UBC recognizes these advanced secondary school programs for admission and for transfer credit.
Program requirements listed in Program Requirements for Canadian Secondary School Applicants will be applied to applicants, as appropriate, for the IB or AP curriculum presented for admission.
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.
IB Diploma students are required to complete all courses that are part of their IB Diploma. All courses will be considered as part of the overall assessment. UBC will focus on all IB HL and SL subject areas that fall into course categories relevant to the applicant’s intended area of study to form the core assessment. It is encouraged, but not necessary, to take IB courses to the HL level in subject areas related to the intended area of study. Ab Initio language courses and grades will be used in the overall and core assessments for students completing the full IB diploma.
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. Note that the equivalences are based upon whether the IB course is presented at the Standard Level (SL) or the Higher Level (HL). Also, special notation is made to recognize students who take IB Math Higher Level.
|IB SL Grade||IB HL Grade||IB HL Math Grade||% Equivalent|
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 you.ubc First Year Credit page.
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|
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 you.ubc First Year Credit page.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Courses Approved to Satisfy Pre-requisites
|Grade 12 Course||Advanced Placement Course||International Baccalaureate Course (Standard or Higher-Level)|
|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.