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Costa Rica

Entry requirements

Find out which qualifications will be recognised in your Birkbeck application.


  • Applicants from Costa Rica who have completed the Bachillerato will normally require a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at the University. These offer the opportunity for guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.
  • Applicants who have completed the first year of a Bachiller or Licenciado with a grade of 8.0/10 will be considered for direct entry.
  • Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A-levels will be considered for direct admission to our undergraduate degree programmes. IB requirements range from 28 to 30, depending on the course.


  • To be considered for entry onto a Master's degree at Birkbeck, a student from Costa Rica must have completed a Bachiller or Licenciado with good grades from a registered university. For programmes requiring a 2:1, students must have achieved a final GPA of at least 8.0/10 or equivalent; for programmes requiring a 2:2, a final GPA of at least 7.5/10 is required.
  • If you do not meet these criteria, you can apply for Birkbeck’s International Foundation Programme, which acts as a bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study, preparing students to study a Master’s degree in the UK. There are progression pathways onto various courses at Birkbeck.
  • Another option is the Master's Foundation programme, which is available for two- or three-term progression onto a wide range of Master’s degrees at Birkbeck.

Research degrees 

  • To be considered for entry onto a research degree, applicants from Costa Rica will normally be required to have successfully completed a Master's degree (Maestria degree); a Licenciatura with good grades can be considered at the discretion of the department.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

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