Guide for IB students applying for credit and exemption

The University of Adelaide has officially announced its International Baccalaureate (IB) Recognition Scheme. Through this scheme, IB students can now apply for credit or exemption from those courses based on their academic achievement.

International students are able to request credit for previous study at another institution or informal experience of relevant work. You can apply for credit once you have been made an offer of admission.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma Programme is a senior school qualification equivalent to the SACE in South Australia. It is usually completed in Year 12 as an alternative to the SACE.

  • Scheme’s eligibility criteria of IB scheme

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

– Complete the IDBP at an eligible school

– Achieve a selection rank (IB combined rank plus adjustment factors)

– Achieve a 6 or above in SL and/or 5 or above in HL in an equivalent IB subject

– Meet the pre-requisites for the degree program entry

  • Can I apply for exemption or credit?

Credit is a number of units (reducing the number of courses required to be completed) that can be granted towards a University of Adelaide degree, within specified limits.

In the exemption, the total number of units required to meet the degree requirements is not reduced, however, the students do not have to complete some specific courses, which may be core requirements of the degree. Students can choose to take other course(s) in lieu of the credit in their areas they are interested in, giving them more flexibility with study plans.

  • Which degrees are excluded from this scheme?

Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration)

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons)

Bachelor of Oral Health

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons)

Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)

Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in High Performance Computational Physics.

The new IBDP scheme is effective from Semester 2, 2021 onwards.

The University of Adelaide


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