Fees for candidate schools

During the authorization process, schools will pay an application fee when they submit their application for candidacy to become an International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School. They also pay a fee during each year they remain a candidate school.

The fees below apply only to schools that are candidates to become authorized as an IB World School. If you are interested in the fees associated with being an authorized IB World School, please see our outline of fees for authorized schools

Application for candidacy fee

The tables below outline the fee for the review and processing of the application for candidacy. The fee also provides resource for the IB to give guidance on programme implementation during the candidacy phase. 

Fees for the PYP, MYP and DP

Any school applying to implement the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) or Diploma Programme (DP) must pay this fee before the submission deadline for the application. 

When making the application for candidacy, schools in Africa, Europe, Middle East will be assigned a currency by the IB. All subsequent payments are made in that currency. The application for candidacy fee for the PYP, MYP and DP is outlined below.
CHF GBP EUR
4,620 2,510 3,030
All schools in Asia-Pacific pay in Singapore dollars. For the PYP, MYP and DP, the application for candidacy fee is S$6,100. 
In the Americas, all schools pay the IB in US dollars. For the PYP, MYP and DP, the application for candidacy fee is USD$4,000. 

Fees for the CP

For the Career-related Programme (CP), fees are slightly different. The fee a school pays depends on whether the school already offers the Diploma Programme (DP).

  • Schools already offering the DP

Schools already offering the DP are charged a pre-authorization fee when applying but do not pay an annual candidate fee in the subsequent years until authorization. 

This fee for the CP is outlined in the table below. As with the fee for the PYP, MYP and DP, it covers the review and processing of the application and supporting documents. 

The fee also covers the costs of the services provided by a verification visit. 

CHF GBP EUR
9,930 5,360 6,480
All schools in Asia-Pacific pay in Singapore dollars. For the CP, the one-off application for candidacy fee is S$11,200. 
In the Americas, all schools pay the IB in US dollars. For the CP, the one-off application for candidacy fee is  USD$8,500. 
  • Schools wishing to offer the CP that do not currently offer the DP

CHF GBP EUR
10,930 5,730 6,585 
All schools in Asia-Pacific pay in Singapore dollars. For the CP, the one-off application for candidacy fee is S$13,020. 
In the Americas, all schools pay the IB in US dollars. For the CP, the one-off application for candidacy fee is  USD$9,500. 

Deadlines and late fees

Across all three IB regions, there are two submission deadlines for the application: 1 April and 1 October. 

Annual candidate fee

The non-refundable annual candidate fee is charged to the school for every year of candidacy until the school is authorised. The time period for candidacy is typically two to three years. 

As noted in the previous section, a school that wishes to offer the CP but does not offer the DP will pay an annual candidate fee. 

As well as covering the cost of assessing and processing the application, this fee pays for 20 hours of remote consultancy per year and both a two-day consultation visit and a two-day verification visit. These visits take place on site at the school. 

In addition, the fees allow a school access to the IB's online curriculum centre (OCC), the coordinator notes and programme updates published by the IB. Further, the fee provides resource for the regional office and IB-approved consultants to provide guidance to the school. 

The fee does not cover the cost of accommodation for individuals visiting the school during the year. 

Fees for all programmes

The annual candidate fee in Africa, Europe, Middle East is outlined below. 
CHF GBP EUR
10,930 5,900 7,140
In Asia-Pacific, the annual candidate fee for the PYP, MYP and DP is S$13,500.
The annual candidate fee in the Americas is US$9,500.

Deadline for payment of the annual candidate fee

The deadline for payment of the fees will depend on when a school's academic year begins and ends.