Country recognition statements

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) makes a concerted effort to track and communicate the level of recognition, for IB programmes, in countries around the world.

The below statements outline the specific recognition considerations for each country, and when applicable, include any official agreements or policies from the national or state governing bodies.  Each statement is an important indication of the impact an IB education has across the globe.

Are statements available in all languages?

Many countries, such as Canada, China and the United States, have published statements in the IB’s three working languages of English, French, and Spanish.

Some countries have published their statements in only one language. For example, the statement for France is in French only and the statement of the United Kingdom in English only.

If it appears that a country does not have a statement, please check for the statement in French or Spanish

List of country recognition statements

Albania

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is recognised as a general school leaving certificate and as a general entry qualification to the Universities in Albania.

Ministry of Education
Higher Education Department
AL - TIRANA
ALBANIA

1994 - No notification of any changes since 1994.

Argentina

The IB diploma is a recognized qualification for access to university in Argentina, provided that it is certified as a secondary school leaving certificate by the corresponding national body of Education in the country where the course was taken. Otherwise, the student will have to submit the national programme school diploma, duly certified by the relevant authority.

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR IB GRADUATES FROM ABROAD

Validations are the administrative procedure by which academic validity is granted to a certain qualification in order to undertake higher education than the level being recognized.

For further information on recognition of qualifications and diplomas, contact the studies and diplomas recognition department in the Argentinean Secretariat of Education for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology:

Departamento de Validez Nacional de Títulos y Estudios

Secretaría de Educación del Ministerio de Educación, Ciencia y Tecnología de la Nación Argentina Montevideo 950 (1026) Buenos Aires Argentina
Tel.: (+54 11) 4129 1000, ext. 7379

E-mail: consultascyl@me.gov.ar.

Coordinator: Prof. María Carmen Belber.

Website (in Spanish) www.me.gov.ar

LEGALIZATION OF RESULTS DOCUMENTS

In some countries, the IB document ""Diploma Results"" will not be valid unless it is legalized in Geneva, Switzerland, by the relevant embassy or consulate. It is the responsibility of the Diploma Programme coordinator to inform students of this requirement. The diploma itself is only legalized in exceptional circumstances when required. Currently, Argentina is the only country that requires the legalization of both documents.

Last updated January 2008. The Diploma Programme coordinator should check regularly for any changes on IBIS. For further information, please contact legalization@ibo.org.

Australia

The IB Diploma is recognized by all major tertiary institutions in Australia. Some universities offer advanced placement, credit and bonus schemes for DP students. While information for individual universities can be found on the IBO website, students should research universities they are interested in, seek counsel from their school’s career advisor and contact the universities directly for specific course and entry requirements.

There is no national centralized administration that controls university admission or placement across Australia, but each State or Territory has a Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC) that receives and processes domestic applications to most institutions in that State or Territory (please note that in Tasmania this is the University of Tasmania). These TACs oversee the admissions process and notify applicants of university placement offers. The academic year in Australia commences in February/March, although there are some opportunities for mid-year entry in July. Key dates should be checked with each TAC. The university admissions centers update their key dates and information on an annual basis. Please ensure you check their websites for the latest information.

To apply to university in Australia, domestic students should contact the TAC in the state/territory where their university of choice is located. International students should check the website of the TAC in the state/territory where their university of choice is located to see if they should apply through the TAC or directly to the university. If advised to apply directly to the university, check the university’s website for contact details, application process and recognition policies.

In general Diploma Programme candidates will need to have been awarded the diploma as a minimum entry requirement, although those who have not may apply for discretionary entry or special consideration. Australian citizens who have graduated with the IB diploma have their score converted to an index (ATAR equivalent) which enables them to be compared to students who complete the state curricula in Australia. Please note that the ATAR conversion is higher in South Australia, Northern Territories and with the University of Tasmania.

To enable the TAC to receive your transcript of results, Australian citizens should inform their Diploma Coordinator which TAC(s) they would like their results released to. The Diploma Coordinator will then complete the request for results form on IBIS, and request results sent to the appropriate TAC(s). The TAC will require the official results, so please ensure that the coordinator has the results sent there. It is recommended that students have their results sent to all six TACs even if at the time they are not sure where they would like to study. Both the universities and the TACs accept the 6 digit alphanumeric code (personal code) supplied by the IB.

Web sites:

Official ATAR conversion table
QTAC website (Queensland)
SATAC website (South Australia/Northern Territory)
TISC website (Western Australia)
UAC website (New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory)
UTAS website (Tasmania)
VTAC website (Victoria)
Association of Australasian IB Schools (AAIBS)

Go8 universities recognise that the International Baccalaureate Diploma is a comprehensive and challenging program. The program's international flavour, academic rigour and emphasis on inquiry based learning means that IB Diploma students enter university with a global outlook, an excellent work ethic and the critical thinking skills to ensure they achieve great results. Links for IB Students:
The University of Melbourne
The University of Queensland
Monash University
UNSW Australia
The University of Adelaide
The Australian National University
The University of Western Australia
The University of Sydney

Austria

The Federal Ministry of Science and Research, acting in its capacity as ENIC NARIC AUSTRIA, recommends the recognition of the International Baccalaureate, subsequently referred to as „IB“, for the purpose of admission to studies in Austria as follows:

1. An „IB Diploma“, which has been acquired according to the regulations of the „International Baccalaureate Organization“ (http://www.ibo.org), shall, for the purpose of admission to studies at an Austrian public university, private university or university of applied sciences be considered as a foreign secondary school leaving certificate. This applies also in case that the IB has been completed at a school which is located in Austria.

2. The general university entrance qualification shall be assessed as follows:

a. The IB diploma is a certificate according to art. 64 para. 1 subpara. 3 of the Universi-ties Act 2002 – UG, BGBl. I no. 120/2002, and art. 4 para. 3 subpara. 3 of the University of Applied Sciences Studies Act – FHStG, BGBl. no. 340/1993, both as amended (cf. Decision of the Administrative Court of 3rd April 2006, Zl. 2005/10/0096). The equivalence with an Austrian secondary school leaving certificate is not immediately based on an agreement due to international law, even if the IB has been completed at a school which is located in a „convention state“. The IB, however, is the main case of application of the Recommendation of the Committee of the Lisbon Recognition Convention on International Access Qualifications: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/highereducation/recognition/International%20Access%20Qualifications_EN.asp

b. It is recommended to take the following principles into consideration: aa. From the following six subject groups six (maximum seven) subjects must be chosen. The nomenclature of the subject groups refers to the Curriculum Model of the International Baccalaureate Organization, Route des Morillons 15, CH-1218 Grand-Saconnex, Geneva (Homepage: http://www.ibo.org/). Below all IB courses available are listed, it is the school’s choice to design an appropriate programme.

• Group 1: Language A (Native speaker level)
- Literature A HL/SL
- Language and literature A HL/SL
- IB English A SL: Literature and Performance

• Group 2: Second Language (Second language or foreign language)
- Language BHL/BSL/Ab Initio SL

• Group 3: Individuals and Societies
- Business and management HL/SL
- Economics HL/SL
- Geography HL/SL
- History HL/SL
- Information technology in a global society HL/SL
- Philosophy HL/SL
- Psychology HL/SL
- Social and cultural anthropology HL/SL
- Environmental systems and societies SL (can count as a group 4 choice)

• Group 4: Experimental Sciences
- Biology HL/SL
- Chemistry HL/SL
- Physics HL/SL
- Design technology HL/SL
- Environmental systems and societies SL (can count as a group 3 choice)

• Group 5: Mathematics and Computer Science
- Mathematics HL/SL
- Mathematical studies SL
- Further mathematics SL
- Zusatzwahlfach: Computer science HL/SL

• Group 6: The Arts
- Music HL/SL
- Drama HL/SL
- Visual arts HL/SL
- Film HL/SL

bb. A full IB Diploma is constituted as follows: • Two languages (either one language of group 1 and one of group 2 or both languages from group 1). One of the languages chosen can be German (either as language A or language B), but German is not compulsory. The IB offers curricula for more than 150 languages. A student who takes both languages from group 1 or whose A language is other than the language of instruction gains the Bilingual Diploma (however, this does not positively impact the overall score);

• Completion of one subject from group 3, 4 and 5;

• Completion of one subject either from group 6 or from groups 1 to 5;

• Completion of the Extended essay (4000 words), the course in Theory of knowledge and completion of CAS Activities (Creativity, action and service).

cc. At least three (maximum four) of the six chosen subjects must be taken at Higher Level (HL) and three (minimum two in case there are 4 HL) at Standard Level (SL).

dd. The grades (points) range from 1 to 7. Grade 7 is the best one. Grade 3 is a pass grade; under special circumstances, grade 2 in a SL subject is acceptable in case the other two SL subjects have 7 points. The three HL subjects must have 12 points and no grade must be below 3. For the Extended essay and TOK it is possible to gain up to 3 bonus points. If any of these requirements are not met the Diploma is not awarded.

ee. The sum of the individual grades in the six subjects and of the bonus points in the IB Diploma must be at least 24 points. The maximum score is 45 (6 subjects with grade 7 plus 3 bonus points).

c. In case that the requirements are not met and the Diploma was not awarded, the final document then is not an „IB Diploma“, but „IB Certificates“. These are not to be con-sidered a secondary school leaving certificate.

3. The special university entrance qualification according to art. 65 UG should be, where necessary at all, assessed as follows: As the territorial validity of the IB does not refer to a certain state, the criterion „issuing state“ does not apply to holders of an IB Diploma. Hence there should be no demand for further pieces of evidence on the special university entrance qualification.

4. It is important to draw attention to the requirement of an adequate knowledge of the German language according to art. 63 para. 10 UG and, possibly, art. 4 para. 7 FHStG. If German is included in the IB Diploma, adequate knowledge of the German language is evident. Otherwise the knowledge has to be made evident without doubt (e.g. German as mother tongue), or it has to be proved by other means.

5. For the purpose of admission to studies, it is recommended that all applicants get in con-tact with the university or the management of the university of applied sciences at which admission is sought, as soon as possible. The guidelines of the Federal Ministry of Sci-ence and Research have only the character of a recommendation; the binding decision on the admission has to be taken by the respective institution of higher education within the legal framework.

At present, an IB Diploma is offered by the following schools, located in Austria: • American International School, Vienna • Bundesgymnasium und Bundesrealgymnasium Klosterneuburg • Danube International School, Vienna • Linz International School Auhof (L.I.S.A.), Linz • Lower Austrian International School, St. Pölten • St. Gilgen International School, St. Gilgen • Vienna International School, Vienna

7. ItThis recommendation shall become effective from 1st October 2011. It shall replace the version BMWF-GZ 53.910/0003-III/7/2011 and the IB Recommendation 2006 of 26th May 2006, GZ BMBWK-53.910/2-VII/11/2006.

Source: BMWF-GZ 53.910/0005-III/7/2011

Bahrain

The Ministry of Education in Bahrain recognizes the IB courses as equivalent to those of the Bahrain National Secondary School Diploma in all subjects except Arabic, as stated in the Ministry decree Number 535/168-1/92 - dated 28/6/92.
With this recognition students are entitled to join the national university in Bahrain provided they have taken Arabic courses approved by the Ministry of Education, as stated in the Ministry Decree Number 597/168-1/93 - dated 3/3/93.
Ministry of Education
Kingdom of Bahrain

1998

Belgium

BELGIUM FLANDERS: The IB Diploma is recognised as equivalent to the Flemish Secondary School Leaving Certificate by Ministerial Decree of 25/10/1973, which states that "Het Diplome du baccalaureat international (International Baccalaureate Diploma) uitgereikt door het "Office du Baccalaureat international" te Geneve, wordt gelijkgesteld met het Belgisch bekwaamheidsdiploma dat toegang verleent tot het hoger onderwijs, gehomologeerd of uitgereikt door de examencommissie van de Staat voor het hoger middlebaar onderwijs of hoger secundair technisch onderwijs". Holders of the IB Diploma, therefore, have access without restriction to institutions of higher education, including universities.

Non EU citizens, staying longer than three months must obtain a Temporary Residence Permit (TRP), type D - visa for students, at the Belgian Embassy in their home country. If there is no Belgian embassy, another country's embassy that also manages Belgian affairs can provide it. You will need proof of solvency in order to obtain the TRP. Some of the Universities and Hogescholen make this a precondition for enrolment. Students should apply directly to the university of their choice before the beginning of the academic year that starts between mid-September and 1st of October. The stamp of equivalence is no longer required for entry to universities in Belgium.

Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
Departement Onderwijs - NARIC-Vlaanderen
Administratie Hoger Onderwijs
Koningsstraat 136
BE - 1000 BRUSSELS
BELGIUM

BELGIUM COMMUNAUTE FRANCAISE: Le diplôme du baccalauréat international est reconnu équivalent au diplôme belge d'aptitude à accéder à l'enseignement supérieur, par arrêtè ministériel du 25.10.1973, qui prescrit que: "Le diplôme du baccalauréat international (International Baccalaureate), délivré par l'Office du Baccalauréat Internati onal à Genève, est équivalent au diplôme belge d'aptitude à accéder à l'enseignement supérieur, homologué ou délivré par le jury d'Etat pour l'enseignement moyen supérieur ou pour l'enseignement technique secondaire supérieur".

Les titulaires du diplôme du baccalauréat international ont accès aux établissements d'enseignement supérieur, y compris les universités.

Les non résidents doivent avoir une autorisation de séjour en qualité d'étudiant avant d'entrer dans le pays pour demander leur admission dans une université belge. Les étudiants doivent s'adresser à l'université de leur choix entre le 20 juin et le 31 juillet de l'année.

Le titre doit être soumis au contrôle administratif pour permettre:
l'application de l'arrêté l'administration vérifie que le titre correspond bien à celui mentionné par l'arrêté,
la dispense ou non de l'examen de maîtrise suffisante de la langue française.

Ministère de la Communaute française
Administration générale de l'Enseignement et de la Recherche scientifique
Cité administrative de l'Etat
Blvd Pachéco, 19, Bte 0
BE - 1010 BRUXELLES
BELGIUM

1998

Belize

Ministry of Education and Labour in Belize gives full recognition to the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme offered by the United World Colleges.

Bolivia

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR IB GRADUATES FROM OVERSEAS.

The IB diploma obtained overseas is recognised as equivalent to a high school diploma in Bolivia, but students are required to present a legalised IB diploma and pass examinations in Bolivian Geography, History and Civics.

Procedure for the legalisation of an IB diploma in Spanish

I. Public Notary in Geneva
II. State Chancery in Geneva
III. Bolivian Consulate in Switzerland
IV. Foreign Ministry in La Paz

Botswana

The Ministry of Education presently has no official regulations in regard to the recognition of the IB Diploma in Botswana. Furthermore, there are no immediate plans envisaged for such regulations.

The University of Botswana and other related tertiary-level institutions would continue to be prepared to assess any application with the IB qualification individually.

Ministry of Education
Private Bag 005
BW - GABORONE
BOTSWANA

1998

Cameroon

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRES) recognises the IB Diploma as a valid entry qualification to higher education in the Republic of Cameroon.

Universities listed below and their constituent colleges could have specific requirements for appropriate subject qualifications.

University of Yaounde? I, PO Box 337, Yaounde
University of Yaounde? II, PO Box 1365, Yaounde
University of Douala, PO Box 2071, Douala
University of Dschang, PO Box 96, Dschang
University of Ngaoundere, PO Box 454, Ngaoundere
University of Buea, PO Box 63, BUEA

Entry to Universities in the Republic of Cameroon can sometimes be based on the results of competitive examinations taken by holders of the required National qualifications (Baccalaureate or G.C.E. examinations) and approved foreign qualifications.

More details can be obtained from:

Ministry of Higher Education
Department of Equivalence
CM - YAOUNDE
CAMEROON

1998

Canada

Canada has no single national policy on university entrance. There is no national university entrance exam, nor a centralized bureaucracy that controls admission. Each of Canada's universities sets its own admissions standards, and each candidate for admission is evaluated individually.

For a quick overview, there is a recognition policy summary chart of how some universities in Canada recognize the IB diploma available for download as a PDF document.

A student interested in post-secondary study in Canada must make direct contact with the college or university he or she would like to attend. One good way to begin is to use this web site. As you examine the IB recognition policies of Canadian colleges and universities, make special note of those institutions that interest you. Using the links available in each policy, explore the college's web site to find information on exactly what the college requires. It is your responsibility to meet all the requirements and deadlines of the specific institution.

IB exams, while helpful in the admissions process, do not guarantee admission. Several Canadian universities accept the IB Diploma as an admission credential, if the scores on the diploma meet certain targets. International students must meet a university's general admission standards. If their native language is other than English or French, they must also demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the university's language of instruction. Usually, a score of 550 or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language will suffice for English-speaking universities. Canada's French-language universities have similar requirements. International students should contact the Canadian university that they wish to attend at least one year in advance.

In all cases, the official transcript of IB exam results must be sent to the Canadian college or university directly from the IB office in New York City.

More information on studying in Canada is available from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

Chile

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY.

Decree 220 allows schools working in the Chilean national system to submit their own programme for approval by the Ministry of Education. Hence participating schools are allowed to submit the IB as their official programme leading to the Chilean Licencia Media. Chilean history must be included although this requirement is satisfied in some schools by a school-based IB syllabus entitled Chile and the Pacific Basin.

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR IB GRADUATES FROM OVERSEAS.

An IB diploma obtained overseas is recognised through the special university admission system in Chile whenever it would lead to entry to higher education in the country of the participating school. A legalised diploma must be presented and, in case of non-spanish speakers, an examination in Spanish must be taken and passed.

Note: in practice, this system has two disadvantages for the student: very small entry quotas in most universities and the need to maintain very high standards throughout the period of university studies. It is therefore recommended that students from overseas use the normal method to higher education access.

Procedure for the legalisation of an IB diploma in Spanish

I. Public Notary in Geneva

II. State Chancery in Geneva

III. Chilean Consulate in Switzerland

IV. Foreign Ministry in Santiago

A transcript in spanish covering the last three years' schooling must be enclosed, together with an explanation of the grading system used. These documents must also be legalised as described above.

A certificate from the appropriate authorities in the country of the participating school is also required as proof of IB recognition for the purposes of university entry.

UNIVERSITY RECOGNITION POLICIES.

Note to interested schools:

In the case of applicants to universities requiring it, IBLA must have received by 15 October the following information in order to draw up prediction certificates:

1) Full name, nationality, sex, identity document number, date of birth.

2) Predicted grades for HL and SL subjects, extended essay (subject and predicted result) and TOK.

IBLA will send directly to the university concerned the necessary information in advance of the final deadline. H5 forms for each candidate must have been received in IBCA by the same deadline.

China

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is recognized by international universities and post- secondary institutions located in China.

Chinese universities generally require students to sit for the National Higher Education Entrance Examination, commonly known as the Gaokao (¿¿). This examination is a compulsory prerequisite for admission to almost all universities in China. Students are required to sit for mandatory subjects (i.e. Chinese, Mathematics, etc.). Depending on the undergraduate programme, students may also be required to sit for examinations on certain standard subjects, such as Physics, Geography and Humanities.

International students have to complete Year 12 studies in order to be considered for university admission.

Universities in China may admit Chinese IB students only if they take the Gaokao as well. Non-Chinese IB students may be admitted on the basis of their IB Diploma score, although some universities will still ask these students to sit a university-administered entrance test. A number of universities in China admit non-Chinese IB students.

In general, students holding the IB diploma with a score of at least 32 are eligible for direct entry to second year of undergraduate programmes jointly offered by local and overseas universities (e.g. Nottingham University, UK). Note: the degree will be awarded by the international universities but not the local universities. However, admission to local universities will be considered on a case by case basis. It is advisable that students make direct contact with these universities to check on specific course requirements and possible entry pathways for IB qualifications.

To enable a China’s higher education institute to receive transcripts of results, DP students should inform their school’s Diploma Coordinator to which University they would like their results released. The Diploma Coordinator will then complete the request for results form on IBIS, requesting the student's results to be sent to the appropriate higher education institutes.

Colombia

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY.

Resolution 13170/85 permits the use of Bachillerato en Ciencias, Version Internacional, an adaptationof IB to the Colombian national system. National subjects must be included in the programme. Resolution 04356/90 and 07216/90 permit the use of the Bachillerato Academico, Version Internacional, a more flexible adaptation of IB within Colombia.

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR IB GRADUATES FROM OVERSEAS.

An IB diploma obtained overseas is recognised as equivalent to a Colombian high school diploma but a legalised diploma must be presented together with proof of IB recognition in Switzerland or, in the case of students on overseas scholarship programmes through ICETEX, a certificate from that body.

Procedure for the legalisation of an IB diploma in Spanish.

I. Public Notary in Geneva
II. State Chancery in Geneva
III. Colombian Consulate in Switzerland
IV. Foreign Ministry in Bogota

A transcript in Spanish covering both IB years must be enclosed. This certificate must be legalised in the country of origin by notary public and state chancery and then by the state secretariat in the state of residence in Colombia.

Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The

There are three universities in Zaire: the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN), Kisangani (UNIKIS) and Lubumbashi (UNILU). The language of instruction is French.

In principle, foreign students may be admitted if they meet the conditions required for access to higher education in their own countries and GCE A levels are accepted on this basis. It is understood that the IB Diploma is accepted on a similar basis although this has not been confirmed formally by the universities.

Applications should be made direct to the University.

Universite de Kinshasa (UNIKIN), BP 127, KINSHASA XI, ZAIRE
Universite de Kinsangani (UNIKIS), BP 1820, KINSANGANI, ZAIRE
Universite de Lubumbashi (UNILU), BP 1825, LUBUMBASHI, ZAIRE

1994 - No notification of any changes since 1994.

Costa Rica

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR IB GRADUATES FROM OVERSEAS.

The Ministry of Education in Costa Rica recognizes IB studies taken overseas, but the diploma must be legalised.

Procedure for the legalisation on an IB diploma in Spanish:

I. Public Notary in Geneva
II. State Chancery in Geneva
III. Costa Rican Consulate in Switzerland
IV. Foreign Ministry in San Jose
V. "Consejo Superior de Educacion" in San Jose

Croatia

The International Baccalaureate Programme leading to the IB Diploma has been accepted in the Republic of Croatia in conformity with the Secondary School Education Act and is based on the approval of the Minister of Education and Sports.

All diplomas should undergo the nostrification procedure prior to the students' enrolment at universities of the Republic of Croatia. The procedure equates the IB Diploma to the standards of a high school graduation diploma achieved according to the grammar school (gymnasium) curricula in the Republic of Croatia.

Ministry of Education and Sports
Education Department
Trg burze 6
HR - 10000 ZAGREB
CROATIA

1998

Cyprus

The Government of Cyprus has signed the European Convention on the Equivalence of the Diplomas leading to Admission to Universities and conforms to the provisions of this Convention.

Overseas students may be admitted to the University of Cyprus provided they are holders of high school certificates and have a good knowledge of the Greek or Turkish language. The candidates should be able to demonstrate a good academic record and may be interviewed or requested to take an entrance examination.

The Director
Department of Higher and Tertiary Education
Ministry of Education
CY - NICOSIA
CYPRUS

1998

Czech Republic

The recognition of the IB Diploma in the Czech Republic is currently governed by the Decision of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic, Ref. Nr. 28 020-23 of 1 February 2002.

Based on this Decision, the IB Diploma is recognised without any further supplementary examination provided that one subject is Czech Language and Literature (A1) at Higher level. If a student has not passed Czech A1 (Higher level), the IB Diploma obtained is subject to a recognition procedure in the Czech Republic and the IB Diploma is recognised only after the student has passed a special supplementary examination in the Czech Language and Literature. This decision became effective on 1 September 2002 and will remain valid for twelve years.

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic
Karmelitska 7
118 21 Prague 1
CZECH REPUBLIC

2003

Denmark

The IB Diploma is recognized as an entrance qualification for admission to all the higher education institutions in Denmark, provided that the applicants have either passed Danish in their IB examination or passed a required language test in Danish.

The required language test is, the Studieprøve in Danish as second language for adult foreigners. The minimum passing grade is grade 6 (on the Danish grading scale) in all four disciplines. Please note that the required passing grade may be higher subject to the degree course chosen.

Applicants are strongly advised to contact each individual institution for further information.

Places are awarded mainly on basis of the obtained total points conversed into the Danish scale of marks.

Foreign and Danish applicants with/or expecting the IB Diploma must submit an application to each individual institution before 15 March.

Conversion scale for conversion of average grades valid from March 1st 2014

Once a year an estimate will be carried out to see whether the latest collected statistical information on the grade development will result in changes in the conversion scale.

IB

Denmark (the 7-step-scale)

24

2.8

25

3.3

26

3.9

27

4.4

28

5

29

5.5

30

6.1

31

6.6

32

7.1

33

7.6

34

8.1

35

8.6

36

9.1

37

9.5

38

9.9

39

10.3

40

10.6

41

10.9

42

11.2

43

11.5

44

11.9

45

12.7

Staticstical conversion 2014, Statistics and Analysis, The Ministry of Education and Research.

Conversion scale for conversion of single grades

NB! Solely for the use for admittance to studies with grade requirements.

IB

Denmark (the 7-step-scale)

1

00

2

00

3

02

4

7

5

7

6

10

7

12

For more information on subject equivalencies between the IB and the Danish systems, please go to the following link http://landedatabase.ciriusintra.dk/default.aspx?HaandbogID=3&CountryID=269&SubjectIndex=0&Language=0

Statistical conversion 2014, Statistics and Analysis, The Ministry of Education and Research.

Latest update 28/02/2014

Egypt

Memorandum on the admission of students holding the IB Diploma

Decision: The Supreme Council of Universities (SCU) reviewed the issue on the basis of the decisions of the president of the SCU of 15/7/1970, 17/1/1995, 3/10/1999 and 20/8/2000 and approved on 30 November 2000:

1) the admission of students holding the IB Diploma who meet the admissions requirements and qualifying courses of all faculties in Egyptian universities on condition that:

  1. they obtain a pass in the six main subjects in their diploma and
  2. one of those subjects be 'English' and
  3. they have submitted an Extended Essay and followed a Theory of Knowledge course.

2) that students with IB diplomas (with six main subjects) be registered in all university faculties/colleges in line with the following regulations:

  1. 'Arabic' studied in group 1 (Language A1) will be credited so that students who opted to take this IB subject will not have to sit for an exam in Arabic during the course of their study at university, though they do still have to sit an exam in Religious Studies.
  2. Students wishing to enrol on one of the following faculties (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Nursing) must obtain a pass in the following subjects at Higher level (biology, chemistry)
  3. Students wishing to enrol in one of the following faculties (Engineering, Computing and Information Technology) must obtain a pass in the following subjects at Higher level (maths, physics).

3) These regulations will go into effect covering the admission of students at universities starting the academic year 2003/2004.

The Secretary General of the SCU

9 October 2003

El Salvador

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY.

Agreement 1793 (3 May 1990) allows permission for private schools to teach the IB programme.

Estonia

On the basis of Governement Regulation on assessment and recognition of foreign higher education qualifications and qualifications giving access to higher education (No 89; 6 April 2006) the Republic of Estonia recognises the foreign and transnational qualifications giving access to higher education institutions. The IB Diploma is recognised as transnational (international) access qualifications on regular basis. The Estonian ENIC/NARIC evaluates the qualifications for recognition, and higher education institutions are competent recognition authorities to the final decisions.

Estonian Ministry of Education
11 Tonismagi St.
EE - 15192 TALLINN
ESTONIA

Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centre
Academic Recognition Information Centre
Archimedes Foundation
L.Koidula 13A.
10125 TALLINN
ESTONIA

2013

Ethiopia

After close consultations and scrutiny of documents with relevant bodies in Addis Ababa University and other Higher Institutions, members of the National Committee for recruitment and placement of students on its consecutive meetings of the 2nd and 3rdTikemet 16 & 23, 1986 E.C. (12 & 13 October 1986) accepted the IB as generally satisfying the requirements for admission to higher education.

However, it should be recognised that we give priority to our National Exam (E.S.L.C.E.) and admissions to certain institutes depend on other criteria set by respective institutes.

Admissions to Institutes of Higher Education will depend on the thorough examination of academic credentials by the National Committee and the availability of vacancies in the applicant's areas of interest.

Ministry of Education
Higher Education Department
PO Box 30747
ET - ADDIS ABABA
ETHIOPIA

1993 - No notification of any changes since 1993.

Fiji

The University of the South Pacific (USP), the largest tertiary education provider in the nation, has specific policies recognizing the IB diploma for admissions.

Fiji is an educational hub for many of the South Pacific islands. National schools are free from age 6 to 16. Students may leave high school after 3 years with a Fiji school leaving certificate, or complete an additional 2 years to qualify for tertiary education. Most higher education, other than USP, is offered at technical institutes and is structured around two-year diploma programs. There are also four or five-year professional degree programs in specific fields.

The University of the South Pacific (USP), a multi-national university, has campuses on Fiji and recognizes DP students. Details can be found on that institution’s page.

Finland

The general requirement for entry into universities in Finland is that the applicant has passed the Finnish Matriculation examination, the International Baccalaureate examination, the Reifeprufung examination, the European Baccalaureate or a corresponding examination in some other country (Legislation on the Matriculation Examination, Act No. 1000/1994 and Act No.126/1996). The Act acknowledges the above mentioned diplomas as equivalent to the Finnish Matriculation Examination giving the same rights to its students.

All Finnish universities apply numerus clausus and have entrance examinations, in which generally also holders of foreign diplomas or examinations are required to participate. Entry requirements are laid down by the individual university and may also include a good knowledge of either Finnish or Swedish. Each university decides on the entry procedures and requirements for the following year before the middle of November of the preceding year.

Information concerning entry requirements should be sought before students apply for entry. The addresses of Finnish universities can be found in the publication Higher Education in Finland - Guide for Foreign Students, available at Finnish embassies and other diplomatic missions.

The Finnish Ministry of Education has on 06.10.1998 given a new recommendation concerning points given on the basis of the European Baccalaureate, the International Baccalaureate and the Reifeprufung compared to the Finnish Matriculation examination. The following conversion scale is used when comparing the IB Diploma and the Finnish Matriculation Examination.

IB DiplomaFinnish Matriculation Examination
7 - Excellent Laudatur
6 - Very good Eximia cum laude approbatur
5 - Good Magna cum laude approbatur
4 - Satisfactory Cum laude approbatur
3 - Mediocre Lubenter approbatur
2 - Poor Approbatur

The Ministry of Education has also recommended the universities to accept a good IB Diploma in the same way as a good Matriculation Examination Certificate. There is also a reference to the possibility of the utilization of the Extended Essay, especially if marked as excellent. The recommendation is based on the Finnish legislation on Matriculation.

The Ministry of Education and Science
PO Box 292
FI - 00171 HELSINKI
FINLAND

2000

Germany

Agreement on the recognition of the "International Baccalaureate Diploma /Diplôme du Baccalauréat International"

Agreement on the recognitionof the International Baccalaureate Diploma/ Diplôme du Baccalauréat International

(Decision of the Standing Conference of Education Ministers of 10.03.1986 in the version of 01.10.2015)

  1. An International Baccalaureate Diploma/Diplôme du Baccalauréat International gained in accordance with the regulations of the International Baccalaureate Organization/Office du Baccalauréat International is recognized as a qualification for entry to higher education if it has been gained after at least twelve consecutive years' attendance at schools with full-time teaching and if the following conditions are fulfilled: 

a) The six examination subjects for the International Baccalaureate Diploma/Diplôme du Baccalauréat International (IB) must include the following subjects as described in the terminology of the IB:

- two languages at Level A or B (at least one of which is a continued foreign language as Language A[1] or Language B HL[2]),

- one scientific subject (biology, chemistry, physics),

- mathematics (mathematical methods[3] or mathematics HL or further mathematics in combination with mathematics HL),

- a social science subject (history, geography, economics, psychology, philosophy, social anthropology, and business and management).

 

In addition to the subjects listed above, the sixth compulsory subject may be one of the following subjects as described in IB terminology:

 

- art/design[4], music, theatre arts[5], film, literature and performance, a further modern foreign language, Latin, Classical Greek, general chemistry, applied chemistry, environmental systems[6], computer science, design technology, world religions, and sports, exercise and health science.

 

b) The three subjects to be examined at higher level for the International Baccalaureate Diploma/Diplôme du Baccalauréat International must include either mathematics or a scientific subject, that is biology, chemistry or physics.

 

c) All subjects must have been studied continuously, that is for two consecutive years, within the IB Diploma Programme,

 

d) At least IB grade 4[7] must be awarded for each of the required six subjects.

If IB grade 3 is awarded in one subject only, this may be compensated for if at least IB grade 5 is awarded in another subject at the same or a higher level and if a total of at least 24 points has been achieved.

 

e) Before embarking on a course of study in Germany, German holders of the IB Diploma, who did not study German as part of the IB programme at a school outside Germany, must provide evidence of an adequate knowledge of German; the detail will be regulated by the legal provisions of individual German states.

 

 

2.If the conditions in point 1 are not fulfilled, the passing of an additional examination in accordance with the "Rahmenordnung für den Hochschulzugang mit ausländischen Bildungsnachweisen für die Ausbildung an den Studienkollegs und für die Feststellungsprüfung" [Framework regulation for entry to higher education with foreign educational certification for preparatory courses of study and for the assessment test] (Decision of the Standing Conference of Education Ministers of 15.04.1994 in the applicable version) is required for recognition as a qualification for entry to higher education. Recognition as a subject-specific qualification for entry to higher education is also possible in the form of a successfully completed one-year higher education course in a country whose school leaving certificates give access to higher education in Germany either directly or after a successfully completed one-year course of study.

 

3. The average grade for an International Baccalaureate Diploma/Diplôme du Baccalauréat International will be calculated in the state in which the certification is evaluated. The procedure for this will be based on the "Vereinbarung über die Festsetzung der Gesamtnote bei ausländischen Hochschulzugangsberechtigungen" [Agreement on establishing the overall grade for foreign authorizations for entry to higher education] (Decision of the Standing Conference of Education Ministers of 15.03.1991 in the applicable version) together with the following regulation, which refers specifically to the IB.

 

The calculation of the average grade (N) will be based on the total points (P) indicated in the International Baccalaureate Diploma/Diplôme du Baccalauréat International and on a maximum of 42 points (Pmax) and a minimum of 24 points (Pmin). Any extra points achieved will also be taken into consideration. Points totals between 42 (Pmax) and 45 (highest possible IB points total plus the maximum achievable 3 extra points) will be equated to the German average grade of 1.0.

 

The calculation is made using the following formula:

 

N = 1+3 Pmax-P
      Pmax-Pmin

Mit

N = gesuchte Note (Durchschnittsnote)  
P = in Zeugnis ausgewiesene Gesamtpunktzahl  
Pmax = 42 Punkte (IB-Gesamtpunktzahl ohne Zusatzpunkte)  
Pmin = 24 Punkte (unterer Eckwert)  
       
N =    1,0 (fur 42 <P<45)  

 

4. The IBO will keep the Standing Conference of Education Ministers informed of any changes to the final examination (requirements, content, organization) and will give the German school supervisory authority the opportunity to look into the work of the schools. If advice is needed or at the request of one of the German states, the Advisory Board of the Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen (ZAB) [German Central Office for Foreign Education] will check whether the IB still meets the requirements for recognition.

 

5. This decision comes into force on the date on which it is passed by the Standing Conference of Education Ministers.



[1] From 2013 examination, Language A: Language and Literature or Language A: Literature.

[2] Applies since 2013 examination.

[3] Called "mathematics SL" since 2006 examination.

[4] Called "visual arts" since May 2000.

[5] Called "theatre" since 2009 examination.

[6] Called "environmental systems and societies" since 2010 examination

[7] (IB fail grades:                         

1 = very poor/très faible

2 = poor/faible

3 = mediocre/médiocre

IB pass grades:                          

4 = satisfactory/satisfaisant

5 = good/bon

6 = very good/très bon 7 = excellent/excellent)

 

Ghana

The Ministry of Education and the Registrar's Office of the University of Ghana (Legon) has confirmed that the University recognises the International Baccalaureate as an entrance qualification for undergraduate courses.

The Faculties of Science, Agriculture and Medicine have the following additional requirements:

    • Faculty of Science: Mathematics, Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Physics

    • Faculty of Agriculture: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics

  • Faculty of Medicine: Chemistry, Physics and Biology or Mathematics

 

Applicants should apply to the Registrar's Office at the University for application forms which must be submitted to the University before the end of March of the year of entry.

The Ministry of Education
Ministry Branch Post Office
PO Box M. 45
GH - ACCRA
GHANA

The Deputy Registrar
University of Ghana
PO Box 25
GH - LEGON
GHANA

1998

Greece

The International Baccalaureate Diploma (Diethnes Apolytirio) is equal and equivalent to the Greek School-leaving Certificate (Apolytirio Eniaiou Lykeiou) (Law 2327, 31 July 1995).

According to the above-mentioned law and the Ministerial Decision no. B3/3925 (Greek Government Gazette B, 9 August 1998), all IB Diploma holders seeking a place in a Greek university must sit for the Greek School-leaving Certificate (Apolytirio Eniaiou Lykeiou) examination set by the Ministry of Education at the end of the last (3rd) Upper Secondary School. Places are offered to IB Diploma holders according to ranking based on the results of this examination. The examination is held in the second half of June. Consequently IB Diploma holders can only sit the examination one year after their graduation.

IB Diplomas issued by schools outside Greece must be legalised by the Greek Consulate in Geneva, officially translated into Greek by the same or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens.

The IB Diploma is recognised as equal to the Greek School-leaving Certificate (Apolytirio Eniaiou Lykeiou) for other purposes such as appointment to a civil service post, but for non-Greek nationals there may be other restrictions such as the nationality of the holder, knowledge of the language etc. Applications for such recognition should be addressed to the Ministry of Education.

Ministry of National Education
15 Mitropoleos Street
GR - 101 85 ATHENS
GREECE

2000

Guatemala

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY.

Ministerial agreement of March 6th., 1996 recognises the International Baccalaureate as an option within Bachillerato en Ciencias y Letras. All students who satisfy the Ministry of Education's requirements and the IB diploma will receive the Bachillerato en Ciencias y Letras Diploma, International Version.

Schools interested in the International Baccalaureate must apply both to the International Baccalaureate Organisation and regional educational authorities in Guatemala; if accepted, they receive a renewable authorisation for five years to teach the IB programme.

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTION FOR IB GRADUATES FROM OVERSEAS.

The Guatemalan Ministry of Education recognises studies taken abroad but requires the IB diploma to be legalised and must include Spanish A1 (Ministerial Agreement, 6th. of March, 1996).

Procedure for the legalisation of an IB diploma in Spanish:

I. Public Notary in Geneva
II. State Chancery in Geneva
III. Guatemalan Consulate in Switzerland
IV. Foreign Ministry in Guatemala
V. Ministry of Education in Guatemala

Hong Kong

The IB Diploma is recognized by most publicly funded and self-financing higher education institutions in Hong Kong.

All Hong Kong public universities have moved from a 3-year specialized focus system to 4-year holistic student-oriented approach. Local students with Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) results apply to all publicly-funded universities through the *Joint University Programmes Admission System (JUPAS). Students with qualifications other than the HKDSE will apply through the *Direct Admission Scheme (Non-JUPAS). Admission to self-financing or private Hong Kong universities must be done directly through the universities.

Personal interviews may be required depending on the faculty applied. Advanced Standing may be granted to students. The number of credits to be transferred will be determined by the individual university faculties after the candidate has been admitted to the university.

For universities that recognizes the IB Diploma, contact and recognition policy information can be found on the university pages of the IB website. These entries do not contain all details and it is advisable that students make direct contact with their Universities of interest to check specific course and entry requirements. In general, DP candidates will need to have been awarded the IB Diploma as a meeting the minimum entry requirement.

To enable a Hong Kong’s higher education institute to receive your transcript of results, IB Diploma students should inform their school Diploma Coordinator to which University they would like their results released. The Diploma Coordinator will then complete the request for results form on IBIS, requesting the student's results to be sent to the appropriate higher education institutes.

*For more information about post-secondary education in Hong Kong, please visit the Education Bureau’s website at http://www.edb.gov.hk/en/edu-system/postsecondary/index.html

Hungary

Diploma has equivalent rights to the holders of the Hungarian national Matriculation.

The equivalence is only for secondary level, not binding for universities. According to the changes in the Act on Higher Education, institutions of higher education are entitled to determine their own requirements of admission. However, the Ministry of Education has issued a document (9982/2005) and sent it to all institutions of higher education in Hungary suggesting that they should recognize the IB Diploma as follows.

The following conversion scale is recommended by the Ministry:
For grades 7, 6, 5 and 4 forty extra points are awarded to the applicants in the Hungarian system for their Higher Level exams in these subjects:

  • Hungarian A1 /Language A1/
  • History
  • Geography
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
and in both for Standard Level and Higher Level in
  • Language A2
  • Language B
  • Language A1 (except for Hungarian A1).


The following conversion table is recommended for the equivalence of levels:

IB subject and levelHungarian equivalent
Hungarian A1 HL Higher Level
SL Standard Level
Language A1 (except Hungarian A1) HL Higher Level
HL Higher Level
Language A2 HL Higher Level
SL Higher Level
Language B HL Higher Level
SL Higher Level
Language ab initio SL Standard Level
History HL Higher Level
SL Standard Level
Geography HL Higher Level
SL Standard Level
Biology HL Higher Level
SL Standard Level
Physics HL Higher Level
SL Standard Level
Chemistry HL Higher Level
SL Standard Level
Mathematics HL Higher Level
SL Standard Level

The following conversion table is recommended for the equivalence of grades:

IB grades:Hungarian grades:Number of points of university entrance (max. 100):
 SLHL 
7 5 5 100
6 5 5 90
5 4 5 70
4 3 3 50
2 1 - -
1 1 - -

Students are recommended to contact institutions themselves directly.

May 2008

Iceland

The act on higher education institutions enacted in 1997 establishes the general framework for the activities of these institutions. Under the Act, the Minister of Education, Science and Cultureis responsible for establishing rules on quality evaluation and recognition of all degrees offered. The role of each higher education institution in education and research, duration of programmes and degrees offered is further defined in separate laws.

For admission to university studies, the IB would be considered on an individual basis rather than there being a standard offer for the IB for each study programme. Thus, for example, admission to the University of Iceland may be granted to both Icelandic and foreign students who have the IB Diploma. Instruction at higher education institutions in Iceland is given in Icelandic and therefore a practical knowledge of Icelandic is necessary for all students. The only exception from this general rule is the first semester of the three year degree programme in Icelandic for foreign students at the University of Iceland which is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of the language. It is, however, necessary for students to have some experience in foreign language study and some knowledge of general linguistics.

Additional requirements depend on the programme of studies applied for.

Requests for recognition of foreign studies/degrees, including the IB Diploma, for admission to university studies in Iceland are considered anddecisions taken on each individual case at institution or faculty level.

Requests for recognition of foreign studies/degrees for admission to the University of Iceland should be addressed to the Office for Academic Affairs.

Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
Solvholsgata
IS - 150 REYKJAVIK
ICELAND

1998

India

All universities in India accept the IB Diploma as equivalent to Class 12 qualification from an Indian board. However, acceptance alone does not guarantee entry into a course. Entry is based on competition as places may be limited and some courses may have additional selection requirements. It is advisable to check with the institution of interest to determine the entry requirements for particular courses of study. For greater detail on recognition of IB programmes in India, please refer to the report referenced at the bottom of this page.

In India the central government is responsible for major policy relating to higher education in the country. It provides grants to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and establishes central universities in the country. The Central Government is also responsible for declaration of Education Institutions as "Deemed to be University" on the recommendation of the UGC. There are 42 Central Universities, 243 State universities, 53 State Private universities, 130 Deemed to be universities, 33 Institutions of National Importance, 82 technical institutions, including 16 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and 30 National Institutes of Technology (NITs), and five Institutions established under various State legislations. The Central and State universities have faculties, academic departments, affiliated colleges, post graduate centers, and other recognized institutes under them. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council evaluates the quality of higher education in India, professional councils are responsible for recognition of courses, and the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) is responsible for determining equivalences of foreign degrees/certificates.

Admission to most university courses in India is based on the academic achievement in Class 12 or an entrance exam. Entry requirements vary between universities and courses. Some courses will require applicants to sit the for entrance examinations, others will not. Most of the professional institutes in India prefer to conduct entrance exams for selecting candidates, usually April – June and admissions are confirmed by July/August when the results are declared. While some institutes participate in a common entrance exam, others conduct their own individual exams. Admissions are mostly decided after the results of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), and state boards are declared in June.

The IB Diploma has been recognized by the AIU as an entry qualification to all universities in India since 1983 and renewed in 2010. According to AIU: “The International Baccalaureate Diploma…has been equated with +2 stage (Grade 12) qualification of an Indian Board since 1983. Students intending to join Indian Universities after completion of their IB qualifications are eligible to pursue Bachelor’s degree programme at Indian Universities. Those intending to join Professional Degree programmes…are required to have studied the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Mathematics and English at the qualifying level.” (AIU, Dec, 2010).

Upon release of their results, DP students can apply for an equivalence certificate from AIU or apply directly to the eligibility department of the university they wish to attend. Prior to commencing the DP, students and parents should make direct contact with the college or university he or she would like to attend to check specific course and entry requirements and become familiar with the required subject and levels combination for that course.

As universities in India require a hard copy of the AIU document detailing percentage equivalency, the IB forwards these documents to the school’s DP coordinator upon request. To request this service; students must notify their DP coordinator of their intention to gain entrance into an Indian university. The coordinator will then submit the request using the Request for results service on IBIS (secured website for IB coordinators). Following the issue of results for the session in which a candidate has taken their examinations, the candidate must submit their transcript requests directly to the IB. Each request will incur a transcript request fee.

Recognition of the MYP The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) equates IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) with grade 10 of an India Board Assessment. Students having completed the MYP are now entitled to apply for admission for higher studies in any school or college in India.

Our summary of the IB in India has further information on recognition in the country, including detailed guidance on programme growth and information on converting IB grades when applying to Indian universities.

Indonesia

There is currently no national policy recognizing the IB Diploma as a credential for university admission in Indonesia, but several individual universities do have IB recognition policies.

The higher education system in Indonesia is centralized, and the Ministry of National Education and Culture (MNEC) makes overarching decisions for both public and private institutions in the country. However, there is no central admissions processing body, and students must apply to institutions individually.

Indonesian students who complete upper secondary education in the country must pass a National High School Final Examination (Ujian Akhir Nasional, grade 12 UAN) in order to graduate, and in turn be eligible for the national university admission examination. Since 2006, the National Entrance Test for State Universities (SNMPTN) has been used as the primary means for determining admission to public higher education. It has undergone several changes over the past few years, culminating in a complete transformation in 2013. The SNMPTN now assesses each student’s high school grades, academic rank, and results on the grade 12 UAN. The new written university admission exam, similar in structure to the previous SNMPTN, is the Joint Entrance Test for State Universities (SBMPTN). However, universities continue to assign many seats to students through the SNMPTN. Finally, many public and private universities use their own entrance exams (i.e. SIMAK UI) or other methods for determining student admissions. These are generally used in addition to quotas for student entry through SNMPTN and SBMPTN, but can also substitute both of these altogether.

All Indonesian students who wish to enter university in Indonesia must sit the Grade 12 UAN. However, there may be some alternative pathways for DP students:

a) DP students may take the Packet C test to qualify them for the SNMPTN. This test is generally meant for those who are unable to attend the UAN, mainly for medical reasons.
b) DP students can submit an application to the Ministry of National Education and Culture (Kemdikbud) for equivalency of their DP score to the UAN. The form can be found at the Ministry’s office, but the approval process can be somewhat cumbersome.
c) Some institutions in Indonesia accept DP scores on a case by case basis.

These processes generally only qualify students to take the SNMPTN or SBMPTN, however some private universities (i.e. UPH) can admit students directly once they have the equivalence letter from the MNEC. Both the SNMPTN or SBMPTN remain important to determine university placement. International students should check the admission requirements for public and private universities and submit the application directly to the university of choice.

Legalization of the Diploma is a requirement for all international & national students, who have obtained the International Baccalaureate Diploma in an IB school.

The legalization process is managed by the Legalization Service of the International Baccalaureate Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Legalization Service of the IB will obtain the legalization from the consulate of Indonesia in Switzerland. Legalization must be requested by e-mail at:legalization@ibo.org

Iraq

The IB Diploma is recognised by the Ministry of Education for the purposes of university entry provided that the six subjects do not include more than two languages.

The original diploma must be presented, together with any records gained while at school, to the Ministry of Education in Baghdad.

1988 - No notification of any changes since 1988.

Ireland

There are nine validating authorities in the Republic of Ireland, the National University of Ireland, Dublin,Cork and Galway; University of Limerick; Dublin City University; Trinity College Dublin;National University of Ireland, Maynooth and the National Council for Educational Awards.

The IB Diploma is regarded as equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate and is accepted as meeting the minimum entry requirement for university and for NCEA (National Council for Educational Awards) courses, provided due notice is taken of the various grades and combinations of subjects indicated in the current published entry requirements. Specific course and faculty requirements must be met at all institutions. All applications are assessed individually and the Diploma does not guarantee admission. Individual institutions may stipulate requirements additional to the minimum required.

Entry to all above institutions is through the Central Applications Office/Central Admissions Services (CAO/CAS). European Union students must apply before 1 February of the year of entry; non-EU students must apply before 15 December of the year prior to entry both to the CAO/CAS and to the particular College. IB results can be forwarded when available. Information on course choices and requirements is not available from CAO/CAS and enquiries should be made to the individual institution direct.

National Council for Educational Awards
26 Mountjoy Square
IE - DUBLIN 1
IRELAND

National Academic Recognition Information Centre
Higher Education Authority
3rd Floor, Marine House
Clanwilliam Court
IE - DUBLIN 2
IRELAND

1998

Israel

According to the Council for Higher Education Law of 1958, an accredited institution of higher education is free to conduct its administrative and academic affairs as it sees fit. This concludes the freedom to determine requirements for admission to academic programmes.

The Council for Higher Education has determined only one basic requirement for admission to accredited institutions of higher education; the possession of an Israeli matriculation certificate (Bagrut) or its equivalent. The only exception is the Open University of Israel, which has adopted an open admission policy, based on the model of the British Open University.

The IB Diploma has been recognised as meeting the admission requirements of the following universities and other institutions of higher education in Israel.

Universities:The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Bar Ilan University; Ben Gurion University of the Negev; Haifa University; Tel-Aviv University.

Other institutions of Higher Education: Bezalel - Academy of Arts and Design; The Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance; Jerusalem College of Technology - Machon Lev; The College of Management - Academic Studies, Tel-Aviv; "ORT" Braude College; The Academic College of Tel-Aviv - Yaffo; The Center of Optometric Studies; SADNA, College of Architecture and Design - Tel Aviv; Tel-Hai Academic College; Netanya Academic College; The Interdisciplinary Center; The College of Judea and Samaria; The Sapir Academic College; The Israel Academic School of Insurance; The Technological College of Beer-Sheva School of Engineering; "Sha'arei Mishpat" - The College of Legal Studies; Shenkar - College of Textile Technology and Fashion.

Teacher Training Colleges: The David Yellin Teachers College; Beit-Be rl Teachers Training College; The Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at The Wingate Institute.

Additional requirements: Each application is considered on its individual merits. Students may have to complete a one-year preparatory course if the standard of their diploma is not considered high enough. A Hebrew language placement test may be required.

Further to this basic requirement, most universities and other institutions of higher education require a psychometric entrance examination administered by the national center for testing and evaluation. Some institutions and programs also have other unique requirements, in addition to those specified above.

Entry procedures: Applications should be made directly to the individual Institute.

For general applications:

The Secretary
Council for Higher Education
POB 4037
IL - JERUSALEM 91040
ISRAEL

1998

Italy

The IB Diploma is recognized for the purposes of university entry in Italy according to Decreto del Presidentedella Repubblica 30ottobre 1986, n. 738.

This recognition has been further updated with art. 2 legge n.738/86 D.M. 18 ottobre 2010 applicativo del D.P.R. 2 agosto 2010 n.164 requiring students to choose one of the following options with IB Diploma subjects as indicated by the Italian Ministry of Education:

OPTION: LANGUAGESOPTION: SCIENCESOPTION: CLASSICSOPTION: HUMAN SCIENCES
First Language First Language First Language First Language
Second Language Second Language Latin Second Language
History or Economy or Geography or Philosophy or Psychology or Anthropology History or Economy or Geography or Philosophy or Psychology or Anthropology History or Economy or Geography or Philosophy or Psychology or Anthropology History or Economy or Geography or Psychology or Anthropology or Sociology or Pedagogy
Chemistry or Physics or Biology or Computer Science or Environmental Science Chemistry or Physics or Biology Chemistry or Physics or Biology or Computer Science or Environmental Science Chemistry or Physics or Biology or Computer Science or Environmental Science
Mathematics or Mathematical Studies Mathematics Mathematics or Mathematical Studies Mathematics or Mathematical Studies
Third Language Chemistry or Biology or Environmental Science or Computer Science or Latin or Arts Greek Philosophy or History or Economy or Geography or Arts

In the context of the 4 options of study, the studied branches listed above should include 3 subjects at higher level and 3 subjects at standard level. One obligatory subject characteristic for the option should be studied at higher level as listed below:

  • Option classics: Latin or Greek;
  • Option languages: first language;
  • Option sciences: Mathematics;
  • Option social studies: Anthropology or Psychology or Sociology or History or Philosophy.

Furthermore IB Diplomas must be legalised at the Italian Consulate in Geneva, after which students can register directly at the university. Please contact the IB Legalization Service at legalization@ibo.org for more detailed information.

Students taking the IB Diploma at schools recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education enjoy the same rights granted to holders of the Italian Maturit&#224, e.g. university recognition, the right to postpone military service or apply for appointment to the Italian civil service. For inclusion on the list, schools must apply on an individual basis to the Ministry of Education, providing documents which prove their competence to award the IB Diploma. The IB regional office for Africa, Europe, Middle East will provide support and supply necessary documentation to schools wishing to be included on this list. For further details, please contact ibaem.development@ibo.org

Please consult the Italian Ministry of Education website to see the original text in Italian.


Ministero dell'istruzione, dell'universit&#224 e della ricerca (MIUR)
Direzione Generale per gli Affari Internazionali Ufficio I
Viale Trastevere, 76/a
00153 ROMA
Italia

http://www.istruzione.it

February 2011

Japan

The IB Diploma is formally recognized as a qualification for university entrance in Japan.

Japan has a 6-3-3-4 system. Most students attend public schools through the lower secondary level, but private education is popular at the upper secondary and university levels. Most upper-secondary schools offer general university preparation programs or technical and vocational courses. There are around 200 public universities, and about 600 private four-year colleges. Each academic year begins in April and comprises of two semesters. The entrance exam process for the national universities has two parts: a standard exam given by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations, and the university-specific exam administered by each university.

The IB Diploma became officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1979. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) notified all Japanese national, local public and private universities that IB Diploma graduates who have reached the age of 18 and meet the prerequisites set by the university were eligible candidates for university admission. In 2012, the Global Human Resources Development Promotion Council reported the intention to introduce the IB to 200 Japanese high schools. As a part of the government’s Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development, the IB is recognized as “contributing to the acquisition of important abilities and skills such as problem finding/solving abilities, logical thinking skills, and communication abilities” (MEXT website).

Although all universities in Japan formally recognize the IB Diploma as a qualification and clearly acknowledge the high academic contents of the DP and value IB students, the policies themselves are varied. Admissions requirements are left up to the discretion of the individual universities. IB Diploma graduates who are seeking admission to Japanese universities should contact the respective admission offices to obtain information on application procedures and prerequisites, which vary across universities.

For information regarding the equivalency of IB Diploma Programme to the Japanese High School Graduation Diploma, please visit: http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/kokusai/ib/1307998.htm

The Global 30 project: http://www.uni.international.mext.go.jp/global30/

The IB’s resources for schools in Japan:http://www.ibo.org/en/about-the-ib/the-ib-by-region/ib-asia-pacific/information-for-schools-in-japan/

Jordan

The equivalency between IB Diploma Points and the National Jordanian Programme (Tawjihi) percentage grades is as follows:

Grade 7 = 98%

Grade 6 = 90%

Grade 5 = 80%

Grade 4 = 70%

Grade 3 = 60%

Grade 2 = 50%

Grade 1 = 40%

The bonus marks (for the EE and TOK) are now included as follows:

1. The +3 is equivalent to +1 to the total out of 100.

2. The +2 is equivalent to +0.6 to the total out of 100.

3. The +1 is equivalent to +0.3 to the total out of 100.

 

In addition student must:

Pass in at least six subjects

Have two of the six subjects at HL, and not the same subject at the SL.

Pass the Math and one science either at the SL or HL.

Pass the Arabic Language either HL or SL (for Jordanian and Arab students).

The passing points for the HL is 3-7, and for the SL is 2-7. Any third HL subject could be counted as SL if the student did not achieve the passing point for HL.

SCIENCE STREAM

The student must:

Take two of the six subjects at HL, two sciences at HL or one science and one Math at HL.

Take Arabic Language/One science subject or Math/Foreign Language/ one Individuals & Society or Art and Design subject at SL.

Have the following requirements: TOK, Religion, Physical Education, Community and Service, ICT skills.

Achieve a total of 21 out of 42

ART STREAM

The student must:

Take two of the six subjects at HL, one language and one individual & society at HL or two languages at HL.

Take Arabic Language/One science subject or Math/Foreign Language/ one Individuals & Society or Art and Design subject at SL.

Have the following requirements: TOK, Religion, Physical Education, Community and Service, ICT skills.

Achieve a total of 21 out of 42

January 2014

Kazakhstan

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

ORDER No. 175-3 March 17th, 2005

In conformity with the State Education Development Programme in the Republic of Kazakhstan for the period of 2005-2010 and based on successful CIS/NEASC accreditation of Miras International School and IBO MYP authorization I hereby ORDER:

*To consider the Certificate of the Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB MYP Certificate) to be equivalent to the Middle school education Certificate of the Republic of Kazakhstan In accordance with the Article 46 of the Law ""On Education"" of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Birganym Aitimova
Minister

Kenya

The IB Diploma is recognised as equivalent to Kenyan National Advanced Level Examinations by the University of Nairobi. A small number of Kenyan students who have taken the IB Diploma outside Kenya have entered the University of Nairobi on this basis.

The Kenya Certificate of Education used by Kenya's universities as the minimum entry qualification is significantly higher than the GCE 'O' levels. Kenya has now five public universities and four chartered private universities.

National Commission for Higher Education
PO Box 54999
KE - NAIROBI
KENYA

1998

Korea, Republic of

While Korean government policy does not allow universities to grant credit or equivalency to any non-national educational programme, major universities in Korea are now well aware of the strengths of DP students. Students are urged to contact universities for specific information.

Admissions policies for Korean universities governing IB Diploma students:
• Domestic students in Korea - Currently the Korean Ministry of Education does not recognize the IB Diploma as having equivalent status to the national examination system. Korean students studying within Korea must take the national entrance examination (CSAT) to apply to a Korean University. However Korean students from IB schools in the Jeju Special Autonomous Province hold special status and may enter in Korean universities without sitting the CSAT.
• Korean students temporarily living abroad - Korean DP students who completed their high school curriculum abroad and have lived abroad with their parents for at least three years may apply for early admission without sitting the CSAT. Their DP results will form part of the admissions process, which usually also includes an interview. Those living abroad but not with both parents cannot apply for special admission track, but are eligible for early admission including UIC and Global Leader without sitting CSAT.
• International Students applying from overseas (including Korean nationals who have lived overseas for 12 years or more) - The IB Diploma is accepted for application to Korean Universities. Depending on their Korean language proficiency, students may need to enroll in a university's bridging course or equivalent to improve their Korean. There is an alternative for international students wishing to study their courses in English at the Underwood International College (UIC) at Yonsei University.

There are no requirements for students to legalize their diplomas in order to study at a university in South Korea. However, some universities may require students to obtain the Apostille Stamp on their International Baccalaureate Diploma. If that is the case, legalization must be requested by e-mail at: legalization@ibo.org

Latvia

The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia has ratified the IB Diploma as a document confirming general secondary education in Latvia. A Secondary Education Diploma provides general access to higher education in Latvia.

The IB Diploma gives the right to enter higher academic establishments, including the University of Latvia, the largest higher academic establishment in Latvia, on the same conditions as for candidates with the Secondary Education Diploma of the Republic of Latvia. All students including IB Diploma holders must pass entrance examinations.

Department of Higher Education and Research
Ministry of Education and Science
Valnu iela 2
LV - 1098 RIGA
LATVIA

1998

Lebanon

The Secretary of the Committee of Equivalences certifies that the International Baccalaureate Diploma is recognized and acknowledged by the Lebanese Republic. It is equivalent to the Lebanese Baccalaureate Diploma - Part Two - in accordance with the laws and regulations in force.

Only Lebanese students who have spent part of their education abroad are allowed to study the IB diploma in schools located in Lebanon.

The Diploma should be legalised at the Lebanese Consulate in Geneva.

Republic of Lebanon
Ministry of National Education
and Fine Arts
LB - BEIRUT
LEBANON

2000

Lesotho

Entry to the National University of Lesotho at Roma is on the basis of Ordinary level or Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) Pass results.

The Senate of the University has agreed to the following arrangement:

Advanced placement: For students accepted on this basis, advanced placement will be determined once the IB results are known to the University Authorities. One year's credit will be given to holders of the IB Diploma and two years credit in the case of students who hold a Diploma with more than 30 points.

An English language qualification: either an English Language Pass at Ordinary level or COSC; or IB English at Standard level which may be taken as an anticipated subject.

For entry to the University, completed application forms to the University must be sent by 1 April in the year of entry.

1988 - No notification of any changes since 1988.

Liechtenstein

Please see below the recognition policy of the IB Diploma by the Office of Education (Schulamt), Liechtenstein in the original text in German:

Internationales Bakkalaureat
Empfehlung betreffend die Zulassung zum Studium an einer liechtensteinischen Hochschule


Das Schulamt in seiner Funktion als NARIC Liechtenstein empfiehlt, das Internationale Bakkalaureat, im Folgenden kurz ""IB"" genannt, für die Zulassung an liechtensteinischen Hochschulen wie folgt anzuerkennen:

1. Ein nach den Bestimmungen der ""International Baccalaureate Organization""www.ibo.org erworbenes ""IB Diploma"" ist für die Zulassung zum Studium an einer liechtensteinischen Hochschule als ausländischer Maturaausweis anzusehen. Nach dem Gesetz über das Hochschulwesen (Hochschulgesetz) vom 25. November 2004 Art. 24 Abs.3 stellt das Schulamt bei ausländischen Maturaausweisen die Gleichwertigkeit im Einzelfall fest, wenn keine Gegensrechtvereinbarungen bestehen. Eine solche kann im Falle der IB-Diplome nicht vorliegen.

2. Es wird festgestellt, dass mit einem IB-Diplom die Mindestandforderung für die Zulassung an eine liechtensteinische Hochschule gemäss Hochschulgesetz Art.24 Abs.1 Bst.b (Matura oder Berufsmatura) erfüllt ist.

3. Wenn kein ""IB Diploma"", sondern ein ""IB Certificate"" vorliegt, sollte dieses als ein mit einem Maturaausweis nicht vergleichbares Zeugnis betrachtet werden; die Beurteilung einer Gleichwertigkeit durch das Rektorat bzw. die Studiengangsleitung erscheint dann nicht möglich.

7. Nach dem Hochschulgesetz gilt ausserdem das Erfordernis ausreichender Deutschkenntnisse (Hochschulgesetz Art. 24 Art.1 Bst. a). Wenn der Gegenstand Deutsch im IB Diploma aufscheint, ist diese Kenntnis damit nachgewiesen. Andernfalls müssten die Kenntnisse entweder zweifelsfrei vorliegen oder nachgewiesen werden.

8. Zum Zweck der Zul assung zum Studium wird geraten, sich zum frühestmöglichen Zeitpunkt mit der Hochschule bzw. mit der Leitung des Hochschul-Studienganges in Verbindung zu setzen, an der voraussichtlich die Aufname eines Studiums angestrebt wird. Diese Feststellungen des Schulamtes bzw. von NARIC Liechtenstein stellen eine Empfehlung dar; die Entscheidung über die Zulassung trifft die betreffende Hochschuleinrichtung. Dabei kann sie die Zulassung von weiteren studienspezifischen Voraussetzungen abhängig machen (Hochschulgesetz Art. 24 Abs. 2) oder sie aus Kapazitätsgründen einschränken (Hochschulgesetz Art. 28).

Diese Empfehlung tritt mit 1. Oktober 2006 in Kraft.

Vaduz, 15. September 2006
Für das Schulamt bzw. NARIC Liechtenstein

Helmut Konrad

Lithuania

The IB Diploma programme is recognised by the laws of the Republic of Lithuania. The amended Law of Education (June 2, 1998, No VIII-854) reads: There are two types of schools of general education - the national Gymnasium and the International Baccalaureate Programme. (Chapter 1, Paragraph 4, Item 3).

The IB Diploma is recognised by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania. The latter has sent respective recommendations to all institutions of higher education and universities of Lithuania. At present confirmation about the recognition has been received from Vilnius University, one of the most prominent higher institutions of the country.

Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania
A. Volano g. 2/7
LT - 2691 VILNIUS
LITHUANIA

1998

Macau

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is recognized by major tertiary institutions in Macau as meeting admission requirements and waiver of the entrance examination.

Macau universities generally require applicants to hold a secondary school diploma which represents the successful completion of 12 years of compulsory schooling. Applicants with Grade 12 qualifications will be required to undertake the admission examination conducted by universities. Certain universities may specify qualifications that are eligible for ‘Direct Admission’ to its undergraduate programme. Students should visit the university’s website to find out more about the admissions requirements.

IB Diploma graduates are qualified for ‘Direct Admission’ to undergraduate programme offered by Macau universities. Still, it is advisable that students make direct contact with these universities to check on specific course requirements and possible entry pathways for IB qualifications.

To enable a higher education institution in Macau to receive your transcript of results, IB Diploma students should inform their school’s Diploma Coordinator to which university they would like their results released. The Diploma Coordinator will then complete the request for results form on IBIS, requesting the student's results to be sent to the appropriate higher education institutes.

Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of

The recognition of the IB Diploma has been regulated with the Law on Secondary Education, passed in 2002, as well as with the Law on Higher Education, passed in 2008.
In accordance with the current legislation on Secondary and Higher Education, students that have achieved this kind of secondary education programme in any country worldwide shall be recognised and shall have access to universities in the country under the same conditions as all other students.

Ministry of Education and Science
Ss. Cyril and Methodius No. 54
MK - 1000 SKOPJE
MACEDONIA, FYR
www.mon.gov.mk
March 2014

Malawi

The University of Malawi recognises the IB Diploma as an entry qualification either into the first undergraduate year or, in exceptional cases (i.e. depending on the spread of subjects and high grades), the University may consider admission into the second year.

Students applying to any of the four constituent Colleges (Bunda College of Agriculture, Chancellor College, Kamuzu College of Nursing, The Polytechnic) should apply before 30 June of the year of entry to the University Registrar.

Applications are processed in August and the University Council will then submit the names of successful candidates to the Government for approval and admission to the University.

1988 - No notification of any changes since 1988.

Malaysia

The IB Diploma is recognized in Malaysia as an equivalent qualification to the Malaysian higher school certificate exam (STPM), and is accepted as a credential for admission into the higher education system. Students are highly recommended to check with the universities directly for specific entry requirements.In addition, the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) qualification is also recognized as an equivalent qualification to the Malaysian lower secondary school leaving qualification (SPM).

Malaysia has two school leaving qualification. The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) is the lower secondary school leaving qualification and the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) is the upper-secondary school leaving qualification. For entrance into public higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country, local applicants must pass the SPM or equivalent qualification with credit in Bahasa Melayu subject. Malaysian HEIs also consider the grades obtained by an applicant prior to admission to the intended program.

The Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education’s Student Admission Management Division, or Badan Pengurusan Kemasukan Pelajar (BPKP), is responsible for coordinating the main intake session (September) of domestic students into public HEIs or IPTAs (Institut Pengajian Tinggi Awam). A few public universities also have direct intake. The Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA) assesses overseas secondary level academic qualifications for entry to local HEIs, and ensures that the qualifications are acceptable in principle, and equivalent to the SPM or STPM.

The IB Diploma is recognized as an equivalent qualification to the STPM and the IB MYP is recognized as an equivalent qualification to the SPM by the MQA. Most IPTS accept IB DP students since it’s listed as an approved qualification.

Domestic applicants must meet the General Conditions for university admissions and the Special Conditions of the program they are applying for. For Special Conditions, please check the intended university website. General conditions are as follows:
• Applicants must pass the SPM, or equivalent, with credits in Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Melayu, and pass the STPM, or equivalent, with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and at least: Grade C (CGPA 2.00) in General Studies and Grade C (CGPA 2.00) in two (2) other subjects. or
• Applicants must pass matriculation (CGPA 2.00) or have another qualification recognized by the MQA, and get at least a level/band 1 in the Malaysian University Bahasa Inggeris Test (MUET).

Students with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) are welcomed to visit Malaysian Qualifications Agency’s official website at http://www.mqa.gov.my/portal2012/default/en/ntaraf.cfm to view the qualifications’ equivalency statement in Malaysia. If you wish to obtain an official equivalency letter, kindly submit NT-01 application form together with your certificate and final transcript to the following address:
Quality Assurance Coordination and Reference Division
Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
Tingkat 13A, Menara PKNS-PJ
No. 17, Jalan Yong Shook Lin
46050 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
MALAYSIA

For private HEIs or IPTS (Institut Pengajian Tinggi Swasta), both domestic and international applicants must apply directly to the university of their choice. Many universities have intakes several times in an academic year. For private HEIs, the IB Diploma is generally accepted for both domestic and international applicants.

International students wishing to attend a public institution should apply directly to the university of their choice. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Malaysian University English Test (MUET) is normally required by both private and public HEIs as part of the entrance requirements for international students. The IELTS is also needed for Visa purposes. For international students, the SPM/STPM requirement is not applicable.

For further information (in Malay): Click here

Contact Information of Malaysian Qualification Agency: Tel: +603-7968 3338 / 3315
Fax: +603-7954 4158
E-mail: nornihidayah@mqa.gov.my / aifa@mqa.gov.my
Website: www.mqa.gov.my
* You may also walk-in the office during work days (from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm).

Malta

UNIVERSITY OF MALTA

COMPARABILITY OF INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE WITH THE MATRICULATION CERTIFICATE AND SEC REQUIREMENTS

Effective from October 2011

1. The IB Diploma will be accepted as comparable to the general entry requirements if obtained with 28 points or higher overall, and with passes at SEC level at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics;

2. the subjects chosen in the IB Diploma should have a mix comparable to that in the Matriculation Certificate;

3. the IB Diploma should include passes with 4 points or better in a language, a science subject and a humanistic subject;

4. for all undergraduate courses, except those having a numerus clausus: IB grades are considered as broadly comparable to those awarded in the Matriculation Certificate as follows:

Matriculation CertificateInternational Baccalaureate Diploma
Grade A 7 points
Grade B 6 points
Grade C 5 points
Grades D/E 4 points

5. for undergraduate courses having a numerus clausus, Faculty Admissions Committees shall be guided as follows:

  • MATSEC Grade C is higher than IB 5 points
  • MATSEC Grade B is higher than IB 6 points
  • MATSEC Grade A is higher than IB 7 points

Grades/points would be considered, starting with the highest, in the following order of merit:

AAA 777
AAB 776
ABB 766
BBB 666
BBC 665
BCC 655
CCC 555

Office of the University,

20 February 2009

Mauritius

The National Equivalence Council has recognised the International Baccalaureate since 14th May 1993 as satisfying the general matriculation requirements for entry to universities. The IB Diploma is considered to be of comparable standard to the French "Baccalaureat".

A pass in any subject taken at Higher Level in the International Baccalaureate may be considered to be equivalent to a pass at the G.C.E. 'A' Level subjectwise and a pass at the Subsidiary Level in the International Baccalaureate may be considered equivalent to a pass at the G.C.E. 'O' Level subjectwise.

Ministry of Education and Science
MU - PORT LOUIS
MAURITIUS

1994 - No notification of any changes since 1994.

Mexico

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY.

Agreement 91 approved by the Secretariat for State Education in January 1983 allows the use of the IB programme in private and state schools in the country. Authorised schools may plan their IB programme freely in the two final years of the Mexican system but must include any subject not previously taken in their 10th. year.

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTION FOR IB GRADUATES FROM OVERSEAS.

An IB diploma obtained overseas is recognised as equivalent to a Mexican high school diploma, but a legalised diploma must be presented and examinations passed in 10th grade subjects if not previously taken (Agreement 91/83 issued by the Scretariat for State Education - SEP).

Procedure for the legalisation of an IB diploma in Spanish:

I. Public Notary in Geneva
II. State Chancery in Geneva
III. Mexican Consulate in Switzerland

A photocopy of Agreement 91 as published in the Official Gazette of 26 January 1983 must be enclosed with the diploma together with a certificate showing satisfactory completion of the 10th. grade in the Mexican system or the revalidation of courses taken abroad at this level. This documentation must be presented no later than 31 of July in the year in which university entry is sought.

Mongolia

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is recognized by certain universities in Mongolia.

Mongolian universities generally require applicants to hold a Secondary Education Certificate and National University Entrance Examination Certificate. Each university has different requirements for the minimum score of National University Entrance Examination. Applicants should visit the university’s website to find out more about the admission process and requirements.

There is currently no formal recognition statement developed for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in the country. As such, it is advisable that students make direct contact with their universities of interest to check on specific course and possible entry pathways for IB qualifications.

To enable a Mongolia’s higher education institute to receive your transcript of results, IB Diploma students should inform their school Diploma Coordinator to which University they would like their results released. The Diploma Coordinator will then complete the request for results form on IBIS, requesting the student's results to be sent to the appropriate higher education institutes.

Netherlands

The changes that have taken place in secondary education in the Netherlands in the last few years have also affected the (legal) admission requirements for a number of university programs, especially those with a numerus fixus. More specifically: admission requirements for medical studies (including veterinary studies), technical studies and economics/econometrics & (international) business studies are now expressed in terms of specifics tracks that students need to have completed in their secondary school program.

The reforms in secondary education are known in Dutch as the 'invoering tweede fase' and the four specific tracks are known as 'subject clusters'.

1. Natuur - en gezondheid (N&G; physical sciences and health sciences)
2. Natuur & techniek ( N&T: physical sciences)
3. Economie & maatschappij (E&M; economics & social sciences)
4. Cultuur & maatschappij (C&M: humanities)

These changes have affected the admission requirements for students with foreign and international qualifications as well (British GCE, German Abitur, French Baccalaureate, Flemish DSO diploma, the European Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate).

For the IB Diploma the guidelines for the minimum requirements are as follows:

- Economics, econometrics and (international) business studies: Math SL
- Social sciences: Math Studies SL
- Technical universities: Maths and Physics at Higher level (Chemistry at HL instead of Physics: only for certain specific fields) and Chemistry at SL (or Physics at SL when Chemistry is offered at HL)
- Medical and related fields are the most complex: Biology at HL, Math at SL, Chemistry at SL including options A (organic Chemistry) and option B (higher physical chemistry) and Physics at SL i ncluding options D (biomedical physics) & option H (optics) as a seventh Certificate subject.

IB certificates (from September 2011 "Diploma Programme (DP) courses") are not accepted for admission to higher education in the Netherlands.

NB.

Please note that universities in the Netherlands are autonomous and admission requirements may vary per institution.

November 2011

New Zealand

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is recognized by all major tertiary institutions in New Zealand. Contact and recognition policy information can be found on the university pages of the IB website. These entries do however not contain all details and it is advisable that students make direct contact with their universities of interest to check specific course and entry requirements.

To enrol at a New Zealand university a domestic student needs to fulfil one of the following modes of entrance:
1. The common entrance standard
2. Special admission
3. Discretionary entrance
4. Admission ad eundem statum at entrance level
(Ad eundem statum means 'with equivalent status'. The abbreviation AES is sometimes used. This form of admission is used for students who have studied in New Zealand or Australia and gained a university entrance equivalent such as the IB Diploma.)

International students can gain admission to New Zealand universities by completing in their home country a qualification which is recognised in New Zealand as equivalent to the New Zealand university entrance standard. The IB Diploma is recognised.

In general Diploma Programme candidates will need to have been awarded the Diploma as a minimum entry requirement, although those who have not been awarded the Diploma or are Certificate candidates should apply for discretionary entrance or special admission.

To enable a NZ University to receive your transcript of results, IB Diploma students should inform their school Diploma Coordinator to which University they would like their results released. The Diploma Coordinator will then complete the request for results form on IBIS, requesting the student's results are sent to the appropriate Tertiary Institution.

Nigeria

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria to process university entry, recognises IB Higher Level certificates for direct entry into the universities. The full diploma is not required but IB Higher Level certificates qualify candidates for direct admission to all universities in Nigeria.

However, although Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions recognise IB Higher Level certificates as an entry qualification, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) formerly equated IB Higher Level graduates to points scored in the Nigerian GCE A level examinations. Grades required will vary depending on the individual faculties but IB Higher Level grades below 4 are not recognised by the universities.

In addition to the IB Higher Level certificates, universities also require at least five WAEC GCE O level passes at credit level 1-6 or University of London Examinations Board GCE O levels grade A-C.

All applications to the Nigerian universities are channelled through the central administration of the JAMB from whom application forms are collected by the universities. Candidates should collect the form for direct entry from the universities by January/February of the year of entry and are usually free to choose three universities in order of preference. When the results of the examinations are known, the JAMB on the recommendation of the university send letters confirming admission direct to the candidate and copies to the university.

There is a preliminary class admission based on a satisfactory result of a concessional university entrance examination and the WAED GCE O level examination recognised as equivalent to IB Standard Level examinations. Whereas preliminary class admission students study for a five year course, the direct entry candidates follow a four year undergraduate course.

Federal Ministry of Education and Youth Development
Evaluation & Accreditation Branch
14 Broad Street
NG - LAGOS
NIGERIA

1994 - No notification of any changes since 1994.

Norway

Norwegian universities and colleges recognise the IB Diploma or the Diploma Courses under certain conditions (see below) as fulfilling the general admission requirements for entry to all institutions of higher education. However, some study programmes require that the candidates have taken specific IB subjects. Applicants who have not had their basic education in Norway, must take Norwegian A or B as part of, or in addition to, their IB Diploma. If you do not have Norwegian language in your IB exam you must sit for an additional test.

Norway has a system of coordinated admission to universities, state colleges and some private colleges. Applicants to these institutions send one application form only to the Universities and Colleges Admission Service. One can apply for up to 15 different study programmes. The application deadline is 1 March for IB diploma holders and 15 April for non-IB students.

These are the minimum admission requirements for university studies

•The IB diploma or

•IB certificate with

- pass in 3 subjects at SL and 3 at HL

Or

• pass in 2 subjects at SL and 4 at HL

• at least 20 points including the core

• grade 3 or better in all subjects

• pass in Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay

- Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) should be “fully satisfied”

Conversion scale:

IB total points Norwegian total points
42 60.0
41 58.6
40 57.1
39 55.7
38 54.3
37 52.9
36 51.4
35 50.0
34 48.6
33 47.1
32 45.7
31 44.3
30 42.9
29 41.4
28 40.0
27 38.6
26 37.1
25 35.7
24 34.3
23 33.0
22 30.5
21 28.0
20 26.0

Only the total Diploma points are used as a basis for the scale. Applicants are given additional points for bonus points, for certain combinations of subjects and for studies in mathematical and natural sciences.

Samordna opptak
Universities and Colleges Admission Service
P.O. Box 1175 Blindern
NO - 0317 OSLO
NORWAY

2014


Please consult http://www.samordnaopptak.no/info/utenlandsk_utdanning/ib/opptakskrav/index.html

March 2014

Pakistan

On 10 March 1988, the Inter Board Committee Chairman (IBCC), Ministry of Education, issued an official statement that the IB Diploma is recognised as the equivalent of the Pakistani Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC). Both local and overseas IB students, who have obtained the IB Diploma, are eligible for the admission to all Universities and Colleges of Professional Education (i.e. medical, engineering, business administration, law etc.)

However, there is no automatic right of access to all faculties, and eligibility for admission may be decided on the basis of specific subjects and grades, according to the admission policy of each university.

On 11 February 2015, the IBCC issued a procedure of equivalence and conversion policy in respect to the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). The MYP is now recognized by the IBCC as equivalent to the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) of Pakistan. In addition, both MYP and DP grades will be converted to the Pakistani marks based on the IBCC conversion formula.  Please find below for the conversion formula issued by the IBCC:

Grade Pakistan equivalent mark (for external exams)
7 90
6 80
5 70
4 60
3 50
2 Zero
1 Zero

Entry procedures:

Applications for admission to BA/BSc/B.Com (Pass) two-year courses and for degrees in medicine, engineering and business administration are made directly to the colleges affiliated to the university. For admission to three-year honours courses, applications should be made to the relevant university department.

Different faculties/departments have their own entry requirements in terms of subject passes and grades obtained in the IB diploma. The exact requirements may be obtained by applying to the registrar of the university concerned or to the Secretary of the IBCC. The IB diploma (in English) must be authenticated by the relevant embassy in Pakistan or by the Pakistani Embassy in Geneva.

Address (for equivalence matters only):

Inter Board Committee Chairman
Ministry of Education
At FBISE Building
H-8/4, ISLAMABAD

Legalization of the Diploma is a requirement for all international & national students, who have obtained the International Baccalaureate Diploma in an IB school.

The legalization process is managed by the Legalization Service of the International Baccalaureate Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Legalization Service of the IB will obtain the legalization from the consulate of Pakistan in Switzerland. Legalization must be requested by e-mail at: legalization@ibo.org

Panama

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR IB GRADUATES FROM OVERSEAS.
The IB diploma is recognised as equivalent to a Panamanian high school diploma but a legalised diploma must be presented and examinations passed in Panamanian history, political geography, government and Panama and the United States relations at the end of a compulsory course lasting two months.
Procedure for the legalisation of an IB diploma in Spanish:

I. Public Notary in Geneva.
II. State Chancery in Geneva
III. Panamanian Consulate in Switzerland
IV. Foreign Ministry in Panama

The IB Diploma must be recorded in the Registry of the Ministry of Education.

Paraguay

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR IB GRADUATES FROM OVERSEAS.

The IB diploma is officially recognised by the Ministry of Education and Culture following a request from the Paraguayan UWC National Committee (Ministerial Resolution 3733, 21 May 1991). Any issues regarding procedure should be referred to the Paraguayan UWC National Committee in Asuncion (Mr. Jose Torres Palacios, Coronel Diaz 710 casi Lopez Moreira, Asuncion).

Peru

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY.

Schools with experimental status may request the use of the IB to cover national requirements in the final two years of high school, but must include national social studies subjects in their programme.

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR IB GRADUATES FROM OVERSEAS.

There is no recognition of the IB Diploma in Peru but partial equivalence can be obtained from the Ministry of Education in the case of students who have satisfactorily completed the 4th year of high school in the country. A legalised diploma must be presented and examinations passed in Peruvian history, civics and political economics.

Procedure for the legalisation of an IB diploma in Spanish

I. Public Notary in Geneva

II. State Chancery in Geneva

III. Peruvian Consulate in Switzerland

Equivalence must be requested in the Ministry of Education in Lima. On receipt of a Peruvian high school diploma, the applicant is eligible to take university entrance examinations.

Philippines

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is recognized by most major universities in the Philippines.

There is no centralized administration that controls higher education admissions or placement in the Philippines. Applicants are required to sit the entrance examinations/ interviews given by individual universities and most require SAT results. Only students who have achieved at least a high school qualification are eligible to sit for the entrance examinations/interviews. Applicants should visit the university’s website to find out more about the admission process and requirements.

For universities that recognizes the IB Diploma, contact and recognition policy information can be found on the university pages of the IB website. Most of the top universities in the Philippines accept the IB Diploma as a valid entry credential for admission. However, the IB is in the process of gaining formal recognition from these universities. Meanwhile, it is advisable that students make direct contact with these universities to check on specific course requirements and possible entry pathways for IB qualifications.

To enable a university in the Philippines to receive your transcript of results, IB Diploma students should inform their school Diploma Coordinator to which university they would like their results released. The Diploma Coordinator will then complete the request for results form on IBIS, requesting the student's results to be sent to the appropriate higher education institutes.

Legalization of the Diploma is a requirement for all international & national students, who have obtained the International Baccalaureate Diploma in an IB school.

The legalization process is managed by the Legalization Service of the International Baccalaureate Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Legalization Service of the IB will obtain the legalization from the consulate of Philippines in Switzerland. Legalization must be requested by e-mail at: legalization@ibo.org

Poland

Entry to higher education in Poland is dependant on the successful performance in the matura examination, taken by students on completing secondary education. The IB Diploma has been recognised as equivalent to the matura examination.

In the Decree of the Minister of National Education of 15.10.1997 it is stated: "The IB Diploma, issued by the International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva, is equivalent to the matura examination in public secondary schools".

Universities have considerable autonomy in determining their own entry requirements and procedures and entrance examinations are applied by some faculties whereas others apply direct entry on credentials. All students will have to prove their linguistic competence.

Enquiries should be addressed to individual universities.

Ministry of National Education
Al. Sucha 25
PL - 00-918 WARSAW
POLAND

2001

Portugal

Ministry of Education
'Portaria' no. 433/2005
dated 19 April

No. 2 of Article 56 of the Lei de Bases do Sistema Educativo requires the need for official recognition, case by case, of the plans and programmes adopted by schools in the private and co-operative systems.

It is important to complete the Decree-Law no. 219/97 dated 20 August, in what concerns the award of equivalence or the recognition of qualifications, studies and diplomas of courses certified by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in Geneva:

The Government, via the Minister of Education, therefore approves the following:

1 The comparative table between programmes, studies and courses of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Portuguese system, which is Annex 1 of this document of which it is part.

2 The conversion tables included in Annex II of this diploma, are approved and are part of this document:

a) Conversion table of the IB classification system to the 2nd and 3rd cycles of the Portuguese Basic Levels classification system (compulsory studies in Portugal).
b) Conversion tables of the IB classification system to the Portuguese secondary level classification system.
c) Conversion table of the classification system of the additional requirements of the IB diploma, shown on a scale of 1 to 3, to a scale of 1 to 7.

3 The conversion of the classification per subject is made according to tables 2 and 3.

4 The IB Diploma's final classification which is to be translated to the Portuguese classification system, is worked out by adding the average of the total of marks obtained in each subject to the result obtained in additional requirements, once this last one is converted in to the 1-7 scale. The conversion of the IB Diploma's final classification is made according to tables 4 and 5.

The Minister of Education,
Maria do Carmo Félix da Costa Seabra,
11 March 2005.

(doc.portaria 433-2005)

Please note

The Portuguese Ministry of Education no longer accepts any IB Diploma or MYP certificate without the "Apostille de la Haye".

For further information on how to obtain the "Apostille de la Haye" please contact Legalization

January 2010

Qatar

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is accredited as a terminal secondary certificate and equivalent to the Qatari terminal certificate of the secondary stage.

The following requirements must be achieved:

1. Twelve academic years of education according to the Qatari educational system.

2. Examinations are held in official institutions, recognized and accredited by the State of Qatar.

3. The academic subjects that students study are identical with the same academic subjects in the Qatari General Secondary School Certificate.

The Board of Trustees of Qatar Academy
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development
P.O. Box 80
DOHA
QATAR

2002

Romania

The IB Diploma is accepted by the Ministry of Education of Romania and guarantees the same rights as the national school leaving certificate.

There are three types of Baccalaureate programmes: the national programme, the IB Diploma programme and the programme for vocational schools.

Ministry of Education and Science
Department of Higher Education
Str. General Berthelot no. 28-30
RO - BUCHAREST
ROMANIA

2000

Russian Federation

The Ministry informs, that in the 1996-1997 school year a few educational institutions in Russia were authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate programs. The IB educational programs have been designed by educators from all over the world to accumulate the best of the world educational experience. The expertise of the IB programs showed their compliance with the educational programs in the Russian Federation.

The Ministry informs that the educational institutions in Russia, accredited by the state and teaching the IB programs, have the right to issue to the IB Diploma program graduates a certificate of secondary (complete) general education (attestat) and an IB Diploma, equivalent to the certificate. A certificate of secondary general education is given to school leaving students according to the Regulations of the final attestation of the 9th, 11th (12th) grades of state, municipal and non-state general educational institutions of the Russian Federation. The IB Diploma allows its holder to continue his/her education in state institutions of higher education.

The state accreditation of educational institutions offering IB programs is executed according to the acting law by the state educational authorities.

Ministry of Education
Department of Higher Education
RU - 113833 MOSCOW
RUSSIAN FEDERATION

2000

Singapore

This information is based on our current understanding of university admission in this country. The IB advises that you always check directly with the university concerned.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is recognized by publicly funded, private and all autonomous universities in Singapore.

Universities in Singapore have different admissions processes and requirements. Applicants may be required to take entrance interviews or examinations depending on the university’s requirements. Certain undergraduate programmes may require students to showcase a portfolio of related subject. Undergraduate applications to all university in Singapore must be done through the university.

The IB Diploma is recognized by National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and others. Contact details and recognition policy information can be found on the ‘University Recongition’ pages of the IB website. These entries do not contain all details and it is advisable that students make direct contact with the higher education institution of interest to check specific course and entry requirements.

In general, DP candidates will need to have been awarded the IB Diploma as a minimum entry requirement. The Middle Years Programme is also recognized by a number of higher education institutions as meeting the entry requirement for the Foundations and Diploma programmes which may articulate directly to undergraduate programmes.

International students can gain admission to Singapore’s universities by obtaining a recognized high school qualification which can be found on the university’s websites. The IB Diploma obtained outside Singapore is recognised by universities.

To enable a Singapore’s higher education institute to receive your transcript of results, IB Diploma students should inform their school Diploma Coordinator to which University they would like their results released. The Diploma Coordinator will then complete the request for results form on IBIS, requesting the student's results to be sent to the appropriate higher education institutes.

There are no requirements for students to legalize their diplomas in order to study at a university in Singapore. However, some universities may require students to obtain the legalization on their International Baccalaureate Diploma. If that is the case, legalization must be requested by e-mail at: legalization@ibo.org

Slovenia

In accordance with provisions of Article 4 of the Zakon o gimnazijah (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia No. 1/2007- UPB1) the International Baccalaureate examination is equivalent to the Slovene matura examination.

Ministry of Education and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia
Zupanciceva 6
SI - 61000 LJUBLJANA
SLOVENIA

2013

South Africa

Access to higher education in South Africa is regulated through legislation and it is conducted on two levels. In the first place, candidates need to meet the legislated minimum admission requirements which are administered by the Matriculation Board given that one of the critical functions of this Board is to advise the Minister of Higher Education and Training on the minimum admission requirements for higher education studies. The Matriculation Board operates under the auspices of Higher Education South Africa (HESA). HESA is the coordinating body for the 23 public universities in South Africa. Secondly, the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997 as amended enjoins Universities to overlay these minima with additional admission requirements set and approved by each University Council.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and Certificate are fully recognized for university admission in South Africa as reflected in the government gazette no.: 31674, vol. 522 of 5 December 2008. According to this gazette, a candidate with IB school exit qualification will, on application be issued with an exemption certificate if he/she meets one of the following criteria:

a) International Baccalaureate Diploma with 24 points, or

b) Two higher level and three standard level pass towards International Baccalaureate Certificate with pass mark of 4 to 7.

Candidates with international school exit qualifications which are locally benchmarked and approved such as the International Baccalaureate and wish to apply for university studies in South Africa are required to apply for certificates of exemption. The detailed exemption application procedure can be accessed on the Higher Education Enrolment Programme website available on this link: http://heenrol.ac.za

Applications for exemption certificates can also be addressed to the Matriculation Board via the University concerned and must be accompanied by the application form, copy of the school exit qualification and the relevant exemption fee.

The Senior Manager
Higher Education Enrolment Programme
Higher Education South Africa
PO Box 3854
0001 PRETORIA
SOUTH AFRICA
Tel: 27 12 481 2847/8

September 2012

Spain

For further information on recognition in Spain, please download our PDF.

Sri Lanka

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is responsible for the selection of students for admission to undergraduate programmes in 14 National universities and 4 institutes (Universities Act No. 16 of 1978). Limited number of students with foreign qualifications may be offered admissions to universities or institutes in the country.

There is currently no formal recognition for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in the country. It is advisable that students make direct contact with UGC to check on specific course requirements and possible entry pathways for IB qualifications.

You may visit http://www.ugc.ac.lk/en/university-admissions.html for more information on UGC admission policy.

Swaziland

There are two methods of entry to degree courses in the University of Swaziland:

a) the basic minimum requirement is a Cambridge Overseas School Certificate in the first or second division with a credit in English language (O level entry) or

b) possible entry into the second year of undergraduate study on the basis of A level passes, two or more of the subjects passed being those in which the applicant wishes to take second year courses (A level entry).

Only results of examinations taken before March 1 in the year of entry will be considered. Application forms are obtained from the Admissions Secretary, University of Swaziland and should be returned by 1 April together with a transcript of IB results obtained. The academic year starts in August.

1988 - No notification of any changes since 1988.

Sweden

The International Baccalaureate diploma provides basic eligibility for higher education in Sweden, provided that you fulfil the entry requirements in English and Mathematics. If you want to study in Swedish, you also need to fulfil the Swedish language requirements.

The general entry requirements for English and Mathematics are:
• English B, SL or English 6
• Mathematical studies, Mathematics A/1a, b or c with at least grade E or the equivalent knowledge.

To fulfil the general entry requirements for studying in Swedish, you must have one of the following courses:
• Language and Literature A, HL/SL or Literature A, HL/SL, in
Swedish, Danish or Norwegian
• Swedish 3 or Swedish as a second language 3 with at least grade
E; alternatively, that you've passed Tisus (Test in Swedish for higher education).

You must submit the above documentation to demonstrate you have the requisite knowledge of Swedish, even if Swedish is your mother tongue. Grades in individual subjects (courses) do not fulfil the general entry requirements, but may fulfil specific entry requirements.

For more information see the fact sheet "Applying with an International Baccalaureate from 2014 or later" which you will find on the following link https://www.antagning.se/Global/Faktablad%20HSV-VHS/ib-eng-2014-or-later.pdf or https://www.antagning.se/Global/Faktablad%20HSV-VHS/ib-sve-2014-och-senare.pdf

CONVERSION SCALE


(Ändring enligt Högskoleverkets föreskrift HSVFS 2006:2)

IB scoreGymnasiebetyg (0-20)
24 13,50
25 13,95
26 14,50
27 15,03
28 15,31
29 15,70
30 16,04
31 16,60
32 17,18
33 17,50
34 18,11
35 18,49
36 18,95
37 19,31
38 19,55
39 19,83
40-45 20,00

Swedish Council for Higher Education

PO Box 45093

SE - 104 30 STOCKHOLM

SWEDEN

March 2014

Switzerland

General Provisions

Recognition of foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificates: general provisions for all countries

Recognised upper secondary school-leaving certificate

  • International Baccalaureate

with the following general education subjects

  1. First language (native language)
  2. Second language
  3. Mathematics (Higher Level / Standard Level)
  4. Natural sciences (biology, chemistry or physics)
  5. Humanities and social sciences (geography, history or economics / business and management)
  6. Elective (one subject from category 2, 4 oder 5) 

Language skills and/or exams under reserve

The following subjects are recognised

  • All languages
  • Economics
  • Business and management
  • Geography
  • History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics standard or higher level

Admission requirements of each university

valid for the academic year 2016/17

EPFL

Admission to the first year without entrance examination if the following requirements are fulfilled:

  1. 38 out of 42 points (without bonus points);
  2. Higher Levels (HL) mathematics, either physics or chemistry, and one modern language (SL in a "Language A" subject is also accepted);
  3. Additional Standard Levels (SL) in three of the following fields: natural sciences, geography, history, economics, another modern language, applied mathematics.

Otherwise: Entrance Examination EPFL

ETHZ

Admission without entrance examination if the following requirements are fulfilled:

  1. 38 out of 42 points (without bonus points);
  2. At Higher Level (HL): a) mathematics or further mathematics, b) physics or chemistry or biology, c) 1 language A;
  3. At Standard Level (SL): three additional subjects of the following: physics of chemistry or biology, geography, history, economics or business management, 1 further language only, computer science.

Otherwise: Reduced Entrance Examination ETHZ

Basel

Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject)
In the category 6. Elective also accepted: Computer Science, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Anthropology

Bern

Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject)

Fribourg

Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject)

Genève

Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject) 

Lausanne

Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject)

Luzern

Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject)

Neuchâtel

Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject)

St. Gallen

Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject) + HSG admission test

Zürich

Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject) 

USI

Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject)

For more detailed information, as specified by CRUS, please consult their website.

 

Taiwan

Taiwan universities generally require applicants to pass the Joint University Entrance Examination. Each university has different requirements for the subjects and minimum score of the entrance examination. International/domestic students holding graduate diplomas other than Taiwan’s Joint University Entrance Examination are admitted on a case by case basis. There is also a special Joint Tertiary Admission scheme for overseas Chinese. Applicants should visit the university’s website to find out more about the admission process and requirements.

There is currently no formal recognition for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in the country. It is advisable that students make direct contact with universities to check on specific course requirements and possible entry pathways for IB qualifications.

Overseas Chinese Student Admission: http://www.overseas.ncnu.edu.tw/content/a10

Legalization of the Diploma is a requirement for all international & national students, who have obtained the International Baccalaureate Diploma in an IB school.

The legalization process is managed by the Legalization Service of the International Baccalaureate Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Legalization Service of the IB will obtain the legalization from the consulate of Taiwan in Switzerland. Legalization must be requested by e-mail at: legalization@ibo.org

Tanzania, United Republic of

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is recognised by the University of Dar es Salaam as meeting the general requirements for admission. The IB is recognised as equivalent to the Tanzanian National Form VI Examinations (GCE Advanced level).

Each application is considered on its own merit depending on the programme into which the student wishes to be enrolled. For example: "Higher Level passes in the Experimental Sciences and Mathematics would make it possible to be considered for Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Forestry, Agriculture, Engineering, Geology, Education and General Science". (Chief Academic Officer's letter, 1 September 1983).

There are three ways through which candidates are admitted into the University:

a) Direct entry scheme: candidates who possess two or more passes at the Advanced level. The IB Diploma is considered equivalent to the Advanced level;

b) Mature Age Entry Examination;

c) Equivalent entry scheme: candidates under this category should have completed at least Form IV (Ordinary level) and attained Second Class / Credit level or IB diploma/certificates of not less than two years duration, from recognised institutions of higher education.

Applications giving full particulars of academic qualifications and citizenship must be submitted not later than 30 November of the year prior to entry. The University's academic year begins in July. Applications for BSc (Agriculture), BSc (Forestry) and B. Veterinary Science must arrive not later than 31 August of the year prior to entry, as these students are admitted in January of each year.

1988 - No notification of any changes since 1988.

Thailand

The Ministry of Education accepts the IB Diploma as equivalent to the Thai Higher Secondary School Certificate (Mathayom Suksa 6).

Administration and control of public and private universities are carried out by the Office of Higher Education Commission, a department of the Ministry of Education. The established public and private universities and colleges of higher education are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of University Affairs. During the first years of the 21st century, the number of universities increased dramatically as many public institutes were renamed as universities.

To be admitted to public higher education institutions in Thailand, DP students must present their IB Diploma to the Ministry of Education to obtain the certificate of equivalency. Procedures and requirements for entry to universities are available from the Ministry of Education directly, via the contact information below.

The Ministry of University Affairs
328 Sri Ayutthaya Road
Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400
Thailand
Tel: (66-2) 248-7991 to 6 ext. 301 246-0025
Fax:(66-2) 245-8636; 245-8930
uska@is.mua.go.th

Legalization of the Diploma is a requirement for all international & national students, who have obtained the International Baccalaureate Diploma in an IB school.

The legalization process is managed by the Legalization Service of the International Baccalaureate Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Legalization Service of the IB will obtain the legalization from the consulate of Thailand in Switzerland. Legalization must be requested by e-mail at: legalization@ibo.org

Togo

Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieure et de la Recherche
No 12/MESR-CNREEDGT/2007

ATTESTATION DE NIVEAU DE DIPLOME

(Tenant lieu d'équivalence)

Je soussigné Ananivi DOH, Président de la Commission Nationale de Reconnaissance et d'Equivalence des Etudes, Diplômes, Grades et Titres au Togo, atteste que le Diplôme de Baccalauréat International (BI) délivré à Genève (Suisse) par l'Organisation du Baccalauréat International ""IBO"" est un diplôme international sanctionnant un programme de fin des études secondaires, dispensé dans plusieurs Etats du monde. A cet effet, il est reconnu au Togo comme un Baccalauréat, 2ème partie.

Toutefois, en ce qui concerne l'accès aux études supérieures ou à la vie professionnelle, chaque diplôme doit faire l'objet d'une équivalence spécifique auprès des Autorités compétentes.

Et foi de quoi, cette attestation est délivrée pour servir et valoir ce que de droit.

Fait à Lomé, le 9 Janvier 2007

Le Président
(signature)
Professeur Ananivi DOH


(Translation)
Ministry of Higher Education and Research
No 12/MESR-CNREEDGT/2007

CERTIFICATION OF DIPLOMA LEVEL

(in place of equivalency)

I, the undersigned, Ananivi DOH, President of the National Commission for the Recognition and Equivalence of Studies, Diplomas, Grades and Titles in Togo, certify that the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) delivered at Geneva (Switzerland) by the International Baccalaureate Organization ""IBO"" is an international diploma sanctioning the completion of a secondary program of studies, dispensed in several countries of the world. To this effect, it is recognized in Togo as a Baccalaureate, second part.

Nevertheless, as far as access to higher studies or to professional life are concerned, each diploma must be subject to a specific equivalency by the competent authorities.

In witness thereof, this certifica tion is delivered to serve and avail as a right.

Issued at Lomé, 9th January 2007

The President
(signature)
Professor Ananivi DOH

Turkey

The IB Diploma is recognised in Turkey but all students must sit the Turkish university entrance examinations according to Law no. 2547 (OSYM Bilkent, Ankara).

The Turkish Ministry of Education
Board of Education
Teknikokullar
TR - ANKARA
TURKEY

1998

Uganda

The University of Makerere recognises the qualifications from the International Baccalaureate. We have equated the IB qualifications to our local Advanced Level qualifications which are the basic University admission requirements. Applicants who possess IB qualifications and those who meet our minimum requirements are admitted to various degree programmes, either on government scholarships (Ugandans only) or as self sponsored students (Ugandans and International).

The Academic Registrar is the Secretary to the University Admissions Board. All correspondence regarding admission to the University should be directed to him.

Makerere University
P.O Box 7062
UG - KAMPALA
UGANDA

1998

United Kingdom

Admission to UK Higher Education

UK universities and colleges accept the International Baccalaureate Diploma for entry to all first degree courses and higher education institutions. However, the institutions are autonomous, and therefore the standards required (i.e. combination of IB subjects, points secured in total and in individual subjects) are a matter for each individual institution to decide. Requirements will vary considerably depending on the institution and the course.

All applications for full-time undergraduate degree, Diploma of Higher Education, HND and Foundation degree courses at UK Higher Education institutions should be made via UCAS. All applications are made online via the UCAS website between 1 September and 15 January for entry in the following September/October. (However, applications for the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge, and for courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine must be made by 15 October of the year preceding entry). Applicants may select up to six choices of institution/course, but are restricted to four choices for courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine with the opportunity to apply to up to two further choices of courses in other subject areas.

Applications to Art and Design courses are made through two different pathways of equal status:
(a) Route A (simultaneous route) - applications to be made between 1 September and 15 January.
(b) Route B (sequential route) - applications to be made between 13 February and 24 March.

Institutions make their decisions independently of each other and relay them to applicants via UCAS. If the IB Diploma has not yet been achieved, the offers will normally be conditional on specified IB grades being obtained.

UCAS, PO Box 28, Cheltenham, Glos., GL52 3LZ

Please refer to the UCAS website which includes Course Search listing entry requirements for all courses in the UCAS scheme.

March 2006


Please note that the International Baccalaureate Diploma is now included in the UCAS tariff. The points for the IB come into effect for entry to higher education in 2008 onwards and are awarded to candidates who achieve the IB Diploma.

Please consult the UCAS website for more details.

September 2006

United States

There is no national ministry or centralized bureaucracy in the United States that controls university admission or placement. Instead, each college or university is responsible for setting its own policies.

A student interested in post-secondary study in the USA must make direct contact with the college or university he or she would like to attend. One good way to begin is to use this web site. As you examine the IB recognition policies of American colleges and universities, make special note of those institutions that interest you. Using the links available in each policy, explore the college's web site to find information on exactly what the college requires. It is your responsibility to meet all the requirements and deadlines of the specific college or university.

In general terms, American colleges and universities require you to submit a written application for admission. You will be required to provide a transcript with your secondary school grades.

In addition, you will need to have taken either the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the American College Test . Students whose first language is other than English are often required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language . Advanced Placement and IB exams, while not mandatory, will increase a students chance for securing admission to selective universities.

Other web sites may be helpful in answering general and specific questions about the college admissions process in the U.S.A. Consult The National Association of College Admissions Counseling; The College Board; EducationUSA and the Higher Education Directory and the Higher Education Resource Center of the web site for the Council of International Schools.

Uruguay

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY.

In Uruguay, according to Resolution N? 41 of Meeting N? 74 (November 9, 1994) of the Consejo Directivo Central, which allows the use of International Baccalaureate in the country in the following manner:

Option: 6? Law

IB Subjects: Spanish, English, Any Science, *History, Mathematics, Group 3 subject, Italian (ab initio). If history  is not included, additional examination is required.

National Subjects: Introduction to sociology 5?, Introduction to law 6?, History 6?, Accountancy 6?.

Option: 6? Economics

IB Subjects: Spanish, English, *History, Any science, Mathematics, Economics. If History is not included, additional examination is required.

National Subjects: Mathematics A 6?. Accountancy 6?, Drawing 6?, History 6?, Introduction to sociology 5?, History 5?.

Option: 6? Agriculture

IB Subjects: Spanish, English, Group 3 subject, *Physics, Mathematics. If Physics and/or Chemistry are not included, additional examination is required.

National Subjects: Biology 5? and 6?, Drawing 5?, Geology 6?, Physics 5? and 6?, Chemistry 5? and 6?.

Option: 6? Medicine

IB Subjects: Spanish, English, Group 3 subject, *Chemistry, Mathematics, *Physics. If Physics and/or Chemistry are not included, additional examination is required.

National Subjects: Biology 5? and 6?, Drawing 5?, Introduction to law 6?, Physics 5? and 6?, Chemistry 5? and 6?.

Option: 6? Architecture

IB Subjects: Spanish, English, Group 3 subject, *Chemistry, *Physics, Mathematics. If Physics and/or Chemistry are not included, additional examination is required.

National Subjects: Mathematics B 5?, Drawing 5? and 6?, History of Art 6?, Physics 5? and 6?, Chemistry 5?.

Option: 6? Engineering

IB Subjects: Spanish, English, Group 3 subject, *Chemistry, Mathematics, *Physics. If Physics and/or Chemistry are not included, additional examination is required.

National Subjects: Mathematics B 5?, Mathematics A 6?, Mathematics B 6?, Mathematics C 6?, Drawing 5?, Physics 5? and 6?, Chemistry 5? and 6?.

* Subjects in which the grade must be at least 4.

Students who have completed the full IB course but not obtained the full IB Diploma will receive individual subject recognition provided that they obtain at least a grade 4 in the subjects concerned.

Law Option:

IB Spanish by Literature 5H & 6

Venezuela

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY.

Although there is no official resolution on the IB, all students from the Colegio Internacional de Caracas have been able to take, since 1989, special examinations to validate their studies in the school and so receive their Venezuelan baccalaureate.

MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR IB GRADUATES FROM OVERSEAS.

The IB diploma obtained overseas is recognised as equivalent to a Venezuelan high school diploma provided that the student coming from outside the country has satisfactorily completed the first three years of high school in the Venezuelan system (Ministerial decree 31667 published in the official gazette in February 1979). A legalised diploma must be presented and examinations passed in Venezuelan geography, history, spanish and literature in spanish.

Procedure for the legalisation of an IB diploma in Spanish:

I. Public Notary in Geneva

II. State Chancery in Geneva

III. Venezuelan Consulate in Switzerland

The IB diploma must be accompanied by a transcript in spanish from the particiating school, together with a statement that the student took the full IB diploma. These documents should be legalised in the same manner described above.

These documents should be in Venezuela no later than 31 July and consequently the Early Results Service will be needed. All documentation should be presented to the Direccion de Apoyo Docente in the Ministry of Education in Caracas, together with a photocopy of the ministerial decree on the IB. 

Vietnam

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is recognized by international universities in the Vietnam.

Vietnam universities generally require applicants to pass the High School Graduate Examination and the National University Entrance Examination Certificate. Each university has different requirements for the subjects and minimum score of the National University Entrance Examination. Applicants should visit the university’s website to find out more about the admission process and requirements.

For universities that recognizes the IB Diploma, contact and recognition policy information can be found on the university pages of the IB website. Still, it is advisable that students make direct contact with these universities to check on specific course requirements and possible entry pathways for IB qualifications.