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General requirements for applying to universities

There are a variety of ways to apply to a university in Australia.  If you are not an Australian citizen, then you can apply directly to the universities.  If he is an Australian citizen, then applying to a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) for the state, or the University Admissions Centre (UAC in NSW) is acceptable.  Regardless, both the universities and the TAC’s accept the 6 digit alphanumeric code (personal code) supplied by the IB.

Please ensure that the IB coordinator has entered the B2 information for the appropriate TAC/UAC.  The admission centre will require the official results, so please ensure that the coordinator will have the results sent there.

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You can access the conversion table via the university section of the Association of Australasian IB Schools (AAIBS) website, available at: .  By clicking on the appropriate Australian state on the map, you will be linked to a pdf document which contains the conversion table (page 2 of the document). 

Update :

The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC), (Australia) which processes applications for admission to most undergraduate courses at participating institutions mainly located in NSW and the ACT, has made the following changes to include IB students that have taken the May session examinations:

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  • For 2013 main admissions, applications through UAC International will open in early August 2012 and close at midnight on 31 January 2013.
  • For 2013 mid year admissions UAC will re-open applications on the 29 March and close at midnight on 7 June 2013. Applications received for main admissions are carried forward to this period.
  • From 2012, for international applicants, UAC will be scheduling the final Mid-Year offer round to take place one day after the release of the IB May examination session results (generally 5 July each year).  This will enable institutions to make offers to May sitters based on actual results received.
  • UAC are also introducing an early offer round in late September each year, that is again targeted at international applicants who have results from the IB May examination session.

UAC feel that the above changes will provide institutions with appropriate opportunity to make offers to international May sitters.


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Although we are fortunate to have strong recognition of the IB diploma in Germany, there are fairly strict requirements which must be met for the IB diploma to be granted equivalence with the German Abitur.  Certainly care needs to be taken in the selection of subjects, and which subjects must be taken at the higher and standard level. Additionally, as there are 16 states (Lander) in Germany, there can sometimes be recognition differences between universities in different parts of the country. The IB public website does post the most current agreement between IB and the German government.  You can access the policy by clicking here.   I would recommend that you print out the policy and double check against the current subjects that make up the diploma to ensure that all criteria listed has been met.   Representatives from the German government last met with an IB delegation in June 2007 in Frankfurt:


  • German is not required as a language if it is not provided by the school.
  • French B SL as a subject choice for group 2 should not pose a problem, nor diminish chances of success in acceptance.
  • German can be studied as an A1 self-taught SL course.  However, students are to enroll in this course for two years, and cannot complete the subject in only one year. 


Additionally, we maintain contact details with a number of individual universities.  You can access the list (pull down menu in the middle of screen) here.

Most of the universities provide us with email and telephone numbers of individuals within the institution who can guide you further with their specific requirements not covered in the general country wide policies

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General recognition – schools in India

The IB maintains a list of authorized schools in India on our public website.  For a complete list, please see: Country information for India [more+]

We are fortunate that the IB does indeed enjoy recognition in India, and the number of students completing the IB and applying to institutes in India has grown substantially in the past few years.  In 2010 more than 1700 students with Indian nationality undertook the IB diploma in the Asia Pacific region.  We maintain a current list on our website of universities in India that formally recognize the IB diploma, which is available below:

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Top schools query

Each of the over 2,000 schools that offer the IB diploma programme can make their own decision  how they admit students to the programme; some schools have very exclusive admission requirements (by test scores for example), while others are more inclusive in their approach, admitting students from a wide variety of backgrounds.   As a result, it is impossible to rank certain IB schools as being considered a ‘top’ IB school.

Recognition of IB Diploma:

All universities in India accept the IB Diploma as equivalent to Class 12 qualification from an Indian board. The IB has enjoyed recognition by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) since 1983. Click the links below to download the recognition statement from the AIU. However, acceptance alone does not guarantee entry into courses. Entry is based on competition as places may be limited and some courses may have additional selection requirements.


Recognition of Math Studies SL?

The IB programme is widely recognized as a pre-university credential in many universities throughout the world.  In some countries, the diploma is required for admission (UK, Germany, etc.) Additionally, in some countries certain subject requirements need to be met for the IB to be recognized as equivalent to the national system.  In Germany, for example, the Math Studies SL course is not acceptable as part of the diploma to be considered equivalent to the German Abitur.   In the UK, Math Studies would be acceptable for many programmes, but might not be accepted for other programmes. 

In the US, the IB forms part of the admissions process (along with the SAT, letters of recommendation etc.), and therefore for programs such as Literature or Design there is no concern which level of Math was completed.  In many universities students who enter with IB diploma often receive credit for HL subjects, but not always for SL subjects.  You can view the list of recognition policies in US universities here.

Students must check the University/College websites for specific subject requirements before choosing their subjects, Please consult the College Counsellor or IB coordinator at your school for advice.

Three science recommendation

Whilst it is quite difficult to complete an IB diploma and take three IB science subjects, it is possible.  Two options: The first option is to take an additional science subject as an ‘extra’ certificate.  Although obviously this will come with extra work, the overall score for this extra course will not count towards the  IB diploma score, and therefore the utility of taking the extra course is simply to satisfy the entrance requirements for the university requiring three sciences. 

The second option is to apply for a non-regular IB diploma, thus allowing three sciences to be completed, usually in lieu of a group 3  (Humanities) subject.  A candidate may be authorized to take a non-regular diploma only if the proposed higher education course allows no other alternative.  As a matter of practice, this option should only be explored only after exploring the first option mentioned above.  However, if in fact you believe this to be the best option, then you will need to contact the IB coordinator at the school to proceed with this request.  Please note that this request must be submitted to the IB Cardiff office (via the IB coordinator) at least 18 months prior to the examinations, and there is no guarantee that such a request will be automatically be granted.

Also worth noting is that taking three sciences only helps meet the minimum entry requirements for studying Medicine in most colleges; it does not guarantee entry.  Students often will have to sit the entrance test which may require additional tutorials.

Indian percentage grade equivalents to IB 1-7 scale

An increasing number  of  universities in India understand the 1-7 grading scale - some are willing to consider predicted grades based on the 1-7 scale  -  but all will eventually need the final grades converted to percentage equivalents.  The IB office in Singapore will create this once the results are issued, and we then sent the transcripts via courier to the school where the candidate was registered.  The candidate is then able to pick up the transcript from their school and hand deliver it to the appropriate university admissions.    The timing is tight, but we have been successful in sending off over 1000 transcript to many tertiary institutions each year to India. All transcript requests must be done via the process outlined in the Handbook of Procedures.   If you require transcripts to apply to Indian universities, please note that this procedure must be followed. Talk to your IB coordinator and/or College Counsellor for more details.

However, there is still the requirement from some institutions that students are required to also sit individual entrance exams.  These exams take place in April/May/June. Check the university websites for more details.

Transcript request service

In May 2010 we processed over 1000 transcripts for Indian who applied to tertiary institutions in India.  For medicine the three HL science requirement (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) for medicine, and Engineering requirement (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at the HL) still exist, as mandated by the UGC, Universities, and State Education Boards. 

All transcript requests must be done via the process outlined in the Handbook of Procedures.  As the universities require hard copy transcripts that indicate percent equivalents, we add this service to the normal transcript once received from IBCA, and forward these hardcopies on to the coordinator at the IB schools where the student completed the exams.  If you have students requiring transcripts to apply to Indian universities, please note that this procedure must be followed. Talk to your IB coordinator and Counsellor for more details.

Percentage equivalence for IB grades to percentages

IB produces and issues for universities a document detailing percentage equivalency and a transcript of results are enclosed with the equivalency document.

Indian Conversion Table required for Higher Education for students applying to Indian Universities: Download>> IB Grade - Indian Equivalent Marks.pdf

Requirements for Indian universities

As for general recognition of the IB diploma, you can find some fairly detailed information from the following area on our website: Click here [more+]

Some courses will require applicants to sit the for entrance examinations, others will not. Regarding universities in India which recognize the IB, we keep a fairly current list on our website, available below:

Country information for India [more+]

If you go the middle of the page, you will see a pull down menu that will take you to information for each of the universities.

IB Diploma and IB Certificates

If you attempted the IB diploma but were unsuccessful you will receive IB Certificates for individual courses that were completed.  While tertiary pathways are limited for candidates who were not awarded the diploma, you may, for example, be considered for an offer with private colleges.  

Application closing dates

The admission to universities in India are mostly done after the results of CBSE, ISC and state boards are declared, mostly in early June. For professional courses which have entrance tests, the tests are in April/May/June and once the results are declared, the admissions are confirmed by July/August.

Check the university websites for specific details.

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Acceptance of IB in Korea

While admission to universities with an IB diploma is possible without students having to sit the national College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT),  the following conditions must be met:

  • Complete the DP outside of Korea, typically earning around 35 points or more;
  • Be living outside of Korea with both parents for at least 3 years (the year preceding the DP and the two years of the DP;
  • Sit for an interview entrance tests at the university for specific colleges.


Students are encouraged to apply in July/September to the universities.

Note that this policy has been in place since the end of 2005.

There is an alternative for international students wishing to study their courses in English at the Underwood International College (UIC) at Yonsei University.    For the most part, all courses at Yonsei are taught in Korean, so essentially this is for heritage Koreans.  There is a difference in DP applicants for UIC vs Yonsei – the former is for 12 years and over abroad, and the other is for 3 years abroad.  

Differences between Koreans abroad for at least three years vs Koreans who have been away for 12 years who wish to study at Yonsei:


  • Korean students temporarily living abroad

Korean students who have studied abroad for at least three years in middle school and high school (including one year or more in high school) with their parents and have completed IB Diploma Course are encouraged to apply for special admission track for them without having to take any written test including CSAT. Korean students with IB diploma qualifications without living with their both parents cannot apply for special admission track. But they are eligible for applying for early admission including UIC and Global Leader without sitting CSAT.

  • International Students applying from overseas (this includes Korean nationals who have lived overseas for 12 years or more)

International applicants, including Koreans who have received their entire education outside of Korea (at least 12 years) are welcome to apply, although courses at Yonsei are taught in Korean and therefore international students may need to take additional language courses prior to enrollment. But International students and 12-year abroad students who apply to UIC can take their coursework in English so they do not need to speak Korean.

Korean Book Lists

There are a number of requirements relating to A1 self-taught candidates that need to be followed; some are specific to self-taught (choice of texts, number of candidates studying the same language that can be considered self-taught), and some are similar for taught A1 languages (external written examinations are the same, for example, for all A1 languages, regardless if they are self-taught or taught).  Regardless, it would be helpful if you could put me in contact directly with the IB coordinator at your school for follow-up.  My hope is that your IB coordinator and I can work together on this issue to ensure that the procedures are applied consistently and appropriately to all A1 self-taught candidates at your school. 

Which Korean to take?

There are a number of levels of Korean language available for study, but you’ll have to check with your school in India to see what level can be supported.  Korean A1  at the Higher and Standard level, as well as Korean B at the Higher and Standard, are the courses that students take at the diploma level.  Korean A1 at the standard level is often as a completely self-taught option, whereby students do not have a teacher.  If you have studied literature previously in Korean, you may wish to consider this option in order to maintain your heritage language.  However, the school is responsible for coordinating this course, so if you are interested in taking it, you will need to gain approval from the school’s IB coordinator first. 

Availability of Korean B

Both Korean B Higher Level and Standard Level are available in the May 2009 examination session.  You will have to check with your coordinator at your school to see if it is available as a taught subject. Regarding teachers, the IB does not maintain a list of teachers teaching a particular subject.  You should contact your school coordinator to see if he/she would know of a Korean teacher who is comfortable with the subject matter.

Finally, regarding acceptance of Korean B for university entrance, provided you are including the subject as part of your full diploma, there should be no reason for it to be ‘discredited’ by tertiary institutions.  Certain universities (including Korean universities) may have additional Korean language requirements within departments, so wherever you are intending on attending university, I would recommend that you contact the university directly to enquire about these requirements.  The IB does maintain a list of universities on our public website, available here.  

Korean A1

Korean A1 language is offered for both the May and November diploma sessions – at the HL and SL levels.  For the last session (May 2008) there were 268 students representing 41 IB schools in Asia/Pacific that had candidates registered for A1 Korean.  Korean is very much alive and well as a first language for Korean IB students. 

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We do keep a listing on our public website for each country with recognition policies.  Please see  for more information.  Use the scroll down menu to choose the country, then the university scroll down menu within each country to view the recognition policies.

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The IB diploma consists of six subjects taken concurrently in the final two years of secondary school.  The six subjects must be taken from a variety of groups, including a first (best) language, a second language, a math subject, a humanities subject, and a science subject.  The sixth subject can be chosen from the arts, or from additional subject in the first five groups.  Additionally, all diploma students must complete a theory of knowledge course, complete a 4,000 word extended essay, and complete approximately 150 hours of creativity, action, and service activities, all over the two year program.  More specific information on the subjects, as well as the assessment and award of the diploma, is available from our public website, or by clicking at:

Students who are unsuccessful in earning the diploma are awarded certificates in the individual subjects that they have completed.  Alternatively, some students may choose to register for only a few subjects from the overall diploma, and not complete the service activities, extended essay, or theory of knowledge course.  Assessment and grading of certificate candidates is exactly the same as with diploma candidates. While completing certificates instead of the full diploma is often the case for students in IB schools in North America, in Asia Pacific, Africa/Europe/Middle East, and Latin America, the vast majority of IB students are enrolled in the full IB diploma.  Universities in countries outside of North America typically only recognize IB candidates who are enrolled in the full diploma.

Regarding specific recognition of the IB in the UK, the IB does maintain a website listing current recognition policies for university recognition. If you follow the link off of our main page you will see in the middle of the screen a pull down menu that indicates ‘universities that recognize the IB’. In addition to specific policies on how the IB diploma is recognized, each of the universities listed will also provide contact details for a representative within the university who can advise you further. You can also use this link to view other country recognition policies:

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Entry into US universities requires careful planning indeed.  In addition to the academic preparations, students need to ensure that they have the necessary additional assessments that are required for the various institutions.  With over 4,000 tertiary institutions in the US alone, this can be quite a task!  However, it is quite common that students from overseas will chose a variety of institutes (in the US, Canada, UK, as well as their home country, if different) that best suits their particular talents, interests, and achievement levels. This past May, for example, students attending IB schools in Asia Pacific applied to over 700 different institutions, including over 330 to the US. As such, it is important to spend time examining each institute’s website to learn specifically what the requirements are.  Typically the SAT I (or ACT) is required for most of the US universities, and is often necessary for Canadian universities as well if your daughter is not completing the full IB diploma outside of Canada.  SAT II subject tests (Math, Biology, Chemistry, for example) may also be required, depending on the area of study that she wishes to pursue.  Having said that, there is an organization in the US that maintains a list of US universities where the SAT is OPTIONAL for entry.  You can view this list here..

It is also worth mentioning that the IB website contains a list of recognition policies for universities around the world.  If you click on this link, you should see on the middle of the screen a pull down menu listing hundreds of universities that have displayed their IB recognition policy on our site.  Additionally, for each institute listed, you should be able to view additional contact information (website, email listings) that link you directly with individuals in the institutes who are familiar with the IB. You may want to contact these people individually to determine to what extent the SAT is important in the admissions process.

US Grading (general)

Please note that the IB does not publish conversion tables of the IB 1-7 scale to the US based A-F letter scale.  As you may or may not be aware, there is no national standard in the US for what an “A” or “A+”grade.  In some schools it is based on a percentage score (90% or higher) where others it is a conversion of a Grade Point Average (GPA).  The IB grade scale in the DP is criterion-referenced, and grade boundaries are set (for the externally assessed materials) at each examination session. It is up to each school then, to decide internally on how best to interpret their own grade system to reflect the existing (external) IB grade boundaries.  The IB does publish a complete explanation on assessment principles and practice on the public website, available by clicking here.

Additionally, you may wish to review the statistical bulletins published at the end of each examination session to see the percentage of candidates earning IB grades of 1-7. The DP statistical bulletins are available on the public website here.  You will see that the percentage of candidates earning grades of ‘7’ will vary depending on the subject examined. That said, if you compare with previous years, the overall the percentage of ‘7’s’ earned in the IB has remained fairly consistent at between 6 and 8 percent.

Testing dates, conflict with SAT

US universities use a variety of assessments to determine admissions, although certainly the SAT and IB (along with school GPA) tend to weigh heavily on students/parents, especially in the final two years of High School when many of the summative assessments appear to overlap with each other. One of the major differences between the IB and the SAT is that former is a two year program, and the latter is a half day exam.  As the SAT can be taken many times in the 11th/12th grade, with a little planning it should not be a problem whatsoever in alleviating any possible conflict with IB examinations, which take place in the senior year in May.   Additionally, most US universities have made admissions decisions prior to the May session, so, in fact, it is very unlikely that students should have any SAT/IB type of conflicts.  Internal assessment material collected over the two years of the IB is more formative in nature, and therefore with simple planning on the part of the school, such internal IB internal assessments should also not conflict with any SAT test dates.

To ensure both reliability and validity, these examinations are the same for all students around the world.  That is to say a student in Hong Kong will write the same examination as a student in London, on the same day, at approximately the same (local) time.  The examiners are also moderated, meaning samples of their marking is again checked by more senior examiners.  The subject marking culminates in a final grade committee meeting, where the ultimate grade boundaries for each subject (from 1- 7) are determined. Additionally, owing to the holistic nature of the diploma programme, a final diploma grade award meeting is held where all of the chief examiners of each subject come together to review all of the subjects together, and review individual cases as necessary.


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