The OIB and university entrance
In June 2008 Alan Ackroyd (Ferney-Voltaire) and Rob Miller (Lyon) presented the baccalauréat and the OIB to British admissions tutors at Kings College, London. The presentation and the accompanying notes they prepared and used are available as Excel and Word documents via the two links above.
The OIB Handbook (p12) sums up what bacheliers with the International Option can bring to British University studies:
'...these fully bilingual students are likely to prove excellent prospects for British universities. They have something special to offer any department in cultural terms, and they have the advantage of having received a broad education, including the study of Philosophy. Moreover, they have been examined in ways that are, in some respects, more demanding than at A-level.'
The OIB is used by many students as a means of entrance to universities in France, the UK, the USA and Canada. Many of the British sections that teach the OIB also offer counselling to students on applications to universities in English-speaking countries.
British OIB sections have worked together in the past to present the OIB to universities in several countries and to explain its demands, its advantages and how it prepares students for higher education. There is a section in the OIB Handbook for admissions tutors (see the 'OIB Handbook' page 12), and there is also a brief description of the OIB in the Guide to International Qualifications produced by UCAS (see the www.ucas.com website)
Because of such communication and contact over a period of years, many English-speaking universities now recognize the OIB as an examination of particular academic merit. See, for example, the US College Board website link on the Useful websites page for a comparison of the OIB and Advanced Placement. Certain British universities reduce their standard levels of conditional offer based on the French baccalauréat by half or one point (out of 20) for OIB candidates.
ASIBA Association des Sections Internationales Britanniques et Anglophones: supporting the British version of the OIB