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The Diploma Programme(DP)

In 1968, the International Baccalaureate Organization was created as a non-profit educational foundation to educate and deliver a cohesive curriculum recognized by tertiary institutions globally. The mission was to offer an internationally recognized programme that prestigious universities would recognize and welcome. From its modest beginnings, the number of IB World Schools has grown to 3,848 with an added goal to make an IB education available to students of all ages.

The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding, respect of diversity and global mindedness.

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a demanding comprehensive two-year pre-university curriculum for students aged 16 to 19, culminating in the IB examinations. With an international IB Diploma, students will gain entry into the leading universities around the world.

What Universities recognize the I.B. Diploma?

- There are currently 2545 universities from 75 countries that recognizes the I.B. Diploma Programme.

For an ever-increasing worldwide list, go to http://ibo.org/diploma/recognition/
You may download the IB Recognition Brochure by clicking on the image-link below:



Our curriculum is made up of six subject groups with three components in the core as shown in the hexagon.

Changchun American International School offers the following subjects. Students must study one subject from each group and at least three and not more than four of the subjects are taken in higher level (HL), 240 teaching hours; the others in standard level (SL), 150 teaching hours.

Click to see IB DP Curriculum Briefs



The Theory of Knowledge course, together with the Extended Essay are two additional academic requirements unique to the DP.

If students do well enough on each they can add valuable extra points to their score on their diploma.


The TOK is organized to be an interdisciplinary program where students are helped to integrate what they are learning in all their courses and challenged to act on it.  TOK provides the DP student the opportunity to see how seemingly distinct forms and approaches to knowledge may share links or connections and have personal relevance beyond the classroom.


TOK material is organized into two categories:

Ways of Knowing, which include the following 8 approaches: Emotion, Reason, Language, Sense Perception, Imagination, Intuition, Faith and Memory

Areas of Knowledge, which is also divided into 8 fields: Ethics, History, Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, Maths, Arts, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, and Religious Knowledge.

Students are expected to complete two formal assignments: 

A presentation on a knowledge issue arising from a real life situation

A formal essay, in the second year of the course, from a list of topics released annually by the IB exploring knowledge.