The International Option of the French Baccalaureate (or OIB) was created nearly two decades ago by the French government to offer a genuinely bilingual education to its citizens living abroad or returning from overseas, as well as to foreigners studying in French schools around the world or residing in France for a significant period of time. It is a particularly demanding version of the French Baccalaureate.
Every year, approximately 600 students in the country take the OIB examinations. After following a fully bilingual curriculum during their last two years of school, students take oral and written exams in English and French, each language having to be at a standard enabling them to work at ease in any subject at university level. The class of 2015 had a 75% rate of mention très bien.
The American portion of the OIB is supervised by the Franco-American Commission of Paris in conjunction with the Advanced Placement section of the College Board, who work in close collaboration with the French General Inspectorate of the National Ministry of Education.