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A journey to self-discovery

In the Diploma Programme (DP) students often have to make choices about which subjects to take and each IB diploma graduate has a different story behind these decisions. Alumnus Cynthia Claudia tells us about how she shaped her journey through the DP.

Students visit the National Gallery in London. The paintings are both by Bronzino: An Allegory with Venus and Cupid and Portrait of a Young Man

Exploring cultural connections via history of art

By Helen Wilford Art history is itself the study of the rich heritage of visual arts produced by human societies. When studying it as an IB Diploma Programme (DP) course, students get a uniquely interdisciplinary experience, with links to a wealth of other studies: literature, religion, science, architecture, language, technology, anthropology, archaeology and theatre. IB World Schools […]

DP student Dulat Sargaskayev: “I have drawn three people in break dance power moves, which represents: risk taker, balanced and thinker – these most reflect me as I am now. Break dance power moves are very risky as everything can go wrong and finish badly, and in order to do power moves and spins, a breakdancer has to be balanced. I represented ‘thinker’ by writing names of various power moves with a question mark in the background. I wanted to show what’s happening in a dancer’s head during their performance. Every move, every step is being thought about before they do it.”

Artwork makes IB learner profile personally meaningful

Proudly telling the world about IB students in our 50th anniversary year Visual arts task deepens curiosity and encourages students to reflect on how the attributes influence their lives When IB Diploma Programme (DP) visual arts teacher Tamara Doleman asked her students at Ashbury College in Ottawa, Canada, to identify the IB learner profile attributes that […]


Students swim the English Channel and raise over US$100,000

Proudly telling the world about our students in our 50th anniversary year Funds raised by IB students helped cure more than 100 women in underdeveloped communities suffering from obstetric fistula Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic childbirth injuries. More than 2 million women in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin […]

Revealing the real Rwanda

Neysa Sanghavi’s The Study Rwanda Project aims to transform common misconceptions associated with the country and lift refugees out of poverty When IB Diploma Programme (DP) student Neysa Sanghavi first heard about Rwanda in her history and literature class at Singapore International School in Mumbai, India, she thought it was a very traditional and underdeveloped […]


Food science and technology in the IB Diploma

By Judith Baker Food is such a popular subject in schools because it is relevant, interesting, and useful. It is only natural that some students in the UK will want to continue to study it at Key Stage 5. How disappointing then to find that all A Level courses in Food are now discontinued, at […]

What’s new in the DP language curricula?

Are you an IB Diploma Programme (DP) languages acquisition teacher? New subject guides and teacher support materials are now available for both language B and language ab initio; DP language teachers will start teaching these guides in September 2018 for the first assessment of candidates in 2020. The new curricula have particular focus on the […]

Paralympics come to Kazakhstan

‘Para sports competition’, organized by IB Diploma Programme (DP) students, exemplifies collaboration and understanding of real-life challenges Students in Kazakhstan didn’t have to wait until 2020 for the next Paralympic Games. They created their own competition. IB Diploma Programme (DP) students at Miras International School of Almaty organized the ‘Miras Para sports Competition’ for children […]