IB Students

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IB Students Excel Here

We know you are going places, and the University of Alberta is going to get you there. As a top-tier research-based institution, we provide the kind of academically-focused environment in which International Baccalaureate (IB) students can thrive.

But you don't have to take our word for it. Hear from one of our current U of A students who participated in the IB program!

A+ Rewards for an A+ Student

You did the work — taking IB has its perks! We recognize your achievements in taking an academically rigorous program, and we want to see you continue your studies here.

Advanced Standing

If you achieve a final IB grade of 6 or higher, you can receive advanced standing and bypass certain courses by one of the following means: 

  • Transfer Credit: Receive university‑level transfer credit for IB work completed in high school. This means you will have the option not to take that course in university.
  • Advanced Placement: Register in a senior-level course without taking the junior-level course first.
  • Credit by Special Assessment (CSA): Enables you to challenge a university course for credit by writing a special exam. Administered by our faculties directly.

Ready for Research

Many IB students like to dive into research opportunities — even while still in high school. The Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (FURCA) invites IB students to present their research, receive constructive feedback and network with current U of A students who are involved in exciting research across all disciplines.

Start with a Scholarship

The U of A administers over $46 million in undergraduate financial support every year. Historically, more than half of eligible IB students receive a scholarship offer. Learn more and view all entrance awards at uab.ca/awards.

  • Enriched Scholar Scholarship: As an IB student, you may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 as recognition for your achievements in an academically rigorous program.

Admission for IB Students

Dual-Admission Advantage

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!

IB Grade Conversion Scale

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

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

Alberta High School Equivalences

See the IB Equivalency Chart for more information on which IB high school courses may be used on your application.

Admission for Diploma Candidates

The U of A 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 4. Previous competitive scores range from 30-37 points depending on your program. 
  4. Have your IB Coordinator submit a Predicted Grades Form between March 1 and April 30.

IB Transcripts

All IB students are required to submit a final and official IB transcript by August 1. Ask your IB Coordinator to request your transcript be sent directly to the U of A, or contact IB


How do I know if my IB course will fulfill the admission requirements of my program?
First identify which of the five courses are required for your program of interest by visiting the Program Tool. Then, using the Alberta High School Courses Equivalents for IB chart, you can determine what the Alberta course equivalent is for the IB course you are taking. From there, assess whether you have the necessary coursework to fulfill the admission requirements.
How do I self report my marks as an IB student on my U of A application?
Once you identify you are an IB/enriched curricula student on your application, we will ask you to self report both your IB final marks and provincial final marks. You will receive a 1-7 score on your IB exam. Take this score and convert it to a percentage equivalent using the conversion chart provided on the self-report page of the application. For your provincial mark, list the final course mark that shows on your provincial transcript. Using our Dual Admission process, we will use the higher of the two grade percentages.
Can I use 35 level IB coursework for admission to the U of A?
For the purposes of U of A admission, all 35 level IB coursework is deemed not equivalent to 30 level provincial coursework. 35 level courses will be equated to a 20-level for admission purposes. In the absence of a final 30 level course (ie. the course is in progress or you are planning to take), we would take the higher of the 35 or 20 level. However, 30 level courses always take precedence over 35 or 20 level courses and are required for all U of A programs.
What do I self report on my application if I have not yet completed the course and/or written the IB exam at the time of application?
Under “Course Status”, list the course as “In Progress” (if you are currently taking) or “Planning to Take” (if you are taking the course in the following semester(s)). If you have your final provincial mark, but have not yet written the IB exam, list your final provincial grade on your application.
How do I accept or decline my IB transfer credit?
If you are awarded transfer credit, you do not need to accept it as this is an automatic process. It will be applied to your Beartracks account in late summer/early fall. Should you wish to decline transfer credit, you need to initiate the process by submitting an IB Decline Transfer Credit form.
How do I know if my course is eligible for transfer credit? Will I be awarded a specific grade?
All IB courses eligible for transfer credit can be found on our IB Transfer Credit webpage. If you are awarded transfer credit, you will not be assigned a specific grade for that course, nor will an IB grade appear on your U of A transcript. U of A transcripts will simply reflect credit already achieved towards a degree. For example, transfer credit earned for IB Biology (HL) will show as ★3 BIOL 107 credits towards a U of A degree.