Costa Rica | International Credentials Equivalencies

Minimum GPA
80/100, 8/10, Very Good
B Plus GPA
85/100, 8.5/100
Instruction Languages
Bachelors Equiv.
* Bachiller, Bachillerato Universitario, Licenciado, Titulo
Masters Equiv.
Grad Sample
First Degree Sample
Bachiller, Bachillerato Universitario, Licenciado, Titulo
Grading System

The Grading Scale may be:
0-10 with 7 as a minimum pass mark or
0-100 with 65 as a minimum pass mark

Grading Scale Suggested Equivalency
9-10 90-100 A
8 80-89 B
7 70-79 C
0-6 0-69 F

Recognized Universities

Universidad Technologica de Costa Rica
Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenanza
Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas
Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion Publica
Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica
Universidad ‘Fidelitas’
Universidad ‘Florencio del Castillo’
Universidad ‘Isaac Newton’
Universidad ‘Juan Pablo II’
Universidad ‘San Juan de la Cruz’
Universidad ‘Santa Lucia’
Universidad ‘Santa Paula’
Universidad Adventista de Centroamerica
Universidad Alma Mater
Universidad Americana
Universidad Autonoma de Centro America
Universidad Autonoma de Monterrey
Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana
Universidad Braulio Carrillo
Universidad Catolica de Costa Rica ‘Anselmo Llorente y Lafuente’
Universidad Central
Universidad Centroamericana de Ciencias Empresariales
Universidad Centroamericana de Ciencias Sociales
Universidad Continental de las Ciencias y el Arte
Universidad Creativa
Universidad Cristiana del Sur
Universidad Cristiana Internacional
Universidad de Ciencias Medicas
Universidad de Costa Rica
Universidad de Iberoamerica
Universidad de La Salle
Universidad de las Ciencias y el Arte de Costa Rica
Universidad de San Jose
Universidad del Diseno
Universidad del Turismo
Universidad del Valle
Universidad EARTH
Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica
Universidad en Ciencias Administrativas ‘San Marcos’
Universidad Escuela Libre de Derecho
Universidad Estatal a Distancia
Universidad Evangelica de las Americas
Universidad Federada de Costa Rica
Universidad Hispanoamericana
Universidad Independiente de Costa Rica
Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica
Universidad Internacional ‘San Isidro Labrador’
Universidad Internacional de las Americas
Universidad Latina de Costa Rica
Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia
Universidad Libre de Costa Rica
Universidad Magister
Universidad Metodista
Universidad Metropolitana Castro Carazo
Universidad Nacional
Universidad Panamericana de San Jose
Universidad para la Cooperacion Internacional
Universidad para le Paz
Universidad Tecnologica Costarricense
Universidad Veritas

Notes for Costa Rica

The Bachillerato Universitario is awarded after four or five years of study and the accumulation of between 120 and 144 credits. This type of qualification does not usually require the completion of a dissertation.

The Licenciatura may either be awarded following the Bachillerato Universitario or it may be a single qualification with entrance based on the Título de Bachiller or equivalent. This depends on whether a Bachillerato Universitario is available in the field of study. A minimum total of 150 credits are required for the Licenciatura, including the credits obtained for the Bachillerato Universitario if this has been studied. This qualification requires the completion of a dissertation and is more specialised than the Bachillerato Universitario.

A Maestría is awarded after a minimum of two years study following a Bachillerato Universitario and requires the completion of 60-72 credits. For some Maestría courses, students may be required to complete some preparatory modules which do not form part of the Maestría course. If a student has completed a Licenciatura prior to entry, they may be exempted from some of the preparatory courses at institutional discretion, but the Licenciatura does not give any advanced standing onto the Maestría course.

There are two types of Maestría: the Maestría Académica in academic fields and the Maestría Profesional in professional fields. For both types of course students must have a working knowledge of a foreign language.

The Maestría Académica is a research based course and at least 30 credits must be spent on research work. The course content will vary according to each student, as there are not necessarily any compulsory modules. At the end of the course students must present and defend their thesis in front of a panel.

The Maestría Profesional is based on taught courses and at least 40 credits must be spent studying taught modules. The independent study part of the course may take the form of case studies, work placements or other activities and at the end of course students must present a report.

Last modified: October 18, 2019