About the IB

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a global leader in international education—developing inquiring, knowledgeable, confident, and caring young people. Our programmes empower school-aged students to take ownership in their own learning and help them develop future-ready skills to make a difference and thrive in a world that changes fast.

Delivering a powerful continuum of student-centric learning for students aged 3-19 years.

The IB continuum of programmes are designed to develop well-rounded individuals who can respond to today’s challenges with optimism and an open mind. 

For over 50 years, our four programmes provide a solid, consistent framework and the flexibility to tailor students’ education according to their culture and context.   

IB programmes enable teachers to develop resilient, self-motivated young people who have the knowledge, skills, and sense of purpose they need to thrive throughout their lives and contribute to making the world a better place.  

What it means to be an IB student

The experience of being an IB student is different from being a student at other schools in several ways. Learn more about:

  • how IB students play a central role in their education
  • responsibilities of IB World Schools, students, and the IB organization
  • what makes IB assessments unique.

Our mission

The IB develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through education that builds intercultural understanding and respect.  

The IB's leadership

Our Board of Governors, the Director General, and the Senior Leadership Team champion our mission and guide the present and future of the organization.

The IB by country/territory

With presence in over 150 countries/territories and over 5,000 IB World Schools worldwide, the IB is globally renowned for excellence.

Read the research

The IB works closely with university researchers from around the world to conduct studies in the development, quality assurance, and impact assessment of IB programmes and services. 

Facts and figures

The IB offers four educational programmes to more than 1.95 million students aged 3 to 19 across the globe. Explore key facts and figures about the IB, our programmes and our impact developing tomorrow's global citizens.   


Each of the four programmes provides a detailed curriculum framework that is balanced and appropriate to every student’s age. IB programmes give students a competitive edge, helping them gain admission to the world’s best universities and perform better throughout their careers.