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