IB in Aarhus

What is the IB?

The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an internationally minded and recognised course available to students typically aged 16 to 19, which opens doors to leading universities around the world. Currently on offer in 139 countries around the globe, IB students thus become part of a greater community united by the same mission statement and Learners profile.

In this broad and academically challenging programme that develops reflective and critical thinkers, students study 6 subjects, typically one subject from each subject group and 3 at standard level and 3 at higher level.

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IB in Aarhus

Based in Aarhus, Denmark’s second city, AARHUS GYMNASIUM is part of AARHUS TECH, a broad family of educational programmes in the Aarhus area. AARHUS GYMNASIUM offers the one-year pre-IB and the two-year IB Diploma Programme. The Pre-IB is a one-year educational programme, governed by the Danish Ministry of Education, and is for students who require or choose additional schooling before entering the academically challenging two-year IB Diploma Programme.

At AARHUS GYMNASIUM we pride ourselves on our diversity and the synergy that exists between a truly international environment and Danish educational and cultural traditions. Our teachers are subject specialists who all have at least a Master’s degree from university. Several of our teachers are IB examiners, others have published subject-specific works and we are proud of the diversity and high standards of our teaching staff.

Our IB completion rates are very high and our exam results are consistently above the world average and among the best in Denmark. Our students successfully apply for university entrance in Denmark and in countries around the world and many of our alumni emphasise the school’s international environment and the IB Diploma Programme’s academic rigours as aspects that have helped them in their transition from their studies at AARHUS GYMNASIUM to further educational programmes. 

The school is renowned for its democratic principles and active student council and those who study the IB Diploma Programme at AARHUS GYMNASIUM do so in a school characterised by active student participation, where influence and responsibility are vital ingredients. Our location enables and encourages us to interact with the city of Aarhus and our IB students have contributed to many charitable, cultural and sporting events in Aarhus, not least through the many CAS-activities that our students have undertaken. 

Welcome to the IB at AARHUS GYMNASIUM!

IB Subjects and Core Elements

All students entering the two-year IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at Aarhus Gymnasium study the subject courses offered by the International Baccalaureate and our students sit the IB’s widely-recognised examinations. To complete the IB Diploma, students must ordinarily choose one subject from Groups 1 to 5, and then a sixth subject chosen either from Group 6, or from Groups 1 to 4. A large number of our students choose to do two Group 1 languages (which anulls the requirement for a Group 2 language). Students who complete the IBDP with two Group 1 languages are awarded a Bilingual IB Diploma.

In addition, students must also complete the IB Diploma Programme’s ‘core’ which consists of a course in Theory of Knowledge, a programme of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) and an Extended Essay (4,000 words) in a subject of their choice.

AARHUS GYMNASIUM currently offers the following IB Diploma Programme subjects:

Group 1, Studies in language and literature

Danish Literature
English Language and Literature
English Literature
Self-Taught Literature

Group 4, Experimental sciences

Environmental systems and societies (ESS)

Group 2, Language Acquisition

Danish ab initio
French ab initio
Spanish ab initio
Danish B
English B
German B

Group 5, Mathematics

Applications and interpretation
Analysis and approaches

Group 3, Individuals and societies

Global politics


Group 6, The Arts


Individual subjects

Descriptions of the individual subjects can be found by choosing 'Diploma Programme Subject Briefs' on ibo.org

Self-Taught Literature, ab initio languages, Psychology and ESS are only available at Standard Level (SL), while English B is only available at Higher Level (HL). For the full Diploma, students must take three subjects at Higher and three at Standard Level. Higher Level (HL) subjects entail additional curricular requirements, more exams and greater depth of analysis.

Subject selection is important with regards to university possibilities, so we recommend that students discuss selections with student counsellors, parents, teachers etc. We also cooperate with Studievalg Østjylland to provide up to date information on university applications and requirements.

Parents' night

Each year the IB Seniors – IB2 go on a study trip to explore Theory of Knowledge and perform CAS activities. The experiences are then displayed at an annual Theory of Knowledge and CAS study Parent’s night Celebration, which is open to parents and friends.

Click to read a little about the study trip and watch previous winners of “Best TOK and CAS Display”.

Frequently Asked Questions

As an IB student can you apply to a Danish university?

Yes, the IBDP allows graduates to apply to Danish universities provided that they have the subjects and grades required for their desired course. The final diploma point score will be converted into a Danish grade average. You can find the conversion scale here. Aarhus Gymnasium's IB alumni frequently emphasise the many ways that studying the IB in English has been beneficial for their university studies. 


Is the IB an exclusive programme with high tuition fees?

AARHUS GYMNASIUM is a government-funded school without tuition fees, and we accept all qualified students irrespective of gender, social status, race, age and culture. 


Do you have to be really smart to take an IB?

While the IB programme is academically challenging, we do not require top grades from our applicants. Yes, there are admission requirements which ensure that a student is able to follow teaching, but a good IB student is one that prioritises a willingness to work hard and a passion for learning. If you possess these qualities and have adequate grades and good English skills, then the IB is definitely an option for you.


Does my English have to be super good to take an IB?

We do not expect your English to be flawless, but since the IB is taught in English, you need to be able to speak it all day, every day. We know from experience that most students will not find it too difficult to follow classes, if they have passed their basic school's exam in English. Moreover, your general proficiency in English will likely improve quite massively during the Pre-IB year, making you capable of meeting the IB's language requirements.


Is there a lot of homework?

Students should expect to spend several hours doing homework a day. Teachers try to plan their assignments so students will not feel overwhelmed, however managing your homework gives you good time management skills. Our advice to you is to do your homework as it is set to avoid any last minute late night stress.


Can students transfer from one IBDP school to another?

Because the IB was originally created to allow the easy transfer of schools for expatriate children, the DP programme itself is largely the same at all IB schools. This makes it easier to transfer from IB school to IB school. However, subject choices and subject content may vary as may the core requirement (Extended Essay, TOK and CAS) deadlines.



Pre-IB Coordinator: Maria Friis Lindinger

If you are a Danish student, coming from the Danish 9th or 10th grade, you will need to apply through your ’UU-vejleder’. This counsellor will help you fill out a form on www.optagelse.dk and write an education plan (’uddannelsesplan’). You will also need to fill out an application through OpenApply.

Your application will then be sent to the school, and you will later receive an acceptance letter if you have been admitted. 
If you are a Danish student who has spent a year on a school exchange programme, you need to apply through your UU-vejleder and use OpenApply.

If you are an international student, coming from abroad, you need to apply through OpenApply.

Set subjects in Pre-IB:

English, History, Social Science, Maths, Physics, PE, General Linguistics, General Science

Elective subjects: Danish (Advanced/Intermediate/Beginners), 3rd Language (French/German/Spanish), 2nd Science (Biology/Chemistry), Creative subject (Music/Visual Arts)


What level of IB Danish do you need in order to fulfil the 'Dansk A' entrance requirements for Danish Universities?

A lot of our students take Danish A Literature (either SL or HL) which equates fully to 'Dansk A'. Formally, it is up to the individual Danish university whether they accept Danish B HL as equivalent to Dansk A / Studieprøven i Dansk som Andetsprog. We do recommend that you check with the university to which you are thinking of applying. However, our former students have not experienced any problems when applying to Danish universities with Danish B HL.


A list of Frequently Asked Questions about the IBDP can be found here.

Life after IB: choose from many higher education programs

Choose among a plethora of higher education programmes with as an IB graduate. Journalism, business economics, medicin, engineering, art, teaching, or something completely different, either way, you're off to a good start an IB graduate. If you dream about studying or working abroad, or if you wish to end up in a company or position with international dealings, the IB will provide you with a solid foundation.

The options are plenty. Here are just a few examples of the many Danish programmes you can gain access to:


Entreprenørskab og design


Ernæring og sundhed
Visuel kommunikation


Medicin (læge)
Elektronik og it
Europæiske studier