How is the IB curriculum decided
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is an internationally recognized school leaving certificate. The preparation for the final exams takes place through an academically demanding program (IBDP), which is completed in the last two years of the upper level.
The two-year IB Diploma Program thoroughly prepares students for university and encourages them to:
- asking critical questions
- developing an understanding of one's identity and culture
- to learn actively and devotedly for a lifetime
- develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures
Students are taught six subjects of their choice over the two years of the program; the exams are held in written form in May of the last school year. The six chosen subjects must include a science, mathematics, a literature course in the respective mother tongue and a foreign language.
With the individual choice of three subjects in the "higher level" and three in the "standard level", the program is tailored to each student. Different priorities can be set, such as a focus on natural sciences with 8 laboratory hours per week; alternatively, students can, for example, choose three languages and become experts in literary analysis.
In addition, a course in “Theory of Knowledge”, a pre-scientific work (“Extended essay”) and participation in extracurricular projects of a creative, active and social nature form the core of the IB program.
For information about the current range of subjects at our school, click here.
Classes in the IB Diploma Program are held in English only. Schoolchildren thereby acquire a high level of language competence, which is very highly regarded in the continuously internationalizing world of work.
The IB Diploma is a globally recognized qualification and represents one of the highest degrees of academic achievement.
If you have decided to do the IB diploma at our school, there are a few additional teaching units compared to the regular Austrian curriculum.
The amount of additional hours depends on the choice of the six IB subjects and can therefore range from one to thirteen hours over the course of the two-year program. Using this table, you can see in which subjects additional hours are required to meet the requirements of the International Baccalaureate Organization. It is possible to choose a combination of six subjects, which only involve a small amount or even no extra hours. For example German A, English B and French B. However, some IB subjects, e.g. film, are not part of the Austrian curriculum and must therefore only be held in afternoon classes. Here you can see some possible timetables for IBDP Year 1 (7th grade) and IBDP Year 2 (8th grade) students.
Admission to Austrian universities with the IB Diploma
The IB Diploma is recognized as an entrance qualification at all Austrian universities. Below is a list of links that will give you information about admission to Austrian universities with the IB Diploma.
International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
Student Point, University of Vienna (English and German)
BG / BRGIB World School offers pupils a counseling service that guides and accompanies them through admissions procedures at universities in Great Britain and the USA. Siegfrid Opelka is available for information.
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