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Diploma Programmes

The International School of Berne can be the pathway for your child to access universities around the world. ISBerne offers two diplomas, both granting access to various universities.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is a rigorous, internationally recognised Diploma, accepted at universities world-wide. In addition to the IB Diploma, ISBerne offers a fully accredited U.S. High School Diploma which, in combination with the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) qualifies for application to universities in the U.S.A.

Graduates of the IB Diploma Programme receive both diplomas, however, students may opt to study for the ISBerne Diploma only.

The IB Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP), is a two-year diploma programme open to students aged 16-19. Upon successful completion of the programme, students are awarded the prestigious IB Diploma.

The IBDP is structured to enable students to develop into well-rounded adults through integrative, challenging, internationally focussed courses. It provides excellent preparation for future studies and is recognised at universities worldwide.

Click the arrow below to read more about the Diploma Programme and the IB…

Students study six subjects, three at higher level and three at standard level providing them with a broad, holistic education.

These include:

  • Languages: two
  • Individuals and Societies: one
  • Science: one
  • Mathematics: one
  • Arts: one

The real-life contexts of the Diploma Programme help students to further develop their academic skill set, preparing them for university courses, as well as their values and life skills.

The two-year Diploma Programme culminates in a two-week examination session at the end of the second year.

This Programme is based around the “Core” of:

Theory of Knowledge (TOK):

Students think about the nature of knowledge and reflect on the process of learning in all their subjects, looking for and understanding the connections between them.

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS):

Allows students to find and follow their passions, helping them to maintain balance in their lives, care for others, develop their character and undertake challenging projects.

Extended Essay (EE):

Students undertake a piece of academic writing of up to 4000 words. The process will take them through a process called metacognition, where they will learn to understand how and why they make decisions during an academic piece of research.

These three core elements work together, the academic subjects, to help our students become capable, self-aware and international minded people with a strong sense of identity.

We invite you to learn more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme by visiting the IB Website.

IB Diploma Statistical ResultsLast 5 YearsMay 2020
Number of full DP Students17.819
Pass Rate92%95%
Average Total (out of 45)3230
Highest Total (out of 45)4037
Average Grade per Subject (out of 7)5.064.97
IB Diploma Statistical ResultsLast 5 YearsMay 2018
Number of full DP Students17.819
Pass Rate92%95%
Average Total (out of 45)3230
Highest Total (out of 45)4037
Average Grade per Subject (out of 7)5.064.97

The ISBerne High School Diploma

ISBerne offers a fully accredited U.S. High School Diploma as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

The U.S. High School diploma qualifies graduates for U.S. Universities as well as some European higher education schools.

Less rigorous than the IB diploma, it is a welcome alternative for many of our students, particularly those planning to study in the U.S.A.

ISBerne is also an exam center for both the SAT and PSAT, so students planning to apply to universities in the U.S.A. may fulfil this application requirement at ISBerne.

ISBerne Online

We know that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to education. For those who can not attend our school or who desire a flexible schedule to accommodate other activities or needs, ISBerne Online is an excellent solution.

ISBerne Online is an affiliate distance-learning programme which is run separately from the ISBerne campus. Operated by iCademy Middle East using the K12 online curriculum for students in Middle and High School, successful completion of the programme results in the ISBerne High School Diploma, accredited by NEASC, and the option to participate in our on-campus graduation ceremony in June.

To learn more and enrol in ISBerne Online visit their site at

Graduate Destinations

Upon completion of requirements, ISBerne graduates receive an ISBerne High School Diploma and, for students who chose the International Baccalaureate Programme, the prestigious IB Diploma (IBDP).

University and College Acceptances
ISBerne graduates are accepted at an impressive list of schools and colleges.

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  • National Institute of Technology Jalandhar, India
  • RV College of Engineering, India
  • Engg Institute, India
  • RV College of Engineering, India
  • Keio University, Japan
  • Sophia University, Japan
  • Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait
  • American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • National University of Singapore
  • Capetown University, South Africa
  • National Chengchi University, Taiwan
  • National University of Taiwan

North America

  • American University
  • Amherst College
  • Boston University
  • Boulder University
  • Brigham Young
  • Bryant University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Calgary University
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • California State University Los Angeles
  • Carleton University
  • Charleston University
  • Chicago Emory University
  • Chicago University
  • Clarkson University
  • Clemson University
  • Columbia College
  • Cornell University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Fordham University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia University
  • Gordon College
  • Hampshire College
  • Houghton College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University South Bend
  • Institute of Chicago
  • Lehigh University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Lynn University
  • Marquette University
  • Massachusetts University
  • MIT
  • McGill University
  • Miami University Ohio
  • Miami University
  • Michigan University
  • New York Film Academy
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Notre Dame University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Oregon University
  • Penn State University
  • Queens University
  • Quest University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic
  • Rochester University
  • Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
  • Santa Clara University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • School of Art, Institute of Chicago
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Skidmore College
  • South Carolina University
  • St. Louis University
  • St. Mary’s College
  • Stanford University
  • Stern Business School (NYU)
  • Syracuse University
  • Toronto University
  • Tulane University
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • Union College
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Boulder Colorado
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Illinois Urbana
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Michigan,
  • University of Oregon
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Western Ontario
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Utah State University
  • Vermont University
  • Villanova University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Wagner College
  • Waterloo University
  • Wellesley College
  • William and Mary
  • Yale University


  • Académie de Meuron
  • BI Business School
  • Boku University
  • Delft University
  • Epitech Montpelier
  • Erasmus University
  • Fontys University
  • Groningen University
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences
  • IE University
  • Jacobs University
  • Landau Koblenz University
  • Maastricht University
  • Pisa University
  • Sciences Po Le Havre
  • Szeged University
  • Tilburg University
  • Utrecht University
  • VU Amsterdam University
  • Wageningen University
  • Warwick University
  • Williem de Kooning Academy


  • Berne University
  • Bildungszentrum Bern
  • Caesar Ritz School of Culinary Arts
  • Ecole Hotelière Lausanne
  • EPFL Lausanne
  • Fribourg University
  • Glion Hotel Management School
  • Hult Business School
  • St. Gallen University
  • Webster University
  • Zurich University

United Kingdom

  • Aberdeen University
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Aston University
  • Bangor University
  • Bath Spa University
  • Bath University
  • Birmingham University
  • Bournemouth University
  • Bradford University
  • Brighton University
  • Bristol University
  • Brunel University
  • Cardiff University
  • Central Lancashire University
  • Chester University
  • Coventry University
  • Derby University
  • Durham University
  • Edinburgh University
  • Essex University
  • Exeter University
  • Falmouth University
  • Glasgow University
  • Greenwich University
  • Heriot Watt University
  • Hertfordshire University
  • Hull University
  • Imperial College London
  • Keele University
  • Kent University
  • King’s College (London)
  • Kingston University
  • Lancaster University
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Leicester University
  • Liverpool University
  • London Metropolitan University
  • London School of Economics
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester University
  • Middlesex University
  • Newcastle University
  • Nottingham University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Plymouth University
  • Portsmouth University
  • Queen Mary University
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Reading University
  • Royal Holloway University
  • Sheffield University
  • SOAS
  • Southampton University
  • St. Andrew’s University
  • St. John’s York University
  • Staffordshire University
  • Strathclyde University
  • Suffolk University
  • Sunderland University
  • Surrey University
  • Sussex University
  • Swansea University
  • University College London
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of the Arts
  • Webster University
  • Westminster University
  • Winchester University
  • York University

Theory Of Knowledge TOK

Theory Of Knowledge (TOK) is the study of knowledge. Listen as Mr Langston explains this unique Diploma Programme course.


The International Baccalaureate teachers give above and beyond the level of excellent support for IB students with help during breaks and may extra hours to seek support and help. My child’s teachers have worked hard to help my child succeed.

ISBerne is perfect; everything works well!

We are very pleased with the teachers in our son’s Diploma Program. The teachers are very committed to improving our son’s academic progress.

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