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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Pre-university Programme: International Baccalaureate (IB)

Posted by Erlina

Pre-university Programmes Overview: Form Six, Matriculation, A-level, AUSMAT, SAM, ICPU, IB, Foundation

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is governed by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in Geneva, Switzerland and administered by the International Baccalaureate Curriculum and Assessment Centre in Cardiff, Wales.

The internationally recognized 2-year program originated over 30 years ago in Europe, as an effort by international schools to assure quality educational standards for students, regardless of where they lived.

Entry Requirements
This program is quite tough so you need to have above average grades in your SPM. Some schools may require you to sit for one or more entrance tests.

August/January, depending on the institution

RM25,000 - RM51,000

Students are required for:
  • Sit for 6 subjects, 3 of which must be at Higher Level (HL) and 3 at Standard Level (SL). Subject choices are categorized into 6 groups and students need to select 1 subject each from Groups 1 to 5, while the sixth subject may be selected from any of the 6 groups.
    • Group 1 Language
    • Group 2 Second Language
    • Group 3 Humanities
    • Group 4 Experimental Science
    • Group 5 Mathematics
    • Group 6 The arts (optional)
  • Write an extended essay based on independent research and under the guidance of a teacher.
  • Complete 150 hours of creative, action and service-oriented activities
  • Participate in a critical thinking course called theory of knowledge.

Students are assessed through international examinations, oral language demonstrations, science laboratory notebooks, art portfolios, computer science dossiers, essays and other projects.
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  1. maybe you can try including the institutions that offer IB in Malaysia since it's not really that popular? Just a thought.

  2. From Wikipedia:


    * International School of Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur - Offering DP
    * The International School, Penang - Uplands, Penang - Offering DP
    * Global Indian International School, Kuala Lumpur - Offering DP
    * Mara College Banting, Selangor - Offering DP
    * Mont' Kiara International School, Kuala Lumpur - Offering DP
    * Sri KDU Smart School, Selangor - Offering DP

  3. Will also be available in Taylor's College Sri Hartamas soon - offering DP

  4. do v need to be science stream students to study IB in malaysia or singapore?
    bcz im a commerce class students..

  5. Hi, should we fear this prog. if one is just average by M'sian school std? Meaning, what if one has flair for good language skills but not necessarily for the likes of Add Maths or the pure Sciences?

  6. hi, do you know which colleges have IB intakes in January?

  7. we need to pass a certain level in IB's programme to further our studies abroad?

  8. could you list down all subjects of all categories for IB programme

  9. Add Fairview International School Kl, they have just announced IB Diploma Scholarships to 20 students per batch. Now second batch.

    I know 34 points out of 45 IB is equal to 4 As A level from UCAS website.

  10. Does anyone know which universities in Malaysia that recognise IB qualified students for medicine course?

  11. IB offers much better training for university, but it is definitely more difficult than A-levels. Most unis want at least 39/45 points which is equivalent to about 5 A*s. And you have to be good at all subjects-you have to be an allrounder, since you must study languages, sciences and arts.

  12. did this course offer in sabah?

  13. Hey there i finished my IGCSEs now is it possible for me to do foundation in aby malaysian uni?


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