International Baccalaureate Diploma





The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma course was established in 1968 to provide students with a balanced education, facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding.

It was created by teachers at the International School of Geneva, with assistance from several other international schools.

Since then, innovative and committed teachers and examiners from around the world have played a significant role in the development of the program.


Why IB?

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) program aims to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

We strive to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.

IB program frameworks can operate effectively with national curricula at all ages; more than 50% of IB World Schools are state-funded.

The IB's program are different from other curricula because they:

·       encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions

·       develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating           quality practice from research and our global community of schools

·       encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts

·       Develop multilingual students.

Benefits for University


Universities and colleges benefit from recruiting and admitting students from IB program in a range of ways, with IB program 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. 


Benefits for students

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


  •  Be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning.
  • Take part in programs 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.


Developing Students in the Diploma Programme

The Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced program of education.

It addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students, and is respected by universities across the globe. 

Each of the IB's programs, including the DP, is committed to the development of students according to the attributes shown in the IB learner profile.


The program aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.


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.

Each of the IB's programs is committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile.

The profile's aims to develop learners who are:

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


The IB Diploma Programme curriculum is made up of six subject groups and three core areas. Through the core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake projects that often involve community service.

IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of the five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding. In addition students must also choose either an arts subject from group 6 or a second subject from groups 1 to 5 offered by the school.

Group 1 – Studies in Language and Literature

Group 2 – Language Acquisition

Group 3 – Individuals and Societies

Group 4 – Sciences

Group 5 – Mathematics

Group 6 – The Arts


Diploma Programme subjects can be taken at higher level or standard level. At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at higher level (240 teaching hours), while the other subjects are taken at standard level (150 teaching hours).


International Baccalaureate Website

Visit this website for additional Information regarding the program.






Last reviewed 12 September 2022
Last updated 12 September 2022