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The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year course ideally suited to prepare young people for university studies anywhere in the world. It is taken at the GESM in Grades 11 and 12. 

This section will help you understand the broad structure of the IB Diploma Programme and a glimpse of how it is delivered at GESM. For details about subject choices please head over the Curriculum Overview section or feel free to schedule an appointment.

Our implementation of the IB Diploma Programme aims not only to prepare students for university studies in English-speaking countries, but also for university and vocational training in any German-speaking part of the world.


Students of GESM's IBDP study 6 courses chosen from a pool of diverse options categorized in subject groups. 


Here's what you need to know to get into GESM's IB Diploma Programme.


Unlike most international schools, the GESM enables the bilingual completion of the IBDP in English and German. 


What is the IBDP?

International Baccalaureate (IB), which started with seven schools and one program, the IB diploma program (IBDP) in 1968, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018 with more than 4775 schools and four different programmes (IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP and IBCP) across 153 different countries.


One of the IB diploma program graduates is now the Prime Minister of Canada. International Baccalaureate is probably the only educational organisation which has been promoting ‘world peace’, ‘inter cultural understanding’ and ‘life long learning’ as evident from its 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. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right” (More here)


IB Learner Profile

IB learner’s profile is a powerful compilation of broad range of human capabilities and responsibilities that goes beyond academics developed by IB in order to help the IB students confidently and comfortable navigate throughout their IB diploma program. Each individual(learner) aspiring to be an IB student therefore expected to exhibit the ten attributes of the IB learner profile during the IB diploma program, which are Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced and Reflective. You may read or watch more about it here.


Our IB diploma students are presented with ample opportunities to inculcate these attributes through various programs such as enrichment weeks, extracurricular activities, retreats, G4 project and last but not the least, classroom interactions with the teachers. Needless to say that IB diploma program is the most challenging and demanding yet very enjoyable and rewarding program, which prepares students extremely well for any university program across the globe.


Many universities values and appreciates the special skills and well developed personal attributes exhibited by the IBDP graduates. The success in the programme primarily depends on how well students develop the essential Approaches To Learning skills (ATL), which are: thinking skills, communication skills, social skills, self-management skills and research skills. These skills can be learned and taught and while our teachers help students acquire these skills, we also collaborate with parents to further develop the social skills and selfmanagement skills.



The IB Diploma is awarded based on two kinds of assessments: internal assessments and external assessments. The external examinations are conducted in school towards the end of the 2nd year using the question papers sent by IB, which are administered in school and then sent to IB to be marked by the IB examiners.


The schedule of IBDP external assessment is as follows: IBDP|26th August 2019|Website matter IBDP introduction page |SBM Grade 12: 1st May 2020 to 22nd May 2020 (Actual schedule released by IB) Grade 11: 1st May 2021 to 22nd May 2021 (Actual schedule will be released soon) However the internal assessments are conducted throughout the two years based on the schedule decided by the school and internally marked by the school teachers, and samples are then sent to IB as per the school deadlines for moderation by the IB examiners.


The weighting for internal and external assessments varies across different subjects. For example internal assessment has 20% weighting in Mathematics whereas Language and Literature SL has 30% weighting for internal assessment. A student is required to choose six subjects, three standard level and another three in higher levels out of which two different languages, one science, one humanities and one mathematics is compulsory to be eligible for the IB full diploma.


Languages of Instruction

The primary medium of instruction is English; however, students with a very good knowledge of German can choose the bilingual Diploma course ("German IB"). The GIB is supported by the German government and fully equivalent to a German "Abitur". 

Our school became an IB world school in 2004, and since then our graduates have been successful in securing admissions in the universities of their choice across the globe. Some of the most popular destinations have been Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Our students now have the opportunity to sit the Deutsches Sprachdiplom Stufe II (DSD II). This examination certifies that the candidate has obtained the necessary level of the German language to study at any university in Germany. This feature of our IBDP offering also opens the door to numerous German scholarships that cover for the complete cost of a university degre in Germany.

Santanu Bhowmik

Head of GESM's IB Diploma Programme

I hope you found this page with initial information useful.

We would gladly meet with you to explain and discuss other aspects of GESM's IB Diploma Programme in person. 


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