International Baccalaureate (IB) Students

International Baccalaureate (IB) Students

You are considered an IB student for admission purposes if you:

  • are currently completing a full IB Diploma at a recognized IB school; or you
  • obtained a full IB Diploma within the last two years from a recognized IB school and you have not studied elsewhere since graduation

Note for students from “dual curriculum” schools:
Students from Canadian or USA high schools that offer a regular high school curriculum in addition to the IB program are considered based on the profile that is more advantageous to them. Students admitted based on their high school grades rather than completion of an IB Diploma are eligible to receive advanced standing credit for individual IB Higher Level courses with a grade of 5 or better.

Admission Requirements

The following requirements should be used as a guideline to be considered competitive for admissions consideration. Each admission cycle, Bishop’s University receives more applications than spaces available. Meeting the minimum posted requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements may be considered on an individual basis. In those cases, the Admissions Office may request additional information in addition to that indicated below.

General requirements:

  • Completed IB Diploma,
  • Minimum predicted IB Diploma score of 30, not including EE/TOK bonus points.

Program-Specific requirements:

Consult the information below to determine specific IB courses required by individual programs:


  • Required IB courses: 1 of Mathematics HL or SL or Further Mathematics HL or SL


  • Required IB courses: None specified


  • Required IB courses: None specified


  • Required IB courses: 1 of Mathematics HL or SL or Further Mathematics HL or SL

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION – elementary and secondary

  • Required IB courses: None specified

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION – math or science as a teachable

  • Required IB courses: 1 of Mathematics HL or SL or Further Mathematics HL or SL

IB Courses and Transfer Credit

Students can receive advanced standing credit at Bishop’s University for most Higher Level IB courses completed with a score of 5 or better.  View the current IB Course Transfer Chart for details.

Students who complete the full IB Diploma with a final Diploma score of 30 or higher (not including EE/TOK bonus points) are eligible to receive 30 advanced standing credits, equivalent to one year of full-time study.

Required Supporting Documents: All Applicants

  • Proof of English proficiency. All applicants must submit proof of English proficiency.  Consult the English Language Proficiency Requirements document to determine what, if any, supplementary documents you must provide.
  • High school transcript, showing predicted or anticipated IB results, including current mid-term grades if possible (or final IB Diploma results if you have already graduated)
  • While not required, information such as teacher recommendations or personal statement may assist us when reviewing your application. Please note that we do not require IB students to supply SAT or ACT scores.
  • Copy of personal identification document(s). Consult the Personal Identification Documents page to determine what document(s) you must provide.
  • Music applicants: audition and letter of musical background are required. Please refer to the Music Admissions Information Sheet.