International Baccalaureate Recognition Scheme

In a South Australian first, The University of Adelaide is delighted to announce our International Baccalaureate (IB) Recognition Scheme.


Our IB Recognition Scheme is designed to recognise graduates of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, acknowledging their unique international perspective, academic preparedness, critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills.

The academic rigour, teaching format and extended learning opportunities available as part of the International Baccalaureate are similar to those in the tertiary sector.

Under the new scheme, we will recognise IB graduates by granting credit or exemptions for first-year courses, based on curriculum equivalency and academic performance.

Benefits of the scheme

Credit and/or exemption will be offered as part of the scheme enabling students to:

  • Avoid course repetition – gaining new knowledge right from the start of their degree
  • Increased flexibility – Course exemptions free up space in their degree so students can add in courses they’re passionate about.
  • Reduced academic load - Course credits can lighten student’s academic load, reducing overall fees.

How to apply

After a student has received and accepted an offer for their degree of choice, they will need to submit a credit exemption application. This will be processed internally by the relevant Faculty and the exemption/credit will be reflected on their university student record. At this time, a Program Advisor will contact the student to map out an appropriate study plan.

Read our article about submitting a credit application.

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