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About the IB Bilingual Diploma

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Broaden your child's horizons through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Bilingual Diploma Programme at the International School of Berne.  Since 1961, our private, day school has been known for a rich heritage of intercultural learning and our supportive international community. We extend a warm welcome to all students aged 16-19 residing in the cantons of Bern, Neuchâtel, Fribourg, and Solothurn who want to enrol in this programme.

A variation of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), our Bilingual Diploma is available to acknowledge and celebrate your child's proficiency in both English and German (or another language).  The Bilingual IB Diploma maintains the rigorous academic standards of the IBDP, ensuring a broad and balanced education across various subject areas. This programme provides a comprehensive and challenging educational experience that not only sharpens academic abilities but also nurtures essential values and skills necessary for a meaningful and purposeful life.

Since 1995, ISBerne has proudly held the status of an International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School and stands as the exclusive institution in the area authorised to grant the prestigious IB Diploma. Our students pursue their higher education at some of the world's most renowned universities.

A Bilingual Diploma will give your child the freedom to pursue their passions and open doors for them to pursue higher education in Switzerland and abroad.

What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a comprehensive two-year educational programme tailored for students aged 16 to 19. ISBerne offers it in English or as a Bilingual Diploma in English and German (or another language).

The IB Bilingual Diploma is a variation of our IB Diploma in English. At ISBerne, the Bilingual Diploma is awarded to students who showcase linguistic prowess in two languages, a testament to their international mindset and adaptability.

How can your child earn the Bilingual Diploma?

Students may obtain the IB Bilingual Diploma by attending both Grades 11 and 12 at the International School of Berne. They will follow the traditional curriculum for the IB Diploma in English, but they must achieve a minimum score of 3 in two language A subjects from Group 1.

Upon graduation, your child will also receive a fully accredited U.S. High School Diploma, which qualifies them for universities in North America and some higher education schools in Europe. 

What are the advantages?

Embarking on the journey towards an IB Bilingual Diploma reaps numerous rewards:

  • University Recognition: Many universities require non-native students to provide evidence of proficiency in the language of instruction. The Bilingual Diploma serves as credible proof, ensuring smoother university admissions. Universities increasingly seek bilingual graduates and holding a Bilingual Diploma may provide a distinct advantage in the competitive application process.
  • Linguistic Versatility: Proficiency in multiple languages enhances communication skills and intercultural awareness. Bilingualism opens doors to career opportunities where multilingualism is an asset.
  • Expanded University Choices: With a Bilingual Diploma, your child may attend a broader spectrum of universities with programmes in either English or German (or another language). Your child will have the freedom to pursue their academic passions with more flexibility.

How to get started?

Our Admissions Team would like to introduce you to ISBerne either through a personal visit to our school or via a video conference at your convenience. We will inquire about your family’s story, explain the Diploma Programmes, and support you with any questions you may have.

To arrange your consultation, please complete this online form. Alternatively you can get in touch by calling +41 31 959 10 00 or by emailing office@isberne.ch. Our team speaks German, French and English and looks forward to getting to know your family!

 

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ISBerne provides more than an excellent education - it's a community that cares for its members like family. ISBerne will help your child thrive academically and socially, while also developing them into a truly global citizen. An IB education can take your child anywhere in the world. 

Somni, Parent