How Universities Worldwide View IB Students – IB From A Global Perspective


Universities around the globe recognize the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme for excelling in preparing students for successful university educational experiences and for life in a global society.

Are you considering going for higher studies abroad? An IB diploma can help you lower the cost of your education or reduce the time it takes to graduate. In addition to scholarships, many institutions offer generous course credit for IB diploma students and exams to help save time and money.

While not comprehensive, here is a list of few universities to guide you through some of the credits offered for the programs, for students who have completed the IB Diploma –

 University of Minnesota: Covering both HL (Higher Level) and SL (Standard Level), all IB students with a score of 5-7 on HL exams will arrive with 12-24 credits, and more is possible! There is one catch, to get SL credit you must complete the full IB diploma with a score of 30 or higher. Those SL exams will add another 6-16 credits, making 18 – 30+ credits a real possibility for the full IB diploma. Their website also stands-out for it’s readability and clarity.

 University of California (UC) system: All nine UC campuses offering undergraduate degrees reward a full IB diploma score of 30 or more with 30 quarter (20 semester) units toward their UC degree. Students who take only select HL course exams with scores of 5, 6 or 7 will receive 8 quarter (5.3 semester) units.  These units may be applied to graduation requirements for specific subjects or for general education/breadth requirements.

Barnard College, New York: Open to high-achieving young women, this elite university in Manhattan offers up to 30 credit hours for IB diploma scores of 30 or higher. The school is the women’s college affiliate of Columbia University and is home to 2,600 undergraduates.

Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvannia: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania’s own college gives IB diploma recipients with 30-45 points a full year of credit. Bryn Mawr doesn’t consider individual SL exams, but if you have a total of 35-45 points or 30-34 points on your diploma and 3 high scoring HL exams, credit can be earned.

Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, USA: While only covering HL exams, they’ve generously paired their credit offering with a dedicated IB scholarship that has grown in value each year. If you’re on your way to Dallas, Texas, most full IB diploma holders are likely to receive anywhere from 10-22 credits for exam levels 5-7. Your IB credit may fulfill the Science and Engineering breadth requirement, adding flexibility to your university course requirements.

Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont: The university has IB graduates covered in all respects. Full IB diploma awards up to 32 credits. IB diploma holders are eligible for $15,000/year or more depending on your overall score.

Since you know that IB students do get an upper hand for the entrance exams of various universities, you will need to keep a check on the finances too. So do keep your eyes open for scholarship opportunities that may be offered by any top university of your choice. Browse the opportunities below to help get you started.

There is a growing body of evidence on how universities value IB credentials, rates of college-going for IB students and types of institutions IB students tend to attend, preparedness for university level study and adjustment to university life.

Debra Von Bargen, Assistant Dean of Admission at Stanford University, USA mentions that while admissions offers typically arrive before exam scores, student performance during the IB Diploma Programme is a strong indicator of preparation for university study. The IB Diploma Programme is distinguished by the breadth of knowledge it provides to students as part of this preparation.


The American University of Paris says IB students are among the strongest and most active students on campus. It offers automatic IB Scholarships based on final IB diploma scores, plus consideration for additional need-based funding. Awards range from €5,000 to €20,000 per year. IB students also may earn advanced standing university credit and the university.


The University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada offers IB Excellence Awards valued up to $15,000, UWC Excellence Awards valued at $20,000 and, new this year, the UWC Four-Year Scholarship, valued up to $120,000 (up to $30,000 per year for four-years).


The University of Nottingham, UK is offering scholarships of £2,500 to £6,000 (or more) towards tuition fees for high-achieving International Baccalaureate Diploma students though the International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship. Priority will be given to students who have accepted The University of Nottingham as their firm choice in UCAS.


At the University of Sydney, the Sydney Scholars Award offers year 12 students the opportunity to apply for scholarships ranging from $6,000 to $10,000 per year. International Baccalaureate students applying for admission through UAC, are also eligible to apply.


At the University of Victoria, Canada, international students who completed the full IB diploma with a score of 32 or higher are eligible for scholarships ranging in value from $3,000 to $10,000 and are automatically renewable for subsequent years.


IE University, in Segovia, Spain is awarding four scholarships to IB diploma holders valued at 75% of the cost of tuition. Three of these scholarships are awarded to applicants based in one of three distinct geographic regions, while the fourth is reserved for a student demonstrating financial need.


At the University of Sussex – Brighton, UK – the Sussex Excellence Scholarship is £3,000 cash award for undergraduate students who achieved excellent academic performance in the IB Diploma Program. Students with 36 points on the IB diploma (including any bonus points) are eligible to automatically receive the award.


SP Jain is a business school with campuses in Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney, awarding scholarships based on a minimum score of 38 on the IB diploma.  Eligibility is determined upon admission. Students must check the scholarship box on the online application and describe their need for financial assistance in the application essay.


SCAD – Savannah, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; Hong Kong; and Lacoste, France – The University for Creative Careers offers renewable merit scholarships ranging from USD $3,000 to $15,000 based on IB diploma scores.

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