International Baccalaureate Policy

Students may be awarded credit for an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) programs according to the faculty policy for International Baccalaureate.

Credit is awarded only upon receipt of the official International Baccalaureate transcript with the examination scores.

  • The IB subjects must be equivalent to subjects taught at Bates, with “English” accepted only if the focus was on literature rather than language instruction.
  • For courses taken in the “Higher Level Subjects” category:
    1.0 Bates course credit – examination grade of 5
    2.0 Bates course credits – examination grades of 6 or 7
  • For courses taken in the “Subsidiary Level Subjects” category:
    1.0 Bates course credit – examination grade of 6 or 7

Beginning with students entering in Fall 2015, a maximum of four non-Bates credits, including International Baccalaureate credit, may be awarded. For prior classes, a maximum of eight non-Bates credits, including International Baccalaureate credits, can be applied to the Bates academic record. Junior Semester/Year Abroad credit does not count towards this “non-Bates” maximum.

Departments will establish course equivalencies where appropriate. The equivalency is applied towards general education and degree requirements according to the department’s established policy regarding AP credit.