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Worldwide Study Information

Australia

There are 50 universities in Australia. For more information about universities, degree courses and how to apply, visit the Australian Universities Admissions Centre

Australia's 'Group of Eight' universities are considered to be its Ivy League. They are: Adelaide University, The Australian National University, The University of Melbourne, Monash University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney and The University of Western Australia.

Each university has its own application procedure so please research thoroughly each university you are interested in applying to.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in Australia recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

Austria

You can see information about applying to, and studying at, Austrian universities on the Austrian government's migration website here.

The Complete University Guide website has information about entry, visa regulations and funding your studies at Austrian universities here.

The Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education & Research has a useful website - see it in English here: www.studienwahl.at - about international programmes at Austrian Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in Austria recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

Belgium

Find practical information and facts about studying in Belgium here.

Wondering why you might want to study in Belgium as an international student? Read this information.

Here you can find information about studying in Brussels as a foreign student.

The Fulbright Commission website has very detailed information about studying in Belgium.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in Belgium recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

Brazil

Canada

Studying in Canada
Looking at Canadian universities? The Studying in Canada website offers information on universities, community colleges, technical institutes and career colleges. The websites www.schoolsincanada.com/ and www.univcan.ca/ provides international students with information on studying in Canada.

Universities and colleges
There are around 90 degree-granting institutions in Canada and Canadian universities compare favourably with the best in the world. In Canada, universities offer degree programmes in arts and sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate level; colleges (smaller institutions) offer mainly undergraduate programmes; university colleges offer degree programmes and vocational diplomas and certificates; and specialised institutions offer art, engineering, medicine, education or technology.

Cost of education
Financial assistance for non-Canadians is exceedingly limited. However, the cost of education compares very favourably with the USA, UK and Australia. You can see information about the cost of education in Canada for international students here or on the Universities Canada website here.

Please note:
The IB Diploma Mathematical Studies course might not meet entry requirements for some Canadian universities and university courses.

On the IB website, there is information about how some higher education institutions in Canada recognise the IB Diploma. (Canada has no single national policy on university entrance. There is no national university entrance exam, nor a centralized bureaucracy that controls admission. Each of Canada's universities sets its own admissions standards, and each candidate for admission is evaluated individually.) You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

Denmark

Is Denmark where you are hoping to continue your education? The Study in Denmark website is useful and covers everything you need to know about studying and working in Denmark.

The Complete University Guide offers information about visas and funding.

Go here to apply for higher education programmes taught in English in Denmark

There is information here about the Copenhagen Business School.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in Denmark recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

France

For useful information about living and studying in France and how to apply to university in France see the Study in France website You can also read this article from English-language French newspaper The Local. For general information, see this page on the Top Universities website.

Germany

Before you can study in Germany your High School qualification (IB Diploma or High School Diploma) must be converted to the German equivalent of an Abitur. This is done by the State in which the university you want to apply to is located. However, each university has its own rule so it is very important to research the university/ies you are interested in and find out what their process of application is.

Uni Assist is the University Application Service for international students.

www.daad.de is a very useful site for international students applying to German universities.

The Higher Education Compass website offers information about Germany’s Higher Education institutions and the degree programmes they offer.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in Germany recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

India

The Complete University guide discusses reasons for studying in India and offers information on entry and visa requirements. The International Student Insurance website also discusses the benefits of studying in India.

The 'Just Landed' website gives a useful outline about universities in India. You can find a list (in ranking order) of universities in India here. See also the Top Universities website guide to universities in India.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in India recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

Italy

The Study in Italy national website offers information about the types of universities in Italy, admissions procedures, the types of degrees you can study for, student life, welfare services, country information and much more.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in Italy recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

Japan

Considering studying in Japan? See the Study in Japan comprehensive guide here. The Just Landed website gives some useful outlines about entering Japanese universities. Also, see the Top Universities Guide to universities in Japan. And you can see a list of universities in Japan here.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in Japan recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

Mexico

Considering studying in Mexico? The Just Landed website gives some useful information about university degrees and applications to Mexican universities. Learn more about the university admission process in Mexico here and on the Study Abroad website.

You can access a list of universities in Mexico here. See information about 'study abroad' scholarships here.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in Mexico recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

Monaco

See the Complete University Guide to the International University of Monaco here. Or see the university's own website here.

Netherlands

www.studyinholland.nl is a website that gives you all the information you need to know about going to university in Holland. Admissions requirements are very specific and are set by the individual institutions. You can see more details about admissions requirements here.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in the Netherlands recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

For more information, see the new NL brochure.

New Zealand

Considering studying in New Zealand? There are eight universities in New Zealand. Find out more about studying there on the Universities New Zealand website. You can also see this profile of NZ universities here.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in New Zealand recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

Norway

Thinking about studying in Norway? See the Study in Norway website. The Complete Universtiy Guide to Norway also has useful information about studying in Norway, entry and visa requirements and details about funding your studies.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in Norway recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

Republic of Ireland

All applications to study at a University in Ireland must go through the Central Applications Office (CAO). See the CAO website for all the information you need about going to university in Ireland.

The CAO handbook, which you can download here, is a very useful source of information and will guide you through all the application procedures.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in the Republic of Ireland recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

Singapore

Interested in studying in Singapore? Visit the Study in Singapore website. You can also see general information on the Top Universities Guide to Singapore and see details about studying in Singapore, plus visa and funding information, on the Complete University Guide to Singapore.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in Singapore recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

Spain

The Complete University Guide offers information about studying in Spain, including information about visas and funding.

You can find general information about studying in Spain here.

Sweden

For information about every aspect of going to university in Sweden, see the Study in Sweden website. See also The Swedish Council for Higher Education website for information about universities and higher education institutions in Sweden. You can also use the Swedish Universities Admissions website: www.universityadmissions.se/intl/start

You can also see details about entry and visa regulations and funding your studies on the Complete University Guide - Sweden web page.

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in Sweden recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

Switzerland

For more information please visit the Swiss Universities website. On this website, there is detailed information about the admissions requirements of each of the Swiss universities. Typically, they ask for at least 32 points (not including the bonus points), and require that IB Diploma students have either Maths or a Natural Sciences subject (biology, physics, chemistry) at Higher Level and with a minimum C1 German level.

ETH and EPFL have more specific requirements. Please see this sheet for more information.

UK

Admissions
In the UK, there is one central universities and colleges admissions service, UCAS. The UCAS website offers British and international students all the information they need on applying to university in the UK.

UCAS also produces this guide for parents of students applying to UK universities. It offers lots of useful information on the application process, on issues like writing personal statements, financing courses and finding accommodation, and how 'Clearing' works.

IB Diploma
On the IB website, there is information about how higher education institutions in the UK recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website. It explains that UK universities and colleges accept the International Baccalaureate Diploma for entry to all first degree courses and higher education institutions. However, the standards required are decided by every institution individually and vary considerably depending on the institution and the course.

Entry requirements
The UCAS website has details here of entry requirements to study in the UK.

Study costs
UCAS also offers information about tuition fees and study costs. You can also see the Complete University Guide information here on tuition fees and financial support.

Researching courses
Prospective students can get independent information and statistics on degree courses using the unistats website.

What is the difference between Oxford, Cambridge and other UK universities?
Oxford and Cambridge are unique status universities in the UK and have a different entrance system to all the other universities. A student cannot apply to both – they must choose just one. See more information about applying to Oxford or Cambridge here.

UK Immigration and Visa Information
Once you have been offered a place to study in the UK, you must make sure that you meet all the immigration regulations for international students. Do this before you make any travel arrangements or pay any tuition fees. Most universities have their own section about immigration and visa requirements. See the UK government visas and immigration website here. International students can also find useful information on the website of the UK Council for International Student Affair at www.ukcisa.org.uk.

For information on applying to UK medical schools, please see here.

USA

Studying at US universities
There is no national ministry or centralized bureaucracy in the United States that controls university admission or placement. Instead, each college or university is responsible for setting its own policies. Interested students must make direct contact with the colleges/universities they would like to attend.

You can find information about studying in the USA at www.studyusa.com. Another source of information is the Universities in the USA website. There are university search facilities and information on admissions tests on the College Board website.

See www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org for a site that ranks US universities by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission, graduation, and retention rates. Also see this website for international students and US students living abroad who are searching for American colleges and universities: www.collegexpress.com.

IB Diploma
On the IB website, there is information about how higher education institutions in the USA recognise the IB Diploma. You can find it on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.

Differences between universities and colleges
There are over 4,000 universities and colleges in the USA. Admission to some (e.g. the eight Ivy League universities) is very difficult to attain as they admit only 10% of applicants. Others are easier. One real advantage of the US system is that a student doesn’t need to declare a major until the end of their second year or beginning of their third year. This can offer real flexibility for a student who is unsure about the subject s/he wants to study.

American colleges and universities all tend to operate their own systems and are a law unto themselves. This means students must be very careful during both their research and application with regards to deadlines and other specific requirements.

Costs of education
The costs of US higher education institutions vary a great deal. State universities are generally the least expensive while Ivy League/highly selective private universities are the most expensive. It should be noted, however, that financial aid does exist at many colleges, although it is limited for international students. Follow this link for more information on this topic.

US Admission Selection Process
For admission purposes, most four-year colleges will require a High School Diploma or IB Diploma, the SAT or ACT, and TOEFL (only for non-native English speakers) examination results.

Admissions officers are looking for students who continue to challenge themselves and have made the most out of their educational environments. Students taking the full IB Diploma will gain preference over students with higher test scores but who are following a less demanding programme. Universities look for students who are contributing to their community and continuing to develop personally. Schools look for reasons to admit, rather than reject, applicants. US admissions officers put together a file that will include the following information:

  • Your grades from Grade 9 to 12 (your 'Transcript')
  • Your application
  • Your test scores
  • Your school recommendation: school report and evaluation by the University Counsellor
  • Your teacher recommendations

The Common Application
There are over 500 universities that have adopted the common application procedure. This is an online admission application that students may submit to any of the member colleges/universities. Once completed online, copies of the First Year Application packet can be sent to any number of participating colleges. This allows applicants to save time since one application goes to all the universities selected.

US University Acceptance Procedures
Universities in the US have different acceptance notification procedures. The majority of universities will mail their notifications in March and April and you must reply by May 1st. However, most students applying early will be notified by the end of December of their Senior year.

US immigration and visa Information
Once a college in the US has accepted you, you must make sure that you meet the immigration regulations for international students. Do this before you make any travel arrangements or pay any tuition fees. See US student visa information on the International Student website here.

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