International Baccalaureate

What is International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers four high quality, challenging educational programmes to students aged 3 to 19. The IB programmes focus on fostering critical thinking and building problem-solving skills, while encouraging diversity, international mindedness, curiosity, and a healthy appetite for learning and excellence.

An IB education provides students distinct advantages as they enter a world where asking the right questions is as important as discovering answers. For over 50 years, their global community of world class educators and coordinators engage with more than 1.95 million students in over 5,500 schools across 159 countries.

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About the IB:

The IB’s mission

Since it was founded in 1968, the IB’s mission has been built on a cornerstone of creating a better world through education. They are committed to ensuring that their educational programmes reflect this for the benefit of IB schools and students.

The IB’s leadership

The IB’s leadership panel is comprised of the Board of Governors, the Director General, and the Senior Leadership Team who support the IB’s mission globally, and advance research that consistently improves the work of the IB.

The IB by country

The IB has a presence in over 150 countries throughout the world. There are IB World Schools across the globe, and universities worldwide recognize the strength of the IB programmes.


Research plays a central role in the development, quality assurance, and assessment of impact of IB programmes and services. The IB both conducts its own research and partners with leading universities and research institutions across the world.

Facts and figures

A selection of regularly updated data that shows the reach of the IB globally, as well as access to further information on the IB’s mission and educational philosophy.


The four programmes offered by the IB cover all stages of a student’s educational life from age 3 – 19. With an innovative, international approach, students learn in ways that develop their full potential. Find out more about the IB’s unique approach to learning and teaching below.


Primary Years Programme
The PYP for children aged 3 – 12 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning through a student-centered approach to education.

Age range: 3-12

Middle Years Programme
A challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation.

Age range: 11-16

Diploma Programme
Research suggests many benefits to choosing the DP. The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge.

Age range: 16-19

Career-related Programme
The CP is a framework of international education addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education. It leads to further/higher education apprenticeships or employment.

Age range: 16-19

Benefits of IB:

Students learn how to learn:

Throughout all IB programmes, students develop approaches to learning skills and the attributes of the IB learner profile. The IB learner is positively challenged to think critically and to learn in a flexible environment crossing disciplinary, cultural and national boundaries. IB programmes also encourage students to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond academic study.

IB programmes help students:

Ask challenging questions
Learn across disciplines
Think critically
Develop research skills


More than 5,000 schools so far have chosen to teach International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes, with their unique academic rigour and their emphasis on students’ personal development. Those schools employ over 70,000 educators, teaching more than one million students worldwide.