IB Diploma Programme

The International School of Dongguan is an IB World School, fully authorized to deliver the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) to its students.

We flagged off our first cohort of IB graduates in 2017.

We have a team of specialist teachers who are highly qualified and IB-trained to deliver world-class IB education, keeping in mind the holistic and intercultural underpinnings of the IB Philosophy.

What is the IB Diploma Programme?

The IBDP was founded by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and is a rigorous academic program for grade 11 and 12 students, to prepare them for college and university, as well as to provide avenues for them to make an impact on the community and the wider world. As stated in the IBO’s mission statement “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.”

What the DP offers students

ISD in collaboration with the IBO strives 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.

Subject requirements

Full IBDP students will need to take six courses from the six subject areas above, three at higher level (HL) and three at standard level (SL). These courses include the study of two languages, one humanities course, one science course, one mathematics course and one course in the Arts

IBDP courses offered at ISD:

(For more information about each of these courses, please click on the course level (i.e. HL or SL) for the relevant subject brief provided by the IBO).

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

  • IB English Literature (HL/SL)
  • IB Chinese Literature (HL/SL)
  • IB Korean Literature (HL/SL)

Group 2: Language Acquisition

  • IB English B (HL/SL)
  • IB French B (HL/SL)
  • IB Mandarin B (HL/SL)
  • IB Korean B (HL/SL)
  • IB Mandarin Ab Initio (SL)
  • IB Korean Ab Initio (SL)

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

  • IB History (HL/SL)
  • Economics (HL/SL)
  • IB Environmental Systems and Societies (SL)

Group 4: Sciences

  • IB Biology (HL/SL)
  • IB Chemistry (HL/SL)
  • IB Physics (HL/SL)
  • IB Environmental Systems and Societies (SL)

Group 5: Mathematics

  • IB Mathematics (HL/SL)
  • IB Mathematical Studies (SL only)

Group 6: The Arts

Core requirements

Apart from 6 courses, IBDP students are required to complete the core requirements. They need to undertake a study on the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), participate and take the lead in Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) activities and undertake a college level research paper denoted as the Extended Essay (EE) – these three components make up the Core of the IBDP.

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. We strive to do this by inculcating in the entire school community - students, teachers, office staff and parents, the characteristics of the IB Learner Profile.


More information about the IBDP can be found at the following links: