International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate® is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, and focused on the student. Learn more here.

Founded in 1968, the IB currently works with 3,845 schools in 148 countries to develop and offer four challenging programmes to over 1,206,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.

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Mission

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the IB works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

What makes the IB unique?

  • The IB offers a continuum of education, consisting of four programmes for students aged 3 to 19.
  • The IB enjoys a reputation for high quality education sustained for over 35 years.
  • The IB encourages international-mindedness in IB students. To do this, students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity.
  • The IB encourages a positive attitude to learning by inspiring students to ask challenging questions, to critically reflect, to develop research skills, to learn how to learn and to participate in community service.
  • The IB ensures that its programmes are accessible to students in a wide variety of schools – national, international, public and private – through its unique relationship with IB World Schools worldwide.


Learn more about the IB

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student.

Our four programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

Founded in 1968, we currently work with 3,681 schools in 146 countries to develop and offer four challenging programmes to over 1,138,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.

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