IBDP Overview

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is an internationally recognised school-leaving certificate. An academically rigorous programme (IBDP) taught in the last two years of secondary school provides the necessary preparation for final assessments.

The two-year IB Diploma Programme prepares students ideally for university and encourages them to:

  • ask challenging questions
  • develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture
  • become active, compassionate and lifelong learners
  • develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.

Pupils receive teaching over the two-year period in six subjects of their choice; examination is in written form in May of the final year. The six subjects must include a Science subject, Maths, the study of literature in the mother tongue and a foreign language.
Through the individual choice of three subjects at higher level and three at standard level, the Programme is „tailor-made“ for each pupil and can have, for instance, a strong science focus with 8 hours a week spent in the lab. Alternatively, a pupil may choose to follow three language courses and become a specialist in literary analysis. A course in the Theory of Knowledge, an Extended essay and engaging in creative, active and service-oriented projects form the compulsory core or “heart” of the IB experience.
For detailed information and a list of all IB subjects currently offered at KIS, please see this page.

The IB Diploma Programme is taught exclusively in English, leading to a level of language proficiency that is highly valued in the increasingly internationalised professional world. The IB Diploma is a globally recognized qualification and signals one of the highest standards of academic achievement.

The IB Diploma Programme at our school does entail some extra teaching in comparison to a regular Austrian Gymnasium curriculum.
The amount of extra teaching depends very much on which six IB subjects are chosen and as a consequence, varies between one extra hour and thirteen additional hours over the course of the two year programme. This chart shows the subjects in which additional teaching hours are needed to fulfil the teaching requirements of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. It is possible to choose a combination of six subjects that require very little or no extra afternoon teaching including for instance e.g. German A, English B and French B. However, some IB subjects e.g. Film are not part of the Austrian national curriculum and therefore must be taught entirely in the afternoon. Follow this link to see sample timetables of pupils in IBDP Year 1 (7. Klasse) and IBDP Year 2 (8. Klasse).

Admission to Austrian universities with the IB Diploma

The IB Diploma is accepted as a university entrance qualification at Austrian universities. Below is a short list of links to information regarding admission to Austrian universities with an IB Diploma.

International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) (in English)
Student Point, University of Vienna (in English and German)
Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung (PDF in German)

KIS offers a dedicated university counselling service which guides and assists pupils in their applications to colleges and universities in the UK and USA.

Here is a presentation given to parents in autumn 2015