Bachelor’s Degree Equivalence for International Applicants

In most cases, the bachelor’s degree must include the number of credits associated with four years of post-secondary academic study. In recognition of reforms initiated by the Bologna Process, degrees from participating institutions in countries that have fully implemented the Bologna Process* may be considered equivalent for admission evaluation. The Graduate School is undertaking a pilot study that will recognize three-year baccalaureate degrees from these countries* as an equivalent bachelor’s degree. Three-year degrees from other Bologna signatory countries may be considered on a case-by-case basis. In addition to supplying all other application documents required by USF, applicants with three-year Bologna degrees must include an official diploma certificate and diploma supplement (in English) from the degree granting institution

*USF recognizes 3-year baccalaureate degrees from countries where the Bologna Process has been fully implemented, including the use of nationally established qualification frameworks, use of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), and issuing of diploma supplements. The following countries meet these criteria: Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom.