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Assessing International Grades for Postgraduate Scholarships

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Below are some general guidelines to help with International GPA conversions.

  • World Education Service provides an online grade conversion guide which translates grades from a wide range of countries into equivalent US grades. This can be useful for prospective students and staff in determining whether an applicant may be likely to receive an Otago postgraduate scholarship.
  • As a general rule, most successful scholarship applicants will have most relevant grades and/or a grade average in the US equivalent A range.
  • If an applicant’s qualifying degree is at undergraduate level or postgraduate level below a master’s degree, we recommend looking mainly at the last year of study. If the applicant’s qualifying degree is a master’s degree or equivalent, we recommend looking at all papers.
  • Note that the grade conversion should be treated as indicative only. For qualifications older than ten years, subsequent experience is also very important, and the grade can be discounted somewhat.
  • If a thesis is ungraded, a scholarship application would usually require a reference about the quality and/or a class ranking.

International applicants and staff may also wish to refer to the English language requirements for postgraduate study at Otago.