IB Diploma Program Established in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) was the first programme offered by the IB and is taught to students aged 16-19. The IB Diploma is recognized and respected by the world’s leading universities, and evidence suggests that higher rates of DP students go on to university and higher education study than non-IB students. The DP provides students with a balanced education, facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding. It was created by teachers at the International School of Geneva, with assistance from several other international schools. Since then, innovative and committed teachers and examiners from around the world have played a significant role in the development of the programme. The DP organizes teaching and learning through six subject groups, underpinned by the DP core. Students choose a course from within six subject groups. For most courses, students take written examinations at the end of the DP. In many programme areas, students complete externally assessed coursework. Components of the DP core require students to produce coursework, for example. Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who: have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically study at least two languages excel in traditional academic subjects explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course.