About the International Baccalaureate (IB)

International School of Herzen University is an Authorized* School of the International Baccalaureate High School Program (MYP) and an Authorized* School of the Diploma Programme (DP).

The International Baccalaureate diploma is recognized in 125 countries around the world, including universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, Princeton, Imperial College London, National University of Singapore and so on.

The International Baccalaureate Organization was founded in 1968 in Switzerland with the support of UNESCO. The main objective of this program is to educate inquisitive, comprehensively developed and self-confident young people who are able to solve the problems assigned to them, apply the acquired knowledge in practice in difficult and unpredictable situations and change the world for the better.

Obtaining an International Baccalaureate diploma confirms a high level of knowledge and readiness to study at the best colleges and universities in the world

*Only authorized schools can offer one or more International Baccalaureate programs.

A complete list of schools offering education in one or several IB programs can be found on the official website.

The main goal of the International Baccalaureate is to educate inquisitive, erudite and caring young people who will contribute to the improvement and security of the world through the manifestation of intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, this organization, together with schools, governmental and international organizations, develops international education programs of increased complexity and a procedure for carefully assessing the knowledge gained. These programs motivate students around the world to become more active, compassionate, willing to improve their education throughout their lives and recognize the rightness of other people, even if they have different world views.

To this end, this organization, together with schools, government and international organizations, develops international education programs of increased complexity and a procedure for carefully assessing the knowledge gained.

These programs motivate students all over the world to become more active, compassionate, willing to improve their lifelong education and accept that others are right, even if they have different worldviews.

The goal of all International Baccalaureate programs is to educate individuals with international thinking, who, recognizing the commonality of all people in the world and sharing responsibility for the fate of the planet, strive to create a better and safer world.

IB students strive to be:


They develop curiosity, acquire the skills of conducting research. They are able to learn both independently and together with others. They are enthusiastic about learning and have a life long love of knowledge.


They develop and use conceptual thinking, acquire knowledge in a wide range of disciplines. They study issues and ideas that have both local and global implications.

People who think

They use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze complex problems and take intelligent action to solve them. They show initiative in making sound, moral decisions.


They express themselves confidently and creatively in multiple languages and in a variety of ways. They cooperate effectively, listening carefully to the opinions of other individuals and groups.


They are principled and honest, have a heightened sense of objectivity and justice, respect the dignity and rights of people around the world. They are responsible for their actions and their consequences.


They understand and value their own culture and history, as well as the values and traditions of others. They try to view and evaluate situations from different perspectives and are willing to learn from their experiences.


They show empathy, compassion and respect. They are ready to personally devote themselves to social activities and act for the benefit of other people and the environment.


In uncertain situations, they act judiciously and decisively; they independently and collaboratively explore new ideas and innovative strategies. Faced with problems or change, they show resourcefulness and resilience.

Harmoniously developed

TThey understand the importance of balanced development of the various aspects of their lives — intellectual, physical, and emotional — to achieve personal well-being and the well-being of others. They are aware of their interdependence with other people and with the world in which they live.


They meaning fully analyze the world around them and their own ideas and experiences. They seek to understand and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and apply this assessment for further learning and personal development.

The IB Learner Profile reflects 10 personality traits that are emphasized in IB schools. We are convinced that these and similar qualities will help people become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

A student is not a vessel to be filled, but a torch to be lit...

The International School of Herzen University offers international education programs.

International education programs are a holistic approach to the learning process that implements an individual educational route, revealing the research and creative potential of the child's personality, and forming a willingness to continue education throughout life.

The multicultural educational environment of ISHU contributes to the development of social activity and communicative culture of students, educating a person who knows how to empathize with another, who knows how to accept a person of different views and a different culture, who is not indifferent to local and global social problems.

The educational environment of the ISHU is aimed at creating a new culture of thinking for employees and students. Flexibility and creativity of thinking, the ability to quickly adapt to a variety of events and circumstances characterize members of the school community, responsible citizens of the world. At ISHU, we inspire our students to positively change the world we live in.

(from the official materials of the Internationa lBaccalaureate: www.ibo.org)

Designed for students aged 3 to 19, the International Baccalaureate (IB) portfolio of programs is unique in its high academic and personal requirements and inspires students to excel academically and in personal development. The goal of the IB system is to instill a lifelong learning ethos characterized by passion and empathy.

IB is committed to helping schools develop well-rounded students who respond to challenges with optimism and innovative approaches, are self-confident, solve ethical dilemmas, share the idea of the community of people around the world and are ready to apply the knowledge gained in practice in difficult and unpredictable situations.

IB offers high quality international education programs that are united by a common ideology. Education in the International Baccalaureate system:

  • • student-centered - IB's student-centered programs encourage healthy relationships, moral responsibility, and empowerment;
  • • develops effective teaching and learning methods - IB programs help students develop the attitudes and skills needed for academic and personal success;
  • • operates in a global context - IB programs deepen language and cultural understanding and explore globally significant ideas and issues;
  • • covers a significant amount of material - IB programs offer broad and balanced, conceptual and integrated curricula.
    • Guided by the values described in the student profile, IB students strive to become inquisitive, knowledgeable, thoughtful, communicative, principled, open, caring, determined, balanced and able to analyze problems. These qualities represent a wide range of human capabilities and functions that go beyond intellectual development and academic achievement.