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What can I do to bridge my current level of education, as a high school student, to the standards of international universities for English literature and history ?

I live in a country where most matriculation certificates are bought and therefore are not accepted in international institutions. Is there any way that I can bridge the gap between my current level of education and the required qualifications of international schools?

Thank you comment icon I'll make this short. First, I have never been confronted with a situation like this and therefore I do not have much in the way of advice to offer. But! Karin's answer appears to be extremely useful. I would start with that. And then follow with Michelle's. In addition, I would put together a complete record of your educational background. Educational institutions attended/dates. Courses taken. Describe course content. List books, handouts, examinations and so forth. Teacher names. Provide a complete list for each institution. The more detail the batter. Once that is accomplished, have someone look it over and comment. Others may have suggestions for additional information. This is work. But at this point, you're behind the curve. Jerry Tingstad

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Jeff’s Answer

Hey Jessica,

I completely understand your concern. The best advice I can offer you at this time is to pursue any program that offers any level of credibility. International Foundation Programs, Language Proficiency Exams, and Standardized Tests come to mind as evidence to anyone's education and credibility!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much! Jessica
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Jessica !

If non-accredited or false diplomas are common and known of by other countries' academia, there are some things that you can think about doing to not have foreign colleges question your academic credentials. Please know that this said practice should not make you hesitate to plan your dream of studying in a foreign country and pursuing Literature and History in a different country.

The obvious first thing is to be at an accredited high school and explore what courses you should take for your future college major. Realize that the people who may encounter problems of their certificates not being legitimate are the ones who bought their certificates and you are not doing that. A college doesn't automatically reject an application and documents because it came from your country. There are ways that staff at colleges can verify everything about a persons' application if they need to. If you do everything honestly, and you are, you should have nothing to worry about.

If you are concerned, you can obtain your high school transcripts before or after graduation and have the principal verify it. In the U.S. , this would be your principal signing it in front of a notary public. At least you will make some attempt but that doesn't authorize it.

It may ease your mind to know that bogus credentials and certificates have a database so any college staff could possibly look it up from a database in whichever country you study in. The ones that will be rejected are the ones that they find to be false, not official transcripts and certificates from real schools that you've studied at would be fine. The people you've heard about being rejected just got caught. You're doing it the honest way, so there should be nothing to worry about.

Sometimes, admissions requirements from students in other countries can be different from in-country students. Decide which country and college you may want to apply to and look up their requirements, documentation needed, for foreign students. That could be a clue to exactly what you will need to do to apply.

I hope that this is helpful in alleviating some of the worry about your certificate and studying in a foreign country. I think you will be fine and I wish you all the best !
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for your advice, I'll be sure to remember it! Jessica
Thank you comment icon You are very welcome, Jessica ! Michelle M.
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Karin’s Answer

Hi Jessica,

Which foreign credentials are accepted in the UK depends on the university where you want to study and the course. Oxford might not accept a South African NCS, however, most other universities do (with conditions). I have attached the admission requirements for a few universities as examples. Please check the relevant admission information for the university you plan to attend and talk to the admission people. As a student from South Africa, you may have to do a foundational year.

I hope this helps! Good luck!

KP

Karin recommends the following next steps:

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/your-country/south-africa
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/country/south-africa#EntryRequirementsTab
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/entry-requirements/south-africa
https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/international-students/international-entry-requirements
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice! Jessica
Thank you comment icon You are very welcome! Karin P.
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