Why admit IB students?

International Baccalaureate® (IB) students undertake one of the most challenging education programmes available to them. They are ambitious, and well-prepared for success — in further study, and in life beyond.

By studying in the IB, students develop core skills for success at university. Through our programmes, students develop: 

  • an understanding of and appreciation for research
  • presentation and communication skills
  • critical thinking skills
  • report writing skills
  • a sense of international mindedness and cultural understanding
  • time management skills.

The IB has two programmes for students aged 16 to 19: the Diploma Programme (DP) and the Career-related Programme (CP).

Develop an admissions policy

The IB supports universities and higher education institutions to explain their policy on admitting IB students.

Read our guidance on developing a policy, and how to share it with us.

Read research on IB students

A growing body of research provides evidence that IB students are more likely than their peers to go on to higher education and perform better once there.

Read peer-reviewed research on what makes an IB education so effective.

Get students’ results

After their exams, IB students ask us to send their results to their chosen institutions.

Find out how you can access students’ results