IB Diploma recognition

Universities abroad

Every IB DP programme student is able to apply to universities in the USA, Canada, Great Britain and other countries in Europe. IB DP alumni are given preference over students of other educational systems worldwide due to the rigorous academic curriculum and the reliable assessment system. Universities in the USA and Canada recognize some IB DP courses (Higher Level, with a high mark) and consequently offer Advanced Standing credits. In addition, the majority of English-speaking universities exempt IB DP candidates from language tests (TOEFL or IELTS), because IB DP programme alumni hold a bilingual certificate.

In Greece

Since July 1995, the IB Diploma has been recognised by the Greek state as being “equal and equivalent to the school-leaving certificate issued by the Greek Lyceum” (Gov. Gazette 31/07/1995, File no. 156, Article 10, paragraph 23).

Therefore, IB DP students are regarded as being students of grades 11 and 12 (IB DP Year 1 and IB DP Year 2 respectively) and in addition to the IB DP are taught courses in Modern Greek, Greek Literature and History according to the programme of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs.

Views expressed by Universities Abroad

“The ΙB Diploma Programme is well known to us for excellent preparations. Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Program on the transcript.”

– Marilyn McGrath Lewis
Undergraduate Admissions
Harvard University


“One of the advantages of the IB curriculum is its structure and quality.  It is a coordinated program, well established, well known and well respected.  We know the quality if IB courses, and we think the IB curriculum is terrific.”

– Christoph Guttentag
Undergraduate Admission
Duke University

“The London School of Economics regards the IB as one of the most useful qualifications that its students can have. We have been told by the IB office that we have more students who have the IB qualification than any other university in the world and we find the students excellent in every way.”

– Dr. John Ashworth

 London School of Economics

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