Bilingual Diploma Q&A

Bilingual Diploma:

Many students do not know that the IB Diploma Programme offers the opportunity of obtaining a Bilingual Diploma. For those of you who want to find out more, we’ve answered some questions you may have about the Bilingual Diploma

Q: What is the IB Bilingual Diploma?

A: The IB Bilingual Diploma is a version of the IB Diploma. It is awarded to candidates who demonstrate language proficiency in two different languages.

Q: How can I obtain the Bilingual Diploma?

A: There are two different ways to obtain a Bilingual Diploma:

  1. Completion of two languages from group 1 (i.e. two language A subjects) scoring a 3 or higher in both.
  2. Completion of one of the subjects from group 3 (Individuals and Societies) or group 4 (Experimental Sciences) in a language that is not the same as your group 1 language, scoring a 3 or higher in both the group 1 language and the subject from group 3 or 4.

Q: What are the advantages of obtaining a Bilingual Diploma?

A: Universities may require non-native students evidence of proficiency in the language of instruction, so the Diploma could be used as proof of language proficiency. There are also the general benefits of attaining proficiency in more than one language. Bilingualism may be an advantage in employment where languages are required. Additionally, students will have a wider choice of universities to attend in both languages.

Q: What are the differences between the IB Diploma and the Bilingual Diploma?

A: The Bilingual Diploma requires you to either take two language A subjects from group 1 or do either a group 3 or group 4 subject in a language different to your group 1 language.

The “regular” IB Diploma only requires you to take a second language from group 2, and your other subjects will be in your group 1 language.

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Q: Do universities regard the Bilingual Diploma differently to the normal Diploma?

A: Universities do not usually regard the Bilingual and IB Diplomas differently, though some universities may accept the Bilingual Diploma as proof of language proficiency for non-native candidates. However, as universities aim to supply the market with bilingual graduates, demonstrating bilingualism may serve as an advantage in application procedures.

Q: What are the general benefits of a bilingual education?

A: Bilingual individuals have an advantage in the current competitive job market, as employers see several advantages in hiring bilingual employees. Bilingual people have superior cognitive skills and are more multicultural, which is key in a globalised society. It can also help you to develop an insightful understanding of two different cultures.

If you have any questions we haven’t answered already, feel free to contact us!