The International Baccalaureate Programme
Created in 1968, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is the leading, internationally recognized pre-university course of study offered in the last two years (grades 11 & 12) of secondary school. A symbol of academic excellence worldwide, the Diploma Programme
- provides an international qualification for entry into higher education.
- promotes international understanding.
- emphasizes intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth.
- develops critical thinking and study skills.
The IB Diploma is recognized and accepted by hundreds of universities throughout the world— Australia, Canada, Europe (specifically Austria and Germany), U.K., Far East, USA, and the Middle East (Egypt & Lebanon). In fact, The American University in Cairo offers scholarships to Diploma holders according to the IBO website information of May 8, 2005.
The International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, maintains a database of universities accepting the Diploma who offer advanced standing or course exemption credits and scholarships. Many world-class universities allow an IB Diploma holder to enter year two of a 4- year bachelor’s course, thus saving a year’s tuition fees. Individual universities’ requirements and benefits can be found by visiting the IB website.