision
  • Official final transcripts will be required.
 
Grading Scales
Letter Grade Number Scale Percentage Portuguese (English) Translation US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
A 9-10 90-100 Excelente (Excellent) A 4.00
B 7-8.99 70-89.99 Bom (Good) B 3.00
C 5-6.99 50-69.99 Acceptable (Average) / Regular C 2.00
F 3-4.99 30-49.99 Suficiente (Sufficient) F 0.00

Grading Scales 2

Grade Scale Grade Description US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
SS 9.00-10.00 Superior (Excellent) A 4.00
MS 7.00-8.99 Médio Superior (Above Average) B 3.00
MM 5.00-6.99 Médio (Average) C 2.00
MI 3.00-4.99 Médio Inferior (Medium Inferior) D Fail
II 0.00-2.99 Inferior (Inferior) F Fail
SR   Sem Rendimento (Fail) - Fail or no grade
Please Note: The information above is not complete, but rather represents the most common credentials and grading scales from this country. Check your transcripts for your institutional grading scale and if different, please upload it with your academic records.
 
Official Language and/or Language of Instruction
  • Portuguese

Revised: September 2021

Admission Requirements for Master Degree
One of the following academic credentials are required:
  • Título Profesional
  • Licenciatura (4-5 ½ years)
What to Submit into Your Online Application
  • Copias de Certificado de Notas/Calificaciones (unofficial academic transcripts) and 
  • Títulos/Graduation diplomas, and
  • Authorized word-for-word English translation of all academic documents, (unless academic records and diplomas are routinely issued in English by the institution.)
Please note: Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can be considered for provisional admission.
After Admission Decision
  • Official final transcripts will be required.
Grading Scale
Number Grade Spanish (English) Description  US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
6.5-7 Muy Bueno (Very Good)  A 4.00
6-6.49    A- 3.67
5.5-5.99    B+ 3.33
5-5.49 Bueno (Good) B 3.00
4.5-4.99    B- 2.67
4-4.49   Suficiente (Sufficient)/Lowest passing Grade C 2.00
0-3.99  Insuficiente (Insufficient) F 0.00

Please Note: The information above is not complete, but rather represents the most common credentials and grading scales from this country. Check your transcripts for your institutional grading scale and if different, please upload it with your academic records.

Official Language and/or Language of Instruction
  • Spanish

Revised: March 18, 2020

Admission Requirements for Master Degrees
One of the following academic credentials are required:
  • Título Profesional
  • Titulo de Ingeniero
  • Licenciado / Licenciatura (4-5 ½ years)
What to Submit into Your Online Application
  • Copias de Certificado de Notas/Calificaciones (unofficial academic transcripts) and
  • Títulos/Graduation diplomas, and
  • Authorized word-for-word English translation of all academic documents, (unless academic records and diplomas are routinely issued in English by the institution.)
Please note: Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can be considered for provisional admission.
 
After Admission Decision
  • Official final transcripts will be required.
 

5-Point Grading Scale

Number Scale  Spanish (English) Translation  US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
5.00 Excelente (Excellent) A+ 4.00
4.00 - 4.99 Sobresaliente (Outstanding) A 4.00
3.50 - 3.99 Bueno (Good) B 3.00
3.00 - 3.49 Aceptable (Average) C 2.00
0.00 - 2.99 Insuficiente (Insufficient) F 0.00

10-Point Grading Scale

Scale Spanish/English Grade Description US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
10.00 Excelente (Excellent) A+ 4.00
8.50 - 9.99 Sobresaliente (Outstanding) A 4.00
7.50 - 8.49 Bueno (Good) B 3.00
6.00 - 7.49 Aceptable (Average) C 2.00
0.00 - 5.99 Insuficiente (Insufficient)    

Please Note: The information above is not complete, but rather represents the most common credentials and grading scales from this country. Check your transcripts for your institutional grading scale and if different, please upload it with your academic records. 

Official Language and/or Language of Instruction
  • Spanish

Revised: March 18, 2020

Admission Requirements for Master Degrees

  • Licenciatura (4-5 ½ years)
  • Título de Ingeniero (Professional Title of Engineer) (8 semesters or more)
  • Diplomado

What to Submit into Your Online Application

  • Copias de Certificado de Notas/Calificaciones (unofficial academic transcripts) and
  • Títulos/Graduation diplomas, and
  • Authorized word-for-word English translation of all academic documents, (unless academic records and diplomas are routinely issued in English by the institution.)
Please note: Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can be considered for provisional admission.
 
After Admission Decision
  • Official final transcripts will be required.

 

Grading Scale 

Grading Scale 1

Number Scale Percentage Spanish (English) Description US Grade Equialent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
18-20 75-80 Excelente (Excellent) A 4.00
15-17.99 65-74.99 Bien (Good) B 3.00
12-14.99   55-64.99 Regular (Average) C 2.00
10-11.99   45-54.99 Necesita Mejorar (Needs Improvement) D 1.00
0-9.99        0-44.99  Reprobar  (Fail) F 0.00

Grading Scale 2

Number Scale Spanish (English) Description US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
9-10  Excelente (Excellent) A 4.00
7.5-8.99 Bien (Good) B 3.00
6-7.49 Regular(Average) C 2.00
5-5.99 Necesita Mejorar (Needs Improvement)  D 1.00
0-4.99 Reprobar (Fail) F 0.00

Grading Scale 3

Number Scale Spanish(English) Description US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
90-100  Excelente (Excellent) A 4.00
80-89.99 Bien (Good) B 3.00
70-79.99 Regular(Average) C 2.00
60-69.99 Necesita Mejorar (Needs Improvement) D 1.00
0-59.99  Reprobar (Fail) F 0.00

Grading scales vary. Please refer to grading scale on transcript.

Please Note:  The information above is not complete, but rather represents the most common credentials and grading scales from this country. Check your transcripts for your institutional grading scale and if different, please upload it with your academic records. 

Official Language and/or Language of Instruction

  • Spanish

 

Revised: March 18, 2020

Admission Requirements for Master Degrees
One of the following academic credentials are required:
  • Licenciado/Licenciatura (4-5 ½ years)
  • Titulo de (Title of)
What to Submit into Your Online Application
  • Copias de Certificado de Notas/Calificaciones (unofficial academic transcripts) and
  • Títulos/Graduation diplomas and
  • Authorized word-for-word English translation of all academic documents, (unless academic records and diplomas are routinely issued in English by the institution).
Please note: Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can be considered for provisional admission.
After Admission Decision
  • Official final transcripts will be required.
Grading Scale 1
Number Scale   Spanish (English) Description  US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
10 Sobresaliente (Outstanding) A 4.00
8-9 Muy bueno (Very Good)  B 3.00
6-7 Bueno (Good) C 2.00
4-5 Suficiente/Regular (Sufficient) D 1.00
1-3 Reprobado (Fail) F 0.00
0 Insuficiente (Insufficient)* F 0.00

*Only in cases of cheating

Grading Scale 2
Number Scale   Spanish (English) Description  US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
5 Sobresaliente (Outstanding) A 4.00
4 Muy bueno (Very Good)  A 4.00
3 Bueno (Good) B 3.00
2 Aprobado (Pass) C 2.00
1 Reprobado (Fail) F 0.00

Please Note: The information above is not complete, but rather represents the most common credentials and grading scales from this country. Check your transcripts for your institutional grading scale and if different, please upload it with your academic records. 

Official Language and/or Language of Instruction
  • Spanish

Revised: May 2018

Admission Requirements for Master Degrees
One of the following academic credentials are required:
  • Bachiller
  • Licenciatura (4-5 ½ years)
  • Profesor de Educación
  • Título Profesional
What to Submit into Your Online Application
  • Copias de Certificado de Notas/Calificaciones (unofficial academic transcripts) and
  • Títulos/Graduation diplomas and
  • Authorized word-for-word English translation of all academic documents, (unless academic records and diplomas are routinely issued in English by the institution).
Please note: Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can be considered for provisional admission.
After Admission Decision
  • Official final transcripts will be required.
Grading Scale
Number Grade Percentage Spanish (English) Description US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
14.00-20.00 90.00-100.00 Excelente (Excellent) A 4.00
12.00-13.99 80.00-89.99 Muy Bueno (Very Good)  B 3.00
11.00-11.99 70.00-79.99 Aprobado (Pass) C 2.00
10.00-10.99 60.00-69.99 Aplazado (Conditional Pass) D 1.00
0-9.99 1.00-59.99 Reprobado (Fail) F 0.00

*10 is the minimum passing grade at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería.

Please Note: The information above is not complete, but rather represents the most common credentials and grading scales from this country. Check your transcripts for your institutional grading scale and if different, please upload it with your academic records. 

Official Language and/or Language of Instruction
  • Spanish
 

Revised: April 2021

Admission Requirements for Master Degrees
One of the following academic credentials are required:
  • 2-5 years of bachelors
What to Submit into Your Online Application
  • Unofficial academic transcripts containing a complete record of all courses taken and individual marks obtained. If transcripts do not list date of graduation, please upload a copy of your diploma and
  • Diplômes/attestations de réussite/diplomas and
  • Authorized word-for-word English translation of all academic documents, (unless academic records and diplomas are routinely issued in English by the institution).
Please note: Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can be considered for provisional admission.
 
After Admission Decision
  • Official final transcripts will be required.
 
Grading Scale
Letter Grade Percentage US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
A+ 90-100 A 4.00
A 85-89.99 A 4.00
A- 80-84.99 A- 3.67
B+ 77-79.99 B+ 3.33
B 73-76.99 B 3.00
B- 70-72.99 B- 2.67
C+ 67-69.99 C+ 2.33
C 63-66.99 C 2.00
C- 60-62.99 C- 1.67
D+ 55-59.99 D+ 1.33
D 50-54.99 D 1.00
E 45-49.99 F 0.00
F 0-44.99 F 0.00

Award Classification

Division US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
First Class Honours A 4.00
Second Class Honours (Upper Division) A-/B+ 3.50
Second Class Honours (Lower Division) B 3.00
Third Class C+ 2.33
Pass C 2.00
Fail F 0.00

Please Note:  The information above is not complete, but rather represents the most common credentials and grading scales from this country. Check your transcripts for your institutional grading scale and if different, please upload it with your academic records. 

Official Langauge and/or Language of Instruction
  • English

Revised: May 2018

Admission Requirements for Master Degrees
  • Bachiller (4 or more years)
  • Licenciado/Licenciatura (4-5 ½ years)
  • Título Profesional
What to Submit into Your Online Application
  • Copias de Certificado de Notas/Calificaciones (unofficial academic transcripts) and
  • Títulos/Graduation diplomas, and
  • Authorized word-for-word English translation of all academic documents, (unless academic records and diplomas are routinely issued in English by the institution).
Please note: Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can be considered for provisional admission.
 
After Admission Decision
  • Official final transcripts are required after admission decision. 
 
Grading Scale
Number Scale Spanish (English) Translation  US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
16-20 Excelente (Excellent) A 4.00
13-15.99 Bueno (Good) B 3.00
10-12.99 Satisfactorio (Satisfactory) C 2.00
0-9.99 Deficiente (Fail)  F 0.00

OR

Number Grade Percentage Spanish (English) Description US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
5 85-100 Excelente (Excellent) A 4.00
4 70-84.99

Bueno (Good)

B 3.00
3 50-69.99 Aprobado (Pass) C 2.00
2 20-49.99 Deficiente (Poor)

D

1.00
1 0-19.99 Rechazado (Fail) F 0.00

OR

Number Grade Spanish (English) Description US Grade Equivalent US Grade Point Average (GPA)
8-9 Excelente (Excellent) A 4.00
7 Sobresaliente (Outstanding) B 3.00
5-6 Aprobado (Pass) C 2.00
0-4 Aplazado (Fail) F 0.00
Please Note:  The information above is not complete, but rather represents the most common credentials and grading scales from this country. Check your transcripts for your institutional grading scale and if different, please upload it with your academic records. 
 
Official Language and/or Language of Instruction
  • Spanish

Revised: May 2018

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