The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
An alternative university entrance qualification to the German Abitur that offers so much more! 


The IBDP requires students to complete three higher level courses (Leistungskurse) and three standard level courses (Grundkurse), as well as three additional components: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE). All subjects will be taught and completed in English, apart from German (language and literature). 

The following mission statement from the IB outlines their goal for an IB education: 

- “The International Baccalaureate 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 organization 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”. 

The IBDP qualification is officially recognised by German universities, as well as universities all around the world. The question is however, when will this be offered in Neuzelle? 

- “Gymnasium im Stift Neuzelle is a candidate school for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students”. 

This means that – as a candidate school – we are currently working towards authorisation, with the ultimate goal of starting to teach the programme from September 2018. 

In the coming months, parents and students alike will be provided with further information about the prospected IBDP in Neuzelle, however for any queries or questions before then, please don’t hesitate to contact the programme coordinator (Michael Tomkinson). 

You can find more information about the IB at and the IBDP at

Michael Tomkinson

IB Coordinator 

Contact: michael.tomkinson(at) 


 *The ‘Rules for IB candidate schools’ document has been taken into account whilst comprising the information above. Also, all quotations are in accordance with – and have been taken from – the document ‘Required text for candidate schools to use in marketing materials’*