Recognised for admission to the world’s leading universities

The aim of the IB Diploma programme is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

In Years 12 and 13, students follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.  This is a challenging 2-year pre-university course of study designed for highly motivated students.  Introduced at OIS in 1989, the IB Diploma is recognised for admission to the world’s leading universities.

Choice of subjects can be made within six groups, including Languages, Humanities, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and an elective subject. Grades are on a scale of 1 – 7, with 7 being the highest achievable grade. The IB diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points. 

The six academic subjects are studied concurrently. At least three subjects–but not more than four–are taken at higher level, while the others are standard level. HL courses consist of about 240 teaching hours, SL courses of about 150 hours. Students are thus able to explore some subjects in depth and others more broadly, a deliberate compromise between the early specialisation of some national systems and the breadth found in others.

In addition, all students must complete a 4,000 word research paper on a topic of their choice (Extended Essay), participate in at least 150 hours of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) and fulfil the requirements of the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course.