Louisenlund - Lernen, Leisten, Leben

The IB Diploma Programme - high academic standards and courses taught in English

Stiftung Louisenlund is the only IB World School in Schleswig-Holstein. In addition to the Abitur, Louisenlund also offers the IB Diploma, a globally recognized, secondary school qualification. It was developed to free international students from the burden of various national curricula and examinations. IB students, whose parents move from Tokyo to Lagos to Munich, have the option of continuing in the same school system.

An internationally recognized school qualification is also increasingly of interest for German students. This is especially true for students who plan to study abroad.

An IB education is a continuum generally consisting of three phases. There is the Primary Years Programme (grades 1-5), the Middle Years Programme (grades 6-10) and the Diploma Programme (grades 11 and 12). In Louisenlund we currently offer the Diploma Programme as well as our own Pre-IB (Pre-Diploma) Programme in grade 10. The latter aims to prepare students specifically for the IB Diploma Programme, while keeping the alternative open for students to pursue the Abitur in grades 11 and 12. At the end of the first semester, Pre-IB students make a preliminary decision either for the IB Diploma Programme or the German secondary system for 11th grade. 

Rigorous standards guarantee a high-quality education at 4,775 accredited IB World Schools across the globe. From Hong Kong to Dar-es-Salaam to Vienna and San Francisco, assessment expectations and examinations in the IB Diploma Programme are identical. These standards are the basis of the IB Diploma’s worldwide recognition.

[Translate to English:] Internationale Schule, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Deutschland

Entry requirements

The way into the IB Diploma Programme

German-speaking students seeking to enter the IB Diploma Programme in Louisenlund require the level B2 in the English language. International students must also demonstrate competency in the German language at the level A2. If the latter prerequisite is lacking, a course at a language institute or on-campus instruction in German will be required. 

The IB Diploma Programme has very high academic standards. Accordingly, acceptance of students into the programme is determined on an individual basis with particular consideration of the candidate’s talents, abilities, and prospects of success. Please see our Admissions Policy for more detailed information.

The IB Diploma creates the best possible conditions for getting accepted to a university abroad.
Julie, IB DP graduate, 2017

Subject combinations

Subject Choices in the IB Diploma Programme

Students in the IB Diploma Programme choose six subjects from at least five subject groups: Studies in language and literature, Language acquisition, Individuals and societies, Sciences, and Mathematics. The sixth subject is an elective and may be chosen from the Arts or one of the other subject groups. Candidates can choose from diverse subject combinations according to their personal interests. Subject availability will depend upon the course selection of admitted/enrolled students:

Group 1 – Studies in Language and Literature

  • English A: Language & Literature (HL/SL) 
  • German A: Language & Literature (HL/SL) 
  • German A: Literature (HL/SL)
  • Chinese A self taught: Literature (SL)

Group 2 – Language Acquisition

  • English B (HL/SL)
  • German B (HL/SL)

Group 3 – Individuals and Societies

  • Economics (HL/SL)
  • Global Politics (HL/SL)
  • History (HL/SL)
  • Business Management (HL/SL)

Group 4 – Sciences

  • Biology (HL/SL)
  • Chemistry (HL/SL)
  • Physics (HL/SL)

Group 5 – Mathematics

  • Analysis and Approaches (HL/SL)
  • Applications and Interpretations (SL)

Group 6 – The Arts

  • Visual Arts (HL/SL)
The IB Diploma places an enormous value on differentiating between good students and excellent students. It’s no surprise that the best universities in the world prefer accepting IB graduates.
Christine Brinck, DIE ZEIT

IB Diploma Programme Core

Another key element of the Diploma Programme is the “Core“, which consists of three key components:

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is an intra-disciplinary subject, which enables students to broaden their perspective by engaging with the various Areas of Knowledge and Ways of Knowing. One of the main goals of TOK is developing a deepening understanding of the methods and perspectives through which knowledge is generated and communicated. Additionally, TOK encourages students’ critical thinking skills. 

The Extended Essay is a further core component, for which students develop a research question in a subject area of their choice and produce an extensive research essay as a response. Students and teachers place a high value on this experience as it helps to develop skills necessary for higher education.

For a detailed description of the IB Diploma Programme Core, please consult our IB Handbook.

[Translate to English:] Internationale Privatschule, Hamburg, Deutschland

Final Exams

Final Exams in the Diploma Programme - on the same day worldwide

Unlike for the German “Abitur“, the results of each subject in the Diploma Programme count equally. Students can achieve a maximum of 45 points. 24 is the minimum number of points needed to pass. 

IB Diploma Programme examinations are issued centrally by the IB Organisation and are taken by students on the same day across the globe. These examinations are then marked by certified IB examiners from all over the world. Results are published approximately six weeks after the completion of the exams.

The IB Diploma is the ideal credential for acceptance to higher educational programmes abroad. For a future career in a globalizing society and for increasing cultural awareness and dialogue, the IB Diploma is a particularly good qualification. Through the international student body in the programme and the teaching of subjects in English, the IB Diploma Programme in Louisenlund is like taking part in an exchange on your own school campus, the best of both worlds. 

Parent counselling and admission

The way to the IB World School Louisenlund

Choosing the right school and changing schools is a special challenge for parents and children, which should be carefully considered. And so the right school provides the child with all the opportunities for the future.

We would be happy to inform interested parents and children about our offer and the opportunities offered by the IB World School Louisenlund.

To give you a particularly authentic impression of Louisenlund, we would like to invite you and your children to a first personal meeting. This gives us the opportunity to assess the child's personality and level of achievement and to find out whether we can meet the child's expectations. In addition, we will provide you with comprehensive information about our academic and pedagogical concept and the special features of the English-language International Baccalaureate.

Admission office

Kirsten Conradi
P +49 4354 999-333


Give your child the gift of a Louisenlund education

As a not-for-profit foundation and private school, Louisenlund finances its annual budget mainly through school fees (tuition). These fees are set by the board of directors for each school year.

See the link to the scale of fees below: