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International Baccalaureate Program

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) is an internationally recognised academic programme that prepares students for university studies abroad and in Sweden. Since its inception the programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

International Baccalaureate Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Subjects we offer for the Diploma Programme

In the IB students must choose two languages, a social science, a natural science, and a mathematics. The sixth subject is a choice, where the student can choose an extra social science or natural science, if the student does not want to study Visual Arts. 

  • First Language: English, Swedish, Self Taught Literature
  • Second language: English, Swedish, Spanish, French
  • Individuals and Societies: Economics, History, Philosophy, Environmental Systems and Societies, Psychology
  • Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts: Visual Arts

* Combinations are subject to availability of resources and demand, which are subject to change.

What is so special about IB programmes?

  • IB programmes are recognised around the world and ensure an increased adaptability and mobility for IB students
  • The curriculum and pedagogy of IB programmes focus on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language
  • IB World Schools must undergo an exhaustive authorisation process in order to offer one or more of the programmes, which includes a study of the school’s resources and commitment to the IB mission and philosophy
  • IB teachers participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world
  • Many students graduating from the Diploma Programme find that it enhances their opportunities at tertiary institutions. The IB works closely with universities around the world to gain recognition for IB programmes
  • The core components of IB programmes encourage students to participate in creative and service-oriented activities, while at the same time emphasising the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level

The curriculum

IB students study six courses within the IB, three at higher level and three at standard level. Students study a range of languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics.

UK newspaper The Independent on the value of the IB (Click picture to read more)

In addition the programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.

Students are required to complete an extended essay which is an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.

Theory of knowledge is taken by all students and is designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).

Creativity, action, service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.


Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners which ensures quality control of all IB graduates. Students also complete assignments during the school year, that are initially marked by teachers, and then moderated externally.

The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.

Quality assurance and professional development

Any school wishing to offer the Diploma Programme and attain IB World School status must first go through the authorisation process. The process is designed to ensure schools are well prepared to implement the programme successfully. Schools are required to participate in an on-going process of review and development, using standards and practices that apply to all IB World Schools.

Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet is a fully authorised IB School for the DP. Only schools authorised by the IB as IB World Schools can offer any of its three academic programmes: the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the IB Diploma Programme.

University / Careers

Graduating from IEGS with the IB Programme will give you the skills to pursue university studies in Sweden or abroad in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, business, law, economics and the arts. If you are looking for a career in archaeology, business, criminology, international development, education, journalism, law, politics, psychology, tourism and urban planning, among many others, this is the kind of programme you should be considering. Click here for more information on how the IB can benefit your future. 

Here is more information for parents of students on the DP programme or interested in the DP programme.

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