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Why choose the IB at Esbjerg Gymnasium

  • A unique chance to become a global citizen with access to an international environment and universities in Denmark and abroad 

  • Study skills which truly prepares you for higher education 

  • A unique chance to study six different subjects chosen only by you 

  • Small classes which give you the benefit of a close student – teacher contact 

  • The benefits of becoming bilingual - ready to engage with the world 

What is the IB?

The IB Diploma Programme (IB-DP) is a 2-year internationally minded and recognised programme, which opens doors to leading universities around the world, and prepares students for their future career. In Denmark, a one-year preparatory IB programme OR 11 years of schooling is a prerequisite for entering the Diploma Programme. Currently on offer in 139 countries around the globe, IB students thus become part of a greater community, united by the same mission statement and learner profile.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, established in the 1960s and recognised as the worldwide gold standard of education, provides an academically challenging and balanced program of study to talented and motivated 11th and 12th graders around the world. IB coursework balances subject breadth and depth with a concern for an understanding of the connectedness of disciplines and intentionally fosters international mindedness. Its reputation is based on rigorous external assessments which emphasise the development of the whole student: physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. For more information, visit the International Baccalaureate website.

International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates are expected to do IB coursework in six major areas, including literature, languages, social studies, the experimental sciences, mathematics and elective of either arts or an additional course from one of the other subject areas. At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at higher level; the others, at standard level. The Diploma Programme has three additional core requirements intended to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply what they learn in personally and socially meaningful ways. These requirements include a 4,000-word extended essay on a subject of the student's choice; a course called Theory of Knowledge (TOK) that examines the nature of knowledge and different ways and kinds of knowing, and a requirement called Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) which requires 150 hours of personally and socially relevant activity beyond the classroom and, in many cases, beyond the school.

IB examinations are taken at the end of the two-year program and are graded by both classroom teachers and external examiners around the world.Beside the six subjects (three Standard Level and three High Level) the core elements: TOK (Theory of Knowledge), EE (Extended Essay) and CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) constitute the full IB-Diploma.

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