Vardafjell Upper Secondary school is a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO.org) which has its main office in Geneva, Switzerland, and examination office in Cardiff, Wales. The IBO has more than 4000 member schools in 147 countries. Norway has currently 35 IB schools, and Vardafjell has been a certified IB school since 2004, offering the Diploma Programme for about 27 students each year.
The international Diploma Programme (DP) covers the two final years of upper secondary school as an alternative to the school's national programme. Applicants to the DP must have passed the first year of Norwegian upper secondary school, academic programme. International applicants must have a corresponding background from their respective countries. Students having finished their first upper secondary school year in the programmes for Performing Arts (music, dance, drama), Sports and Physical Education, Media and Communication, and for Art, Design and Architecture can also apply for IB Diploma Programme admission.
Students who spend their first upper secondary school year (foundation year) at our school will have the obvious advantage of access to all information on the IB Programme and the possibility to visit our IB classes and check out the subjects before applying.
The highly internationally recognized Diploma achieved after completing the programme is a special university and college admissions certification, depending on the selection of natural science subjects and mathematics. IB students will also acquire bonus points corresponding to the bonus points for students in the Norwegian national educational system. General university and college admissions certification in Norway may be acquired by students failing the IB exams.