Welcome to the recognition section of the IB Asia Pacific web page. We are often asked by prospective IB students, a current IB student, parents, or university representatives for information on how the IB diploma is recognized and accepted by universities around the world. Please click on the relevant topic below.
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What is the IB diploma?
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How is the IB diploma recognized by universities?
Recognition comes in many, many forms.
A complete searchable list of over 2,000 tertiary institutes in the world that recognize the IB.
A list of some of the popular resources that we have on our website.
What is the IB diploma? back to top
The IB diploma programme is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university course of study, leading to examinations, that demands the best from motivated students and teachers. It is widely recognized for its high academic standards.
- The two-year curriculum is rigorous and intellectually coherent, encouraging critical thinking through the study of a wide range of subjects in the traditional academic disciplines while encouraging an international perspective.
- Beyond completing college-level courses and examinations, Diploma Programme students are also required to engage in community service, individual research, and an inquiry into the nature of knowledge.
- The two-year course of study leads to final examinations in six subject areas and a qualification widely recognized by the world's leading colleges and universities.
- Since 1968, more than half a million students in 136 countries have participated in the Diploma Programme. In the Asia Pacific region, IB diploma holders are very interested in pursuing tertiary options both locally and abroad. In 2008, there were over 10,000 students enrolled in the diploma programme from schools in our region, a number that grows at approximately 20% each year.
How is the IB diploma recognized by universities? back to top
Many colleges and universities have developed their own recognition policies. The individual policies vary greatly, but they all have one thing in common. Through their policies, these institutions make it apparent that they understand and appreciate the Diploma Programme student and the rigour of the Diploma Programme itself. This recognition comes in many forms but the most common are:
- Recruitment—actively recruiting Diploma Programme students
- Admission—ensuring that the IB diploma is fully recognized in the admissions process; addressing Diploma Programme students specifically in documentation and publications
- Placement—acknowledging the rigour of IB courses and establishing prerequisites for IB courses that are fair and equitable in comparison with those for state, provincial and/or other examination courses; understanding and acknowledging the English language proficiency of international Diploma Programme students
- Credit—providing detailed information on the courses for which credit is possible based on Diploma Programme examination scores; specifically understanding and recognizing theory of knowledge (TOK), the extended essay and the content of standard level (SL) courses as well as the content of higher level (HL) courses
- Scholarships—providing scholarships or scholarship opportunities specifically for IB Diploma students
For a general overview of university recognition, please see the university recognition brochure.
Which universities recognize the IB diploma? back to top
We maintain a directory of information from universities that have notified us of their policies for recognizing the IB Diploma. There are more than 2,500 universities representing 75 countries currently in our directory, but many other universities also admit IB Diploma holders. Each university usually has a contact email of the person responsible for the IB recognition. Additionally, we maintain summary policies of universities in the US, Canada, and Australia. Please always check with the university directly.
Where can I find more resources? back to top
Members of our recognition team regularly presents at conferences, symposiums, and in universities throughout the region, all with the purpose of ensuring the diploma is well recognized and understood as a valid pathway for tertiary entrance. Please see the following presentations below for a sample of some of our work.
In 2007, we commissioned ACER to carry out a perceptions study to see how the IB diploma was viewed by the tertiary institutes in Australia and New Zealand. The study was a replication of a perceptions study of IB recognition in UK universities. We do maintain a section of the website related to research including a summary report of the research relating the diploma programme.
2012 admissions for change of Preference Dates : Australian/New Zealand :
The IB will be holding a series of Recognition Forums in Japan in 2012 and 2013. The forums will be held In Tokyo and Kyoto. Admission policy makers of Japanese Universities are encouraged to attend.
For information on the Forum schedule (in Japanese)
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