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Applicants with International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Courses

UBC recognizes these advanced secondary school programs for admission and for transfer credit.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Students

For students who complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, admission to the University will require a minimum of 24 points including bonus points. Due to limited enrolment, a higher score will be required for admission to most programs.

A minimum final grade of "3" in IB English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher Level) is required for all programs.

International Baccalaureate Certificate Students

International Baccalaureate certificate courses may be combined with an approved high school credential for the purpose of admission.

For students who present International Baccalaureate certificate courses, the admission average will be calculated on the higher of either the official IB final score or the final school grade. In those cases where an IB score is not available at the time of admission selection, the course grade will be used.

The grade conversion scale that will be used to determine admission based on official IB results is as follows:

IB Grade % Equivalent
7 96
6 90
5 86
4 76
3 70

International Baccalaureate Transfer Credit

Credit for equivalent first-year UBC courses will be awarded to students who achieve a grade of at least 5 in Higher Level IB Arts courses and 6 in Higher Level IB Science courses. Select Standard Level IB courses may also be awarded credit. Details are provided at Admissions.

Advanced Placement Students

Advanced Placement (AP) courses may be combined with an approved high school credential for the purpose of admission.

For students who present Advanced Placement courses, the admission average will be calculated on the higher of either the final AP exam score or the final school grade. In those cases where an AP examination grade is not available at the time of admission selection, the course grade will be used.

The grade conversion scale that will be used to determine admission based on official AP results is as follows:

AP Grade % Equivalent
5 96
4 86
3 80
2 70

Advanced Placement Transfer Credit

Credit for equivalent first-year UBC courses will be awarded to students who achieve a grade of 4 or better on the appropriate AP course. Details are available at Admissions.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Courses Approved to Satisfy Pre-requisites

Grade 12 Course Advanced Placement Course International Baccalaureate Course (Standard or Higher-Level)
Biology 12 Biology Biology
Chemistry 12 General Chemistry Chemistry
English 12 English Language and Composition English Language A
Physics 12 Physics (B or C) Physics
Principles of Mathematics 121 Mathematics2
1 One of AP Calculus (AB or BC) or the UBC-SFU-UVIC-UNBC Calculus Examination Certificate may be used as an elective course (in addition to Principles of Mathematics 12).
2 IB Math Studies does not satisfy the pre-requisite of Principles of Mathematics 12.

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