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UMass Boston Navitas Global Student Success Program

Undergraduate UMass Boston Navitas GSSP

To enter the Undergraduate UMass Boston Navitas GSSP students must meet both the academic and English language requirements.  

Please visit the relevant "Program" page for additional and/or specific entry criteria relevant to your application.

Academic Requirements

This table is a guide for eligibility for the Undergraduate UMass Boston Navitas GSSP. Meeting the minimum application entry requirements does not guarantee admission. Your complete application will be reviewed to determine if you qualify. Final assessment is based on full GPA evaluation; an equivalent of a U.S. GPA of 2.0 (or above) and proof of high school completion are required. Students are required to submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended beyond high school whether seeking to transfer credit or not. This information is correct as of September 2018 and is subject to change without notice. UMass Boston Navitas GSSP reserves the right to request additional documentation, if necessary. For countries not listed, please contact

Country Undergraduate UMass Boston Navitas GSSP requirements


Bachiller with a 6/10


Year 12 with a C or 50% average or higher


Tawjahiya Secondary School Certificate with a 50% average or higher


Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with a 40% average


Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education with a 2nd Class, 2nd Division or C average


Brazilian Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Certificado de Ensino Médio) with a 5/10


Third class honors (C) or see GCE O-Level criteria


Successful completion of Diploma of Upper Secondary with a minimum of 5 passes and an overall grade C average


Successful completion of grade 12 with 60% average


Licencia de Educación Media (academic) with 4 or higher


Upper Middle School Graduation Certificate with a 70% average or higher


Título de Bachiller 6 or higher 


Bachiller with a 6/10


General Secondary Education Certificate with a 65% average or Good


Fiji School Leaving Certificate (Form 6) with a 6 average


Baccalauréat with an overall score of 10 OR see International Baccalaureate


Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination with D average or Credit

Hong Kong

HKCEE (Form 5) - D or higher in 5 subjects; HKDSE - Minimum level 2 in 4 academic units


All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CSBE /CISCE) with C2 (6 pass with credit) or higher in 3 academic subjects


SKHUN with an average of 56%


Peesh-daneshgahii (High School Diploma) with 12 average or higher


Teudat Bagrut with 55% average or better 


Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with a 3.0 GPA


Tawjihi (Academic) General Secondary Education Certificate with 60% average grade


Successful completion of Attestat with 3.0 GPA


Successful completion of KCSE with a minimum of 5 passes and an overall grade C average, including a D in English (for approved English entry)


Shahadat Al-Thanawiya-Al-A’ama (Secondary School Diploma) with a 60% average grade


Baccalaureat II with a score of 10


See criteria for China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or GCE


SPM with C6 or higher in 5 subjects


See GCE criteria


Bachelor's degree in the range of 11-12 or 15/16 grade


Certificado de Bachillerato with a 6.0 average or better 


School Leaving Certificate (Gerchilgee) with 4.0 (C) Average or higher


Basic Education Standard Exam Diploma (Academic and Vocational) with a 3 or 40% average or higher


Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 35% (third division) or higher


Completion of SSCE (WAEC/NECO) minimum of 5 passes and an overall average of C6 or equivalent, including a D7 at English (for English entry) OR see GCE O Level


Thanawiya Amma (General Secondary School Certificate) with 65% average or better


Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 40%/Pass minimum score


Diploma de Bachiller with a 71% or better


Bachillerato Académic with 11 or better


High School Diploma with 75% (Grade C) or better


Al-Thanawiya Aama Qatari with 80% average or better


Attestat o srednem (polnom) obschem obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) with a 3.0 average or higher

Saudi Arabia

Senior Certificate with Matriculation with D average or matriculation endorsement with 50-59%

South Korea

Inmungye Kodung Hakkyo (High School Certificate) with a 70% average (Mi) or higher or Rank 6 or less


Bachelor’s degree in the range of 48%-50%

South Africa

Bachelor’s degree in the range of 58%-60%

South Korea

Inmungye Kodung Hakkyo (High School Certificate) with Rank 6 average

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka A Levels with S grade (Ordinary Pass) in 3 subjects or 45%


Avgångsbetyg with G grade (Godkand) in 3 subjects


Senior High School Graduation Certificate with a C (60%) average or higher


Certificate of Secondary Education with minimum E/5 average


Matayom 6 with 60% average or higher


Tawjihiyya (General Secondary Education Certificate) with a 70% average or higher


Attestat with Grade 4 or higher on the 12 point scale or Attestat with Grade 3 or higher on the 5 point scale

United Kingdom

See GCE criteria


High school diploma and transcripts with cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above


Completion of Bằng Tốt Nghiệp Trung Học Phổ Thông with a minimum score of 5 

West African School Certificate

Completion with a 6 or better in a minimu 5 subjects


Zambian School Certificate Examination with 6 or higher average or see GCE O Level requirements


5 passes and an overall grade C average in Zimsec O Level/Cambridge School Certificate (CSC) or SEE GCE O Level requirements


Other Accepted Qualifications

IB Curriculum

Completion with an overall 22 or an IB Score 3.5

GCE/GCSE - O and A Level O Levels – Completion with an D or 7 in a minimum 5 subjects
A Levels – Completion with passes in 3 academic subjects

**US passport / green card holders are not eligible for UMass Boston Navitas GSSP.
*** UMass Boston Navitas GSSP programs are not available to some ESL students in the greater Boston area.
****Engineering programs (Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering) have the following requirements:

  • Minimum B average in math subjects
  • Minimum B in Calculus (or equivalent course)
  • Overall GPA of 2.75

English Language Requirements

International students must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency before being admitted to a course. This can be done by obtaining one of the results shown in the table below.

English Language Requirements by program
English language qualification* Undergraduate UMass Boston Navitas GSSP: 2 Semesters Undergraduate UMass Boston Navitas GSSP: 3 Semesters Undergraduate UMass Boston Navitas GSSP: 3 Semesters with Academic English ESL





4.5 or lower





49 or lower

Versant **















* English test results must be no more than two years old for entry to the UMass Boston Navitas GSSP.

** Students can retake the test not earlier than 4 weeks after the last test. Students can be exempt from submission of English proficiency test for undergraduate degree if they completed at least 1 year at school where the language of instruction is English or completed school with an American, Canadian or British International curriculum.

Undergraduate UMass Boston Navitas GSSP: 3 Semesters with Academic English

If your English test scores meet the requirements for the Undergraduate UMass Boston Navitas GSSP: 3 Semesters with Academic English you may begin your Undergraduate UMass Boston Navitas GSSP with the addition of Intensive English in the first semester of study.

Do not meet the English requirements?

If you don't meet the minimum English language requirement for Undergraduate UMass Boston Navitas GSSP: 3 Semesters with Academic English or for Undergraduate UMass Boston Navitas GSSP, you can enroll in a preparation course at UMass Boston to improve your language proficiency. The University Preparation English Program will assist you in improving your English language proficiency prior to starting at UMass Boston Navitas GSSP.

Intensive English Program

Coursework will include intensive practice of the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition to assigned readings and exercises, oral presentation and writing projects will be used to enhance the learning. Computer lab time is scheduled, and students are offered basic instruction in creating presentations and research.

University Preparation Program

The University Preparation Program prepares students for successful study at American colleges and universities.

Participants experience an integrated program focused on instruction in university study skills, academic writing, and content-based course work typical of an American university classroom. Computer lab time is scheduled, and students are offered instruction in creating presentations and research.

Students continuing studies with UMass Boston Navitas GSSP will not be required to take a TOEFL or English test.

Class Meetings

Undergraduate UMass Boston Navitas GSSP classes take place Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 8:00pm, for a total of 20-24 hours per week. Participants are placed in classes appropriate to their level of proficiency after initial assessment and orientation sessions.

Assessment and Course Placement Testing

To ensure that students are placed in appropriate courses and levels, they must attend an assessment session. The session consists of several types of tests: grammar, listening and reading comprehension, and a writing sample. There is also an interview with a program instructor.

The assessment process is comprehensive. Tests are completed over the first few days of the semester, and take place in conjunction with a variety of classroom and orientation activities. Formal classes begin only after the orientation period.

Age requirements

UMass Boston Navitas GSSP accepts students 17 years of age at the start of the program and on a case by case basis we can consider a student that is 16 years of age.

Students under 18 years of age must have parental/guardian consent to attend UMass Boston Navitas GSSP. Application forms must be signed by a parent/guardian.

Students under 18 years of age must be in accommodation that is deemed acceptable by their parent/guardian and UMass Boston Navitas GSSP. All students under age 18 who come to study and who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian must be cared for by a responsible adult. UMass Boston Navitas GSSP strongly recommends homestay for underage students.

Credit transfer

Students with academic credits earned from postsecondary study outside of UMass Boston may transfer up to 18 credits towards their UMass Boston undergraduate degree, as determined by UMass Boston on a case-by-case basis. Students with more than 18 transferrable credits are not eligible for UMass Boston Navitas GSSP.

This school is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

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