While the IB programs cultivate internationalism and respect for other cultures, they also adapt to the local environment and allow students to maintain a strong sense of cultural identity. Students are taught to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged citizens, who gain practical experience of being part of an international community.
Unlike the Advanced Placement program offered by College Board, the IB program offers a special “IB Diploma” that involves courses at both standard and higher level. Some colleges, but not all, offer some college credit for this diploma and the associated end-of-year exams and projects.
The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students, in grades 11 and 12, for success at university and life beyond. The programme is taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.