International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year program that is offered in more than 100 countries and in over 3000 schools worldwide, of which about 25 are in Norway.

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The IBDP mission

The mission of the IB Diploma Program at Gjøvik videregående skole is to prepare young people to make positive contributions to an everchanging global society and technologically advanced world.

By promoting high standards and expectations, we aim to ensure that all students learn to their fullest potential. We are dedicated to fostering the knowledge, curiosity, language skills, critical thinking skills, the character necessary to meet the challenges of the future, and to inspiring our students to become ethical leaders and self-directed lifelong learners.

In so doing, we aim to contribute to the continuous improvement of the academic and pedagogical levels and social environment of the school as a whole.

Why choose International Baccalaureate?

  • Completing the Diploma will make you qualified for colleges and universities in Norway and in almost all other countries in the world.
  • The structure of the IB program develops breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding. IB students are required to study courses from six different subject groups including languages, humanities, sciences, and math.
  • The Extended Essay and the Theory of Knowledge component give you advanced independent research and organizational skills.
  • You will be exposed to multiple perspectives, learning to articulate your own opinions, balancing academic work with co-curricular activities, learning through experience, researching and managing your own work.

Subjects offered

Gjøvik videregående skole offers the following subjects:

1. Language A (first language):

  • Norwegian A Literature (HL/SL)
  • English A Language and Literature (HL/SL)

2. Language B (second language):

  • Norwegian B (HL)
  • French B (SL) and German B (SL) available if enough students register for these languages

3. Individuals and Societies:

  • History (HL/SL)
  • Psychology (HL/SL)

4. Experimental Sciences:

  • Physics (HL/SL)
  • Biology (HL/SL),
  • Chemistry (HL/SL)

5. Mathematics

  • Mathematical Analysis and Approaches (SL)
  • Mathematics Analysis and Interpretation (SL)

Three of these subjects are chosen at higher level for the two years (5 lessons per week) and three at standard level (3 lessons per week). All students also study the following core elements:

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service)
  • EE (Extended Essay)

English is the language of instruction, and except in other languages, all textbooks are written in English. All assignments and the final exams are also in English.

Assessments and exams

  • All subjects contain components of student assignments during the two years of study that make up a part of the final grade.
  • The IB Diploma Programme concludes with exams in all academic subjects studied in May of the second and final year of the program.
  • Students must also complete an Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge course requirement, and a CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) portfolio.
  • During the course of the two years, students will have summative and formative assessments in all subjects and receive grades at the end of every term (except  for the final term of the second year when the IBO will issue a transcript with course grades).

Rules and regulations

  • To apply for the IBDP you must have finished studiespesialisering Vg1 or have an education from schools in Norway or abroad that is considered equivalent to this.
  • Applicants need to have a permanent address in Innlandet.
  • The IBDP is a rigorous program that requires motivation, effort, efficient time management and perseverance to complete with a good result.
  • Innlandet fylkeskommune covers all costs, including the exam fee.
  • All student rights, e.g. student loans and scholarships, apply also for the IBDP – students 

IB Policy

How to apply

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