International Baccalaureate (IB) Students


Start With IB

We love IB students! We recognize your achievements in taking an academically rigorous program, and we want to see you continue your studies here.

Why UAlberta?

As a top-tiered, research-based institution, we provide the kind of academically focused environment in which IB students can thrive. As a motivated and inquisitive student, you can customize your degree to tailor it to your interests and pursue your passions. From undergraduate research opportunities, to Honors and certificate programs, to co-ops and internships, your university experience will be what you make of it!

Learn more about how the U of A recognizes IB grades and achievements! Watch the video »

Special Events for IB Students

  • Open House - Start your Open House experience, with this exclusive breakfast for AP and IB students. During breakfast you will speak to current UAlberta students, sign up for Open House workshops & campus tours and hear from Lisa Collins, the Vice-Provost and University Registrar. Note: This event is by invitation and requires registration in order to attend.
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  • URI Research Symposium - In March, our Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) hosts a campus-wide Festival of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities, and welcomes AP and IB students to attend events highlighting undergraduate research opportunities at the U of A. In your first year of university you can participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium by presenting research you completed as part of your IB program!
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  • UAlberta Day Trip - Grade 11 IB students from the Calgary area are invited to visit North Campus via complimentary shuttle service provided by Red Arrow’s ebus. Join us to explore what the University of Alberta has to offer!
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Admission for IB Students

Dual Admission

If you are completing IB exams in conjunction with your high school curriculum, we will use the higher of either your IB score or high school grade for admission. For example, if you present both IB English and English 30-1, we will use the higher of the two English grades when calculating your admission average required for your program. You are not at a disadvantage for choosing to write an IB exam.

See the Alberta high school equivalents chart for more information on which IB courses may be used on your application for admission.

IB Grade Conversion Scale

To calculate an admission average using your IB results, we will convert your scores into percentages:

IB Result Percent Equivalent
7 98%
6 90%
5 82%
4 73%
3 55%
2 or 1 Not accepted for admission

Admission for Diploma Candidates

The University of Alberta offers full IB Diploma candidates admission, based on predicted grades, to all direct-entry faculties.

To be considered for admission through this process, you need to:

  1. Apply to the University of Alberta.
  2. Present six IB courses (five of which need to be the required subjects for your program).
  3. Present a competitive diploma score with no grade less than four. Competitive scores in previous years range from 30-35 points (including additional points) depending on your program. Please refer to last year's competitive diploma scores chart for more information.
  4. Have your IB Coordinator complete and authenticate the Admission Based on Predicted Total Grades form after March 1.
  5. Have your IB Coordinator submit your predicted scores to the University of Alberta.


Regardless of whether you are eligible for transfer credit, you must submit a final and official IB transcript by the due date posted on Bear Tracks. Ask your IB coordinator to request that your transcript be sent directly to the University of Alberta, or contact IBO directly.

Note for International Students

A predicted grade of 5 or higher in English A: Literature or English A: Language and Literature or a grade of 6 or higher on English B can be used to meet the English Language Proficiency requirement. For information or advising services for IB students from out of Canada, please see Study in Canada - International Baccalaureate.

Advanced Standing

If you achieve a final IB grade of 6 or higher, you can receive Advanced Standing at the U of A through:

  • Transfer credit
  • Advanced placement
  • Credit by special assessment (CSA)

The IB Advanced Standing Presentation provides more detailed information about this recognition, how to check your credit assessment, and transfer credit considerations. You can find the university-level equivalents for specific IB courses outlined in the IB Advanced Standing Chart.

Transfer Credit and Professional Programs

If you are planning to apply to a program that requires pre-professional study such as Business or Dentistry, your IB transfer credit may help you meet the program prerequisites. Some programs will even use your IB grade when calculating a prerequisite average.*

For example, if you achieve a score of 6 or 7 in Chemistry (HL), you will receive transfer credit for CHEM 101 (★3), which is a prerequisite course for many professional programs such as Dentistry and Pharmacy. Earning transfer credit means that you are not required to retake these classes in university, which can free up time in your schedule and save money. 

*Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Science, and Radiation Therapy will factor in your IB scores when calculating your prerequisite admission average. An IB grade of 7 will be equated to a 4.0 and an IB grade of 6 will be equated to a 3.7 on the UAlberta four-point grading scale.

Declining Transfer Credit

While we encourage students to retain the transfer credit they have earned, you do have the option to decline it at the time of admission. You are responsible for initiating the process to decline transfer credit and can do so on a course-by-course basis. Please carefully read the following step-by-step instructions to complete this process:

  1. Send in your official IBO transcripts by the August 1 document deadline. You must send in your official transcripts, even if you plan on declining transfer credit.
  2. Check to see what credit you have earned. The University of Alberta will automatically award the transfer credit for which you qualify and post a transfer credit assessment in Bear Tracks around mid-August.
  3. Download the Decline IB Transfer Credit Form and return it to your faculty by the course registration deadline (September 15, 2016). This deadline is firm and forms submitted beyond this date will not be considered.
  4. Remember that it is your responsibility to ensure your registration accurately reflects your transfer credit status. In other words, you must make sure you are not retaking a course for which you have already earned credit. If you wish to retake a course at University of Alberta, you must first decline the transfer credit.
  5. Check for your revised transfer credit report in Bear Tracks approximately 14 business days following submission of the form.
Important: If you decline your IB credit, the credit cannot be reinstated at any point during your University career. Declined IB credit cannot be used for admission to a professional program of study at the University of Alberta.

Potential reasons to consider declining transfer credit:

  1. If you are applying to Engineering. Please refer to the IB Advanced Standing Presentation for detailed information.
  2. If you have earned more than ★24 transfer credits, as this will impact applications for University of Alberta scholarships. 
  3. If you feel that you do not have a solid grasp on the material and that it would be beneficial to retake the course.


If you have questions about special events, admissions or transfer credit, or need advice on the range of programs and courses available, please email us at