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International Applicants

International Academic Credentials

Stanford’s assessment of a foreign degree is based on the characteristics of a national educational system, the type of institution attended, and the level of studies completed. The following guidelines indicate the minimum level of study of applicants from recognized academic institutions outside the U.S.

Minimum level of study required of applicants of who wish to apply for graduate study at Stanford:

Britain British patterned education – bachelor’s degree with honors.
France Diplome d’Ingenieur from grandes écoles, or completion of two years of classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles (CPGE) and two years of course work toward the Diplome d’Ingenieur degree. Otherwise, Maitrise from universities.
Germany The diplom, magister artium (M.A.) or staatsexamen. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor’s degree accepted.
Other European countries University degree requiring four years of study. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor's degree accepted.
Middle East University degree requiring four years of study.
Canada Three-year bachelor’s degree from Quebec, four-year bachelor’s degree from other provinces.
Latin America University degree requiring four years of study.
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal Bachelor’s degree in engineering or medicine; or four-year bachelor's degree.  (Note: A three-year bachelor’s degree in any subject is not considered sufficient for graduate study at Stanford. The two-year master’s degree following the three-year bachelor’s degree from India is required.)
Oceania Bachelor's Degree (four years) or Bachelor's Degree (Honours). For French Polynesia, see the minimum qualifications for France.
Philippines Four-year bachelor’s degree.
Russian republics University diploma requiring four years of study. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor’s degree accepted (requires the Diploma Supplement issued in accordance to the Bologna Declaration).
Other Asian countries University degree requiring four years of study.
African countries Four-year bachelor's, bachelor's with honours, or maitrise 

Note to International Applicants

  • Academic records should give detailed information on the content and quality of your performance, courses taken each year, and grades received. The grading scale of the institution and your rank in class should be noted whenever possible.

  • Degrees must be verified by official copies of diplomas or conferral statements on academic records.

  • Academic records must be original documents bearing the institutional seal and official signature of the Registrar or copies verified by a school administrative officer.

  • If the institution does not issue records in English, original language records must be submitted with official English translations. We accept translations issued by the institution or a professional translating service. Translations must be literal and complete versions of the original records.

The University reserves the right to require additional academic documents. If we are unable to verify the nature or authenticity of your academic documents, we may ask you to obtain an evaluation from a foreign credential evaluation service.