IB Diploma Program
IB Diploma Programme (IB DP)

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically advanced and highly prestigious programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is respected by leading universities across the globe.

What the DP offers students?

Through the DP schools are able to develop students who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • study at least two languages
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique “Theory of Knowledge” course.

Pathway to university

  • DP students apply to more than 3,300 higher education institutions each year, in close to 90 countries.
  • The most popular of these institutions are ranked among the top universities in the world.
Text borrowed from IB website: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/

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The DP Curriculum

The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.
Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills beyond their chosen subjects.

The three core elements are:
TOK: Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
EE: The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
CAS: Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.
The six subject groups are:
Studies in language and literature
Language acquisition
Individuals and societies
The arts

The school provides the following subject choice (may vary in different years):

The six subject groups Subject choice
Studies in language and literature English A:
Russian A:
Korean A:
Chinese A:
Language acquisition English B Russian B Spanish B French B
Individuals and societies Global Politics >Business and Management Psychology
Sciences Physics Chemistry Environmental systems and societies
Mathematics Mathematics: analysis and approaches
The arts Visual Arts Film

Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.

Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.

Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level.

Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.

Text borrowed from IB website: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/

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DP Authorization Letter

The International School of Herzen University is an authorized* participating school implementing the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP).

*Only authorized schools can offer one or more International Baccalaureate programs.