IB Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma Programme incorporates the best elements of many countries and is a deliberate compromise between the early specialisation required in some systems and the breadth preferred in others.


The IB Diploma is recognised worldwide as a superior qualification for university entrance which prepares students well for the demands of higher education.

A candidate for the IB Diploma must complete a series of assignments, the central feature of which is study for six courses to be chosen from each of the following options:

Group 1 Language A
Group 2 Language B or ab initio
Group 3 The Study of Individuals and Societies
Group 4 Experimental Sciences
Group 5 Mathematics
Group 6 Visual Arts or an elective from groups 1-4

In addition to these six courses, there are three additional requirements. All students must:

  • Complete the Theory of Knowledge course.
  • Engage in the CAS Programme - Creativity, Activity and Service.
  • Submit an Extended Essay, of approximately 4000 words.
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Our Mission in the Context of the IB Diploma Programme

IST is a non-selective school for the IB Diploma. We encourage all students to attempt the DP if we believe they can succeed. We encourage students to take subjects and courses that will challenge them. We work to ensure all students reach their full potential.

In order to enter the IB Diploma Programme at IST, students should meet the some requirements, particularly when selecting higher level subjects.

Students are counselled about their best subject options before starting the programme in Grade 11.

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IST High School Diploma

IST requires all students to complete a minimum of twenty-seven credits to meet the requirements for its internally awarded International School of Turin Diploma.

One credit of work is offered for the successful completion of the equivalent to 176 forty-minutes lessons over the school year. The courses are considered to be year-long courses with final examinations taken at the end of the school year. Students do not receive credit for courses required for the IST or IB Diploma that are failed.


Students transferring to IST during grades 9-12 will be required to provide transcript confirmation of credits already earned or academic progress already achieved in a previous school. When students are transferring from school systems not familiar with a credit system or with a different composition of credits, IST has the discretion to adjust the 27 credit requirement for graduation.

While this internally awarded diploma enables students to gain admission to a wide variety of prestigious American colleges and universities as well as some private, specialized colleges in Europe, it will not usually give access to universities in the UK, Italy, or other European universities due to differing entrance requirements.

Why Choose Us

The IST IB diploma programme is carefully developed to make each student an active lifelong learner, capable of inquiry, taking action, and proactively respond to an ever-changing global society.