The IB Diploma Programme (DP) may be a good fit for students that aspire to study at a global university, as many higher education institutions recognize that the DP prepares students well for undergraduate studies.
Veronica Ciastko and her parents were looking for an academically challenging high school experience and together decided that Veronica should enroll in the DP at her school in Chicago.
“There was the understanding that doing IB gave you a leg up in applying to good universities and getting scholarships,” says Veronica, who now studies creative writing at the University of British Columbia in Canada.
Thyra Briggs, vice president for admission and financial aid at Harvey Mudd College in California, shares her views: “We are huge fans of the International Baccalaureate program. One of the aspects we appreciate most is that the IB program is a complete curriculum, rather than a collection of random courses.”
The DP prepares students to study across the globe and can also give access to university scholarships specifically offered for IB graduates – a great benefit for prospective international students.
Liz Hunt, admissions manager at the University of Sheffield, UK, says that her school highly values applicants with an IB diploma. “We recognize this excellence by offering international students who have studied the IB program the opportunity to apply for our merit-based International Baccalaureate scholarships, which help support high-caliber students pursue a degree at Sheffield,” she explains.