International Baccalaureate credits

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) and not category B.

The International Baccalaureate Organization awards either a diploma or a certificate for individual IB exams. Students who complete the IB diploma with a score of 30 or above will receive 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 may be considered equivalent to UC freshman-level courses in the subject and may be used to satisfy general education or breadth requirements.

Students or counselors should contact individual campuses 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) and not category B.

Afrikaans Japanese
Anthropology Latin
Arabic Malay
Biology Mathematics
Chemistry Music
Chinese Norwegian
Computer Science Persian
Dance Philosophy
Danish Pilipino
Dutch Polish
Economics Physics
English: Literature (formerly English A1) Portuguese
Environmental Systems Psychology
Film Russian
Finnish Serb-Croat
French Siswati
Further Mathematics Slovene
Geography Spanish
German Swahili
Greek (Modern) Swedish
Hebrew Theatre Arts
Hindi Turkish
History Urdu
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.