International Baccalaureate Diploma

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is a programme of study and assessment that is offered internationally and in some New Zealand schools as an alternative to NCEA. IB qualifications are managed by the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

Minimum IB scores for University Entrance studied in New Zealand

You can gain admission to UC if you have been awarded the IB Diploma.

The literacy requirement for admission to university will be met if the IB diploma has been completed with English as the language in any of:

  • Language A: literature (SL or HL)
  • Language A: language and literature (SL or HL), or
  • Language B: (HL)

If you have a minimum of 24 points towards the IB, but have NOT been awarded the diploma -

Domestic fee paying students can apply for Discretionary Entrance.

International fee paying students can apply for Special Admission.

Preferential Entry

If you score a minimum of 28 points or higher and you studied towards the IB Diploma in New Zealand, you are eligible for Preferential Entry. This means you will have first choice of qualifications and courses.

If you completed the IB with other study

If you have taken IB in combination with NCEA or other UC accepted pre-university qualification contact the UC Admissions Team to discuss your admission options.

More information

Liaison Office
Freephone in New Zealand 0800 VARSITY (827 748)
Phone +64 3 364 2459
Email liaison@canterbury.ac.nz

If you don’t quite feel ready to tackle degree level study, there are a variety of study options available to prepare you for successful university study.

If you’re a New Zealand student and do not yet meet the requirements for UC admission, you may still be eligible to gain admission through the Certificate in University Preparation.

If you’re from outside New Zealand and want to study at UC but don’t yet meet the UC entry requirements, you may be eligible for another preparatory programme.