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What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year course of study for students in years 11 and 12 who meet certain academic requirements. Students in the IB Diploma Programme take courses in six subjects, including two languages, mathematics, a humanities subject, a science subject, and either visual arts or an additional science/humanities subject. In order to complete the Diploma Programme, students select three of these subjects at higher level and three subjects at standard level. Additionally, all students complete research projects, a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course which enables students to develop their thinking and study skills, and a Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) programme which involves students taking on new challenges and developing their personal qualities outside the classroom.

What is special about the IB Diploma Programme at the English School of Mongolia?

We have the largest cohort of IB students in Mongolia: this enables us to offer a large number of subject options to ensure that the course of study meets every student’s needs and interests. We are authorized by the IB organization to teach Mongolian Language and Literature as part of the IB Diploma; additionally there is a focus on local Mongolian issues in the humanities subjects (history, geography and economics). Our teachers have extensive experience delivering the programme and have teaching certificates from the IB Organisation. All students have regular progress meetings with teacher-mentors and with the IB Coordinator to ensure that they are succeeding in all aspects of the programme. Our results are competitive with IB schools globally, and our graduates have been accepted to study at leading universities worldwide.

What are the entry requirements?

Students applying to join the IB Diploma Programme at ESM require IGCSE passes in at least five subjects (Grades A*-C) or the equivalent. Students who are new to ESM must also complete an interview with the IB Coordinator and take placement tests in English and mathematics. All students must successfully complete a two-week trial period at the beginning of the course and sign the IB student contract before being officially accepted into the programme.

Is the IB Diploma Programme recognized by universities?

The IB Diploma Programme is officially recognized by over 3300 universities in 90 countries. Graduates of the IB Diploma Programme are in demand at leading universities globally: many universities give additional credit for IB subject certificates and award scholarships specifically to students from the IB Diploma Programme.