International Admission Criteria
Brock University welcomes students from around the world, and encourages applications from a variety of academic backgrounds. International students may apply for September entry only in order to be considered for all academic programs, scholarships and guaranteed residence. Applications and all supporting documentation should be submitted no later than April 1, as program availability cannot be guaranteed after this date.
- General Admission Criteria
- Secondary School
- Hong Kong
- British Patterned Education
- United States
- International Baccalaureate
- Advanced Placement
- Degree/Diploma Transfers
- English Language Proficiency
- IELP/Undergraduate Conditional Offers
General Admission Criteria
We recognize that academic curriculum vary around the world, however the expectation is that international applicants will have adequate academic preparation relevant to the intended program of study. For example, if you intend on applying to a Business program, you should present a minimum of one year or two semesters of mathematics study at the advanced-level.
Minimum international credentials:
Prerequisites and anticipated admission averages:
Admissions Criteria Chart
International applicants should present the secondary school graduation certificate that would be acceptable for admission to an internationally recognized university in his or her home country. This credential is the minimum required for consideration, as strong grades and adequate academic preparation will be required for most programs since the number of qualified applicants normally exceeds the spaces available.
The minimum entry requirement is the HKDSE with Level 3 in 3 subjects and level 2 in 2 subjects. The successful Level 3 subjects must include prerequisites required for entry to the specific program of study. In some cases where enrolment is limited and a program is highly competitive, Levels of 3 or higher may be required.
HKDSE results will be translated into the following Ontario equivalencies for admissibility and scholarship eligibility:
British Patterned Education
Applicants will be considered for admission with the completion of 5 GCE/GCSE/IGCSE subjects with at least 2 at A-Level (GCSE grades at C or above). One GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level subject (grade C or above) and 4 AS-Level subjects will be considered provided the AS-levels do not duplicate subject matter at the GCSE/IGCSE or O-Level.
In consultation with the appropriate academic department, the Office of the Registrar will consider transfer credit for those A-Level courses passed with a grade of 'C' or better to a maximum of 3 credits. Transfer credit will not be considered for courses completed to AS-Level.
Brock University will also consider applicants with VCE A-Level, VCE A-Level Double Award and BTEC Certificate/Diploma qualifications (or equivalent in other British-patterned countries).
Applicants may also be considered for admission based on (1) the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, or (2) a combination of Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, Cambridge Pre-U Short Courses, A-Level Subjects and AS-Level Subjects. Pre-U Principal Subjects or Pre-U Short Courses with a minimum grade of Pass (P1) are required for admission to the University (admission is not guaranteed to specific programs by attainment of the minimum requirements as many programs require higher averages). Pre-U Principal Subjects and/or Pre-U Short Courses should be completed in the appropriate prerequisite subjects. In consultation with the appropriate academic department Pre-U Principal Subjects with a grade of Merit (M3) will be considered for advanced standing.
Grade 12 diploma with high grades in academic subjects (usually a minimum B average, although higher grades are required for some limited enrolment programs). Where the grading scale of the applicants' secondary school differs from the Ontario secondary school grading scale (pass = 50%) grades will be translated into equivalencies for admissibility and scholarship eligibility. The grading scale is as follows:
A = 87%
B = 75%
C = 65%
D = 55%
F = Fail
In order to aid with the transition from secondary school to university, applicants are strongly encouraged to attempt to select courses with significant academic rigor in their final year of secondary school. In particular, for those intending on entering the sciences, the following prerequisite subjects should be completed during the grade 12 year: chemistry and advanced mathematics.
The following are helpful in determining eligibility:
- For borderline cases, SAT scores.
- School profiles (if available).
- Letters of recommendation from counselors or teachers.
Applicants who have successfully completed the IB Diploma with the appropriate prerequisite subjects will be considered for admission and may be awarded a maximum of 3.0 transfer credits for HL examinations completed at a minimum grade of 5. Applicants, who successfully complete an IB Certificate program with a minimum of six subjects including prerequisites, may also be considered for admission and transfer credit.
Applicants should note Math Studies (SL) cannot be used to meet mathematics prerequisite subject requirements. For information regarding course equivalencies applicants should contact the Admissions Office.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement courses may be used to determine admissibility and also granting of transfer credit or exemption. Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses as part of an appropriate secondary school credential, and who submit an examination grade of "4" on individual results may be eligible to receive university credit to a maximum of 2.0 Brock credits. An official AP transcript is required as part of the evaluation process.
This information pertains to international applicants who wish to transfer after partially completing or graduating from an internationally recognized and accredited university or college degree/diploma program.
- normally offer the equivalent of a minimum 60 percent overall average
- be in good academic standing
- be eligible to re-register at their previous institution.
Admission is not guaranteed by attainment of the minimum requirements as many programs require higher averages. For this reason applicants may wish to contact the Admissions Office via email@example.com prior to applying.
Brock University makes every effort to transfer credit for credit between universities, although applicants should be aware that not all transferred courses may ‘fit’ within the chosen program. Transfer averages at the previous university will be recorded on the transfer students' records to place those students on an equal basis with those who take their entire undergraduate program at Brock. The grades from other universities whose grading schemes differ from that of Brock University will be translated into equivalent Brock grades and admissibility and transfer credit assessed in these terms. Evaluation of all possible transfer credits available at the time of admission must be completed within one year of the date of admission to the University.
Evidence of prerequisites completed at an equivalent advanced secondary school level or university degree-level should be submitted as part of an official transcript.
College Diploma Transfers
Applicants who have completed a three-year diploma program with a cumulative average of 70 percent, or an average of 70 percent in the last two semesters of a three-year diploma program, will be considered for admission, and may be awarded up to five** credits. In some cases, where programs at the college and Brock are quite compatible, up to seven and a half credits may be awarded with the approval of the department. (**Five credits = one full-time year of study.)
Applicants who have completed two years of a three-year diploma program or graduates of a two-year program with a cumulative average of 70 percent will be considered for admission and may be awarded up to three credits. In cases where the programs at the college and Brock are quite compatible, up to 5 credits may be awarded with the approval of the department.
The awarding of transfer credit is based primarily upon:
- the compatibility of the previous college program with the Brock program;
- course content;
- grades achieved in courses.
Applicants, who have completed one year of a college program, may be considered for admission to first year with no transfer credits provided that an average of 75 percent has been achieved and the program is of an academic nature.
Grades from colleges will be translated into equivalent Brock University grades and admissibility and transfer credit assessed in these terms. Admission is not guaranteed by attainment of the minimum requirements as some programs require higher averages. For this reason applicants may wish to contact the Admissions Office prior to applying.
Evidence of prerequisites completed at an equivalent advanced secondary school level or college diploma-level should be submitted as part of an official transcript. These credits will be assessed and determined as equivalent at the discretion of Brock University.
English Language Proficiency
All applicants for whom English is a second language must submit evidence of English language Proficiency. For details regarding language requirements refer to www.brocku.ca/webcal/current/undergrad/admi.html.
IELP/Undergraduate Conditional Offers
Applicants who DO NOT meet our language requirements may apply for conditional entry to undergraduate studies via the IELP/Undergraduate Conditional Offer admissions process. Applicants may only apply via this route IF they meet the following conditions:
- DO NOT meet English language proficiency requirements
- Currently live outside of Canada
- Plan to study in Canada on a Study Permit.
For further details refer to the IELP/Undergraduate Conditional Offer page.