Venezuela | International Credentials Equivalencies

Minimum GPA
7/9 or 15/20 or 4/5
B Plus GPA
7.5/9 or 16/20 or 4.3/5
Instruction Languages
Bachelors Equiv.
Licentiatura or professional title requiring four years of study
Masters Equiv.
Grad Sample
Magister, Doctor
First Degree Sample
Licenciatura, professional title (e.g., Ingeniero)
Grading System

There are three scales:
The 9-point scale and 0 – 20, with a pass mark of 10.

9 Excellent 91-100% excelente excellent 16-20 A
8 Outstanding 81-90% sobresaliente outstanding 13-15 B
7 Very Good 71-80% distinguido very good 10-12 C
6 Good 61-70% bueno good 1-9 F
5 Average 50-60% satisfactorio average 1-4 Failure
1-49% deficiente failure

Grading Scale at Simon Bolivar:
4.0 – 5.0 Excellent
3.3 – 3.9 Good
3.0 – 3.2 Fair
2.8 – 2.9 Poor
1.0 – 2.7 Fail

Recognized Universities

Universidad Central de Venezuela
Universidad Catolica Andres Bello
Universidad Centre Occidental ‘Lisandro Alveredo’
Universidad Metropolitana
Universidad de Carabobo
Universidad de Los Andes
Universidad de Oriente
Universidad del Zulia
Universidad Santa María
Universisdad Simon Bolivar

Notes for Venezuela

Bachillerado is a high school credential that is required for admission to university. Students must also take an academic aptitude test. Pre-university education is 11 years duration.

The system is highly centralised and all education institutions at all levels, whether public or private, must be registered with the Ministry and follow its guidelines and curricula.
The degree of autonomy enjoyed by institutions of higher education varies significantly according to how they are categorised. The `national autonomous universities` are the oldest and most prestigious, and enjoy a large measure of academic, administrative and financial autonomy; the `national experimental universities` are also in practice autonomous institutions. Private universities are obliged to adhere to a number of guidelines established by the Ministry of Education and the National Council of Universities. University institutes and colleges have considerably less autonomy than public universities.

Last modified: June 13, 2019