International Baccalaureate (IB) transfer credits

The University of Waterloo recognizes International Baccalaureate (IB) courses as excellent academic preparation for success at the university level and will consider awarding transfer credits for individual Higher Level IB courses in which normally a minimum final grade of 5 is attained.

Official final IB results must be sent from the International Baccalaureate Office (IBO) directly to the admissions office at Waterloo before transfer credit can be considered. Our university code is 000108. Final IB results must be received by the deadline listed in your Offer of Admission.

  • The maximum number of transfer credits varies by program.
  • Transfer credits will normally be weighted as 0.5 units each (equivalent to one course at Waterloo).
  • The transfer credits you receive will be different if you change to a program that requires you to transfer from one faculty to another faculty. Please note that in such a situation, a faculty admissions committee reserves the right to refuse transfer credits.

Transfer credit will be considered for the completion of the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and the Extended Essay with a minimum grade of B (Good) in both. Waterloo equivalent transfer credit is PHIL 1XX (0.5 units, equivalent to one term course at Waterloo).

You have the option to decline your transfer credits. Further details will be emailed to you in August, once your transfer credits have been assessed.

Maximum number of transfer credits and additional notes

Not sure which faculty offers your program of interest? View a list of programs by faculty.

Course equivalencies

"1XX" means that you'll receive first-year credit for an elective in that subject. For example, BUS 1XX means that you'll receive transfer credit for a general first-year course in Business. FINE 2XX means that you'll receive transfer credit for a general second-year course in Fine Arts. Most courses at Waterloo are 0.5 units.

You’ll have a mix of courses you’re required to take as part of your degree and elective courses you can choose. A “1XX” course can be used as an elective. Once you start your course selection as a Waterloo student, your academic advisor can help with any questions about choosing courses and transfer credits.

Higher Level course Waterloo course equivalent (0.5 units unless otherwise specified)
Analysis and Approaches No transfer credit
Applications and Interpretations No transfer credit
Arabic LANG 1XX
Biology BIOL 239 and BIOL 130L (0.75 units)
Business and Management BUS 1XX
Cantonese LANG 1XX
Chemistry CHEM 120, CHEM 120L, CHEM 123, and CHEM 123L (1.5 units)
Chinese CHINA 1XX
Classical Greek GRK 101 and GRK 102
Classical Latin LAT 101 and LAT 102
Computer Science Students in the Faculty of Mathematics, including Computing and Financial Management: No transfer credit

All other students: CS 1XX
Design Technology No transfer credit
Economics ECON 1XX
English A ENGL 1XX
Environmental Systems No transfer credit
French FR 1XX
Geography GEOG 101
German GER 1XX
Global Politics PSCI 1XX
Hebrew LANG 1XX
Hindi LANG 1XX
History HIST 1XX
Information Technology in a Global Society No transfer credit
Islamic History RS 1XX
Italian ITAL 1XX
Japanese JAPAN 1XX
Korean KOREA 1XX
Mandarin LANG 1XX
Music No transfer credit
Philosophy PHIL 1XX
Physics No transfer credit
Psychology PSYCH 101 and PSYCH 1XX (1.0 units)
Social & Cultural Anthropology No transfer credit
Spanish SPAN 1XX
Sports, Exercise and Health Science KIN 1XX
Theatre THPERF 1XX
Visual Art FINE 1XX


  1. If you have taken a Higher Level IB language course that is not listed, please submit the grade from IBO as it may qualify for a general first-year language transfer credit, e.g., LANG 1XX.