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International Baccalaureate at Katedralskolan; what is the International Baccalaureate (IB)?

IB is an internationally recognized upper secondary education programme which leads to the IB Diploma. This qualifies the student for university entrance in Sweden and worldwide. It is taught at more than 1000 schools in over 100 countries. It is a two-year programme, designed to provide students with a balanced education, to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding. Curriculum and examination are administered by the IB offices in Geneva and Cardiff. The language of instruction is usually English.

For more information about the IB programme worldwide, please visit the official IBO website: 

IB at Katedralskolan in Linköping is one of the oldest senior high schools in Sweden, founded in 1627. Today it combines tradition and progress and is characterized by an international orientation through well established student exchange with many European countries. The IB programme reinforces the internationalization of the school and promotes further contacts across borders.

For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Lowrey, IB Coordinator, phone +46 13 29 48 53

Monica Nilsson, Principal, phone: +46 13 20 75 54

Tradition and development is the motto of Katedralskolan. As Linköping´s oldest gymnasium, founded in 1627, we take pride in our history while at the same time offering a modern education.

The school has long had a well-developed contact network which supports our continually evolving international profile. Ongoing international student exchange programs complement this profile along with sound language teaching and strong cross-curricular links to our language departments.

Our goal is education with a humanistic perspective which places the individual in focus. Students are met with openness and tolerance in an environment which fosters creativity, initiative and responsibility.

We strive to develop our students´ intercultural awareness and to equip them with the academic and empathic tools they require to work and live in our globalised world.

Together, we work to provide you with the best possible foundations for your future.

In Sweden the IB programme extends to three years, the first year, IB1, being a preparatory year. During this year the pupils study according to the Swedish national curriculum. Textbooks and other teaching material are in English and the language of instruction is English. This prepares them for the coming two IB years

To receive the IB Diploma, the pupil is examined in six subjects, each chosen from one of six subject groups. There are two subject levels: higher level (HL) and standard level (SL). Three subjects should be studied at HL och three at SL. The IB core, consisting of Theory of Knowledge, CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) and the Extended Essay, must also be completed.

At Katedralskolan the following subjects are offered at present: 

Group 1 Language A1 Swedish, English
Group 2 Language A2 / B English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish Group 3 Individuals and Societies History, Economics, Psychology
Group 4 Experimental Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Group 5 Mathematics Mathematics Higher Level, Mathematical Standard   Level and Mathematical Studies
Group 6 Electives Another subject from group 3 - 4 or a third modern language 

Pupils are also required to study the course Theory of Knowledge (TOK) which stimulates critical reflection and shows how different subject areas relate to one another. 

Students must also engage in CAS activities comprising Creativity, Action and Service. The IB programme places great importance on the goal of educating the whole person. Participating in for example theatre productions, sports and community service helps students reach that goal. 

Finally, the Diploma candidate should investigate a topic of special interest, undertake independent research and present the result in an Extended Essay.

Examinations take place at the end of the two IB years during three weeks in May. They are written and assessed by examiners appointed by the IBO, International Baccalaureate Organisation. Part of the total work is however assessed by the school's own teachers. Grades are awarded in each subject on a scale of 1 to 7. The award of the Diploma requires a minimum total of 24 points. The Diploma candidate must also meet the requirements of TOK, CAS and the Extended Essay. Examination in an individual subject or combined points totalling less than 24 entitle the candidate to an IB certificate.

The IB Diploma holders gain admission to colleges and universities in Sweden and throughout the world. Some of these institutions may offer advanced standing or course credit to students with strong IB examination results. 

For the Swedish Medicine and Engineering programmes there are special subject requirements including two or three subjects from Group 4. As a general guidance, overall point scores are more relevant than grades in individual Higher or Standard level subjects. 

For more complete information, use the official IBO website.

Pupils who have completed the 9th grade of the Swedish compulsory school or its equivalent and have a good knowledge of English and Mathematics may apply for Pre-DP. Studies are very demanding and the pupil must be highly motivated for theoretical studies. Leaving certificate from the 9th grade, results from entrance tests plus a personal interview will decide acceptance to the programme. For pupils who have studied abroad there is the possibility of applying directly for IB 1 (2nd year of the programme in Sweden).

The International Baccalaureate Organization 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 IBO 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.

Senast uppdaterad den 20 april 2020