IB educational institutions
As of September 2019, more than 5,000 schools offer 6,800 IB programs in 157 countries. About 53% of them are located in the Americas, 26% — in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East and 21% — in the Asia-Pacific region. See the complete list of schools in each country here.
Authorization of IB schools
Step-by-step authorization process
authorization of educational institutions for teaching International Baccalaureate programs is a long and laborious process consisting of 5 steps:
- Consideration. In order to start the authorization process, the school must declare its interest by filling out an online application on the official IB website. After confirming the statement, the head of the school must visit at least one IB workshop, as well as find a coordinator and determine the necessary resources for switching to IB programs.
- Request for candidacy includes filling out an application and paying registration fees. Consideration of the request takes up to 28 days. If the commission finds any issues, the candidate is given another 14 days to resolve them.
- Candidacy can last from one to three years. During this period, the educational institution will begin a test introduction of the desired program, and teachers will take special courses to improve their skills. The school receives support from IB in the form of consultations from the regional office and a designated consultant. 30 days are allocated for consideration of the final report on the implementation of test programs. After receiving a response, the candidate has another month to pay the administrative fee and consultant services.
- Request for authorization. The application is submitted along with documents confirming the understanding of the IB school philosophy by the headmaster of the school in question, as well as a specific plan for implementing programs in the educational institution. Consideration of the request takes up to 42 days. After that, the school must agree on the date of the confirmation visit of a member of the authorization commission. He is appointed no earlier than six weeks later. Report review takes another 56 days. If no problems arise at any stage, an authorization agreement is drawn up and signed within 28 days. From now on, the school can officially teach selected IB programs.
- Authorization. Every five years, an educational institution must confirm its status. To do this, the school must not only continue to successfully teach IB programs, but also participate in continuing education courses, workshops, and conferences, as well as pay annual fees.
Only an already registered educational institution accredited by an independent commission or the state in which it is located can become an IB school. All teachers and the school headmaster are required to take part in the IB workshop, where they learn about the philosophy and goals of the programs, as well as the timetable, teaching and assessment methods.
New programs can be taught in any language, but the main program in most cases should be taught in English, French or Spanish.
In addition, in order to be accredited, the school must submit a detailed program implementation plan with a description of the organization and distribution of the budget to the IB board. If the institution has branches, they are accredited separately.
Before receiving permission to continuously teach IB programs, the school must first enter them in the schedule in test mode for a period of at least one year.
Opportunities after IB graduation
IB actively collaborates with higher educational institutions around the world, helping to develop entry requirements and improve study programs. On the official website, you can find special guides for students wishing to enter universities in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong and the Netherlands. Stanford University has even prepared a series of videos about IB programs.
A complete list of universities that recognize an IB diploma and the exact list of conditions can be found here.
Admission to US universities
In order to enter the most prestigious US universities (top 20), the average score at the end of DP must be at least 34-38 points. In addition, you should carefully consider the selection of subjects to study at higher level (HL). The average score of 32-36 for DP exams is enough to enter the top 200 best universities.
|№||University||Grade for HL exam|
|1||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||6-7 (mathematics and physics)|
|3||University of Pennsylvania||At least 5|
|4||University of Southern California||At least 5|
|5||Northeastern University||At least 5 for each subject; at least 30 total|
Admission to universities in Canada
Since Canada does not have a centralized education management system, different universities can offer IB graduates different advantages in the form of transferring credits or scholarships. Some universities even accept such students immediately in their second year of study, allowing them to reduce the duration of bachelor’s studies to 3 years.
|№||University||Grade for HL exam|
|1||McGill University||At least 5|
|5||University of Alberta||6-7|
|3||McMaster University||A total of at least 36|
|28||University of British Columbia||At least 3 for English as the main language (English A, SL or HL); min assessment for three core subjects has not been established|
Admission to universities in the UK
It is impossible to enter a British university by graduating from an 11-year high school. You must either go through the Foundation year training program, or the A-level two-year program, or first study for several years at the undergraduate program in your country. IB, in turn, allows you to apply to most universities in the UK directly, including the top ones.
|№||University||Grade for HL exam|
|1||University of Oxford||6-7 for each subject; at least 38 total|
|2||University of Cambridge||6-7 for each subject; at least 36 total|
|3||King’s College London||At least 4 for English as the main language (English A); at least 36 total|
|4||The University of Edinburgh||At least 5 for each subject; at least 32 total (for medical programs — 37)|
|5||University of Birmingham||At least 6 for each subject; at least 32 total|
Admission to German universities
In most cases DP graduates can apply directly to German universities without studying at Studienkolleg. When applying for Numerus clausus quota programs, applicants with an IB diploma are considered on a par with German students.
For admission to a German university, the total duration of study must be 12 years.
For the recognition of an IB diploma in Germany, additional conditions must be met.
Six subjects in the DP schedule should be:
- Two languages, one of which is a foreign language (A, SL or HL; B, HL);
- One subject from the group of "Individuals and Societies": history, geography, economics, psychology, philosophy, social anthropology, business and management, or global politics;
- One subject from the group of "Sciences": biology, chemistry or physics;
- One subject from the group "Mathematics": mathematics SL, mathematics HL or advanced mathematics in conjunction with mathematics HL;
- One subject from the group "The Arts": fine art, music, theater, cinema, literature and theater, modern foreign language, Latin, ancient Greek, general chemistry, applied chemistry, natural systems and communities, IT, design technology, world religions or sport, physical education and health.
Selected higher level subjects (HL) must include at least one subject from the group of Sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) or mathematics.
All exams must be passed on a grade of 4 or more. A grade 3 for one of the subjects can be compensated by 5 for another.
German as one of the foreign languages (A or B). If it was not included in the IB schedule, an applicant should provide other evidence of language proficiency.
Admission to Dutch universities
Students with an IB diploma are free to enter any university in the Netherlands. Since submission of documents to universities usually occurs earlier than obtaining a diploma, enrollment takes place on the basis of the expected grades that the IB school provides to the university. There are minimum requirements for admission to Dutch universities:
- Subject areas of economics, econometrics, and international business require mathematics (SL) in the DP schedule;
- For admission to the universities of applied sciences (hogescholen), you must have math (HL) as well as physics or chemistry (HL) on your schedule.
- For training in the medical field, the schedule requires biology (HL), chemistry (SL), physics (SL) and mathematics (SL). Please note that to add three subjects from the group of Sciences a student needs a special permission from the IB committee.
Dutch as the main language (Dutch A, HL or SL) or a foreign language (Dutch B, HL) is taken instead of a language certificate upon admission.
Admission to universities in Switzerland
Swiss universities recognize the following disciplines from the IB program: foreign languages, economics, business and management, geography, history, biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics at standard or higher level. From this list, students of the International Baccalaureate must choose six subjects from the listed categories:
- Main language;
- Foreign language;
- Mathematics (SL or HL);
- Sciences (biology, chemistry or physics);
- Individuals and societies (geography, history, economics or business and management);
- Additional subject of student’s choice (from group 2, 4 or 5).
Swiss universities set different criteria for selecting students:
|1||Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)||At least 38 points, HL in mathematics, physics and main language; German or French as a foreign language.|
|2||Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich||At least 38 points, HL in mathematics or advanced mathematics, physics, chemistry or biology, main language.|
|3||University of Basel||At least 32 total|
|4||University of Bern (Universität Bern)||At least 32 total|
|5||University of Geneva||At least 32 total, HL in mathematics, and one of the natural sciences|
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