Undergraduate Admission


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International Baccalaureate (IB) Transfer Credits

Students in all Faculties and Schools may be granted a maximum of 18.0 credit units for Higher Level IB courses completed with a final grade of 5 or higher (6 or higher for some Engineering courses).

Students in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science may earn a maximum of 6.0 credit units to be counted towards their Complementary Studies in Performance Arts and Language and/or their Complementary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. More information about Complementary Studies can be found in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Academic Calendar

Undergraduate Admission will assess a student's IB courses to determine whether or not transfer credits will be granted. In order to have these courses assessed, students must do one of the following once their final IB results are available: 

  • Make a request through the IBO that their results be made available to Queen's online. This can be done through the IBO website. 
  • Request that the IBO send an official copy of their results to Undergraduate Admission. 

Undergraduate Admission will not take either of these actions on a student's behalf. 

Some Higher Level subjects have a direct equivalent and will replace a specific course at Queen's in a student's degree Plan. For those Higher Level subjects which do not have a direct equivalent at Queen’s, an unspecified or ‘elective’ credit is granted. These elective credits may be counted towards the completion of a degree Plan, but they do not replace other courses at Queen’s.

Finally, there are a number of Higher Level courses for which Queen's does not grant a transfer credit, regardless of a student's score.  Some of those courses include English A, English B, Business Management, Design and Technology, Theatre, Visual Art and World Religions.  Also, no credit is granted for Theory of Knowledge or the Extended Essay. 

Please click on the links below for an up-to-date transfer credit listing for students entering Queen's from the IB program.