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Our singers at Seisen had a fantastic weekend at the Kanto Plains Association of Secondary Schools (KPASS) Vocal Solo and Ensemble Competition.

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Academic and Higher Education Advising

We are proud of the fact that students from Seisen International School graduate fully prepared to succeed in higher education and are maintaining their excellent standards of performance in select colleges throughout the world.

Virtually all graduates of Seisen International School are accepted by, and enroll in, college or university.

The purpose of our advising program is to guide and assist with all aspects of the college search and application process. We work with students to find universities that match their personalities, needs, and goals while offering advice on establishing manageable timelines. Additionally, we provide pertinent information regarding standardized tests, test preparation, and summer programs. We actively encourage college representatives to visit our students and our school.

Pathways for Seisen Graduates


Matriculate to North American Universities



Attend universities in Britain and other European countries


Enter universities in Japan or Asia


of the graduating class of 2018 is attending 3 to 4 year institutions.


universities and colleges will visit Seisen during lunchtime or after school during the first and fourth quarters,

University Course Guidance for IB Students
Mary Harrington

It is a common myth that the IB is more suited to applications to Europe than North America. Nearly 70% of all IB students study the IB in the US and Canada and IB data suggests that IB students are twice as likely to be accepted to competitive US universities than non-IB students.

University Course Guidance for IB Students

While many students do not have a clear idea of their future higher education plans before studying the IB at Seisen International School , some awareness of the country, institutions, and subjects for post-Seisen IS education will help determine the best choice of IB courses. It is best to make subject choices which meet the most likely university choices, but which also leave as many other higher education options open as possible. 

The breadth of the IBDP curriculum allows you to keep many options open. At the same time, university systems in different parts of the world may have very specific entry requirements, which vary from country to country.

For those wishing to study a particular subject in a particular country, the choice of IB subjects must follow requirements established by that country or a particular institution in that country (IB Recognition Statements by Country). As each country, and even individual universities within a country, has different requirements, it is essential that these requirements are checked on the IB website, directly with the universities and with the IB Coordinator and the Academic and Higher Education Advisor. Some general comments and IBO Country Guides for International Students are shared at the bottom of this blog post.

The following general guidelines are starting point but requirements for specific program can vary, especially with highly selective institutions and therefore it is essential that students conduct their own research to ensure their IB subject selection meets their needs.

University Degree or Career

Suggested subjects at IB Higher Level 


Mathematics - both AA and AI; Business Management; Economics

Advertising and Marketing

Business Management, Economics, Geography or History; Visual Arts; Design Technology

Actuarial Work

Mathematics - AA 

Administration, the Civil Service, etc.

Language and Literature; History, Economics, or Geography

Agriculture, Agricultural research, Land Surveyor

Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics; Mathematics - both AA and AI; Geography


Mathematics - both AA and AI; Physics, Design Technology; Visual Arts

Banking, Finance, Insurance

Business Management, Economics; Mathematics - both AA and AI; Physics

Business Studies

Mathematics - both AA and AI; Economics, Business Management


Mathematics - both AA and AI; Chemistry, Physics, or Biology

Chemical Engineering

Mathematics - AA; Chemistry, Physics

Classics, Archaeology, Oriental Languages

English A; History

Computer Science, Statistics

Mathematics - AA; Physics, Computer Science

Creative Writing

Language and Literature; History; Theatre


Design Technology, Physics (engineering); Mathematics - both AA and AI; Visual Arts


Physics; Mathematics - AA , Design Technology, Economics


English A; History

Film, Video and Photographic Arts

Visual Arts; Film; Language and Literature

Fine and Studio Art

Visual Arts; Language and Literature

Geography (art emphasis)

Geography, History, Economics; Language and Literature

Geography (science emphasis)

Geography; Mathematics - both AA and AI; Physics, Biology, Chemistry


Geography; Two of Chemistry, Physics; Biology

History, Anthropology

History, Economics, Language and Literature

History of Art

Visual Arts; History; English A

International Relations, Politics

History, Economics, Geography; Language and Literature


No specific requirements. History, Economics, Mathematics - both AA and AI, English A are useful

Management Studies

Business Management; Mathematics - both AA and AI; Economics

Materials Science, Metallurgy

Chemistry, Physics, Design Technology; Mathematics - AA 


Math; Physics and second science

Media and Communication Studies, Journalism

Language and Literature; Film

Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry

Biology, Chemistry and Physics; Mathematics - AA 

Modern Language

Language and Literature; History



Natural Sciences

Mathematics - both AA and AI; two of Chemistry, Physics, Biology


Chemistry, Biology

Physics, Applied Physics, Mathematical Physics

Mathematics - AA , Physics, and a second science


Psychology; Biology

Teaching and Education

English A


Theatre. Film Studies; Language and Literature

Town and Country Planning

Geography, Economics; Design Technology, Physics



Diploma Program courses is evaluated on a scale from 1-7, with 7 being the highest obtainable mark. To receive the Diploma of the International Baccalaureate, students must achieve a total score of 24 points over the six courses (an average of 4 per course). In addition, students must complete requirements of the CAS program, TOK course, and Extended Essay. The maximum number of points available to a student is 45, which includes a possible 3 bonus points form the Extended Essay and TOK course. A hard-working, organized and motivated student is expected to achieve a minimum of 24 points.

While most of the mark a student receives is derived from externally mark exams, teachers also internally mark students on lab work, oral commentaries and day-to-day course work.

United States and Canada-IB acceptance

It is a common myth that the IB is more suited to applications to Europe than North America. Nearly 70% of all IB students study the IB in the US and Canada and IB data suggests that IB students are twice as likely to be accepted to competitive US universities than non-IB students. These universities look first at the degree of difficulty of a student’s academic program and the grades they have achieved. Entry to US universities is therefore enhanced for students who have taken the challenging Diploma or DP courses and who have done well during the two years of the program. In addition, advanced placement can be 4 obtained from many US universities for high IB scores. More and more US universities are allowing Diploma students direct entry into the second year. US universities do not usually expect students to have studied specific IB subjects. The IB Diploma is recognized throughout Canada as an admissions credential. Some of the most selective universities may require it for the admission of students who have been studying outside Canada.

United Kingdom - IB acceptance

For undergraduate degrees at British universities (see UCAS), the IB diploma is a recognized entry qualification. The choice of subjects and level may be crucial when seeking admissions. For example, students wishing to study medicine should take IB Biology and IB Chemistry at HL. Law students would be recommended to take IB History HL. Art courses will require a portfolio of artwork produced in IB Visual Arts. Some subjects are considered less suitable by some universities and need to be avoided. For each course at each university there will be a minimum number of points required on the IB Diploma and even specific subject scores. DP Course students may obtain entry to one-year pre-degree Foundation Programs.

Japan - IB Acceptance

The IB Diploma is formally recognized as a qualification for university entrance in Japan.
Although all universities in Japan formally recognize the IB Diploma as a qualification and clearly acknowledge the high academic contents of the DP and value IB students, the policies themselves are varied. Admissions requirements are left up to the discretion of the individual universities. IB Diploma graduates who are seeking admission to Japanese universities should contact the respective admission offices to obtain information on application procedures and prerequisites, which vary across universities.


Guide for international students applying to Australia

Guide for international students applying to Canada

Guide for international students applying to Germany

Guide for international students applying to Hong Kong

Guide for international students applying to the Netherlands

Guide for international students applying to the UK

Guide for international students applying to the USA

For further guidance please contact:

Mary Harrington
Academic and Higher Education Advisor

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Ms. Mary Harrington
Academic and
Higher Education Advisor

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