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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

What is the IBDP?

The IBDP is a pre-university programme taken over two years of high school by students in Grades 11 and 12.  It is recognised by universities around the world.

The benefits of taking the IB Programme at VFIS

The IB Diploma Programme is justifiably the most popular pre-university programme among students worldwide.  It provides an international curriculum which holistically develops well rounded individuals who have a strong sense of personal and cultural identity, and gives students excellent preparation for entrance to universities around the world and beyond. Vietnamese students strengthen their cultural identity through the study of Vietnamese language, literature, ethics, geography and history.

VFIS is the first Finnish IB school in Asia.  With a new Finnish Director General of the IB organisation we hope for yet greater alignment between Finnish and IB curriculums.



Course structure

Students are required to take three compulsory core components and six subjects of their own choosing.   

IBDP Core components

The IBDP Core broadens students’ educational experience by developing a balanced variety of skills.  Through the IBDP core, students are able to apply their knowledge and skills and increase their university appeal.  

  • Core (Compulsory)
  • Theory of knowledge (TOK)
  • Extended essay (EE)
  • Creativity, activity, service (CAS)

IBDP Subject options

The subject options enable students to make subject choices that most suit their interests as well as best preparing them for their future studies.


Possible subject options

1: Studies in language & literature (Language A)

- Vietnamese A: Language & literature

- Other Home language A: Literature as a School supported self-taught

2: Language B (Language acquisition)

or additional 

Language A (Studies in language & literature)

- English A: Language & literature

- English B: Language acquisition

3: Individuals & societies

- Economics

- Psychology

4: Sciences

- Biology

- Chemistry

- Physics

5: Mathematics

- Analysis & approaches

- Applications & interpretation

6: Arts

- Visual arts

- Another subject from groups 1-4



  • Full Diploma: Students must complete all core requirements and take three or four of their six subjects at higher level and the others at standard level.
  • Courses: Students have the freedom to take any number of their chosen subjects at either standard or higher level.
  • High School certificate: Students take the same classes as students in other two pathways, but with a modified programme.  

The IB Diploma Programme at the Vietnam-Finland International School (VFIS)
“Win a scholarship to study an internationally recognised pre-university programme at the first Finnish IB school in Asia.”

The scholarship programme at VFIS

Scholarships are offered to students who excel in secondary school.  VFIS is looking for students who are skilled, ambitious, energetic and prepared to contribute to school life whilst enjoying world class teaching and facilities.

Please download the IBDP Handbook here

Please learn more about the scholarship programme at VFIS here

For further information, please contact:

  • Admissions Office 
  • Vietnam-Finland International School
  • 19 Nguyen Huu Tho Street, Tan Phong Ward, District 7, HCMC 
  • Hotline: 0903 996 232