International Baccalaureate credits

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization awards either a diploma or a certificate for individual IB exams. UC awards students who complete the IB diploma with a score of 30 or above with 30 quarter (20 semester) units toward their UC degree. Students who receive IB certificates with scores of 5, 6 or 7 on Higher Level exams will receive 8 quarter (5.3 semester) units.

Designated examinations are awarded elective units which may be applied to UC graduation requirements for specific subjects and/or for general education/breadth requirements, as determined by each campus.

Students or counselors should refer to individual campus catalogs/bulletins for more information on how subject credit may be granted.

The units granted for IB exams are not counted toward the maximum number of credits required for declaration of a major or the maximum number of units a student may accumulate prior to graduation. Students who enter the UC with IB credit do not have to declare a major earlier than other students, nor are they required to graduate earlier.

The University of California awards 8 qtr/5.3 sem units of credit for each of the following International Baccalaureate Individual Certificate subject Higher-Level exams with grades of 5, 6 or 7.
All exams must be at the Higher Level (HL).

  • Afrikaans
  • Albanian
  • Amharic
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic
  • Biology
  • Bosnian
  • Bulgarian
  • Business Management (formerly Business and Management)
  • Catalan
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Computer Science
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Dance
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Economics
  • Estonian
  • Filipino
  • Film
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • Global Politics
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • History:
    • History of Africa
    • History of the Americas
    • History of Southeast Asia & Oceania
    • History of Europe & The Islamic World 
    • History of Europe & The Middle East
  • World History
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Language A: Language and Literature
  • Language A: Literature
  • Language B
  • Latin
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Macedonian
  • Malay
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, Further
  • Music
  • Norwegian
  • Persian
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Psychology
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Sesotho
  • Sinhalese
  • Siswati
  • Slovak
  • Slovene
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tamil
  • Thai
  • Theatre Arts
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
  • Visual Arts
  • Welsh

Duplication with college courses

Students should be advised that college courses taken before or after attending UC may duplicate AP, IB and/or A-Level examinations. Additionally, exams may duplicate each other (for example, an AP or IB exam in the same subject area).

If the student does duplicate an exam with another exam of the same subject content, and/or an exam with a college course, we will award credit only once.