The International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) programs are challenging academic credits that are internationally recognized. They encourage critical and compassionate thinkers with a global perspective and prepare students exceptionally well for university education.
Many of the ivy league universities and colleges like to see the IB and AP programs on transcripts because they help identify students with desire, dedication and creative thinking skills. The programs do however require a lot of hard work and often extra hours of homework every night. Discussion on the topic is being had at Pros and Cons of the IB Program.
Here are some personal accounts that will provide you with some additional insight into the benefits.