The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) curriculum organises student learning around six main subject groups, as shown in the outer band of the IB DP diagram to the right, and different subjects are available for selection from within these subject groups. Students often have the option to take more than one course from each group. Each course is selected for two years and is assessed both internally by ISB and also externally by the IB. External assessment usually takes the form of written tests; while internal assessment varies depending on the nature of the subject, and can range from oral presentations, to practical work or written work. When students select their subjects, they select three Higher Level (HL) subjects and three Standard Level (SL) subjects.  HL subjects have approximately 240 hours of classes over the two year, compared to 150 hours for SL subjects.

The Core

In addition to the six IB DP subjects, students also complete the Core of the programme, which consists of:

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK), in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know.
  • The Extended Essay (EE), which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000 word essay.
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

Watch this video, DP Learners are Global citizens, to see teachers and students share how the Diploma Programme develops international mindedness and builds empathy.

Recognition and Certification

On the IB website you can also investigate pathways to university and employment following on from an IB education. Additionally, you can see how the IB Diploma is recognised in different countries throughout the world, both in comparison to national systems and also as an entrance qualification to university. For students who want to study in Germany, the agreement from the Kultusministerkonferenz can also be accessed in German directly from the KMK. ISB offers all the IB Diploma requirements to meet all of the German recognition issues.  The specific German recognition requirements are given


ISB IB DP Guidebook