Argentina: Argentina is the first country on our list that requires that students legalise their diploma results document.
On top of that, however, Argentina also has a fairly unusual policy: for a student’s diploma to be recognised in Argentina, the IB must be certified as a secondary school leaving certificate by the country where the IB diploma is being issued to the student.
In other words, it’s up to the country where your students are currently residing, as opposed to the Argentinian government, to decide whether or not the IB is recognised as a valid secondary school certificate.
Bolivia: Like Argentina, the IB diploma is recognised by all universities so long as it has been legalised. However, students will also have to pass examinations in Bolivian Geography, History, and Civics.
Colombia: An IB diploma obtained overseas is recognised so long as it is legalised and students enclose a transcript in Spanish detailing both IB diploma years.
Costa Rica: In Costa Rica, some universities specify that the IB diploma ought to have been taken in Spanish. Regardless, students will need to legalise their diploma.
Denmark: The IB is nationally recognised as a university entrance qualification to all higher education institutions in Denmark, as long as students have also passed a Danish language test (either by taking Danish as part of the IB, or taking another recognised language test).
Whilst it’s not unusual for universities to require an additional language test, Denmark’s case is slightly different, simply because this is a national requirement as opposed to one universities have decided for themselves.
Egypt: In Egypt, IB diploma documents must be legalised regardless of where the student has completed their IB. Students must also have taken Arabic as either their language A or language B.
Finland: The Finnish government recognises the IB diploma alongside the Finnish Matriculation examination (alongside the European Baccalaureate, and a number of other forein diplomas), so it’s unanimously accepted.
However, all Finnish universities hold their own additional entrance examinations, which IB students will have to sit, too.
Germany: The IB is officially recognised by all universities in Germany, however students applying through uni-assist will need to obtain a special certificate called the VPD.
This needs to be sent to uni-assist 8 weeks before the university application deadline. Some universities will require their own certified copies, which will need to be stamped and signed by the student’s school and IB coordinator.
All students will also need to contact uni-assit to inform them of the official release of IB results, using the “contact us” form on the uni-assist website.
Greece: The IB diploma is fully recognised when it comes to employment, however IB students wishing to study at a Greek university will still need to sit the Greek School-leaving Certificate (Apolytirio Eniaiou Lykeiou).
India: The IB has been recognised since 1983 by the Association of Indian Universities and can be used to apply to all universities in India.
However, some universities require that students convert their IB transcript into an Indian one. To do so, the school’s IB Diploma Coordinator will need to submit the request through IBIS, the secure portal for IB coordinators.
Netherlands: The IB is recognised in the Netherlands, however admission requirements are now subject-based, according to “subject clusters”, which each list the required subjects students need to have sufficient proficiency in to qualify for university admission.
If it helps, you can think of these just like the specific subjects or grades a university might request for a specific course - but at a national, as opposed to just an individual university, level.
Of course, individual universities might still have additional requirements layered on top.
Norway: The IB is nationally recognised as a university entrance qualification, so long as students have also passed a Norwegian language test (either by taking Norwegian A or B as part of the IB, or taking another recognised language test) - just like in Denmark.
Pakistan: The IB diploma is recognised, however, like in the Netherlands, equivalencies are granted according to subject families.
Panama: The IB diploma is recognised, but it must be legalised, and unless students are studying at an International University, they may have to sit additional exams in subjects like Panamanian history and political geography.
South Africa: The IB is recognised, however IB students will have to apply for an exemption certificate (from South Africa’s own school leaving certificate) for their IB diploma to be recognised as a full equivalent.
Spain: The IB is officially recognised as being equivalent to the Selectividad, so students needn’t sit both.
However, only around half of Spanish universities have official admissions pathways for IB students listed on their website, so students are still advised to directly contact their chosen institution(s).
Switzerland: The International Baccalaureate diploma is recognized as an upper secondary school leaving certificate.
However, when it comes to university entry, some universities may require additional documentation, so students are advised to thoroughly check university websites.
Thailand: The IB Diploma is equivalent to the Thai Higher Secondary School Certificate (Mathayom Suksa 6). However, students applying for a public higher education institution will need to obtain their certificate of equivalency directly from the Thai Ministry for Education.
Students will also need to have their IB diploma legalised.
UAE: A completed IB diploma is considered equivalent to the Ministry’s Secondary School Certificate, however the ways to request official recognition of this equivalency are changing in between 2022 and 2023 - so you’ll want to keep an eye on these!