The International Baccalaureate (IB) is the leading international curriculum worldwide, used in more than 170 countries. It has three programs – Primary Years Program (PYP) for students in Grades 1-5, Middle Years Program (MYP) for students in Grades 6-10 and Diploma Program (DP) for High school graduation.
The IB program focuses on developing the intellectual, personal, emotional and soft skills of each student to study, work, and grow confidently in a globalized environment.
The IB Diploma Program is the gold standard of high school qualifications accepted by major universities around the world.
To be allowed to bring the IB program into their curriculum, schools must meet strict requirements for teaching standards and be authorized by the IB organization to provide the course.
There are numerous benefits to studying an IB program, especially the Diploma Program.
Gateway to the world's highest-ranking universities
The International Baccalaureate (IB) provides a world-class preparation for university and life beyond. IB students consistently demonstrate the critical thinking and research skills needed to excel in their university studies – and they tend to get into the world’s best universities. Every year, the IB sends transcripts to about 5,000 universities in 100 different countries with top destinations such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, and India. (Source: International Baccalaureate Organization)
University credits exempted
Many US higher education institutions offer benefits to IB students. Benefits are determined by each institution individually, but might include credit for certain IB scores, scholarships or tuition assistance. Some universities allow IB students to enter their institution as second-year students, meaning the undergraduate education will be three years instead of four. (Source: International Baccalaureate Organization)
More likely to succeed
UK research shows that IB Diploma Program graduates:
- Were 3 times more likely to enroll at a top 20 higher education institution,
- Had higher levels of critical thinking and 21st century skills,
- Were 40% more likely to achieve at least an upper second-class Honour's degree,
- Were 7% more likely to earn a first-class Honour's degree, and
- Were 38% more likely to be engaged in further study than those that did A-levels.
Opportunities to receive scholarships or financial aid
IB students are always rated higher than students who only study the non-IB standard programs and the chance of receiving a scholarship is also higher. A large number of universities around the world have dedicated scholarships for IB students.
According to a study by the University of British Columbia (Canada), the students with IB degrees admitted to the school actively participate in the research activities, student activities and even the internship programs. And after only the first year of university, these students have demonstrated leadership qualities in groups, clubs, volunteer organizations and tutoring.