Recognition of IB programmes

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is one of the world’s most exciting educational courses for 16-19 year olds.

It focuses on personal, professional and academic development and is globally recognized by universities for the holistic and rigorous education it provides.

The IB works hard to make sure the DP is globally recognised by universities, with its students gaining competitive offers for further study.

How is the IB recognized in different countries?

There are IB World Schools in nearly 150 countries throughout the world, and students send exam results to higher education institutions in nearly 90 countries annually. Given the wide diversity of local education systems it can be difficult to understand how the IB is recognized in various parts of the world.

To learn more on IB recognition information at the national level, read about the IB by country.

Which universities recognize IB programmes?

Higher education institutions around the world admit students based on their IB credentials, and many have specific admissions policies and guidelines for IB students. Admissions criteria can vary widely across educational systems and selectivity of the institution. As we support universities moving from our university policy index into the IB Student Registry, information on university recognition policies can be found in both IB resources.

University policy index 

The university policy index [1.7 MB]  includes self-reported policy information provided by universities to the IB through October 2015.

IB Student Registry

The IB Student Registry, provides a platform for students, schools, and universities: https://registry.ibo.org/. Beginning in November 2015, new and updated university recognition policies can be found in the IB Student Registry. Universities can create a profile, publish their policy information, and to identify potential applicants for recruitment to their campus. Students also create profiles and enter self-reported academic, extracurricular, college-interest and IB-specific information into a database accessible to universities.

For general recognition queries, please email IB Recognition

Where do IB students tend to go to university and how do they do once there?

There is a growing body of evidence on how universities value IB credentials, rates of college-going for IB students and types of institutions IB students tend to attend, preparedness for university level study and adjustment to university life. Read a brief introduction to research on postsecondary patterns of IB students.