International Baccalaureate students

UBC and the International Baccalaureate Organization share a common vision – we believe global perspectives are key to education. No wonder so many IB graduates succeed here.

When determining who receives an offer of admission, we look at more than just grades. Find out how you can plan for UBC and what we look for when evaluating your application.

Understanding UBC’s admission requirements is an important first step. Select a campus and the degree you’re interested in to find the general and degree-specific requirements you’ll need to meet before you apply.

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English language requirement

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are nine different 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

If you know what you want to study, select a degree below. Not sure? Get tips on choosing a degree.

For each degree, there is a list of subject categories that are particularly relevant. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

Program Requirements Subject categories
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
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
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-case basis
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
Arts
  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Second Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
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
  • Please see the subject categories for your chosen bachelor degree.
Commerce (UBC Sauder School of Business)
  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation (will consider Chemistry and Physics in this category)
  • Social Studies (only Economics, Ethics, First Nations or Contemporary Indigenous Studies, Geography, Law, Psychology, and Social Studies)
Dental Hygiene
  • IB Biology (Standard or Higher Level)
  • IB Chemistry (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Interview process
  • Language Arts
  • Sciences
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
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
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)
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
International Economics
  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation (will consider Chemistry and Physics in this category)
  • Social Studies (only Economics, Ethics, First Nations or Contemporary Indigenous Studies, Geography, Law, Psychology, and Social Studies)
Kinesiology
  •  One of IB Mathematics (IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement), IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
Media Studies
  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
  • Portfolio submission
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
Music
  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
  • Audition, portfolio (students in composition), and letters of reference
  • Language Arts
  • Second Languages
  • Visual and Performing Arts
 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 at the junior or Grade 11 level
  • One year of Physics immediately prior to IB Diploma at the junior or Grade 11 level (may be waived with scores of 5 or higher in IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry)
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
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)
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences

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 first-year university credit is granted for IB courses.

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