Definition of International Baccalaureate in English:

International Baccalaureate

(also IB)


  • A set of examinations intended to qualify successful candidates for higher education in any of several countries.

    • ‘A growing number of international schools follow the International Baccalaureate which is accepted as an entrance for university around the world.’
    • ‘Whatever your gripes about the current GCSE or A-level, or alternative qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate, the problems with these modes of assessment only reflect the current crisis in secondary education.’
    • ‘Is it possible to take the International Baccalaureate exams in maths and French in this country?’
    • ‘In the Senior School, for students aged 16 and 17, Dulwich College China offers the International Baccalaureate.’
    • ‘The schools have decided to enter pupils for the International Baccalaureate, a Swiss-run qualification seen by many as more broadly based and challenging than British exams.’
    • ‘No number of independent inquiries, International Baccalaureates or education secretaries' heads will remedy the situation - although no doubt all of these things will be tried.’
    • ‘Students study the International Baccalaureate, which the school took up 27 years ago, meaning they must take all the core subjects, a modern language and at least two other subjects until they leave.’
    • ‘Because we have that critical mass we have the potential to offer a range of subjects and perhaps the International Baccalaureate.’
    • ‘The International Baccalaureate itself sounds reasonably exciting and challenging.’
    • ‘We have another program called the International Baccalaureate, abbreviated as IB.’
    • ‘Students from Swindon can now sign up for the International Baccalaureate.’
    • ‘That is only true of schools where affluent parents can afford to have their children take Cambridge exams or International Baccalaureate.’
    • ‘He holds an International Baccalaureate from the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales as well as an Honours Degree from the University of Cape Town.’
    • ‘The Government was also worried if they didn't provide an A-level system that would stretch candidates, more would jump ship to go to the International Baccalaureate.’
    • ‘The International Baccalaureate, which requires candidates to study a wider range of subjects than under the A-level system, is currently offered by 45 schools and colleges in England.’
    • ‘Instead they will take the International Baccalaureate, which involves six subjects, including English, science and a modern language.’
    • ‘However, we are thinking of moving him to a school that offers the International Baccalaureate.’
    • ‘Educational foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland which offers International Baccalaureates to schools in 112 countries including some school and colleges in the UK.’
    • ‘The best-known diploma system is the International Baccalaureate.’
    • ‘The International Baccalaureate, with its benefits, for instance, is one of those programmes that parents are turning to and asking their children to take on, more and more, in schools.’


International Baccalaureate