IB Diploma

The International Baccalaureate® Diploma is a world-renowned qualification for students who seek a broad and challenging curriculum that helps them develop all the skills needed for success at university. Thanks to EF Academy’s unmatched internationalism, our students live the IB ethos every single day.

IB Overview

  • Academic Requirements

    Completion of Grade 10 with grades A-C

  • English Requirements

    IELTS 5.5 or 51/100 on
    the EF English Test

  • Locations

    New York, US 
    Oxford, UK

  • Program Length

    2 years (6 terms)

  • Exams

    Written examinations and internal assessments throughout the 2-year program; IB Diploma awarded for successful completion of all course requirements

IB Diploma Curriculum

The International Baccalaureate® curriculum includes six subjects and three “core” requirements. You will take six classroom courses from qualified IB teachers, ensuring breadth of knowledge in languages, social studies, science, mathematics and the arts. The program develops critical thinking, active participation, research and writing skills, which will prepare you for the types of assignments you will receive at university.

IB Courses Taught at EF Academy

You will select a total of six subjects from across at least five of the following subject groups.

First Language:

English, German, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese

Second Language:

English, French, French ab initio, German ab initio, Mandarin ab initio, Spanish, Spanish ab initio

Individuals & Societies:

Business & Management, Economics, Geography, History, IT in a Global Society, Philosophy, Psychology


Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Systems & Societies, Physics


Mathematics, Mathematical Studies, Further Mathematics


Film, Music, Theater, Visual Arts


IB Diploma students will enhance their studies by completing these three elements.

  • Creativity, Action, Service:

    A diverse co-curricular program with creative, sporting and volunteering activities.

  • Extended Essay:

    A 4,000-word essay capturing your independent research and in-depth study of a specific subject.

  • Theory of Knowledge:

    Reflect on the nature of learning and knowledge and develop skills to apply knowledge credibly and critically.

Support Every Step of the Way

Your path to university begins as soon as you enroll. Counselors work closely with you to select courses, choose enrichment activities and plan practical experiences that will maximize your potential and complement your career goals and plans.

Work hard to meet your goals and begin exploring your university options


  • Earn good grades on Year 1 exams
  • Take university entrance exams
  • Visit universities and explore program/major choices
  • Continue co-curricular activities
  • Complete long-term action plan
  • Gain work experience during a summer internship


  • Arrange trips to universities and on-campus presentations
  • Guide you through the application process
  • Organize group meetings and one-on-one sessions
  • Provide focused preparation for the SAT, ACT and other university entrance exams

Prepare your applications for university and finish strong


  • Prepare for interviews
  • Write first personal statements and essays
  • Work hard to meet predicted grades
  • Submit university applications
  • Make an informed university decision


  • Coach you through the application process
  • Provide feedback on personal statements and college essays
  • Schedule regular check-ins with you
  • Write personalized recommendation letters
  • Support you in choosing your university
  • Hold mock interviews

IB Diploma vs. IB Certificate

  • IB Diploma

    In order to receive the International Baccalaureate® Diploma, you will need to complete the three “core” components in addition to taking external exams in their subjects. At the end of the exam period, you can receive a total score of 45 points.

  • IB Certificate

    In the US, you have the option of the more flexible International Baccalaureate® Certificate program, which allows you to take IB exams only in your strongest areas. In this program, the “core” is not required, which means you have more time to focus on co-curricular activities or TOEFL/IELTS or SAT/ACT preparation.

*All EF Academy students who successfully complete their high school studies at our US campuses will automatically be awarded a nationally recognized US high school diploma in addition to their IB qualification.

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