International Education

What does international education mean to you?

  • The International Baccalaureate® (IB) chooses to define “international education” according to the following criteria.

    • Developing citizens of the world in relation to culture, language and learning to live together
    • Building and reinforcing students’ sense of identity and cultural awareness
    • Fostering students’ recognition and development of universal human values
    • Stimulating curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning
    • Equipping students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively, and to apply these skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas
    • Providing international content while responding to local requirements and interests
    • Encouraging diversity and flexibility in teaching methods
    • Providing appropriate forms of assessment and international benchmarking

How is the IB different?

  • International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes aim to do more by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.  The IB strives to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.

    The IB's programmes are different from other curricula because they:

    • encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
    • develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
    • encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
    • develop multilingual students

    In order to teach IB programmes, schools must be authorized. Every school authorized to offer IB programmes is known as an IB World School.

    A continuum of international education and quality practice

    The IB  encourages both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.  They encourage students to be internationally-minded, within a complex and hyper-connected world. 

    Students learn how to learn

    Throughout all IB programmes, students develop approaches to learning skills and the attributes of the IB learner profile.

    Students are able to take responsibility for their own learning and understand how knowledge itself is constructed. They are encouraged to try different approaches to learning and to take responsibility for their own educational progress.

    The IB programme helps students to:

    • ask challenging questions
    • think critically
    • develop research skills proven to help them in higher education

    IB programmes also encourage students to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond academic study.