The IB Diploma Programme

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What is the IB Diploma Programme?

According to the IBO " The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students."

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The value of an IB Education


Stanford's Assistant Dean of Admissions

Debra von Bargen is no stranger to the value of the IB Diploma Programme having worked with many IB graduates in her role at Stanford University. In this video she discusses the value of the programme from the standpoint of the Assistant dean of Admissions and parent.

According to Mrs von Bargen, the IB Programme:

  • Expand the student's way of thinking
  • Hones linguistic skills
  • Selective institutions like Stanford perceive IB students as strongly prepared and capable of dealing with the curriculum offered by Universities. 

The benefits of The IBDP


IB Students are exposed to rigorous academics and a holistic education.

There are many benefits to students taking the IB Diploma programme. 

Here are some of the benefits: 

  • Increased depth of knowledge 
  • Enhanced self development 
  • The understanding of knowledge. 

These and other benefits make IB students desirable applicants for top tier universities.

You can see more of these benefits here

5 benefits of the IB Diploma

TOK and CAS


TOK and CAS form part of The CORE of the IB Diploma programme.

TOK, CAS and the extended essay are the three elements that differentiate the IB Diploma Programme from other final high school qualifications.

To obtain the IB Diploma and reap the full benefits of the programme, one must complete each of these subjects. 

Through these modules students will: 

  • Expand their cultural understanding
  • Enhance their university preparedness
  • Encounter real world problems

Click here for more detailed information on the TOK and CAS.

Read more on TOK and CAS

Bilingual IB Diploma


A bilingual diploma that prepares you for the international stage.

In a highly internationalised world universities and companies may favour students who are bilingual or even multilingual. 

Find out here how ebica can help you attain a Bilingual Diploma here: 

Bilingual IB Diploma

Subject Choices


Subject choices are important. 

The IB DP has a variety of subject areas including languages (first and second languages), mathematics, sciences, individuals and societies (humanities) and the arts.

Each subject has a coursework component and includes external assessments/examinations that are taken at the end of the 2nd year.

IBDP students are also required to complete the three core components – the Theory of Knowledge course, Creativity-Activity-Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE).

It is important to note that not each school offers all of the subjects available under the IB Diploma programme. 

Ebica has a range of interesting subjects on offer: 

See the subject choices. 

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