Why Do Universities Recognize the IB Diploma Program?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is different from other pre-university courses or assessments in that it is a comprehensive, integrated programme that emphasizes international perspectives and fosters the development of skills and attributes to prepare students for university and life.

Earning College Credit

The IB works with universities in nearly 140 countries to promote broader recognition of the Diploma Programme for the 120,000 Diploma Programme graduates entering university each year.

A student's ability to earn college credit is based on his/her performance in each individual IB class. A student can earn a 1-7 in each IB course. Each college or university will determine for itself how much credit a student can receive for each course and what score is required to receive that credit.

A fulltime IB Diploma student DOES have the potential to earn a year of college credit for the work he/she does in high school!

How Do I Find Out How to Earn Credit at a Particular College/University?

Most colleges and universitites around the world have established criteria for earning credit while in high school. Students and parents can usually go to the college or university's website and simply type "IB credit" into the search field in order to find the institution's policy.