Skip to main content
KPU Surrey Campus

You are here

International Baccalaureate Program

International Baccalaureate students are eligible for admission on the basis of successful completion of the IB Diploma and/or secondary school graduation. To be considered for admission applicants are required to meet KPU’s admission requirements. 

IB Diploma Graduates: IB diploma graduates may qualify for early conditional admission to most programs.  English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher Level) is required for admission to all undergraduate programs.  Transfer credits will be granted for completed higher level courses with an examination grade of 5 or higher as outlined in the IB equivalency chart below. 

IB Certificate Students: IB students who have not completed the IB Diploma may still be eligible for admission.  An evaluation of secondary school and IB transcripts will be completed to determine admission.   Transfer credit may be assessed course by course for individual IB courses completed. 

For applicants who complete both the International Baccalaureate diploma and senior matriculation/secondary school graduation, admission will be based on the credential which is to the advantage of the student.

Submitting Transcripts

 

Students currently completing the IB Diploma program

Students currently completing the IB program will need to arrange to have IB Predicted Grades sent from their high school to KPU as admissions decisions are determined early in the spring.  Based on the predicted grades reported by your IB Coordinator, KPU may provide a conditional offer of admission.  We will still require official final IB results to be sent to us prior to the start of classes.  Please work with your IB Coordinator to make the necessary arrangements.   

 

Students completing both High school Curriculum and IB diploma program

Students will need to arrange to have official high school transcripts and official IB results sent to KPU.  Upon receipt of official IB results, transfer credit may be awarded.

IB Diploma Graduates

IB diploma graduates will need to arrange to have complete, official transcripts sent to Kwantlen Polytechnic University.  Upon receipt of your official transcripts, the Admissions Department will contact you with further details about your application.  Official transcripts must be sent directly from IB.  For more information about ordering transcripts, please contact your IB regional office or check the IB website at: www.ibo.org/iba.  Students should also arrange for official senior secondary transcripts to be sent directly to KPU.

International Baccalaureate Grade Conversion

We will convert your IB exam scores into percentages for purposes of admission and transfer credit.
If you are completing an IB course and the related high school course, we will use the higher of the two grades for admission.
 

IB Exam Grade

% Equivalent

7

96

6

90

5

86

4

76

3

70

Transfer Credit

Students who have completed International Baccalaureate subjects will receive advanced standing in accordance with the table of course equivalencies which has been established in consultation with faculty.  The table of equivalencies is reviewed and updated by the appropriate Departmental and Divisional Curriculum committees annually.

To apply to receive credit at KPU as a result of completing International Baccalaureate courses, students are required to submit an official transcript from the International Baccalaureate Organization sent directly to KPU.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Table of Equivalencies

IB COURSE

KWANTLEN COURSE EQUIVALENCIES

MINIMUM GRADE ACCEPTED

Biology (HL)

BIOL 1110 (4) & 1210 (4)

4

Business & Management (HL)

SOBU 1XXX (3)

5

Chemistry (HL)

CHEM 1110 (4)

6

Chemistry (SL)

CHEM 1105 (4)

3

Classical Languages (HL)

MODL 1XXX (3)

5

Classical Languages (SL)

MODL 1XXX (3)

5

Computer Science (HL)

CPSC 1XXX (3)

5

Economics (HL)

ECON 1150 (3) & ECON 1250 (3)

5

English A: Language & Literature (HL)

ENGL 12XX (3)

5

English A: Literature (HL)

ENGL 12XX (3)

5

Environmental Systems & Societies (HL)

ENVI 1121 (3)

5

French A: Language & Literature (HL)

FREN 4XXX (6)

5

French A: Literature (HL)

FREN 3XXX (6)

5

French B (HL)

FREN 2XXX (6)

5

Geography (HL)

GEOG 1101 (3) & GEOG 1XXX (3)

5

German A: Language and Literature (HL)

GERM 4XXX (6)

5

German A: Literature (HL)

GERM 3XXX (6)

5

German B (HL)

GERM 2XXX (6)

5

History of Europe and the Islamic World (HL)

HIST 11XX (6)

5

20th Century World History (HL)

HIST 1130 (3) and HIST 1131 (3)

5

Japanese A: Language & Literature (HL)

JAPN 4XXX (6)

5

Japanese A: Literature (HL)

JAPN 3XXX (6)

5

Japanese B (HL)

JAPN 2XXX (6)

5

Mandarin A Language & Literature (HL)

MAND 3XXX (6) 5

Mandarin A Literature (HL)

MAND 4XXX (6) 5

Mandarin B (HL)

MAND 2XXX (6)

5

Mathematics (HL)

MATH 1120 (3) & MATH 1XXX (3)

6

Music (HL)

MUSI 1203 (3)

5

Music (SL)

MUSI 1103 (3)

5

Philosophy (HL)

PHIL 11XX (6)

5

Philosophy (SL)

PHIL 11XX (3)

5

Physics (HL)

PHYS 1101 (4) & PHYS 1102 (4)

5

Physics (SL)

PHYS 1101 (4 )

5

Psychology (HL)

PSYC 1100 (3) & PSYC 1200 (3)

5

Social & Cultural Anthropology (HL)

ANTH 1100 (3)

5

Spanish A: Language & Literature (HL)

SPAN 4XXX (6)

5

Spanish A: Literature (HL)

SPAN 3XXX (6)

5

Spanish B (HL)

SPAN 2XXX (6)

5

Visual Arts (HL)

FINA 1100 (3) & FINA 1XXX (3)

5

Visit the BC Transfer Guide at www.bctransferguide.ca or see policy B.9 which can be viewed at the Library or online at www.kpu.ca/policies for further details.

 

Declining Transfer Credit

If you do not want transfer credit for IB courses, you will need to complete the Decline Transfer Credit form at least 30 days prior to the start of classes. The form can be found online at kpu.ca/ses/forms.