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Stories for your first semester at university

For the past three years, we’ve asked graduates to  on university life after the IB diploma. These alumni share their advice, inspiration and tips for the journey ahead.

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What is study abroad?

Studying in both France and Denmark from the US, Halley Rose says, “a study abroad experience looks different for everyone.”

Halley Rose’s study abroad guide

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Five tips for university life

Skills, connections, personal development and fun. Ruth Mwangase shares her five-point list to tackling university.

Ruth’s university advice

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Failing calculus (twice)

How one DP grad learned that calculus “isn’t a subject to be learned, but rather a skill to be practiced,” and turned failure into opportunity.

Rachon’s reflection

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How to find your calling

Before studying at Cambridge, Billy Chen looked closely at his interests and identity. Here’s how he found his calling in Architecture.

Billy Chen’s experience

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Too much on your plate?

As you take on more responsibility, life gets busy. Civil engineer Matthew Ferby inspires us to take time reflect and reassess for success.

Matt’s advice for doing it all

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Adapting to a changing world

With unexpected circumstances and new challenges, Safinah says, “the future will not be about what you know, but how you know it.”

Safinah’s advice for the future

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What is an IB diploma?

“From the moment you step onto your new campus … inquire about that which interests you, become knowledgeable about that which matters to you.”

Paul looks back at the DP

Thea Kurniawan completed the DP at Binus International School Simprug, Jakarta

Defining your superpower

Thea found her superpower during the DP – tenacity, perseverance, and grit. It led her to success as an engineer and project manager.

Thea’s superpower

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How the DP prepared me for university

“I learned how to succeed and thrive in a rigorous environment,” says Haley Clasen. She tells us how she carried those skills with her to university.

Haley’s thoughts

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First days at university after the IB diploma

Writing from the University of Vienna,  DP graduate Flora Maile Felix tells us about how her experience benefited her university studies in Austria.

Flora looks back

Transcripts, results and admissions

Every year, we get questions about ordering transcripts and accessing results. We’ve put everything you need to know in one place.

50 international scholarships

Our list of IB scholarships from institutions worldwide to support your educaiton.

Top IB scholarships

IB credit at US universities

Many US universities offer course credit for IB exams. Find out what you may receive.

Getting IB credit

To learn about the IB alumni network, visit and read about our 50th anniversary featured graduates to see where other students have taken their studies and careers.