10 Reasons why the IB Diploma is Ideal Preparation for University
1. It offers academic breadth and depth
Research in the UK found that IB graduates were much more likely to be enrolled in a top 20 university than other students. Universities see the benefits of students who have studied 6 subjects. Also, learning a second language has been linked in many studies to higher achievement at university.
2. Graduates care about more than just results
Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is a core element of the IBDP Programme. This helps students acquire knowledge through experience. They learn different perspectives about the world and the drive to plan their own activities.
3. It creates independent learners who feel prepared
The Extended Essay is another core element of the IBDP Programme. Many studies have shown that students who have completed an Extended Essay have above standard critical thinking and research skills when entering university.
4. It’s a genuinely international qualification
The IBDP Programme aims to balance local and global identities with an international mindset. Students learn to see the world from different cultural perspectives, helping them to communicate with peers from different backgrounds.
5. Universities recognize it and give credit for it
Every year more and more universities are recognising the IB Programme. In the US IB graduates are 21 per cent more likely to be admitted into 10 of the country’s most prestigious universities.
6. The IB encourages critical thinking
Students learn to look beyond the facts and to analyse sources, which are vital skills recognised by universities.
7. You’ll never need to learn time management
Rigorous independent study throughout the IB Programme ensures students become adept at time management. Good study habits create learners who hit the ground running in higher education.
8. It assesses more than examination techniques
Testing is based on performance against set standards which helps to give a true reflection of a student’s ability. It also assists universities in the admissions process.
9. Subjects aren’t taught in isolation
Theory of Knowledge (ToK) is used to link the thinking between subjects. This encourages students to make connections between subjects and gain the skills they need to be critical thinkers.
10. The IB Learner Profile
The 10 qualities of the IB Learner Profile are all sought after by the leading universities. Knowledgeable, open-minded, principled and balanced are just some of the attributes IB graduates develop, and universities desire.
This information is adapted from an article produced by the IB called IBWorld
NUCB International College is a Candidate School for the IB Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy— a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education that NUCB International College believes is important for our students. Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org