International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Organization and UBC share a common vision – that global perspectives are key to education. That’s why so many IB diploma and certificate holders find success at UBC. In fact, of all the universities in the world, UBC is one of the top destinations for IB diploma graduates.

At UBC, we understand the IB program and we value the experience you’ve had as an IB student. Here, you can build on that experience through our impressive variety of academic degree programs where cross-discipline learning is celebrated. Join the many IB students who have already made UBC – one of the most beautiful and respected universities in the world – their academic home.

Applicants who are pursuing the IB Diploma must satisfy the following English-language requirement, general admission requirements, as well as the degree-specific requirements listed below.

English-language requirement

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for admission to UBC Vantage One programs.)

Degree-specific requirements

 

Program Requirements
Applied Biology
  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Chemistry at the junior or Grade 11 level
  • Physics at the junior or Grade 11 level
Applied Science (Engineering)
  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • IB Chemistry (Standard or Higher Level)
  • IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Academically strong candidates missing either IB Chemistry or IB Physics may be evaluated on a case-by-base basis
Arts
  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
Bachelor + Master of Management
  • You must apply and meet the requirements for one of BA, BFA, BKin, BMS, BMus, BSc, BSc APBI, BSc FNH, BSc GRS, or BSc WPP
  • Additional application required to the UBC Sauder School of Business
  • Interview by invitation only
Commerce (UBC Sauder School of Business)
  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
Dental Hygiene
  • IB Biology (Standard or Higher Level)
  • IB Chemistry (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Interview process
Food, Nutrition, and Health
  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Chemistry at the junior or Grade 11 level
  • Physics at the junior or Grade 11 level
Forestry; Forest Sciences; Natural Resources Conservation; Urban Forestry
  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Chemistry at the junior or Grade 11 level
  • Biology at the junior or Grade 11 level (strongly recommended)
International Economics
  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
Kinesiology
  • One of IB Mathematics (IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement), IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
Media Studies
  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
  • Portfolio submission
Music
  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
  • Audition, portfolio (students in composition), and letters of reference
Science
  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
  • One year of Chemistry immediately prior to IB Diploma
  • One year of Physics immediately prior to IB Diploma (may be waived with scores of 5 or higher in IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry)
Wood Products Processing
  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Chemistry at the junior or Grade 11 level
  • Physics at the junior or Grade 11 level (strongly recommended)

What if you are taking IB Certificate courses?

To be eligible for admission to UBC, you must successfully complete an academic high school curriculum, including both general admission and degree-specific requirements. IB certificate courses (both Standard and Higher Level) can be used for admission in conjunction with another high school curriculum.

Initial admission decisions are based on interim grades as reported by your high school. Once your final IB results are available, we will use them to confirm your admission decision and any first-year credit you may be eligible for.

First-year credit

UBC recognizes the IB enriched secondary school program. See how how first-year credit is granted for IB courses.

How we calculate IB admission scores

Your admission score will be your overall IB Diploma score, including the individual scores for all required courses as well as additional points earned for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.

Submitting your grades

Since we’ll be making admission decisions in the spring before your final IB results are available, we’ll be asking you to arrange for your IB Anticipated Grades to be sent from your school to UBC prior to March 15.

We will also require your official final IB results so it is important that you provide the IB Organization with your consent to release your results to UBC once they are available. Do this right away after you’ve applied to UBC so you don’t forget. Your IB Diploma Coordinator can assist you with these steps.

Please note: IB Diploma students at a Canadian high school do not need to fill out the “IB Anticipated Grades” form. Your grades will be relayed to the UBC Admissions office directly from your IB coordinator.

Anticipated IB Grades for UBC
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