International Baccalaureate (IB)

SFU welcomes IB students from around the world!  Our IB students are studying in almost every area at the University, and participating in co-operative education placements all across Canada and in other countries around the world. Some have chosen to become involved in our international field schools while others find the challenges of an international exchange study program yet another extension of their ongoing international educational experiences.

At SFU you will find a very supportive environment from faculty and staff at the University. We are here to provide whatever resources we can to make your time with us more productive and fulfilling.

One full year of transfer credit (30 units) is granted for a completed IB Diploma. Transfer credit is awarded for all standard level and higher level subjects passed with a grade of 4 or higher.

Students in a partial IB program will be considered for admission on the basis of their secondary school results. Transfer credit will be granted for higher level courses completed with a grade of 5. Transfer credit is not awarded for standard level courses.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, IB Diploma students must have their school submit the IB Predicted Grades Form. IB points required for admission vary by program.

New - SFU will no longer use predicted bonus points in the early/conditional admissions process. Bonus points will be used to confirm final admission decisions.

IB students must meet the English language admission requirement and the Quantitative and Analytical Skills requirement.

Faculty/program-specific requirements

Faculty of Applied Sciences

Computing Science (including the Zhejiang Dual Degree Program*), Geographic Information Science, Software Systems

  • Higher level or standard level Math (IB Math Studies is not accepted)
  • One of higher level or standard level Biology/Chemistry/Physics
*NOTE: Dual Degree Program applicants:

The SFU-Zhejiang University Computing Science Dual Degree Program is open to domestic and international students. Prospective students from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, who do not hold Canadian citizenship, need to gain admission via Zhejiang University.

Engineering Science,  Mechatronic Systems Engineering

  • Higher level or standard level Math (IB Math Studies is not accepted)
  • Higher level or standard level Chemistry
  • Higher level or standard level Physics

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Anthropology; Archaeology; Asia-Canada; Cognitive Science; Criminology; Economics; English; Explorations; First Nations; French; French Cohort; Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies; Gerontology; Hellenic Studies; History; Humanities; International Studies; Labour Studies; Languages; Latin American Studies; Linguistics; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; World Literature

  • Must meet general requirements - no additional faculty/program course prerequisites

Beedie School of Business

Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management

  • Higher level or standard level Math (IB Math Studies is not accepted)

For secondary school applicants, admission to SFU Business Administration programs will be based on a combination of a student’s academic performance and an assessment of their broad based supplemental application form. For details, please see the Beedie School of Business website.

Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

Communication

  • Must meet general requirements - no additional faculty/program course prerequisites

Contemporary Arts

May require portfolio/audition; please see School for the Contemporary Arts.

Interactive Arts and Technology

  • Higher level or standard level Math (IB Math Studies is not accepted)

Faculty of Education

Bachelor of General Studies

  • Must meet general requirements - no additional faculty/program course prerequisites

Faculty of Environment

Archaeology, Geography, Geography – Environmental Specialty

  • Must meet general requirements - no additional faculty/program course prerequisites

Environmental Science, Geographic Information Science, Physical Geography

  • Higher level or standard level Math (IB Math Studies is not accepted)
  • Two of higher level or standard level Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Geography

Bachelor of Environment - Resource and Environmental Management, Global Environmental Systems

  • Must meet general requirements - no additional faculty/program course prerequisites

Faculty of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Arts

  • Must meet general requirements - no additional faculty/program course prerequisites

Bachelor of Science

Higher level or standard level Math (IB Math Studies is not accepted)

Faculty of Science

Behavioral Neuroscience, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Chemistry, Data Science, Earth Sciences, General Science, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Physics, Statistics and Actuarial Science

  • Higher level or standard level Math (IB Math Studies is not accepted)
  • Two of higher level or standard level Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Geography

IB Transfer Credit

Transfer credit for HL courses

Biology, general: BISC 101 (4) , BISC 102 (4)
Business and management: BUS 1XX-Q (3)
Chemistry: CHEM 121 (4), CHEM 122 (2)
Classical languages: WL 1XX (3)
Computer science: CMPT 120 (3), CMPT 1XX (3)
Dance: FPA 1DANCE (6)
Design technology: IAT 1XX (5)
Economics: ECON 103 (4), ECON 105 (4)
English (Language A: literature/language and literature): ENGL 1XX (3) or WL102 (3), WL 1XX (3)
Film: FPA 1XX (3) Film History, FPA 1XX (3) Film Studio
Further Mathematics: MACM 101 (3), MATH 1XX (3)
Geography: GEOG 100 (3), GEOG 111 (3)
Global Politics: POL 1XX (6)
History: HIST 225 (3), HIST 1XX (3)
Information technology in a global society: CMPT 1XX (6)
Language A and B (various): LANG 1XX (6) - name of Language B or WL 1XX (3) and LANG 1XX (3); except for English Language B = no credit; French Language = FREN 1XX (6) or FREN 1XX (3) and WL 1XX (3) depending on placement test; Italian = ITAL 100 (3), ITAL 101 (3); Mandarin = CHIN 100 (3), CHIN 101 (3)
Latin: HUM 1XX-LATIN (6)
Mathematics: MATH 1XX (6); MATH 151 (3), MATH 152 (3), MATH 1XX (3) with a score of 6 or higher
Music: FPA 1XX (6)
Philosophy: PHIL 1XX (6)
Physics: PHYS 101 (3), PHYS 102 (3)
Psychology: PSYC 100 (3), PSYC 102 (3)
Social & cultural anthropology: SA 101 (4), SA 1XX-ANTH (4)
Theatre arts: FPA 1XX (6) Theatre Studio
Theory of Knowledge: PHIL1XX (6)
Visual art: FPA 1XX (6)

IB (SL) to SFU equivalents for diploma holders

Diploma holders will be awarded three units of unassigned credit for transferable SL courses, for example, Physics SL = PHYS 1XX (3)

Conversion of IB Exam Grades to Determine your Admission Average

IB Exam Grade Equivalent Percentage
7 96
6 90
5 86
4 76
3 70