Senior School

AIS is proud to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Years 12 and 13 (ages 16 to 19). The IBDP is a two-year pre-university academic programme that is widely recognized and highly regarded by respected colleges and universities all over the world. Internationally mobile students are able to transfer into the IB Diploma Programme from other IB World schools, as well as from other school systems.

Diploma Requirements

To achieve an IB Diploma Programme, six major areas of study and the core requirements must be completed successfully. Students choose one subject from each of Groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in Languages, the Humanities, the Sciences and Mathematics. The sixth subject may be an Arts subject chosen from Group 6, or the student may choose another subject from Groups 1-4. The core requirements comprise of Theory of Knowledge (a course that unifies and inter-relates the other areas of study); the Extended Essay (a substantial piece of independent research of up to 4,000 words) and participation in the CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) Programme.

Course Selection Options 

Student must choose ONE subject from each group below:

1 English A Language & Lit HL/SL Vietnamese A Lit HL/SL Korean A Language & Lit HL/SL Self Taught Language A Lit SL
2 English B HL/SL Chinese B HL/SL French ab initio SL
3 Economics HL/SL Geography HL/SL ITGS HL/SL Psychology HL/SL
4 Environ. Systems & Societies SL Biology HL/SL Design Technology HL/SL Physics HL/SL
5 Mathematical Studies SL Mathematics SL Mathematics HL
6 Music HL/SL Visual Arts HL/SL Chemistry HL/SL Economics HL/SL Psychology HL/SL

What universities say about the IB Diploma:

“Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Program on the transcript.” GPA is not nearly as important a factor in university admission as the IB Diploma. If a student has to choose, choose the Diploma over protecting the GPA.” Harvard University, Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Asst. Dean of Admissions

“The breadth of the IB Diploma has always appealed to LSE selectors. We find that because the IB is intellectually and personally demanding, it provides a very good springboard for study at university level” Jan Stockdale, dean of undergraduate studies at the London School of Economics (LSE)

“My eyes light up when I see ‘International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme’ on a transcript. Students who apply to Michigan State University with IB credentials are assumed to be mature, curious, and creative. They have proven to be successful in a rigorous program that is both broad and deep in its content and intellectual challenge. On campus, IB graduates move with ease in a diverse and global university that demands intercultural skill and adaptability. The challenge of completing an IB diploma means that a student has engaged in the kind of rigorous work that is likely to help them become not just an outstanding college student and citizen of the world, but an exceptional one.” Michigan State University, Pamela Horne, Assistant to the Provost for Enrollment and Director of Admissions