How Does the IB Diploma Programme Prepare Students for University?

The IB diploma or International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is offered to students of the Tokyo International School after the 10th grade, ‘O’ Levels or equivalents. It is a two-year course for 16 to 19-year-old students that prepares them for university education. It not only prepares them for academics but follows an approach that trains the students to tackle real-world challenges. 

Many prestigious universities worldwide, such as Harvard, Yale, Brooks, etc, welcome IB diploma students as they are offered a multi-disciplinary framework through the diploma that helps broaden their perspectives through a wide range of curricula. Let us take a look at how this program prepares students for their future. 

Preparing students for a bright future

Multi-disciplinary framework:

The IB diploma program at the Tokyo International School consists of six subject groups and a DP Core consisting of Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, and CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service) all of which help students gain knowledge and the requisite skills in topics of their interest. 

Students are encouraged to develop their critical thinking and interactive learning techniques through the Theory of Knowledge. 

The Extended Essay subject gives them an opportunity to hone their writing through extensive research and organizational skills. These Extended Essays are often submitted during admissions interviews to display the critical thinking and analytical skills of the students and show their preparedness for university. 

And, through CAS, students are encouraged to participate in interpersonal activities that help them in cultivating their collaborative and decision-making skills. All of these give the students an all-around learning experience with opportunities to explore their interests and develop their skills. 

Application of knowledge:

The unique feature of the IB diploma program is that it allows students to apply and understand the various concepts through direct experience. Students conduct community services to get first-hand experience of how they can plan their activities and understand real-world perspectives concerning those activities. 

This program gives students the chance to understand the world through cultural perspectives, communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and engage in understanding globally significant issues. It helps the students develop into global citizens of the future, ready to take care of our planet and make it a better world.

Critical thinking and time management:

Analysis of varied concepts, inquiry, and interpretation of those concepts gives students of the Tokyo International School a chance to hone their critical thinking skills. And, the rigors of the IB diploma, which includes independent studying and organizing their activities within a time frame, teach students the importance of time management, all of which benefits them during their time at university.


The IB diploma at the Tokyo International School helps students become critical thinkers. It prepares them for higher education at university, where they are expected to study within a given time frame, and focus on applying the concepts they learn in the real world. This program motivates them to become independent learners through excellent organizational and analytical skills, all of which prove to be helpful during their four years at university.