IB Diploma Programme at VBU International High School

International Baccalaureate (IB) is an internationally recognized education that is offered at more than 5,000 schools in 159 different countries. The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a renowned university preparatory programme (högskoleförberedande program) where you study all subjects in English.

VBU International High School will offer the Prep Year for the IB Diploma Programme starting from August 2024 at campus Högbergsskolan in Ludvika.

Diploma Programme

IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a two-year university preparatory programme that leads to an internationally renowned upper secondary school diploma (high school diploma). Diploma Programme students gain admission to renowned universities such as Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Sorbonne, medical schools in Sweden and the Stockholm School of Economics. The content and quality of the subjects are guaranteed by a non-profit foundation, the International Baccalaureate (IB), with headquarters in Switzerland. The IB Assessment Centre is located in Cardiff, UK.

Prep Year is a preparatory year for the two-year IB Diploma Programme and it is mandatory in Sweden. This means that the IB Diploma Programme is offered as a three-year programme in Sweden, including the Prep Year. During the Prep Year, students attend courses that follow the Swedish national curriculum for upper secondary education (gymnasium), but with English as the language of instruction. At VBU International High School, students are able to choose between two course packages, or strands: “Natural Sciences” and “Social Sciences“.

For the second and third years of the IB Diploma Programme at VBU International High School, students choose six courses that follow the IB curriculum: three courses are studied at Higher Level (240 hours of instruction) and three courses are studied at Standard Level (150 hours of instruction). Students are required to study two languages and mathematics. There are also three compulsory components in the IB Diploma Programme: Theory of Knowledge - TOK, Extended Essay - EE, and Creativity, Activity, Service - CAS.

Upon receiving your International Baccalaureate diploma, you can apply for higher education both in Sweden and abroad. You can read more about eligibility, how the grades are calculated and much more at www.universityadmissions.se.

International Baccalaureate

Strands: Social Sciences / Natural Sciences Diploma: University Preparatory Programme - An international diploma respected worldwide Where: Campus Högbergsskolan in Ludvika About the education: The Prep Year starts August 2024! During the education: The programme is taught in English Contact person: Marina Nogueira di Cicco, 0240-867 31 marina.nogueiradicicco@vbu.ludvika.se
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VBU International High School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

**Mission Statement from the IB
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.