Transfer of credits policy for the graduates of the International Bachelorette (IB) Program

The IB Diploma Program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The program is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

IB Diploma Program students study six courses at higher level or standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 5.

Group Subject Description
1 Language A1 First language, including the study of selections from world literature
2 Language A2 A language and literature course for fluent or bilingual students
Language B A foreign language course for students with two to four years previous experience with the language
Language ab initio A foreign language course for beginners
Classical languages Classical Greek, Latin
3 Individual and Societies Business and Management, economics, geography, history, Islamic history, information technology in a global society, philosophy, psychology, social and cultural anthropology, environmental systems and societies
4 Experimental sciences Biology, chemistry, physics, design technology, environmental systems and societies
5 Mathematics and computer sciences Mathematics HL, mathematics SL, mathematical studies SL, further mathematics SL, computer science (elective only)
6 The Arts Film studies, music, theatre arts, visual arts

In addition the program has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding: the extended essay, theory of knowledge, and creativity, action, service component.


KIMEP University recognizes secondary students’ participation in the International Baccalaureate Program and awards college credit for completion of higher level and standard level courses that show grades of four, five, six, and seven corresponding to GE courses offered at KIMEP. Moreover, direct placement to academic courses is granted to those IB diploma holders whose final score is 24 and above (out of 45).

With some variation by degree program, the IB graduates will be given credit for the following courses:

  1. Academic Listening and Note Taking (automatic transfer with the total score of 24 and above)
  2. Academic Reading and Writing I (automatic transfer with the total score of 24 and above)
  3. Academic Reading and Writing II (for students who obtain an IELTS score of 7 or higher)

The maximum number of transfer credits per student is 27 (6 subjects of IB program + 9 credits of KIMEP English Language courses).

  Name of the IB course Grade


Automatic transfer Name of the corresponding KIMEP course Number of credits transferred to KIMEP
1 Visual Arts 4-7 Yes Introduction to Art 3
2 Computer Science 4-7 Yes Information and Communication Technologies OR Business Computer Applications 3
3 Economics 4-7 Yes Introduction to Economics 3
4 History 4-7 Yes History of Civilizations II (IR) 3
5 Individuals and societies:

Information technology in a global society

4-7 Yes New Information Technologies (JMC) 3
6 Studies in language and literature:

English A: Language and literature

4-7 Yes Introduction to World Literature 3
7 Language acquisition:

Language B

4-7 Yes Introduction to Language and Society 3
8 Mathematics 4-7 Yes Mathematics for Business and Economics OR Calculus 3
9 Physics 4-7 Yes Physics 3