International Baccalaureate Program

Fast Facts

The International Baccalaureate 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 organizations 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.

Main activities

  • the development of curriculum
  • the assessment of students
  • the training and professional development of teachers
  • the authorization and evaluation of schools.


The IB works with 2,075 schools in 125 countries to offer the three IB programmes to approximately 546,000 students.


The IB offers three programmes for students aged 3 to 19. The programmes can be offered individually or as a continuum by IB World Schools.

  • The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students aged 3-12 started in 1997 and is now offered by 369 IB World Schools.
  • The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11-16 started in 1994 and is now offered by 548 IB World Schools.
  • The Diploma Programme for students aged 16 to 19 started in 1968 with first examinations in 1970 and is now offered by 1,593 IB World Schools.

What makes the IB unique:

  1. We offer a continuum of education, consisting of three programmes for students aged 3 to 19.
  2. We are proud of our reputation for high-quality education sustained for over 35 years.
  3. We encourage international-mindedness in IB students. To do this, we believe that students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity.
  4. We encourage a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to critically reflect, to develop research skills, to learn how to learn and to participate in community service.
  5. We ensure that our programmes are accessible to students in a wide variety of schools €"national, international, public and private" through our unique relationship with IB World Schools worldwide.

Source: International Baccalaureate Organization