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AP Globally

Providing opportunities for students around the globe

The College Board is committed to providing opportunities for students in and outside the United States to take AP courses and exams. More than 1,000 schools in 116 countries outside the United States participate in the AP Program.

AP® A World-Class Academic Experience - Documentary Film


Through interviews with AP® students, teachers, college admission officers and college faculty, this Film explores why AP is a world-class academic experience. These voices provide an overview of the benefits of the AP Program and share the stories of students whose true academic potential has been uncovered through participation in AP.
Running time: 11 minutes.
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AP international university recognition

Over 600 universities in more than 55 countries outside the United States recognize AP Exam scores for credit and/or advanced placement in the admissions process. Individual colleges and universities, not the College Board or the AP Program, set criteria for granting admission to their respective programs. AP Exam performance is typically considered within the applicant's complete academic transcript.

For more information, visit AP International University Recognition.

Professional development

The College Board conducts AP weekend workshops and AP Summer Institutes worldwide. Many teachers from schools based outside the United States can also attend AP Summer Institutes in the United States and Canada.

For information about upcoming AP and Pre-AP workshops and Summer Institutes outside the United States, see Professional Development for International Teachers.

You can also search for AP and Pre-AP professional development events at Institutes & Workshops on AP Central.

The Advanced Placement International Diploma

The Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) is a globally recognized certificate for students with an international outlook. The APID challenges a student to display exceptional achievement on AP Exams across several disciplines.

The APID is available to students attending secondary schools outside the United States and to U.S. resident students applying to universities outside the country. The APID is not a substitute for a high school diploma, but rather provides additional certification of outstanding academic excellence.

To earn the International Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP Exams within at least three of the five content areas below:

  • Languages
  • Mathematics and Sciences
  • History and Social Sciences
  • Global Perspectives
  • Arts

To learn more about each of these content areas and the courses they include, visit the Advanced Placement International Diploma page.