International High School (Requirements)

Brescia UCBrescia is pleased to have a diverse community of students from all over the world. The mix of Canadian and International students greatly enhances the richness of student life on campus both inside and outside the classroom.

If you’re thinking about experiencing all that Brescia University College, an affiliate of Western University, has to offer you can request an information package by completing the Request for Information form.

To apply for full time admissions please complete the online 105F application on the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre web site. If you intend to apply only to programs at Brescia University College, you may choose to complete the International Student Application Form instead of applying through the OUAC.

As an applicant you must present official documentation to Brescia’s Registrar’s Office to be considered for admission.

Admission Requirements

See below for a partial listing of entrance requirements for our undergraduate programs by country. Students applying with a General Certificate of Education (GCE) should refer to the GCE Requirements. Applicants applying from the United States of America should refer to U.S. Requirements.

If you are not at this time eligible for first-year university admission you may consider Brescia’s pre-university program, the Preliminary Year. The Preliminary Year is open to both male and female students.

Antigua and BarbudaSee: Caribbean
ArgentinaBachillerato & Ciclo Bàsico Comùn
ArubaV.W.O. Certificate; HAVO for Preliminary Year program
AustraliaSenior matriculation certificate qualifying for entrance to university
Bahamas5 BGCSE subjects plus one year at College of Bahamas
BahrainTawjahiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
BangladeshHigher Secondary Certificate
BarbadosCAPE CSEC plus one year at Barbados Community College; see also Caribbean
BelgiumCertificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (academic stream)/Getuigschrift van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs
BermudaBermuda Secondary School Certificate, GCSE or, Post-Graduate year at Saltus Grammar School, or one year at Bermuda College
BrazilCertificado de Conclusao de 2 Grau/concurso Vestibular
CaribbeanCSEC or GCSE, and GCE A levels. For additional information see GCE Requirements.
CAPE diploma completed – conditional offer may be based on predicted grades
Central African RepublicBaccalauréat/Diplôme de Bachelier de l'Enseignement de Second Degré
ChileLicencia de Educación Media/Prueba de Aptitúd Académica (PAA)
China (P.R.C.)Senior High School Graduation Examination plus Chinese University Entrance Examination
ColombiaFirst-year standing at a recognized university
DenmarkStudentereksamen; Højere Forberedelseseksamen Højere Handelseksamen
Dominican RepublicBachillerato
EgyptFirst-year standing at a recognized university
FranceBaccalauréat de l'Enseignement du Second Degré; Baccalauréat Technologique; Diplôme de Bachelier de l'Enseignment du Second Degré
GhanaSenior Secondary Certificate Examinations plus University entrance exam
Hong Kong Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
IndiaAll India Senior School Certificate awarded by CBSE (after 12 years); Indian School Certificate (awarded by ICSE)
IndonesiaSurat Tanda Tamat Belajar S.M.A.
JamaicaSee: Caribbean
JapanKotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho
KenyaKenyan Certificate of Secondary Education
Korea (R.O.K.)Academic Upper Secondary School Certificate plus Academic Aptitude Test
MalaysiaSijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia
NetherlandsV.W.O. Certificate
New ZealandHigher School Certificate plus University Entrance Examination
NorwayVitnemål fra den Videregående Skole
OmanThanawiya amma
PakistanIntermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate
PeruFirst-year standing from a recognized university
PhilippinesSecond-year standing from a recognized university
PolandMatura/Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci
Puerto RicoSee: United States of America
QatarThanawaya Aam Qatari
RussiaAttestat o Srednem Obrazovanii (at Grade 11)
Saint Kitts and NevisSee: Caribbean
Saint LuciaSee: Caribbean
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSee: Caribbean
Saudi ArabiaTawjihiyah
SingaporeSingapore/Cambridge GCE A levels; (See also: UK and Commonwealth)
SpainTitulo de Bachillerato plus University entrance exam
SwitzerlandMaturitätszeugnis; Certificat de Maturité; Baccalauréat; Attestato di Maturità; Federally recognized Cantonal Maturity Certificate
TaiwanSenior High School Leaving Certificate
Trinidad & TobagoSee: Caribbean
TurkeyDevlet Lise Diplomasi/Lise Bitirme Diplomasi
United Arab EmiratesTawjihiyya
United KingdomThe General Certificate of Secondary Education and the (UK examining boards), The Cambridge Commonwealth Overseas and High School Certificates. Applicants must offer passes in five subjects, of which two must be Advanced or Principal level, or in four subjects, of which 3 must be at the Advanced or Principal level. Two Advanced Supplementary (AS) levels may be substituted for one Advanced or Principal level except for prerequisite subjects.
United States of AmericaGrade 12 graduation with a minimum 3.0 GPA and SAT Reasoning Test score of 1190. AP tests will also be considered. For additional information see U.S. Requirements.
VenezuelaFirst-year standing at a recognized university
VietnamBang Tu Tai (Diploma of General Education)
West IndiesSee: Caribbean
YemenAl Thanawiya

General Certificate of Education Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to Brescia on the basis of General Certificate of Education Examinations must submit the following:

Admission to the Preliminary Year Program:

  • General Certificate of Education (GCE)/General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) with passes in at least five academic subjects at the “O” level (Grade C or higher). These subjects must include English. One of mathematics, science, or a language other than English is recommended.
  • The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Certificate, Grades One-Three (effective 1998) at General Proficiency, will be accepted.

Admission to University Programs:

  1. Applicants seeking admission on the basis of the General Certificate of Education (GCE) must submit three distinct A-Level (or four distinct AS-Level) traditional academic subjects with grades of A and/or B for admission consideration. General Paper is not acceptable. Applied Advanced Level subjects are not an ideal preparation for our programs.
  2. Students who receive a ‘B’ grade on final GCE Advanced level exams will receive transfer credit for those courses approved by the appropriate faculty.
  3. Specific prerequisite courses are required for admission to some faculties/programs. Pre-requisites must be presented at the Advanced or Advanced Subsidiary Level; however, some programs may consider IGCSE/GCSE/Ordinary Level results with a grade of ‘B’ or above to satisfy prerequisites.
  4. Submission of five IGCSE/GCSE/Ordinary Level academic subjects or equivalent is required as reference for past academic success.

High School Applicants from the United States

Students graduating from an accredited High School in the U.S. with high standing (B average), are eligible to apply to first year studies.

Minimum requirements:

  • four grade 12 academic subjects.
  • SAT Reasoning Test = minimum of 1190
  • Grade 12 GPA = minimum of 3.0 gpa

Students not admissible to first-year university programs, may be admissible to Brescia’s pre-university qualifying year, the Preliminary Year program.

Advanced Placement Exams

Transfer credit may be granted for AP courses with a grade of 4 out of 5. A maximum of two transfer credits may be awarded. All transfer credit is subject to faculty approval, and some AP courses may not be eligible for transfer credit.

Subjects should include prerequisites for specific degree programs.

Social Science:English (Mathematics recommended for study in Psychology, Economics or Honors Geography)
Family Studies BA:English
Family Studies BSc: English, Biology, Chemistry and a background in Math
Foods & Nutrition:English, Biology, Chemistry and a background in Math
Kinesiology:English, Biology
Health Sciences:English, Math and Biology (Chemistry is recommended)
Management & Organizational Studies:English, Math