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This report was produced by staff at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) for the International Baccalaureate (Singapore).


This report explores the entry into and progression through university of graduates from the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). It focuses on two Australian universities, used as case studies for exploring the higher education pathways of IB DP graduates. The study has been conducted for the International Baccalaureate, the organisation which oversees the IB DP.

This project responds to one key element of the IB research agenda, which focuses on establishing and expanding empirical evidence related to the postsecondary transitions, academic outcomes and experiences of IB DP graduates in the tertiary education sector. This report is intended to provide evidence for the IB and deepen insights around the value of the IB DP in preparing young people for success in tertiary life and beyond.

Following the progression of an entrant cohort from two different Australian universities, this report examines:

  • Entry rates to higher education for IB DP graduates;
  • Progression of IB DP graduates through university;
  • Academic performance of IB DP graduates at university;
  • Post-university pathways of IB DP graduates.

Throughout the report, the outcomes of IB DP cohort are benchmarked with those from a comparative ‘non-IB’ student population.