Office for Prior Learning Assessment

PLA International Baccalaureate

pla-jelitat International Baccalaureate®

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a global academic process, available in a worldwide community of schools, which culminates in tests, originating on the secondary level (high school). IB markets itself as "quality education for a better world," with a mission to:

  • Develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people to help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
  • Work with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.
  • Encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. (http://www.ibo.org/general/who.cfm)

IB at USM

The University of Southern Maine recognizes IB and is committed to supporting students who have achieved excellence in the IB program. Faculty evaluates exams from the Higher Level which may lead to college credit at USM with a score of 5 or better. USM does not grant credit for Standard Level IB Examinations.

To Order Official IB Score Transcripts

Joyce Lapping, Director, The Office for Prior Learning Assessment, University of Southern Maine, 100 Payson Smith Hall, 96 Falmouth Street, Portland, Maine  04104-9300.

To Post Your IB Credits at USM

PLA will post your IB credits to your USM transcript as soon as your official IB transcript has been evaluated. Please check your USM transcript on MaineStreet.

For More Information

Contact either Joyce Lapping at jlapping@usm.maine.edu, 207-780-4867 or Kate Mitchell katem@usm.maine.edu, 207-780-4663 for further information.