AP International Diploma (APID)

Today we live in a global community that greatly impacts how we share information, communicate and do business. That’s why the College Board is focused on helping students build the knowledge, skills and global perspectives to succeed in university and beyond.

The AP International Diploma (APID) is a globally recognized award for students interested in pursuing university study outside of their native country. It requires students to display mastery on AP Exams across several disciplines, and represents an exceptional level of achievement.

APID Criteria

Students must earn scores of 3 or higher on five or more total AP Exams, based on the exam criteria requirements listed within each of the content areas below.

Exams taken multiple times will only count once; the highest score will be used for award calculation.

Each AP Exam may count towards only one content area below.
AP Exam Criteria Eligible AP Courses
Two AP Exams from two different world language and culture courses* (Please note English Language and Composition and English Literature and Composition are not world language and culture courses)
- OR -
Two AP Exams from one world language and culture course and one English course

Examples of accepted APID world language requirements:

French Language and Culture + German Language and Culture

Chinese Language and Culture + English Language and Composition

Chinese Language and Culture + English Literature and Composition

Examples of what is NOT accepted:

Spanish Language and Culture + Spanish Literature and Culture

English Language and Composition + English Literature and Composition

French Language and Culture + French Literature
World Language and Culture Courses
Chinese Language and Culture
French Language and Culture
French Literature**
German Language and Culture
Italian Language and Culture
Japanese Language and Culture
Spanish Language and Culture
Spanish Literature and Culture

English Courses
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
One AP Exam offering a global perspective

World History
Human Geography
Comparative Government and Politics

New in 2014:
Art History
Environmental Science
Macroeconomics

One AP Exam from either the sciences, or math and computer science

Math and Computer Science
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Computer Science A
Statistics

Sciences
Biology
Chemistry
Environmental Science
Physics B
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Physics C: Mechanics

One additional AP Exam; cannot be English or a world language

Arts
Art History
Latin
Latin Literature***
Latin: Vergil***
Music Theory
Studio Art: Drawing
Studio Art: 2-D Design
Studio Art: 3-D Design

History and Social Science
Comparative Government and Politics
European History
Human Geography
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Psychology
U.S. Government and Politics
U.S. History
World History

Math and Computer Science
see above

Sciences
see above

* A student may submit a letter from an administrator at his or her school verifying the student’s mastery of a language not currently available within the AP suite of exams. This verification, printed on school letterhead, will satisfy the requirement for ONE AP Exam in the language category. However, a student who utilizes this option must submit an additional AP Exam from another content area. Thus all students, however they satisfy the two-exam English and/or world language requirement, must submit a total of five AP Exam scores of 3 or higher to qualify for the APID.

**AP French Literature is no longer offered by the AP Program, but students who have taken the AP French Literature Exam in the past and received an AP Exam score of 3 or higher may use this AP Exam to fulfill the APID world languages and cultures requirement.

***AP Latin Literature and AP Latin: Vergil are no longer offered by the AP Program, but students who have taken these exams in the past and received an AP Exam score of 3 or higher may use these AP Exams towards the APID exam criteria requirements.

More Facts About the APID

The APID is available to all students throughout the globe. It is an optional certificate that is available to students attending secondary schools outside the U.S. and to students attending U.S. high schools who are applying to universities outside the country. To earn an APID, a student attending a school within the U.S. must indicate on at least one AP Exam answer sheet that the results should be sent to a university outside the U.S. Please see AP International Recognition for a list of universities outside the U.S. that use AP in admissions.

The APID is not a substitute for a high school diploma but provides additional certification of academic excellence.

As the APID requires a score of 3 or higher on five AP Exams, it allows students to demonstrate that they have exceeded most university entry requirements, and some of the most competitive scholarship awards consider students’ AP Exam scores. Many universities also use AP Exam scores to place students into honors classes.

For questions about the APID, email international@collegeboard.org.