IB Students

While IB final exams have been cancelled or altered due to COVID-19, the university will accept an official transcript issued by the International Baccalaureate Organization as equivalent to a final transcript issued in previous years for the purposes of awarding transfer credit. View additional details on our FAQ page.

Kinesiology student Nathan Lentz at U of Alberta Wilson Climbing Centre

Start with IB

Nathan took partial International Baccalaureate classes in high school before pursuing Kinesiology at the U of A. He is a volunteer for the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic (GSSMC) and primary investigator for his own research project in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation.

We Love IB Students

We recognize your achievements in taking an academically rigorous program, and we want to see you continue your studies here at the University of Alberta.

You'll love it here

As a top-tiered, research-based institution, we provide the kind of academically focused environment in which IB students can thrive. From undergraduate research opportunities, to honors and certificate programs, to co-ops and internships, you can pursue your academic interests and find your passion here!

How We Recognize IB Coursework

Advanced Standing (transfer credit)
If you achieve a final IB grade of 6 or higher, you can receive advanced standing and bypass certain courses.

IB equivalents - university courses
Find out what IB courses you can get transfer credit for.

IB equivalents - high school courses
Find out the IB equivalent of Alberta high school courses.

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.

Out-of-province students

See the IB equivalency chart for more information on which IB high school courses from your province may be used on your application for admission.
Students hanging out in Quad, studying at picnic tables

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 4. Competitive scores in previous years range from 30-35 points (including additional points) depending on your program.
  4. Have your IB Coordinator submit your predicted scores to the University of Alberta. The Predicted Grades Forms will be accepted between March 1 and April 30.

IB Transcripts

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.

Special Events for IB Students

Open House Breakfast

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 and campus tours, and hear from the Vice-Provost and University Registrar. By invitation only; registration required.

Research Symposium

In March the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) at the University of Alberta 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.

UAlberta Day Trip (Calgary students)

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!