International Baccalaureate

At UBC’s Okanagan campus, we are committed to helping International Baccalaureate students find the best way to qualify for admission, scholarships, and first-year course credit. We understand IB and we value your IB experience.

Here, you can build on that experience through our impressive variety of academic degree programs where cross-discipline learning is celebrated. And, when it is time to graduate, you will carry with you a UBC degree respected the world over.

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

Degree Requirements
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
Human Kinetics
  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • IB Biology (Standard or Higher Level)
  • IB Chemistry or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
Management
  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
Media Studies
  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • Portfolio submission
Science
  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, IB Physics, or IB Geography (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Chemistry at the junior or Grade 11 level
  • Physics at the junior or Grade 11 level (strongly recommended)
Visual Arts
  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
  • Portfolio submission
  • Letter of intent

What if you’re taking IB Certificate courses?

To be eligible for admission to UBC’s Okanagan campus, you must successfully complete an academic high school curriculum, including 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’s Okanagan campus recognizes the IB enriched secondary school program. See how first-year credit is granted for IB courses.

Your admission score will be your overall IB Diploma score, including the individual scores for all required courses and 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’ll 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’s Okanagan campus 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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