Benefits for students and universities

Students at International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools are given a unique education.

They will:

  • be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
  • take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
  • become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
  • be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world

IB students often perform better

Universities and colleges benefit from recruiting and admitting students from IB programmes in a range of ways, with IB programmes developing the knowledge, skills and disposition students need to be successful throughout their university careers.

As a result of their time in the IB, students develop:

  • time management skills and a strong sense of self-motivation
  • a keen interest in civic engagement
  • notable academic ability
  • strong research and writing skills
  • critical thinking abilities
  • an international outlook

Quality assurance in IB assessment

As an international programme with students all over the world, higher education institutions are always interested in how the the IB safeguards the rigour and consistency of the Diploma Programme (DP), our programme for 16-19-year-olds.

The IB takes several measures to ensure validity and reliability of asessment methods, while measuring a great range of students’ skills and abilities – beyond just content knowledge. As a mark of its rigour, it is noteworthy that average scores and pass rates have remained consistent over several years.

The IB Learner profile

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.

They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.

The IB DP is committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile. The profile aims to develop learners who are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

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