This Is What It's like to Be an International Baccalaureate Student

by Reins Mikalyn Melitante   |  Aug 10, 2017
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Have you ever wondered what's it like to choose your own subjects in school? Or being encouraged to engage in more extracurricular activities rather than just academics? Welcome to the life of an International Baccalaureate student wherein every day is a new challenge, a new adventure, and a new opportunity waiting to be taken by dedicated students.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year pre-university curriculum that caters to students ages 16-19. It is one of the top international programs handled by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), the leading provider of the internationally recognized academics programs worldwide. In a span of two years, students are given the chance to choose six of their favored subjects such as English, Mathematics, Sciences, Arts, and etc. Students are also required to comply with the IBDP core components Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay (EE), Creativity-Action-Service (CAS) and abide by the rules of an international baccalaureate learner profile. The IBDP also offers great opportunities for its students to immerse with different communities and countries for them to adapt international-mindedness. Furthermore, this program intends to give students a better opportunity to study abroad and a chance to immerse oneself in different cultures.

However, this information is still incomplete because the program is very complex and highly informational. Try doing independent research if you're truly interested to learn more about the program. But for now, if you're still wondering what IBDP is like, here are a few insights gathered from students currently taking the program.

  1. When and where can we take-up the IBDP program?

In the Philippines, there are only 17 selected schools that provide the IBDP program, and it is usually catered as a strand to senior-high students. Students are offered more options to take-up in their last two years of senior-high school like ABM, STEM, HUMMS, or the IBDP.

  1. What's it like being in the IBDP?

It's totally different! Our curriculum is based on international standards. We are not graded based on the results of our quizzes but rather on our progress. Students are also given the free will to do independent research and conduct future projects and organizations that can benefit the community or oneself.   

  1. What kinds of opportunities do you get to experience?

Enrolling in the IBDP program can really open tons of opportunities such as immersing in different countries and helping out in the local community. Yet one of the best things about being in the program is striving to get the diploma because once you've got it in your hands you are free to study internationally and even chances of getting in an Ivy League school.

  1. How's it different from being a regular student?

Being an IBDP student is really a responsibility. Just like any other ordinary student, we to strive to keep on progressing in terms of our academics. But also, we are encouraged to join more extracurricular activities especially helping out in the local community. The program provides us a unique kind of learning experience and maybe that's one factor that differentiates us from any other ordinary student.

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  1. Is it difficult?

The curriculum is based on international standards, therefore it can also be challenging to adapt to a broader knowledge and divergent kind of understanding. In spite of that, enrolling in the program truly depends on a person's capability. If a student is willing to manage and balance her time wisely then the program is definitely meant for them.

  1. Why choose the IBDP?

Choosing the IBDP will definitely give you a deeper depth of understanding and can even change you to be a better person. You'll be able to step out of your comfort zone and immerse in new and unfamiliar things that can truly broaden your horizons and change your perspective of life.

Have more questions about being an IBDP student? Ask away! We'll try our best to answer your Qs!

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