IB: International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

As an IB World School, Australian International 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. Students are able to transfer into the IB Diploma Programme from other IB World schools, as well as from other school systems.

IB Diploma Requirements

To achieve an IB Diploma, six subjects (at least three of which must be at Higher Level) and the core requirements must be completed successfully.

The core requirements comprise of three parts: 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 4,000 words) and participation in the CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) Programme.

For their subjects, students choose one from each of the Groups 1 to 5 (listed below) thus ensuring a breath of experience in Languages, Humanities, the Sciences and Mathematics. For their final subject (Group 6) students can choose Visual Arts, Music or an additional subject from Group 3 or 4.

IB Course Selection Options

Students must choose ONE subject from each group below:

Group Subject options
1 Chinese A Literature English A Language & Literature Japanese A Literature Korean A Language & Literature Vietnamese A Literature School-Supported Self-Taught Literature (SL only)
2 English B Chinese B French ab initio (SL only) A second group 1 language
3 Business Management Economics Environmental Systems and Society (SL only)* Geography Information Technology in a Global Society Psychology
4 Biology Chemistry Environmental Systems and Society (SL only)* Design Technology Physics
5 Mathematical Studies SL Mathematics SL Mathematics HL
6 Music Visual Arts Another subject from group 3 or 4

Further Information


A guide on International Baccalaureate (IB)

Australian International School (AIS) offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP), the world's leading pre-university course. Successful IB graduates have access to the world's leading universities thanks to this rigorous and respected two-year course.



The International Baccalaureate® (IB) programme offers an international education for students from 3 to 19 Years of age. It offers challenging and high quality educational programmes which develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring students who can think critically. It also encourages the students to create a better and more peaceful world through respect and understanding. The IB Diploma Programme (DP) fosters an appetite for learning and is considered the most-respected pre-university course for Senior school students.



The IB Diploma Programme offers a world-class IB education to students. Classes cover a range of subjects, including Literature, the Sciences, Individuals and Societies, Mathematics and The Arts.



The main difference is in the approach to learning and the depth and breadth of the curriculum. The IB education system focuses on inquiry-based learning that allows students the space to learn and discover. The IB cirriculum also gives students vital skills that they will need at university and beyond. These include being globally-minded, strong communicators and leaders.



An IB education equips students for university by encouraging academic excellence, a curiosity about the world we live in, and the leadership skills to bring about sustainable change.



As English is the global language of business and communication, it is important that IB students use this as their primary language of study. At AIS, around 85% of DP students achieve the bilingual diploma, compared with a global average of 27%. This is a sign that are students are truly international.



Diploma Programme candidates study one DP course from each of the six subject groups. Three of these subjects must be at higher level (HL) and three subjects at standard level (SL). This ensures that students study a wide range of subjects across several disciplines in their Diploma Programme (DP) courses. Any DP student must also complete an Extended Essay, the Theory of Knowledge course and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS). IB Course students do not need to write the Extended Essay or take Theory of Knowledge classes.



The International Baccalaureate is a challenging course because it is designed to be the perfect stepping-stone from high school into university. The IB Diploma Programme is carefully planned so that students are challenged but also understand how to manage their time well so that they can succeed. It is also considered to set students up for real life since it is a career-related programme.



Parents and students should look at a school's IB DP results. At AIS Saigon, we had 100% pass rate in 2021 with an average grade of 35, far above the global average. However, there is far more to an IB education than just exam results. It also involves helping students grow into responsible, balanced and caring young adults.



IB programmes are neither American nor British. An IB education is international. IB programmes are offered in 5,400 schools in 159 countries, making it truly global.



Both Cambridge and the International Baccalaureate offer strong programmes. Research shows that universities generally prefer to take IB Graduates because they are better-prepared for further education. As an IB World School, AIS in HCMC also focuses strongly on ensuring students have the necessary soft skills for university and beyond. More information can be found here.



Vietnam is a dynamic, welcoming and exciting country. Here in Ho Chi Minh City, we are fortunate to have a fascinating local context, filled with history and culture, that helps students learn from.



Each subject usually has a combination of coursework (known as Internal Assessments) and final exams. The exams are taken in our purpose-built IB centre, in line with the International Baccalaureate Organisation's high standard.



The IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) is awarded to students who are awarded 24 points or more out of 45, and also meet several other requirements. It is the gold-standard among pre-university courses and IB graduates can use it as the gateway to the world's best universities.



An IB education gives students a broad and wide range of subjects. It also equips them with the essential life skills they will need for the 21st century.



Only schools accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisationcan can offer the IB Diploma Programme. AIS Saigon has been offering Diploma Programme (DP) courses since 2012.