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Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID)

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.

Universities worldwide utilize the APID in admissions. Students may search AP International Recognition for universities outside the U.S. that acknowledge AP achievement.

The APID is available to students attending secondary schools outside the United States and for 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.

For the 2004-2005 school year, a student must earn grades of 3 or higher on at least four full-year (or the equivalent in half-year) AP Exams within at least three of six content areas: two exams from the English and world languages content areas; one exam from either sciences or mathematics; two exams from areas not selected, including history and social sciences, and arts (and including either the sciences or the mathematics content area, whichever was not selected at first).

In addition:

  • To earn an APID, a U.S. resident student must indicate on at least one AP Exam answer sheet that the results should be sent to a university outside the United States. Please see AP International Recognition for a list of universities outside the U.S. that use AP in admissions.
  • Students submitting exams designated as "half-year" must combine two such exams to equal one "full-year" exam. The half-year examinations are Physics C: Mechanics; Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism; Government and Politics: Comparative; Government and Politics: U.S.; Macroeconomics; Microeconomics; Psychology; and Computer Science A.

Upcoming Changes to the Advanced Placement International Diploma

The APID is being revised to make it more international, more global and intercultural. It is also simultaneously being simplified logistically and strengthened academically.

  • Beginning in May 2005, criteria for the APID will no longer recognize a distinction between half-year and full-year courses and exams. All AP Exams will be weighed equally.
  • Beginning in May 2006, five AP Exam grades of 3 or higher will be required.
  • Also beginning in May 2006, APID candidates must include among their five courses and exams one of the AP global perspectives exams: AP World History, AP Human Geography, or AP Government and Politics: Comparative.

Advanced Placement International Diploma Criteria: May 2006

By May 2006, to earn an APID, a student must earn grades of 3 or higher on at least five AP Exams in the following content areas:

1. Two AP Exams from two different languages selected from English and/or world languages:

English Notes
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
World Languages  
French Language  
French Literature  
German Language  
Spanish Language  
Spanish Literature  
Italian Language and Culture New course for 2005-06. First exam in 2006.
Chinese Language and Culture New course for 2006-07. First exam in 2007.
Japanese Language and Culture New course for 2006-07. First exam in 2007.
Russian Language and Culture Schedule to be determined.

Note: 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 grades of 3 or higher to qualify for the APID.

2. One AP Exam designated as offering a global perspective: World History , Human Geography, and Government and Politics: Comparative.

3. One exam from the sciences or mathematics content areas:

Calculus AB*
Calculus BC*
Computer Science A*
Computer Science AB*
Environmental Science
Physics B
Physics C: Mechanics
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

*Note: Calculus and Computer Science courses may each count only once toward the APID.

4. One (or two) additional exam(s) from among any content areas except English and world languages. These include the content areas already described as well as history and social sciences and arts:

History and Social Sciences
U.S. History
European History
Government and Politics: U.S.
World History
Human Geography
Government and Politics: Comparative
Art History
Latin Literature
Latin: Vergil
Music Theory
Studio Art: Drawing
Studio Art: 2-D Design
Studio Art: 3-D Design

Note: Students submitting a different language for one of the AP English or world language AP Exams to satisfy the first requirement must offer TWO additional exams to fulfill the fourth requirement. Thus, all students, however they satisfy the two-exam English and world language requirement, must submit a total of five AP Exam grades of 3 or higher to qualify for the APID.


An Honors APID will be available to students who meet the two following criteria:

  • Achieve an average of 3.5 on their five AP Exam grades.
  • Submit an acceptable essay of 1,000-1,500 words on an aspect of world citizenship, global awareness, or intercultural understanding. Essay topics are developed annually by a College Board committee and posted to the AP Central® website (and publicized as well at international meetings and conferences). Essays will be evaluated according to a set of assessment rubrics devised by the committee.

Note: The Honors APID will go into effect in May 2006.

Essay Topic for 2005-06

Answer the following question in a type-written essay of 1,000-1,500 words.

In the past few years, people around the world have confronted significant issues, challenges, and changes that have had significant global repercussions. Identify one issue, challenge, or change--economic, political, social, or cultural--and the repercussions it created.

Explain why those repercussions are important and what can be done to manage, control, or respond to them.

NOTE: Although not required, you may choose your example from issues, challenges, and changes addressed in one of the following global AP courses: AP Human Geography, AP World History, or AP Government and Politics: Comparative.

Essays should be emailed as attachments to: rdiyanni@collegeboard.org. Or they can be mailed to:

Robert DiYanni
Director K-12 International Services
The College Board
45 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023

The deadline for postmarking or emailing is May 30, 2006.


Students, parents, and educators with questions about the APID may contact: apintl@collegeboard.org.