International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement: what you need to do next

International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement: what you need to do next

One question we hear often this time of year is, “What should I do if I have AP or IB credit, and how will that affect which courses I register for?”

Send us your scores

Well, the answer is quite simple: send us your scores. You’ll need to arrange for your scores to be sent from CollegeBoard or the IBO to UBC in order for us to evaluate your transfer credit. We know that these scores typically aren’t available until early July, so in the meantime, you should plan on enrolling in first-year courses. Once UBC has received your scores and updated your academic history, you can then log into the Student Service Centre and drop your first-year course(s), and then register in the corresponding second-year course(s). That’s it!

Minimum scores needed to receive transfer credit

For information about minimum scores required to receive transfer credit, please refer to our guides for Advanced Placement first-year credit and International Baccalaureate first-year credit. In the meantime, if you have questions about degree planning, you should contact an academic advisor in your program on the Vancouver campus or the Okanagan campus.

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  1. Hi , If I am graduation from French IB , what will be the equivalence for admission consideration. English IB and French IB are on different scale.

    1. Hi Hannah,

      If you are referring to the International Baccalaureate taught in French, the point requirements are the same as the International Baccalaureate taught in English. That said, you will need to meet the English Language requirement outlined here:

      If you are referring to the French Baccalaureate, you can find the admissions requirements listed here:

      I hope this helps clarify. Sincerely,

  2. hi,there i am current studying IB program, my first year score was 32, and i will have my final score on july 2018, this is after application deadline for fall term 2018, should i wait for the next year to apply?
    thanks alot

    1. Hi Jay,

      The application to begin studies at UBC in September 2018 is expected to be open from early September of this year until mid-January of 2018. You are welcome to apply during this application period to start at UBC in September 2018 and we will ask for your anticipated IB grades as part of our evaluation process. Should you receive an offer of admission, you will be expected to maintain your academic performance into your final IB scores before beginning at UBC in September.



  3. Hi, Just wanted to know that if a scholarship is granted for the first year of an undergraduate program only, how do we as parents plan fees for the 2nd,3rd and 4th years of college for our kids? is there an estimated approximate amount which we can set aside for the next few years, just in case our kid is unable to get scholarships for these following years?

    1. Hi Fauzia,

      Thank you for your enquiry. Fees, including tuition, program, course, special, and student society fees, are approved by the UBC Board of Governors annually and are subject to change. After first year, one should anticipate an annual minimum increase of 3% in fees for continuing international students, to take into account the cost of inflation. Online resources to assist with financial planning can be found at

      Marlene King
      International Student Recruiter-Advisor

  4. Hi,
    I was admitted by UBC‘s bachelor of commerce, and I want to transfer my AP credits. I took AP calculus BC, microeconomics, macroeconomics, psychology, statistics and history. But in the first year of my major, only 6 credits from elective courses are accepted. Could I also transfer these credits into second year?

    1. Hi Brooke,
      great question! I suggest you reach out to the undergraduate program office within the Sauder School of Business. They would be best able to address your question. You can reach the Sauder undergrad team at Tel: +1 604.822.8333
      Oh, and congratulations on your offer of admission! Well done!


  5. Hi, after accepting an offer from the undergraduate commerce program, is it still required to send in AP and IB scores that are coming out in July for a follow up other than final transcripts, high school diploma, and so on?


    1. Hello King,

      Yes. We will need final grades and proof of graduation in the summer. We will also need to see all those final grades to assess your advanced credit.