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International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate (IB) students are eligible for admission on the basis of successful completion of the IB Diploma. In addition, applicants must satisfy the admission criteria of the requested faculty by presenting the specific course requirements (see below). At least three subjects must be successfully completed at the Higher Level (HL), while the remaining three subjects may be successfully completed at the Standard Level (SL).

Completion of the IB Diploma with a score of 24 grants admission to UPEI. Applicants must satisfy the admission criteria of the requested faculty by presenting the specific course requirements identified for that Faculty. Grades below 3 are not accepted for admission assessment. 

Students who complete a Certificate or individual IB subjects may also be assessed for admission using each HL and SL subject being considered in meeting the Faculty-specific admission requirements. For applicants who complete both the IB subjects and senior matriculation/secondary school graduation requirements, admission will be based on the credential which is to the greatest advantage of the student.

Transfer Credit

UPEI awards a full year of credit (10 courses, each at 3 credit hours) for a completed IB Diploma with a minimum score of 28. Specific course credit for HL courses is awarded as outlined below. The balance of the credit required to bring the total to 10 three (3) credit hour course equivalents will be at the introductory unassigned elective level. Please note: Applicability of transfer credit awarded may vary depending on degree program sought. See also http://www.upei.ca/registrar/reg1(c) for regulations on 100-level courses.

To be awarded 10 three semester hour courses, students must achieve; a completed IB Diploma with an overall score of 28, 3 HL level subjects with grades in each subject of 4, unless otherwise noted, and above, 3 SL level subjects and satisfactory completion of the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and CAS. All courses used to meet specific admission requirements must be at a score of 3 or above.         

Specific higher level (HL) subjects completed with grades of 4, unless otherwise noted, or higher on the official IB (HL) exams within the International Baccalaureate program will be granted transfer credit.

IB (HL) Course: Equivalent UPEI Credit

Biology: BIO 131 and BIO 132
Chemistry: CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 (subject to confirmation by the Chemistry Program
Computer Science: CSC 151 and CSC 152
Economics: EC 101 and EC 102
English: A1 ENG 101 and ENG 192
English: B No Credit
Environmental Systems: ENV 198 and ENV 199
French: Assigned credit by placement
Geography: Unassigned First Year Electives
German: GERM 101 and GERM 102
History: HIST 198 and HIST 199
Latin: LAT 101 and LAT 102
Mathematics: MATH 191 and MATH 192
Music: MUS 198 and MUS 199
Philosophy: PHIL 101 and PHIL 102
Physics * (grade of 5): PHYS 111 and PHYS 112
Psychology: PSY 101 and PSY 102
Sociology: SOC 101 and SOC 102
Spanish: SPAN 101 and SPAN 102
Theatre: TST 198 and TST 199
Theory of Knowledge: PHIL 299 and 1 unassigned 2nd Year Elective
NOTE: Courses numbered 199 or 299 are unassigned credits in the noted subject area.

*Students presenting Physics with a grade of 4 may challenge for credit.

Each UPEI course is 3 credit hours

Credit for IB (HL) courses will only be assessed if presented on an official IB transcript. Please note that this table is provided as a guide, and transfer credits are assessed on an individual basis.

Degree specific admission requirements:

Arts: English, a Language or Social Studies and three other academic subjects
Business: English, Math, 2 Social Studies, Sciences or Languages, and one other academic subject
Science: Grade 12 Academic English, Grade 12 Academic Mathematics, 2 Grade 12 Academic Science subjects (acceptable subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Oceanography, Animal Science, Environmental Science) and one additional Grade 12 Academic course
Nursing: English, Math, Biology, Chemistry and one other academic subject 


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