International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an international pre-university programme taught in more than 148 countries worldwide.


"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." IBO Mission Statement

The IB Diploma Programme is an international pre-university programme taught in more than 148 countries worldwide. This program is celebrating 50 years of excellence in 2018.The quality of the programme is guaranteed by an independent IB organization with its Head Office in Switzerland and its new global centre in The Hague. Our language of instruction is English. Many of the teachers in the IB Diploma Programme at Katedralskolan are native English speakers.

The first year is a preparatory year, during which courses are taken in most subjects offered in the Diploma Programme. During the two years of the Diploma Programme, six subjects are studied, chosen from the six groups: three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. This creates a balance between the natural sciences, the humanities, and the arts.

There are three additional requirements, which are unique to the IB

  • Theory of Knowledge – a transdisciplinary course which encourages critical and creative reflection on knowledge issues arising in the other subjects,
  • Extended Essay – a 4 000 word in-depth research paper on a topic inspired by one of the six subjects and which prepares students for university-level assignments.
  • CAS (creativity-activity-service) – an opportunity for personal development through Experiences such as sports, creative skills, and service to the community, both at home and in the world.

What career possibilities are there after completing the IB?

The IB is a broad programme and the diploma opens many doors. The majority of our graduates have chosen a university education in Sweden within a wide range of discipline at prestigious universities: starting here at home in Uppsala, but ranging throughout Sweden: Stockholm University, Linköping, Göteborg, Umeå, as well as Handelshögskolan and Karolinska Institutet.

Our graduates have also chosen to study abroad in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Holland, and Hungary. We are proud to say that right now we have students at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the London School of Economics, Aberdeen, the London School of Medicine, the University of St Andrews, the University of Edinburgh, MIT, the University of Warsaw, and at medical schools in Prague and Gdansk: just to name a few.

You will be invited to take a test in English and mathematics and also participate in an interview before being accepted in the IB. This event will be on 22th of March 2021,  2 AM - 5 PM.


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The Enrollment day is taking place 22nd of March 2:00-5:00 at Katedralskolan, Uppsala