University Offers – UK, USA & Canada

The past six years have yielded unprecedented successes for Southbank students in the quality of offers received from the UK, USA and Canada.  The IB is held in extremely high regard in the USA and Canada, and Southbank students are clearly making their mark at North American universities.

Ana de Castro, University Guidance & Career Related Learning Coordinator 
Rosalind Stewart, US & Canada College Counsellor

2017 Offers

In the constantly shifting and unpredictable climate of higher education, Southbank International School is rightly proud of its excellent record in guiding its students to successful applications to university and college. Southbank 2017 graduating students have received the offers included below so far:

United Kingdom

*University of Birmingham, *University of Bristol, *University of Cambridge, *Durham University, *University of Edinburgh, *University of Exeter, *Imperial College London, *King’s College London, *LSE (London School of Economics & Political Science), *University of Manchester, *Newcastle University, *University of Nottingham, *Queen Mary University of London, *Queen’s University Belfast, *University of Southampton, *UCL (University College London), *University of Warwick, *University of York , *University of Manchester, *Newcastle University, *University of Nottingham, *Cardiff University, *University of LeedsSt Andrews UniversityUniversity of BathCity, University of LondonThe University of KentSOAS University of LondonGoldsmiths, University of LondonBrunel University LondonUniversity of RoehamptonRoyal Holloway, University of LondonLoughborough UniversityUniversity of ReadingThe University of Edinburgh Arts University BournemouthUniversity of SussexUniversity of SurreyBirkbeck, University of LondonLondon Metropolitan UniversityUniversity of the Arts LondonUniversity of WestminsterNew College of the HumanitiesUniversity of LeicesterThe University of AberdeenCoventry UniversityMedway School of PharmacyUniversity of East Anglia (UEA)Regent’s University London (incorporating E77 European Business School)

* Members of the Russell Group


Amherst College, Barnard CollegeBoston CollegeBrown University, Carnegie Mellon UniversityCollege of Charleston, College of William and Mary, Cornell University, Duke UniversityFlorida Institute of Technology, Harvard UniversityThe New School – Eugene Lang College of Liberal ArtsThe New School – Parsons School of DesignNew York UniversityNew York University – Tisch School of the Arts – Game CenterNortheastern University, Penn State UniversityPrinceton UniversityRoski School of Art and Design – University of Southern CaliforniaStanford UniversityTrinity College, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, The George Washington UniversityThe University of AlabamaThe University of ChicagoUniversity of Michigan, University of Notre DameUniversity of Virginia, Vassar CollegeWesleyan University


Bishop’s UniversityBrock UniversityUniversity of British ColumbiaUniversity of SaskatchewanUniversity of TorontoUniversity of WaterlooYork University

University Destinations

The IB is held in high regard by universities both in the UK and internationally both for its rigour and the breadth of knowledge that students gain as a result of their studies. Southbank’s excellent IB Diploma results have ensured that our students have secured places at the world’s most prestigious universities.

Please see below the destinations of past Southbank graduates.

List of university destinations by year

2016 Graduates

In 2016,  the average score of our IB Diploma candidates was 35 points making us, yet again, one of  the highest achieving IB schools’ in the UK.  Our students performed around 6 points above the world average. 11% of our students achieved 42 points or above, putting them in the top 3% of students worldwide. One student gained 44 points, a feat achieved by only 0.6% of students worldwide.

The Class of 2016 graduates  received offers from, or accepted places at, the institutions below. Some graduates will enter universities after completing military service, taking a gap year or pending entrance examinations.

United Kingdom

Cambridge University, Oxford University, UCL, King’s College London, Queen Mary,  Royal Holloway,  University of Reading, University of Westminster, The University of Edinburgh, Durham University, Exeter University, Bath University, Birmingham University, University for the Creative Arts, St George’s, University of London, The University of West London, SOAS, The University of Aberdeen, Ravensbourne University,
Regent’s University London, City University of London, Bangor University

North America

UC Berkeley, Boston University, Columbia University, NYU, UCLA, Northwestern University, UC San Diego, Case Western Reserve University, Wesleyen University, George Washington University, Bard College, Brandeis University, Colorado College, Lafayette College, Michigan State University, University of British Columbia, University of San Francisco


Maastricht University, Delft University of Technology,  University Cattolica del Sacro

2016 Post-Southbank Plans

Universities in the UK: 75%
North America and Canada: 24%
Rest of the World: 0.5%
Gap year & Military service: 0.5%

2015 Graduates

This year Southbank students have shone again.  For the first time in recent history, Harvard has offered a place to a Southbank student.  In addition, Georgetown University gave its first two offers ever to Southbank students.  Two highly deserving students will be attending the Sciences Po – Columbia Dual Degree Programme, spending two years in France and two in New York City.  Other fine offers include Chicago, Georgia Tech, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Penn, Pomona, Tufts, Tulane, Vassar, and Wesleyan.  Six students were offered places at NYU, and a further six to Northeastern University in Boston.  In Canada, the University of Toronto, McGill and UBC (the U of British Columbia) have all offered Southbank students places.  This is a testament to the international reputation of both the IB and Southbank.

In the end, thirteen students decided to accept their North American offers, and we have students attending George Washington U, Georgetown, Harvard, NYU, Middlebury (deferred), Sciences Po – Columbia (at both the Menton and Reims campuses), Southern Oregon U, RISD, and UBC.

2014 Graduates

83% of students gained places at their first choice university, including places gained at Russell group universities including Cambridge, Manchester, Leeds, UCL, Edinburgh, King’s, Exeter and Warwick.

The class of 2014 had Southbank’s best results to date, with more offers from the University of Chicago, Swarthmore College, Williams College, Colorado College, Wellesley College, and Bryn Mawr College.  In addition, two students were admitted to Columbia, three to Johns Hopkins, three to Middlebury College, two to Northwestern University, two to the University of Pennsylvania, and one to Wesleyan University.  In addition, two were accepted to Carnegie Mellon, two to the University of Virginia, and two to Tufts University.   There were also offers from many other selective colleges across the country, including two to Barnard College, two to the University of San Diego, four to Boston University, and others.  All five applicants to Canadian universities received their offers, from McGill, University of British Columbia, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Toronto.

2013 Graduates

92% of students gained places at their first choice university, including places gained at Russell Group universities such as Cambridge, Edinburgh, UCL, King’s, Nottingham, Imperial, Manchester and Queen Mary.

Offers from some top-tier US universities included several Southbank “firsts”, to Yale, University of Virginia, and the highly selective Jerome Fisher School of Management & Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as UCLA, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon.  Other excellent offers included McGill University in Canada, UC San Diego, Hamilton College, NYU as well as NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and the University of Rochester.

2012 Graduates

82% of students gained places at their first choice university, including places gained at Russell Group universities such as Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, King’s Bristol, Edinburgh, York and Warwick.

Places were offered at Columbia University and Stanford University.  Others were admitted to Barnard College, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Reed College, Tufts University and Vassar College.  There were six offers to Northeastern University, four to American University, two to George Washington University, and four to NYU, among others.
Worldwide, there have been over half a million IB Diploma Programme graduates since 1968. The IB maintains a directory of universities which recognise the IB Diploma. There are currently over 3,000 universities from more than 90 countries in the directory, but many other universities also admit IB Diploma holders.