Since 1955, the AP® Program has enabled millions of students to take university-level courses and exams, and earn college credit or placement while still in secondary school. This page is designed to give you an overview of offering AP outside the U.S. with select links that bring you to more detail.
A Flexible, Yet Rigorous Academic Program
Recognized by universities around the world as a standard of academic excellence, the AP program is both flexible and modular so you can offer AP courses tailored to your school’s unique needs and other academic programs. Nearly all colleges and universities in the United States and Canada — as well as many institutions in more than 100 other countries — grant credit and placement for qualifying AP Exam scores. Most universities also acknowledge course participation, regardless of AP score, favorably in the admission process.
Developed by Distinguished Educators
AP offers more than 30 courses across multiple subject areas, each culminating in a college-level AP Exam that enables students to apply the new critical-thinking skills they have learned. AP Courses and Exams are developed by a committee composed of distinguished higher education faculty and expert AP teachers who ensure that each reflects college- and university-level expectation through a recommended curriculum framework.
- In Detail: How AP Develops Courses and Exams
Benefits of AP
Offering AP courses makes your school more competitive in a number of ways.
Attract More Students
- Students earn university credit, advanced placement, or both.
- 85% of selective U.S. colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.1
- Students learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills crucial to university learning.
Enhance your curriculum
- Launch with one course or a few, and grow the program in subsequent years.
- AP does not prescribe courses to be delivered in any specific order and recognizes the autonomy of secondary schools in setting AP participation policies. Only a handful of courses require prerequisites.
- Get insightful data and reports that improve educational outcomes and increase the percentage of university-bound seniors.
Professional Development Opportunities
Throughout the year, the College Board provides professional development opportunities for administrators, teachers, and counselors worldwide.
- AP Workshops, Summer Institutes, and Conferences: These learning opportunities are open to all educational professionals to strengthen their curriculum and admission representatives at international and U.S. universities who recruit international students.
- Online Learning: Access a wealth of information and resources online through the AP Communities, and Audit resources.
See the list of upcoming International Professional Development Events.
Explore AP’s complete PD resources.
Recognized by Universities Worldwide
Qualifying AP Exam scores earn university credit in nearly all universities in the United States and Canada and are recognized in over 100 other countries worldwide. Scores of 3 or 4 on AP Exams fulfill admission requirements in many universities in UK and Europe.
Each college and university determines its own policies regarding AP Exam scores. For detailed information about the AP recognition policies of universities, use the searches below:
- Outside the U.S. and Canada: Search AP International University Recognition Credit Policies.
- Inside the U.S.: Search the U.S. AP credit policies.
Build Your AP Program
Building an effective AP program depends on your school’s individual culture, resources, and needs. There is no fee for a school to participate, but there are several steps that need to be completed before offering AP courses and exams.
- In Detail: Start and Grow AP
Coordinate the AP Exam
AP Coordinators have the important responsibility of managing the receipt, distribution, administration, and return of AP Exam materials.
1Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc., March 2007