IB World School LogoDiploma Program Students have an exciting opportunity available to them in the summers – the IB World Student Conferences. Held this year in three different locations around the world – University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, McGill University in Montréal and the University of Bath in Bath, UK – they are a wonderful opportunity to engage in high-level work on global issues in a university setting with like-minded students from around the world.

For more information including the application process please see the IBO website, where you will also find information about scholarships to attend the conferences:

http://www.ibo.org/wsc/

 

What is a World Student Conference?

Hosted in a creative and inspiring university setting, IB students from around the world collaborate to develop innovative solutions to global issues. Students hear from inspiring speakers, engage in thoughtful inquiry focused on the conference theme in small sessions, and participate in excursions and recreational activities. These experiences encourage building meaningful relationships with peers and developing international understanding and leadership skills that benefit participants far beyond the conference week.

The experience

This is an opportunity for students to learn the value of face-to-face collaboration and problem-solving—with the added benefit of today’s technology resources. Each IBWSC has a theme with an activity and Global Action Team programme constructed around it. Speakers from around the world will challenge students with real, significant global issues. Working in Global Action Teams, students will develop creative ways to address the problems posed by conference leaders and propose solutions to these issues in the form of creativity, action, service (CAS) projects.

The result

Students who attend the IBWSCs return to their schools and communities with many new experiences to share. They not only develop leadership skills and meet other like-minded students, but also have the opportunity to interact with university faculty and world-renowned speakers representing a wide variety of disciplines and areas of expertise. These skills and experiences are designed to inspire students in the creation of action plans that are theme-based and can be implemented in their local communities.