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Monday, June 04, 2007

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme: Internationally recognized pre-university programme.

Course difficulty: You shall have to study persistently if this is the pre-university course you wish to pursue for it is very difficult and not to be taken lightly.

Intake: August

Duration: Two years

Fee: RM25,000 – RM51,000

Academical institutions offering IB:
  • International School of Kuala Lumpur
  • Mont’ Kiara International School
  • Sri KDU
  • MARA College Banting
  • MARA College Seremban
  • The International School of Penang (Uplands)


Basically, an IB student has to take up six subjects – 3 subjects at a Higher Level (HL) and 3 at a Standard Level (SL). There’s also an extended essay that constitutes of 150 hours of creative, action and service activities (CAS). In addition to that, a critical thinking course dubbed “Theory of Knowledge” (TOK) is also a requirement.

The subjects are in 6 groups and candidates must select a subject from each group 1-5 and the 6th subject from any of the groups 1-6.
  • Group 1 = Main Language [English, Bahasa Melayu, etc…]
  • Group 2 = Second language [French, Japanese, etc…]
  • Group 3 = Humanities [Economics, Business and Management, etc…]
  • Group 4 = Experimental Science [Chemistry, Biology, etc…]
  • Group 5 = Mathematics [Mathematics, Mathematical Studies, etc…]
  • Group 6 = The Arts (Optional)


The International School of Kuala Lumpur offers two scholarships per year.

First, one has to submit relevant information regarding your academic achievements prior to this, namely your SPM results. One is advised to apply as soon as possible.

You will be considered and notified if you are chosen to sit for the school’s entrance exams. The entrance exams include an English and a Mathematics test.

If you have been short listed, you will be called in to attend an interview. Your capability of creative thought, sense of responsibility, attitude and such will be evaluated during the interview.

Finally, you will be informed if the school has decided to offer you the scholarship. If a candidate refuses the scholarship, it will be passed on to the next likely scholar and so on. Please note that the 2007 scholarships have been given out.
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  1. I do know that the IB program can waive off certain first-year university courses if you excel in it.

    I know this for Canadian Universities but I think it should apply elsewhere too.

  2. i am an IB student at MARA College Banting and i would like to make a slight correction on de post... we are required to write an extended essay of apporximately 4000 words in semester 3... its a personal research ques on any subjects of yr choice... quote from www.ibo.org
    "Extended essay
    The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating in a 4,000-word paper. As a required component, it provides:

    - practical preparation for the kinds of undergraduate research required at tertiary level
    - an opportunity for students to engage in an in-depth study of a topic of interest within a chosen subject.

    Emphasis is placed on the research process:

    - formulating an appropriate research question
    - engaging in a personal
    - exploration of the topic
    - communicating ideas
    - developing an argument.

    Participation in this process develops the capacity to:

    - analyse
    - synthesize, and
    - evaluate knowledge.

    Students are supported throughout the process with advice and guidance from a supervisor (usually a teacher at the school)."

    CAS ( Creativity, Action, Service) is another core aspect of IB in which we have to complete 150 hours in 2 years... CAS is a complicated name for co-curricular activities... =P

  3. Ah, yes. Thank you for the additional information, anonymous. I forgot about that. :P

  4. in this blog, i read that you wrote about JPA scholarship.
    i am a JPA scholar in France.
    for JPA sponsored French program, we do our bac ( the way the french call IB ) here in France for 2 years.
    we had only a 3 months ( language and a very little science ) preparation program in INTEC.
    then after this 3 months, we fly to France.
    and for your information, we do master in France, not degree.
    after the bac, we can do master straight away for 5 years or, 2 years diploma + 3 master.

  5. and for MARA sponsored FP ( French prog ), they do their A-level in MFI, Bangi for 1.5 years i think.
    then they have to do the 2 years diploma in France after that.
    they cannot do the straight away 5 years master like the JPA students.
    and for them, it is not an obligation ( is this the right word? as i don't know anymore how to spell 'compulsory' in English as in French, we use 'obligatoire' ) to do master.
    for JPA students, we have to do master.

  6. greetings from cameroon,it a pleasure writing you.im a student writing the advance level this year. ispecialise in french,english literature and history.i will be very happy to study abroad after a [email protected]

  7. Can anyone give me valuable tips in ongoing IB?? I'm preparing to pursue IB in Kolej Mara Seremban soon. Thanks

  8. after IB, can i go to USA?? doing Biotechnology??

  9. Hey there everybody,

    From all of ur story, this program sure sounds tough.. I'll b taking this IB program also in Banting.. If all of u dun mind, can u share tips on how to study there?

  10. Doesn't Taylors College, Sri Hartamas offer IB as well?

  11. Is there any International school, College, or University that offer IB diploma at Kuching Sarawak?

  12. What schools in KL offer Music as an IB subject apart from ISKL? Is Fairview International School an IB school as well? It isn't listed at the IB homepage but apparently it is.

  13. i am a young cameroonian and very desparate to study in malaysia bu i do no know any technical university where i can get free sudies

  14. Anyone has any idea about the interview questions which will be asked by the panel of IBDP scholarship committees? Any preparation should I take before I head myself to the IBDP scholarships interview?


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