The International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme at HPC International School lays the foundation for study at the world's most renowned universities and colleges.
The IB® Diploma Programme has been recognised by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany as equivalent to the German Abitur. Successful completion of our selection of subjects covers all requirements for the recognition of the IB® DP at German universities.
In order to obtain the International Baccalaureate, students have to take six subjects, three of them at advanced and three at regular level. All subjects are taught in English.
Subjects offered in the IB® Diploma Programme
Subject group 1
English language and literature, German language and literature
Subject group 2
German and English as foreign languages
Subject group 3
Geography and Psychology
Subject group 4
Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Subject group 5
Mathematics: Applications and interpretations
Subject group 6
Film (or another subject from group 4)
The IB® DP consists of 3 core components, which enable the best possible preparation for studies and lifelong learning.
- Research paper (Extended essay)
- Theory of knowledge
- Creativity - Activity - Engagement (Creativity - Activity - Service)
The planning and writing of the extended essay in a subject of their choice prepares students for writing academic papers and for academic work at the university.
Theory of knowledge
In the TOK lessons and beyond, pupils learn how to ask and answer questions about knowledge and learning. This is not just about acquiring knowledge, but about critical thinking and the question: How do we know what we know?
Creativity Activity Commitment (CAS)
CAS consists of three elements:
Creativity: The focus is on creative thinking and finding new and artistic solutions.
Activity: Includes all forms of sporting activity and a healthy lifestyle.
Commitment: This emphasises the aspect of voluntary and unpaid work for and together with others. The students* experience their actions as meaningful for others. They develop their ability to work in a team and test leadership skills.
A CAS project combines all these three elements. For example, a dance project could be developed that is practised with a primary school class and performed for older people in the neighbourhood. In their CAS project, pupils pursue their individual interests and bring their strengths to the project.
The IB® Diploma Programme is open to all students who meet the following requirements:
- Proof that the pupils* have successfully completed the intermediate school with at least ten years of training.
- Letter of motivation in which they demonstrate their commitment to the philosophy of the IB®.
- Interest in global issues: To demonstrate their general knowledge of political, cultural and social issues, each candidate is interviewed in a personal interview via Skype or telephone.
- Students* who have started the IB® Diploma Programme at other IB® schools will be admitted to our school, provided that the subjects they studied at their previous school are currently on offer.
According to our language policy, the following language requirements must be met in order to be accepted into the first year of the IB® Diploma Programme:
Applicants are expected to have a very good command of English. The school can offer an intensive language training programme before the start of the first year (in cooperation with the F+U Academy of Languages). Knowledge of German before the start of the programme is not required, but pupils* without knowledge of German take German as a foreign language in subject group 2.
Our students* take different exams and examination forms in the various subjects throughout the programme. Some of these exams are assessed internally by our teachers and others externally. All results contribute to the final grade.
At the end of each semester, both students and parents receive a detailed report on the individual learning achievements. In all six subjects, learners take a final exam in May of the second year, which is externally assessed. Our teachers prepare the students in the best possible way for these final exams
Tuition fees for the 2-year IB Diploma Programme:
► 26,400 EUR (24x1,100€)
Tuition and accommodation fees for the 2-year IB Diploma Programme and the boarding school:
► 74.400 EUR (24x3.100€)
Other IB examination fees
You are welcome to download the PDF list with further IB examination fees.
On request, the fees can be paid annually, monthly, per semester, per quarter.
The full course and accommodation fees must be paid in DP2 by 15 April. If the total fees are not paid by this date, the student will not be admitted to the final IB exams.
Application and registration via Open Apply
In order to make the application process effective, we do not use a written application but use the electronic applicant management software "Open Apply". As a matter of course, your data will be treated with the utmost care and in compliance with the Data Protection Act.
Contact and apply
We would be pleased if you want to learn more about our HPC International School. If you have further questions, e.g. about the IB® philosophy, please do not hesitate to contact us.
[Dr. Elke Heinicke, Head of HPC International School]