The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a globally recognized diploma that can open doors to select universities and provide access to specific IB scholarships. It is also an expensive and difficult program, and students must decide whether it is worth the effort. The IB diploma is accepted by most universities, and it is a great way to prepare for college. It teaches students skills and learning methods that will help them succeed in higher education.
The IB curriculum is designed to promote an “integral development of the human being and the personality”. However, some countries in Europe do not give the IB as much weight as their local programs, and it may not be necessary to take all of the exams in order to be accepted into a university. Additionally, the pressure of performing well can be overwhelming for some students. Taking a sabbatical after the IB program is an option, but it requires careful planning.
Ultimately, it is important to find a curriculum that will help you enjoy what you learn, as universities want passionate students regardless of their program. I did the IB and took several AP courses, and I can say that the IB is 100% worth the effort. No matter where you are, you'll probably find some people with whom you can bond with the unique pain and pleasure of the IB. I was also very demotivated because I was used to getting 90 and 80 in all my subjects, but in IB I usually got 60, 70 or 80 in my subject, depending on the subject. The AP is easier than the IB, but many universities consider them equivalent. It is less important which program you take than how well you do in it.
Financial background may also affect whether you take the IB or the AP. No joke, I got rid of many minor stereotypes and racist feelings I had before the IB in the IB itself by doing historical research, ToC and history of the IB. In conclusion, if you want your IB diploma to be worthwhile, you need to be able to anticipate what lies ahead. The IB program is worth it for those who want to earn a globally recognized diploma and enter select universities. It can also provide access to specific scholarships and save up to 32 university credits.