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International Baccalaureate (IB)




International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) is a two-year course of studies leading to international examinations which are highly recognized for admittance to universities around the world.

Students who have taken the first year of specialization at Norwegian upper secondary school or similar courses of study in another country can apply.

One of the intentions behind the IB programme is to increase understanding and tolerance between people from different cultures. This competence and language and communication skills are highly regarded qualifications for working life. The work methods used train students to become independent and efficient in their studies.

Teaching in the IB programme is in English, providing an excellent basis for university studies abroad, where English is the preferred language in research and teaching, and also for Norwegian universities, where textbooks and teaching are often in English.

There are fewer subjects than in the national Norwegian education system, but more in-depth studies in each. IB students must choose their subjects from six subject groups, with one subject from each group. At least three subjects and no more than four must be taken on Higher Level, the others on Standard Level. Each student must also take:

Theory of Knowledge (TOK): A course in critical thinking challenging the students to think about and reflect on the basis of knowledge.

Extended Essay: An in-depth essay that must be written in one of the chosen subjects under supervision of the subject teacher. It trains the students in the scientific approach and the writing of concise and well-structured “papers”, skills they will then have acquired before they advance to university.

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS). Extracurricular activities (social projects, sports, music, art etc.) corresponding to two hours per week. This helps to ensure that IB students have an all-round education.

Students sit for final examinations in all six subjects. These examinations are the same for IB students across the world and all are assessed by external examiners according to a comprehensive set of assessment criteria, ensuring a high degree of predictability and objectivity.

Trondheim Katedralskole offers the following IB subjects:

Group 1 Studies in language and literature (“A” language):

Norwegian for Norwegian students

English for English-speaking students


Group 2 Language acquisition (“B” language):

English for Norwegian students

Norwegian for non-native speakers



Group 3 Individuals and societies:*



Group 4 Experimental sciences:



Biology (NEW from 2014)


Group 5 Mathematics:


Mathematical Studies


Group 6 One extra subject from group 1, 2 or 4


In addition to the six chosen subjects from the list above, the students must satisfy the following requirements.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK): Take a course in Theory of Knowledge  

Extended Essay: Submit a major essay of at least 4000 words in one of the chosen subjects. The essay is supervised by a teacher and must be approved by IBO.

Creativity, Action and Service (CAS): Participate in practical social, aesthetic or artistic activities comprising a half day per week.


The available subjects – and which subjects are taken at High Level or Standard Level – will depend on the collective selections of the students and the available resources at the school.

* Economics and Psychology - offered to a limited number of students as online courses (maximum five students per subject).


For further information click here.

Applications must be electronic via (Norwegian applicants).

In addition a written applicaton form must be submitted. Click here. 


The International Baccalaureate (or IB) is an internationally recognized course of studies which is offered in more than 2000 schools and 139 countries around the world. Graduates of this school are qualified for matriculation

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