Years 12–13 (Ages 16–18) IBDP

The IB Diploma Programme at YCIS Qingdao offers an excellent international education that provides Upper Secondary students with the skills to make informed choices and contributions as caring global citizens. Our IBDP Programme is academically challenging and prepares students in Years 12 and 13 (students aged 16 to 18) for success in university and life in an ever-changing global society.


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A Truly Bilingual Programme

All of our IB Diploma candidates take a combination of English and Chinese lessons or Korean and English lessons as part of their IB elective courses. Our language courses are not only continuously adapted to fit our students’ language level, but also provide students with perspectives and class discussions on important global and cultural topics. Our students also participate in a variety of Chinese cultural events throughout the year and are encouraged to make deeper connections within the local community.


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Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)

This is a core component of the IB Diploma programme for our Year 12 and 13 students. The IB Diploma CAS programme aims to help students balance the academic rigour of their academic programme with an engagement in experiential learning and reflection. IB Diploma students are expected to extend themselves in meaningful ways through creative endeavours, physical challenges, and service for local and/or international communities.


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Holistic Focus

The IB Diploma is a holistic programme with a truly international focus. As such, it aligns with YCIS Qingdao’s philosophy and objectives. Upper Secondary students graduate with a keen, progressive global view. Graduates earning the IB Diploma at YCIS schools receive offers from leading universities throughout the world to study a broad range of subjects, including Music, Medicine, Engineering, Science, Art, Business Studies, and more.

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