What is an IB education?

Why the IB is different

International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

We strive to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.

IB programme frameworks can operate effectively with national curricula at all ages; more than 50% of IB World Schools are state-funded.

The IB’s programmes are different from other curricula because they:

  • encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
  • develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
  • encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
  • develop multilingual students.
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Early Years (aged 3-6) PYP1-3 (Kindergarten)

Bushøjvænget 133

Dalgas Campus (aged 6-16) PYP4-MYP 5

Dalgas Ave 12
8000, Aarhus C

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A Continuum of International Education

The IB provides a continuum of education, consisting of four programs that are united by the IB’s philosophy and approaches to learning and teaching. The programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.

Quality practice

IB programmes incorporate quality practice from national and international research and the IB global community. They encourage students to be internationally-minded, within a complex and hyper-connected world.

Students learn how to learn

Throughout all IB Programmes, students develop approaches to learning skills and the attributes of the IB learner profile.

Students are able to take responsibility for their own learning and understand how knowledge itself is constructed; this is further to our unique Theory Of Knowledge (TOK). They are encouraged to try different approaches to learning and to take responsibility for their own educational progress.

Our programmes help IB students:

  • ask challenging questions
  • think critically
  • develop research skills proven to help them in higher education.

IB programmes also encourage students to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond academic study.


Aarhus International School offers authorised IB programmes in Primary Years (PYP1-8) & Middle Years (MYP1-5) Education

The IB is a recognised leader within the field of international education. It was founded in 1968 and currently has 3,461 schools across 143 countries around the world. The IB offers three high-quality and challenging educational programmes:

  • The IB Primary Years Programme,
  • The IB Middle Years Programme
  • IB Diploma Programme

At the heart of the IB is the ‘learner profile’, a long-term holistic vision of education that underpins all three programmes and puts the student at the centre of everything we do. (Source: www.ibo.org)

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right’

IB programmes are recognised around the world and ensure increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.

The curriculum and pedagogy of IB programmes are focused on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while requiring that students fully explore their local culture and language.

IB World Schools are subject to an exhaustive authorisation process in order to offer one or more of the programmes; this process includes studying the school’s resources and its commitment to the IB mission and philosophy.

IB teachers participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and to share their expertise with colleagues around the world.

Many students graduating from the IB Diploma Programme find that it enhances their opportunities at tertiary institutions.The IB works closely together with universities around the world to gain recognition for IB programmes.

The core components and the Learner Profile of IB programmes encourage students to participate in creative and service-oriented
activities, while at the same time emphasising the importance of reflection at a personal and academic level.

Further resources can be found here:

The IB Primary Years Programme for pupils aged 3 to 11 focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. The IB PYP Programme

The IB Middle Years Programme for students aged 12 to 16 provides a project-based framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and to become critical and reflective thinkers. The IB Middle Years Programme