The International Baccalaureate in Africa

The International Baccalaureate (IB) first began teaching in Africa in 1977. It now hosts 121 IB World Schools in 33 countries across the continent. Universities worldwide recognize the strength of the IB, with the majority of UK and US universities holding official policies for admitting IB students to their courses.

In addition to students, we support schools and teachers to provide a world class education, offering professional development that improves pedagogy and leadership. These pages are a resource for potential IB World Schools, their teachers, students, their parents and universities in Africa. If you'd like to know more about becoming an IB World School, please contact us. 

IB African Education Festival

Join us at the African Education Festival, taking place in Johannesburg on 27 - 28 February 2020.

Learn more about the IB in Africa


In 2017, the IB celebrated its 40th anniversary of offering the IB programme in Africa. Take a look at some of the highlights. 

Schools and teachers

The IB’s professional development creates transformative experiences for international educators so that they can do the same for students.

Students and parents

For students aged 3 to 19 years, the IB continuum of programmes challenges students to excel in their studies and personal development.


The IB works with the higher education community to further develop our programmes as well as ensure IB students get the recognition they have earned.