Transfer Credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level

Transfer credit is awarded for Higher Level (HL) exams where a final grade of at least 5 is achieved.

This page outlines how transfer credit is awarded for International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level studies. The following information applies only to students admitted to a degree program in the Faculty of Arts & Science for September 2020 and who are registered in the Faculty during the Fall/Winter 2020-21 session. For more information and advice, visit the Transfer Credit page.

Transfer credit is awarded for Higher Level (HL) exams where a final grade of at least 5 is achieved. No transfer credit is awarded for Standard Level (SL) exams.

The deadline to submit your results to Enrolment Services at the University of Toronto in order to be assessed for transfer credit eligibility is August 14, 2020. You can arrange to have your IB results sent directly to the University of Toronto. Results issued by your school are not acceptable.

Breadth Requirements

The majority of courses in the Faculty of Arts & Science are classified into five breadth categories by subject content. The purpose of the Breadth Requirement is to ensure all students graduating with a degree from the Faculty of Arts & Science have chosen courses across a broad range of subject areas in the Faculty as part of their undergraduate education. Please note that some courses do not have a breadth requirement.

The five breadth categories are:

Category 1: Creative and Cultural Representations (CCR)
Category 2: Thought, Belief, and Behaviour (TBB)
Category 3: Society and Its Institutions (SII)
Category 4: Living Things and Their Environment (LTE)
Category 5: The Physical and Mathematical Universes (PMU)

The majority of secondary school transfer credits are assigned a breadth category. More information about breadth requirements can be found in the Faculty of Arts & Science Academic Calendar and on the Sidney Smith Commons.

How do I interpret the transfer credit equivalency chart?

  • Course Name: The name of the course/subject you took (for example, European History or Economics).
  • Transfer Credit Given: The credit that will appear on your academic record (transcript). All secondary school transfer credits are awarded as unspecified transfer credits, for example BIO1**H, CHM1**Y, or ECO1**Y.
  • Credit Value: The weight of the transfer credits, either 0.5 or 1.0 (see the Academic Calendar for more information about course weight). If a course/subject is not eligible for transfer credit, the weight will be listed as N/A.
  • Subject Area/Breadth Requirement: Some courses may list a subject area such as “Lang & Lit”, which is an abbreviated description of the course content, in this case, language and literature. The subject area information normally also includes the breadth requirement (BR) category for the transfer credits (see above). If no breadth requirement category is listed, the transfer credit does not contribute toward the breadth requirements. In some cases, the subject area also includes a number, which indicates the course to which the transfer credit can be considered an equivalent. 
    • As an example, IB Geography is awarded two transfer credits, JEG1**H with a subject area of “100 (BR=5)” and GGR1**H with a subject area of “107 (BR=3)”. JEG1**H provides a half-credit toward breadth requirement category 5 (The Physical and Mathematical Universes) and can be used as an equivalent to JEG100H1; GGR1**H provides a half-credit toward breadth requirement category 3 (Society and Its Institutions) and can be used as an equivalent to GGR107H1. It is important to note that you could, however, choose to take JEG100H1 or GGR107H1 in the Faculty of Arts & Science if you wanted to, and the courses would not be considered repeated courses.
  • Program Admission: This column tells you whether the credit can be used to meet the enrolment requirements for a program of study. See the Academic Calendar for more information about program enrolment requirements.
  • Program Requirements: This column tells you whether the credit can be used to meet the completion requirements for a program of study. See the Academic Calendar for more information about program completion requirements.
  • Prerequisite Purposes: This column tells you whether the credit can be used to meet the prerequisite for another course. See the Academic Calendar for more information about prerequisites.
  • Notes: Information in this column will normally explain information about the credit equivalency and how your transfer credit can be used for program requirements. If the note tells you to consult the program, you can find the academic unit’s contact information on their website or in the Academic Calendar.

Subjects not listed below may still be considered for transfer credit. The Faculty of Arts & Science reserves the right to change transfer credit policies without notice.

IB Transfer Credits

Course Name Transfer Credit Given Credit Value Subject Area/Breadth Requirement (BR) Program Admission Program Requirements Prerequisite Purposes Notes
Arabic A Language and Literature NMC1**Y 1 Arabic Lang & Lit (BR=1) Yes No No N/A
Arabic A Literature NMC1**Y 1 Arabic Lit (BR=1) Yes No No N/A
Arabic B NML1**Y 1 Arabic Lang B (BR=1) Yes No No N/A
Bengali A Literature SAS1**Y 1 Bengali Lit (BR=1) Yes No No N/A
Biology BIO1**Y 1 130 (BR=4) Yes Yes Yes This credit is acceptable for admission into the joint EEB-CSB programs and Life Science programs. You have the equivalent of BIO130H1.
Business & Management No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cantonese B EAS1**Y 1 Cantonese Lang (BR=1) No Yes No N/A
Chemistry CHM1**Y 1 135 (BR=5) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of CHM135H1.
Chinese A Language and Literature CCR1**Y 1 World Lit-Chinese (BR=1) No No No N/A
Chinese A Literature CCR1**Y 1 World Lit-Chinese (BR=1) No No No N/A
Chinese B Cantonese EAS1**Y 1 Cantonese Lang (BR=1) No Yes No N/A
Chinese B EAS1**Y 1 Chinese Lang (BR=1) No Yes No N/A
Chinese B Mandarin EAS1**Y 1 Mandarin Lang (BR=1) No Yes No N/A
Classical Greek GRK1**H  0.5 101 (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of GRK101H1 & GRK102H1.
GRK1**H  0.5 102 (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science CSC1**Y 1 108 (BR=5) No No No Consult with the CSC department for advising on course selection.  You have the equivalent of CSC108H1.
Dance No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Danish B LNG1**Y 1 Danish Lang (BR=1) No No No N/A
Design Technology No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Dutch A Language and Literature LNG1**Y 1 Dutch Lang & Lit (BR=1) No No No N/A
Dutch A Literature LNG1**Y 1 Dutch Lit (BR=1) No No No N/A
Dutch B LNG1**Y 1 Dutch Lang (BR=1) No No No N/A
Economics ECO1**Y 1 Intro (BR=3) No No No N/A
English A: Literature ENG1**Y 1 Lit (BR=1) No Yes Yes N/A
English A: Language and Literature ENG1**Y 1 Lang & Lit (BR=1) No Yes Yes N/A
English B No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Environmental Systems No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Film CIN1**Y 1 (BR=1) Yes (if grade 6); No (if grade less than 6) Yes Yes If your final grade is at least 6, then you have the equivalent of CIN105Y1. Consult department.
French A Language and Literature FRE1**Y 1 Lang & Lit (BR=1) No No No N/A
French A Literature FRE1**Y 1 Lit (BR=1) No No No N/A
French B FSL1**Y 1 Lang (BR=1) only if specified after placement test only if specified after placement test only if specified after placement test N/A
Further Mathematics No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Geography JEG1**H 0.5 100 (BR=5) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of JEG100H1. You have the equivalent of GGR107H1.
GGR1**H 0.5 107 (BR=3) Yes Yes Yes
German A Language and Literature GER1**Y 1 Lang & Lit (BR=1) Yes Yes No Consult department for program requirements.
German A Literature GER1**Y 1 Lit (BR=1) Yes Yes No Consult department for program requirements.
German B GER1**Y 1 Lang (BR=1) Yes Yes No  
Global Politics POL1**Y 1 101H (BR=3) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of POL101H1. Consult department for program requirements.
Hindi B SAS1**Y 1 Hindi (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes  
History - Africa HIS1**Y 1 Africa (BR=3) Yes Yes Yes Consult department for admission to Specialist and program requirements.
History - Americas HIS1**Y 1 Americas (BR=3) Yes Yes Yes Consult department for admission to Specialist and program requirements.
History - Asia/Middle East HIS1**Y 1 Middle East (BR=3) Yes Yes Yes Consult department for admission to Specialist and program requirements.
History - Asia/Oceania HIS1**Y 1 Asia/Oceania (BR=3) Yes Yes Yes Consult department for admission to Specialist and program requirements.
History - Europe HIS1**Y 1 Europe (BR=3) Yes Yes Yes Consult department for admission to Specialist and program requirements.
History - Europe/Middle East HIS1**Y 1 Europe/Middle East (BR=3) Yes Yes Yes Consult department for admission to Specialist and program requirements.
History HIS1**Y 1 (BR=3) Yes Yes Yes Consult department for admission to Specialist and program requirements.
Indonesian A Literature LNG1**Y 1 Indonesian Lit (BR=1) No No No N/A
Islamic History NMC1**Y 1 Islamic History (BR=3) Yes No No N/A
Italian B ITA1**Y 1 Lang (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Japanese A Language and Literature EAS1**Y 1 Soc & Culture Lit (BR=1) No Yes No N/A
Japanese A Literature EAS1**Y 1 Japanese Lit (BR=1) No Yes No N/A
Japanese B EAS1**Y 1 Japanese Language (BR=1) No Yes No N/A
Korean A Literature EAS1**Y 1 Korean Lit (BR=1) No Yes No N/A
Korean B EAS1**Y 1 Korean Lang (BR=1) No Yes No N/A
Latin LAT1**H 0.5 101 (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of LAT101H1 & LAT102H1.
LAT1**H 0.5 102 (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes
Mandarin B EAS1**Y 1 Mandarin Lang (BR=1) No Yes No N/A
Mathematics MAT1**H 0.5 135 (BR=5) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of MAT135H1 & MAT136H1.
MAT1**H 0.5 136 (BR=5) Yes Yes Yes
Modern Greek A Literature CCR1**Y 1 Lit (BR=1) No No No N/A
Music MUS1**Y 1 (BR=1) No Yes No N/A
Norwegian B CCR1**Y 1 (BR=1) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Persian A Literature NMC1**Y 1 Persian Literature (BR=1) Yes No No N/A
Philosophy PHL1**H 0.5 (BR=2) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Physics PHY1**H 0.5 131 (BR=5) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of PHY131H1 & PHY132H1.
PHY1**H 0.5 132 (BR=5) Yes Yes Yes
Portuguese B PRT1**Y 1 Lang (BR=1) Yes No No N/A
Psychology PSY1**H 0.5 (BR=2) No No No N/A
Russian A Literature SLA1**Y 1 Russian Lit (BR=1) Yes No No N/A
Socio-Cultural Anthropology ANT1**Y 1 100 (BR=3+4) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of ANT100Y1. Consult department regarding program requirements for Society, Culture & Language Specialist.
Spanish A Language and Literature SPA1**Y 1 Lang & Lit (BR=1) Yes Yes No N/A
Spanish A Literature Higher SPA1**Y 1 Lit (BR=1) Yes Yes No N/A
Spanish B SPA1**Y 1 Lang (BR=1) Yes Yes No Placement test is required for further studies in Spanish language courses.
Theatre Arts DRM1**Y 1 (BR=1) No Yes No Consult department for program requirements.
Theatre DRM1**Y 1 101 (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of DRM101Y1.
Turkish A Literature NML1**Y 1 Turkish Lit (BR=1) Yes No No N/A
Visual Arts VIS1**Y 1 (BR=1) No No No N/A