A.13.1 International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

The University of Calgary awards up to a full year of transfer credit (30 units) for the completed International Baccalaureate diploma. Specific advanced standing or placement for Higher Level courses are awarded provided a minimum grade of "5" or higher is achieved. The balance of credit (including credit for Higher Level courses with grades below "5") required to bring the total to 30 units will be at the junior unassigned option level. In the case of advanced credit, a grade of "CR" will be recorded on the student's record.

Applicants who have not completed the diploma will receive advanced standing or placement as set out below for each Higher Level course completed with a grade of "5" or above. Junior unassigned option credit beyond that set out below is not available to students who do not complete the full IB diploma. Official IB transcripts are required as part of the evaluation process.

Students awarded advanced credit or advanced placement for IB courses should consult their faculty regarding course selection. Note that if advanced credit is awarded for a 200-level course that is a prerequisite for a 300-level course, students will be permitted to enter the 300-level course in first year.

Higher level IB courses approved for advanced credit or advanced placement are:

IB Subject

University of Calgary Equivalent


Anthropology 203


Biology 243*

Business Management

3 units junior Management†


Chemistry 201/203 or 209 (Engineering only)

Computer Science

Computer Science 231 and 3 units junior Computer Science**† or Digital Engineering 233 (Engineering only)


Dance 333 and Dance 427


Economics 201/203

English A (Literature or Language and Literature)

3 units junior English†

French A1 or A Literature

French 315

French A2 or A Language/Literature

French 227

French B

French 213


Geography 205 and 3 units junior Geography†

German A1 or A Literature

German 333

German A2 or A Language/Literature

German 331

German B

German 204

Global Politics

Political Science 283


6 units junior History†

Italian A1 or A Literature

Italian 303

Italian A2 or A Language/Literature

Italian 301

Italian B

Italian 203


Latin 301/303


Mathematics 249

Mathematics (Further)

Mathematics 265 or 275 (Engineering only)


Advanced Placement (Based on audition/placement tests, students may be given advanced placement and permitted to take selected Music courses by "Special Assessment.")


3 units junior Philosophy†


Physics 221/223


Psychology 200

Russian A1 or A Literature

Russian 303

Russian A2 or A Language/Literature

Russian 301

Russian B

Russian 209

Spanish A1 or A Literature

Spanish 303

Spanish A2 or A Language/Literature

Spanish 301

Spanish B

Spanish 203

Sports, Exercise and Health Science

3 units junior Kinesiology†


Drama 242

Visual Art

Art 231/233

*Students awarded Biology 243 credit for AP Biology or IB Higher Level Biology will still be required to complete Biology 241.
**Students who successfully complete a challenge examination may receive credit for Computer Science 233 in lieu of the junior Computer Science.
†"Junior" refers to credit at the 200 level, but for which no direct University of Calgary equivalency exists.

A.13.1 International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
A.13.2 Advanced Placement (AP) Program
A.13.3 General Certificate of Education - Advanced Levels

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