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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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GROUP 1 - Studies in Language and Literature

English A: Language and Literature SL/HL

English A: Literature SL/HL

Danish A: Literature SL/HL

Self-taught Language A

GROUP 2 - Language Acquisition

Danish B: HL

Spanish ab initio

GROUP 3 - Individuals and Societies

Business management: SL/HL

ESS (Environmental systems and societies): SL

History: SL/HL 

GROUP 4 - Sciences

Biology: SL/HL

Chemistry: SL/HL

Physics: SL/HL

ESS (Environmental systems and societies): SL 

GROUP 5 - Mathematics

Mathematics, Analysis and Interpretation (MAI) HL/SL

GROUP 6 - The arts

Film: SL/HL

Theatre: SL/HL

Extra subject from group 1-4


Esbjerg Gymnasium is inviting prospective students and their parents to our open days Tuesday the 16th of January at 19-21 and Saturday the 20th of January at 12-14.


On either day you can experience the special atmosphere at the school as students and teachers showcase the subjects and some of the many possibilities Esbjerg Gymnasium has to offer.


Our EG-guides will take you on a tour of the school where you can meet students and teachers.


At the open day you will have the opportunity to talk to our student counsellor about the IB diploma programme, just as our IB coordinator is ready to talk to you and answer your questions.


We hope to see you there.

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