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International Secondary Schooling and International Baccalaureate

International Secondary Schooling — A person who does advanced work in a secondary school in another country may receive consideration for transfer credit when the examinations taken are based on college-level studies.

Credit may be awarded for advanced work in international secondary schools. The World Education Series, published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, shall be used as a guide in making decisions on the awarding of credit for course work completed at an advanced level in international secondary schools. The number of credits awarded will reflect the introductory sequence in that subject at Penn State.

Limitations of credit earned through review of advanced-level international secondary schooling are as follows:

  1. Degree programs determine whether the credits earned may be used to meet degree requirements.
  2. A student who has earned credit for a particular course through advanced-level international secondary schooling may elect to take the same course at Penn State (unless restricted by placement policies of the unit offering the course), but the duplicate credit cannot be used to meet any additional degree requirements.  However, the grade earned in the Penn State course will count towards the student’s grade point average.
  3. Credit(s) will be posted to the student’s record but will not appear on the student’s official transcript until the student has completed a credit-bearing course at Penn State.

A student interested in receiving credit for advanced-level international secondary schooling should arrange for an official grade report to be sent directly from the secondary school or the examining board to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The Undergraduate Admissions Office is responsible for evaluating such reports and awarding credit.

If credit is awarded, the student's University record carries notation of credits, but no grade is recorded. Credit awarded in this manner does not affect the student's grade-point average at this university.

International Baccalaureate — A person who does work based on college-level studies in an International Baccalaureate program in a secondary school may take the Higher Level examinations.

Credit may be awarded for Higher Level examinations of the International Baccalaureate depending upon the grades earned on the examination. Subjects examined at the Higher Level with an earned grade of 5 or higher will be considered for transfer credit. The number of credits awarded will reflect the introductory sequence in that subject at Penn State.

Limitations of credit earned through the Higher Level examinations are as follows:

  1. Degree programs determine whether the credits earned may be used to meet degree requirements.
  2. A student who has earned credit for a particular course through International Bacclaureate examinations may elect to take the same course at Penn State (unless restricted by placement policies of the unit offering the course), but the duplicate credit cannot be used to meet any additional degree requirements.  However, the grade earned in the Penn State course will count towards the student’s grade point average.
  3. Credit(s) will be posted to the student’s record but will not appear on the student’s official transcript until the student has completed a credit-bearing course at Penn State.

A student interested in receiving credit for the Higher Level examinations of the International Baccalaureate program should arrange for an official grade report to be sent directly from the secondary school to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The Undergraduate Admissions Office is responsible for evaluating such reports and awarding credit.

If credit is awarded, the student's University record carries notation of credits, but no grade is recorded. Credit awarded in this manner does not affect the student's grade-point average at this university.

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