The International Baccalaureate is an international organization that provides its educational background in more than 5000 schools around the world and issues a diploma recognized by the best British, US, Italian and European universities. The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a rigorous, academically challenging and balanced two-year programme of education designed to prepare students aged 16 to 19 for success at university and in life beyond.
Building on educational research around the world, the IB has developed three high-quality school programs for different ages, with the aim of developing both intellectual, emotional and social skills and knowledge.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- The Programme is made up of 3 core elements (Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Activity and Service) and six subject groups.
- Students should choose one subject from each of the six groups (from 1 to 6), or five subjects from each of 1 to 5 groups and a second subject from groups 2, 3, or 4.
- Three subjects are to be taken at “Higher Level” and three are to be taken at “Standard Level.”
- Higher-level subjects require 257 class hours over two years while Standard-level subjects require 160 class hours over two years. Students can thus choose to select HL subjects according to their interests or abilities.
In addition, the Diploma Programme features three core elements:
EE — Extended Essay
The Extended Essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, concluding with a 4000-word paper. TOK — Theory of Knowledge
TOK asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. CAS — Creativity, Activity, Service
CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development by learning through experience. It provides opportunities for self-determination and collaboration with others, fostering a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from their work.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB), and the Diploma Programme (DP) in particular, enjoys a high level of respect and recognition among the world’s higher education institutions. For students, success in the IB often results in advanced standing, course credit, scholarships, and other admissions related benefits at many universities. The IB works with the higher education community to ensure IB students get the recognition they have earned, as well as to examine and further develop our programmes to make sure we continue to offer the best preparation for university studies and life beyond.Several studies commissioned by the IB have concluded that, compared to their peers, IB students tend to go to university at higher rates, go to more selective universities, and perform better once there.
- Former DP students in the United States (US) are significantly more likely to attend a ‘selective’ or ‘highly selective’ institution compared to the average US college-goer.
- In the UK, they are more than twice as likely to attend a top 20 university than the average A level student.
- Minority and low income IB students from Chicago Public Schools were shown to go on to university at significantly higher rates than a matched control group of their non-IB peers of similar academic ability.
- Feedback collected from a wide range of IB graduates suggests that IB students have an easier time adjusting to university studies.
- Surveys of university and college admissions staff in the US, the European Union (EU) and Australia show that these professionals are both familiar with the programme and hold it in very high esteem compared to other qualifications.
- An analysis of the recognition policies of the top universities in the US reveals that most of these institutions grant credit or advanced standing for high performance in DP courses.