Undergraduate Admissions

37 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program

International Baccalaureate (IB) students are eligible for admission on the basis of successful completion of the IB Diploma. In addition, applicants must satisfy the admission criteria of the requested faculty by presenting the specific course requirements (see below). At least three subjects must be successfully completed at the Higher Level (HL), while the remaining three subjects may be successfully completed at the Standard Level (SL).

Completion of the IB Diploma with a score of 24 grants admission to UPEI. Applicants must satisfy the admission criteria of the requested faculty by presenting the specific course requirements identified for that Faculty. Grades below 3 are not accepted for admission assessment.

Students who complete a Certificate or individual IB subjects may also be assessed for admission using each HL and SL subject being considered in meeting the Faculty-specific admission requirements. For applicants who complete both the IB subjects and senior matriculation/secondary school graduation requirements, admission will be based on the credential which is to the greatest advantage of the student.

Transfer Credit

UPEI awards a full year of credit (10 courses, each at 3 credit hours) for a completed IB Diploma with a minimum score of 28. Specific course credit for HL courses is awarded as outlined below. The balance of the credit required to bring the total to 10 three (3) credit hour course equivalents will be at the introductory unassigned elective level. Please note: Applicability of transfer credit awarded may vary depending on degree program sought.

To be awarded 10 three semester hour courses, students must achieve; a completed IB Diploma with an overall score of 28, 3 HL level subjects with grades in each subject of 4, unless otherwise noted, and above, 3 SL level subjects and satisfactory completion of the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and CAS. All courses used to meet specific admission requirements must be at a score of 3 or above.

Specific higher level (HL) subjects completed with grades of 4, unless otherwise noted, or higher on the official IB (HL) exams within the International Baccalaureate program will be granted transfer credit.

Approved IB subjects (HL) and transfer credit equivalency

IB (HL) Course:   Equivalent UPEI Credit
Biology BIO 1310 and BIO 1320
Chemistry CHEM 1110 and 1120 (subject to confirmation by the Chemistry program)
Computer Science CS 1510 and CS 1520
Economics EC 1010 and EC 1020
English A1 ENG 1010 and ENG 1920
English B No credit
Environmental Systems 2 ENV Electives (first year)
French Assigned credit by placement
Geography Unassigned first year electives
German GERM 1010 and GERM 1020
History 2 HIST Electives (first year)
Latin LAT 1010 and LAT 1020
Mathematics MATH 1910 and MATH 1920
Music 2 MUS Electives (first year)
Philosophy PHIL 1010 and PHIL 1020
Physics* (grade of 5) PHYS 1110 and PHYS 1120
Psychology PSY 1010 and PSY 1020
Sociology SOC 1010 and SOC 1020
Spanish SPAN 1010 and SPAN 1020
Theatre 2 TST Electives (first year)
Theory of Knowledge PHIL 2990 and 1 unassigned second year Elective

*Students presenting Physics with a grade of 4 may challenge for credit.

Each UPEI course is 3 credit hours
Credit for IB (HL) courses will only be assessed if presented on an official IB transcript. Please note that this table is provided as a guide, and transfer credits are assessed on an individual basis.

Degree specific admission requirements:
ARTS: English, a Language or Social Studies and three other academic subjects
BUSINESS: English, Math, 2 Social Studies, Sciences or Languages, and one other academic subject
SCIENCE: Grade 12 Academic English, Grade 12 Academic Mathematics, two Grade 12 Academic Science subjects (acceptable subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Oceanography, Animal Science, Environmental Science); one additional Grade 12 academic course
NURSING: English, Math, Biology, Chemistry and one other academic subject


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