International Baccalaureate Students

Accelerate Your Academic Success

Photos of International Baccalaureate StudentsAcademic excellence is a cornerstone of Kent State University. That’s why we welcome graduates of International Baccalaureate schools to continue their world-class education at Kent State. From unique academic opportunities to an attractive campus setting, International Baccalaureate students will discover numerous beneficial advantages of a Kent State education.

Academic Credit

Depending on your IB test areas and resulting exam scores, you can earn instant academic credit for courses equivalent to your liberal education requirements  – enabling you to bypass those courses and immediately accelerate your studies. You’ll also create greater flexibility in your course schedule, enjoy a semester or two with more free time, potentially reduce you overall tuition expense and in some programs even graduate sooner than expected.

View the Academic Equivalency Cross Reference Chart
Download our International Baccalaureate Brochure
Learn more about the International Baccalaureate Programme

Honors College

International Baccalaureate students are also encouraged to apply to the Honors College, an exclusive community of academic excellence and achievement. As a student in the Honors College, you will enjoy the benefits of a close-knit community of dedicated fellow scholars, smaller class sizes, the ability to participate in research programs within your chosen field, one-on-one academic guidance by faculty mentors, additional opportunities for education abroad and a diverse range of classes that are structured to give you a deeper, more intensive learning experience.

Learn more about Kent State's Honors College


--Kent State offers its students a variety of scholarship awards. In order to be considered for scholarships, all students must take the ACT or SAT.  Please visit the Kent State's International Student Scholarships webpage for more information about individual scholarship deadlines and requirements.

Additional Informational Links for International Baccalaureate Students

The International Baccalaureate
Kent State's Center for Comparative and Integrative Programs (CCIP)

Why Kent State?

A Kent State education also offers you countless more life-enriching experiences. Blessed with spacious, tree-lined grounds, Kent State provides both a diverse, multi-cultural student population and a safe, secure campus setting. The town of Kent, known as Tree City, is centrally located in Northeast Ohio, home to many of the world’s most respected corporations, as well as a wealth of internationally known cultural attractions. Nature abounds in Northeast Ohio, including the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Great Lakes and the Appalachian Mountain chain. Several major metropolitan areas – Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, New York City, Washington DC and Toronto – are within easy reach by car, bus or train, while two local airports give you rapid access anywhere in the world.

The Northeast Ohio area is also one of the most affordable places to live in the U.S. – add Kent State’s reasonable tuition costs and you have a highly favorable match between the cost and quality of your education.

Learn more about why Kent State may be your best academic choice.

The Globe is Your Campus

Kent State recognizes that we live in an ever expanding global society, which is why we offer several rewarding overseas study programs coordinated through our Education Abroad department. Kent State University’s premier international program in Florence, Italy offers a unique Italian experience with course offerings in many academic areas. Our program in Geneva, Switzerland offers a wide range of courses, as well as the opportunity to intern with globally-recognized organizations. Students can also choose to study as long-term exchange students in over 50 countries or participate in short-term faculty-led study abroad courses.

Learn more about your opportunities to Study Abroad while attending Kent State.