1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

International College-level Exam Credit

*** Subject to change ***

How Credits are Awarded

The University of Virginia College of Arts & Sciences offers advanced standing credit and/or advanced placement for many international college-level examinations. What follows describes the College’s policy regarding these examinations. We encourage you to contact us and the appropriate Departmental Undergraduate Director if you have questions about receiving advanced standing credit or advanced placement for any of these examinations. You may also locate departmental phone numbers by calling University directory assistance at (434) 924-0311.

The College of Arts & Sciences grants advanced standing credit and advanced placement for qualifying examination scores in the

  • Higher-Level International Baccalaureate
  • British A-Level
  • French Baccalaureate
  • German Abitur
  • Swiss Maturity Certificate

We award advanced standing credit or placement based upon qualifying examination scores (and, where applicable, subject coefficients or value) and the recommendation of the appropriate Arts & Sciences departments. Equivalencies are listed below.

Credit and advanced placement are generally determined on a case-by-case basis, on the student’s initiative, by the Dean’s Office in the College of Arts and Sciences and by the Director of Undergraduate Programs in the appropriate departments. We do not award credit based upon the length of study of a particular program. Since approved credit is advanced standing credit, not transfer credit, we base the award of credit solely on examination results and not on completed courses.

Advanced standing credit is included among “non-U.Va. credits” on students' transcript and, along with transfer credit, is limited to a total of 60 semester hours. The College of Arts and Sciences and individual departments may limit the number of advanced standing credits awarded to an individual. Students may receive at least one, and not more than two, semesters of introductory-level credit per qualifying examination score. Departments have their own policies on the use of advanced standing credit for their major or minor requirements.

NOTE: We do not award credit for foreign language subject examinations of English language or literature.

The College reserves the right to change these policies at any time prior to the student’s matriculation. Credit awarded may change as the College and departments review examinations and related material. Please check this web site often to verify credit award policy.

Requesting Credit

The College does not automatically award credit for international college-level examinations. To receive credit, students must provide an official copy of their examination certificate, including an official English translation if requested. The certificate should be sent directly to:

Meredith Burke

College of Arts & Sciences
P.O. Box 400133
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4133

or, should be delivered in person to Ms. Burke, 201 C Monroe Hall, in a sealed envelope.

Students must be prepared to provide the following to the departmental undergraduate directors:

  • Official course descriptions
  • Syllabi
  • Copies of examinations

No special form is required from the department to verify the award of credit. Recommendations, however, should be made on departmental letterhead stationery. Students should request that the undergraduate directors call Ms. Burke or Dean Papovich at (434) 924-8880 or 924-4956 if they have questions.

We are pleased to assist students with the review of international college-level examinations. Questions may be directed to Ms. Burke or Dean Papovich at (434) 924-8880 or 924-4956.

The International Baccalaureate

The UVA College of Arts and Sciences offers possible credit for scores of 5, 6, or 7 on most higher-level IB examinations. We award no credit or exemptions for standard-level examinations. Upon departmental recommendation, we will consider an award for one, and no more than two, semesters of College introductory-level credit. Scores below a 5 on the higher-level exam may be sufficient for higher-level placement (no credit will be awarded). Such advanced placement decisions must be made by the appropriate department.

NOTE: The College of Arts & Sciences accepts only IB scores sent directly from IB North America (their web address is http://www.ibo.org/).

After matriculation, students should direct questions about their IB credit to the College Registrar's office in 106 Monroe Hall.

Below are the pre-approved departmental equivalencies for qualifying higher-level IB examination scores:

Subject Score U.Va. Equivalents

Arabic B

5 or 6

No credit; exemption

7

3000-level course to be determined by the dept.

Art/Design

5 or 6

No Credit

Art/Design

7

ARTS 1000T (3 credits)

Biology

5, 6, or 7

BIOL 2010 (3 credits) and BIOL 2020 (3 credits)

Business and Management

6 or 7

COMM 1800 (4 credits)

Chemistry

5, 6, or 7

CHEM 1410 (3 credits) and CHEM 1420 (3 credits)

Chinese (including Mandarin) A1, A2, B

5, 6, or 7

Confer with the Foreign Language Coordinator for recommendation

Computer Science

5

CS 1110 (3 credits) 

Computer Science 6 or 7 CS 1110 (3 credits), CS 2110 (3 credits)

Economics

5, 6, or 7

ECON 2010 (3 credits), ECON 2020 (3 credits)

English A1

5, 6, or 7

ENGL 1000T (3 credits)

English A2

---

No Credit

English B

---

No Credit

Environmental Systems

5,6, or 7

EVSC 1000T (3 credits)

French A1 or A2

5, 6, or 7

FREN 3031 (3 credits)

French B

5 or 6

No credit; exemption

7

FREN 3031 (3 credits)

German A1 or A2

5, 6, or 7

GERM 2010 (3 credits), GERM 2020 (3 credits)

German B

5 or 6

GERM 2010 (3 credits)

German B

7

GERM 2010 (3 credits), GERM 2020 (3 credits)

Geography

5, 6, or 7

EVSC 1000T (3 credits)

Greek

5, 6, or 7

GREE 2020 (3 credits)  May enroll in a 3000-level class.

History

6

HIST 2000T (3 credits)

History

7

HIST 2000T (6 credits)

Italian A1 or A2

5, 6, or 7

ITAL 2010 (3 credits) and ITAL 2020 (3 credits)

Italian B

5, 6, 0r 7

Confer with the Foreign Language Coordinator for recommendation.

Japanese A1, A2 and B

5, 6, or 7

Confer with the Foriegn Language Coordinator for recommendation.

Japanese B

5, 6, or 7

Confer with the Foriegn Language Coordinator for recommendation.

Language A: Language & Literature                                                                                                                5, 6, or 7

ENGL 1000T  (3 credits)

Latin                                                                                                          5.6, or 7 LATI 2020 (3 credits) May enroll in a 3000-level class.

Mathematics

5, 6, or 7

MATH 1310 (4 credits) and MATH 2000T (3 credits)

Music

5, 6, or 7

Confer with the Director of the Undergraduate Major for recommendation.

Philosophy

5, 6, or 7

Confer with the Director of the Undergraduate Major for recommendation.

Physics

5, 6, or 7

PHYS 2010 (3 credits) and PHYS 2020 (3 credits)

Philipino A1

5, 6, or 7

AMEL 2000T (6 credits)

Portuguese A1 or A2

5, 6, or 7

PORT 1110 (4 credits) and PORT 2120 (4 credits)

Portuguese B

5 or 6

PORT 1110 (4 credits)

7

PORT 1110 (4 credits) and PORT 2120 (4 credits)

Psychology

5, 6, or 7

PSYC 1010 (3 credits)

Social and Cultural Anthropology

5, 6, or 7

ANTH 1010 (3 credits)

Spanish A1 or A2

5, 6, or 7

SPAN 2010 (3 credits) and SPAN 2020 (3 credits); students may enroll in SPAN 4010; no credit given for SPAN 3010

Spanish B

5 or 6

3 credits for SPAN 2010; students must complete SPAN 2020

7

6 credits for SPAN 2010 and 2020 students may enroll in SPAN 3010

Theater Arts

5, 6, or 7

Confer with the Director of the Undergraduate Major for recommendation.

Turkish A1

5, 6, or 7 TURK 2010 (3 credits) and TURK 2020 (3 credits)

 

For higher-level examinations not listed, confer first with Dean Frank Papovich and then with the Departmental Undergraduate Director; they will review your syllabus/exam and confer regarding possible credit.

British Advanced-Levels, including AICE (A, AS, and H Levels)

The College of Arts and Sciences offers possible advanced standing credit for scores of A, B, and in some cases C. Upon departmental recommendation, students may receive one, and no more than two, semesters of introductory-level credit for each A- or H2-Level examination. No credit is given for O- or OA-Level examinations. One semester’s credit may be awarded for AS- or H1-Level examinations.

A-Level, H level, and AS-Level scores that are not eligible for advanced-standing credit may be considered for advanced placement (no credit will be awarded); such placement decisions must be made by the appropriate Departmental Undergraduate Director.

The pre-approved departmental equivalencies for qualifying A-level examination scores are listed below:

Subject U.Va. Equivalents
Accounting A, H2 COMM 2000T (6 credits) 1
Accounting AS, H1 COMM 1000T (3 credits)
Art History A, H2 ARTH 1051 (4 credits) and ARTH 1052 (4 credits)
Biology A, H2 BIOL 2010 (3 credits) and BIOL 2020 (3 credits); No pre-approved lab credit.
Biology AS, H1 BIOL 1000T (3 credits)
Business Studies A, H2 COMM 1800 (3 credits), COMM 2000T (3 credits)
Business Studies AS, H1 COMM 1000T (3 credits)
Chemistry A, H2 CHEM 1410 (3 credits) and CHEM 1420 (3 credits); No pre-approved lab credit.
Chemistry AS, H1 CHEM 1000T (3 credits)
Classical Studies A, H2 For grades of A or B only -- CLAS 2010 (3 credits). No credit for grade of C or lower.
Economics A, H2 For grades of A or B only -- ECON 2010 (3 credits) and ECON 2020 (3 credits); No credit for grade of C or lower.
Economics AS, H1 For grades of A or B only -- ECON 1000T (3 credits)
English A, H2 ENGL 1000T (6 credits)
English AS, H1 ENGL 1000T (3 credits)
French Confer with the the Foreign Language Coodinator for recommendation (434) 924-4629
Further Math A, H2 MATH 2000T (3 credits).
Geography A, H2 EVSC 1010 (3 credits)
German Confer with the the Foreign Language Coodinator for recommendation (434) 924-6694
Government and Politics A, H2

PLAP 1000T (3 credits) and PLCP 1000T (3 credits)

History A, H2

For grades of A or B only -- HIST 2000T (6 credits); No credit for grade of C or lower.

History AS, H1 For grades of A or B only -- HIST 1000T (3 credits.) No credit for grade of C or lower.
Mathematics A, H2 For grades of A or B only -- MATH 1310 (4 credits), STAT 1100 (3 credits)
Mathematics AS, H1 For grades of A or B only -- MATH 1000T (3 credits)
Media Studies A, H2 For grades of A or B only -- MDST 1000T (3). No credit for grade of C or lower.
Physics A, H2

For grades of A or B only:

PHYS 2010 (3 credits)
PHYS 2020 (3 credits)

Physics AS, H1 For grades of A or B only -- PHYS 1000T (3 credits)
Psychology A, H2 PSYC 2000T (3 credits)
Spanish Confer with the the Foreign Language Coodinator for recommendation

Notes:

1. Students who plan to transfer to the School of Commerce should contact Rebecca Leonard for placement in COMM 2010 and 2020.

No credit is offered for Law. For other examinations, students must obtain syllabi for the course(s) for which they wish to obtain credit, and confer with Dean Frank Papovich and the appropriate Departmental Undergraduate Director.

The French Baccalaureate

The College of Arts and Sciences offers possible advanced standing credit for scores of 12/20 or higher on examinations in subjects studied at a coefficient of 4 or 5. Upon departmental recommendation, students may receive one, and no more than two, semesters of introductory-level credit for each qualifying examination.

Scores not eligible for advanced-standing credit may be considered for advanced placement (no credit will be awarded); such placement decisions must be made by the appropriate Departmental Undergraduate Director.

The French Bac “total score” is not used to determine credit eligibility; credit in the College is based on examination subject scores alone.

The German Abitur

The College of Arts and Sciences offers possible advanced-standing credit for examination scores of 10 or higher (15-point scale). Upon departmental recommendation, students may receive one, and no more than two, semesters of introductory-level credit for each qualifying examination.

Abitur scores not eligible for advanced-standing credit may be considered for advanced placement (no credit awarded); such placement decisions must be made by the appropriate Departmental Undergraduate Director.

The Abitur “total score” is not used to determine credit eligibility; credit in the College is based on examination subject scores alone.

The Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate

The College of Arts and Sciences offers possible advanced-standing credit for examination scores of 4.5 or higher (on a 6.0 scale) for the core (or double value) subjects. Upon departmental recommendation, students may receive one, and no more than two, semesters of introductory-level credit for each qualifying examination.

Scores not eligible for advanced-standing credit may be considered for advanced placement (no credit will be awarded); such placement decisions must be made by the appropriate Departmental Undergraduate Director.

The Maturity “total score” is not used to determine credit eligibility; credit in the College is based on examination subject scores alone.