BIS offers the IB Diploma, IB Certificate courses and a full High School Diploma.

Qualification for the full IB Diploma is determined by the fulfillment of external assessment requirements within a particular combination of IB Diploma subjects, as well as those for Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay. This is achieved at BIS by following a comprehensive two-year course that represents a common worldwide curriculum and enables internationally mobile students to easily transfer from one IB school to another.

Qualification for IB Course Certificates is determined by the fulfillment of external assessment requirements within chosen IB Diploma courses in the final two years of school.

Qualification for the BIS High School Diploma is determined by credits awarded in the final four years of school.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma is widely recognized and sought after by institutes of higher education throughout the world. Successful IB Diploma students have been accepted in over 1000 universities in 144 countries worldwide. Candidates may also opt to graduate with IB Certificates from the IB organization.

Successful completion of an IB Certificate programme is no guarantee in itself of entry to institutes of higher education, as different countries have different requirements. Our Diploma Years page offers more details about the IB Diploma Programme.

A recent study performed in Britain by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) concluded that IB students were more likely to be accepted by the top 20 Higher Education Institutions and had a significantly greater chance of earning first-class honours than their counterparts.

Formal Recognition of the IB Diploma in Germany

The IB Diploma Programme at BIS offers all the necessary requirements to satisfy entry into higher education institutions in Germany. The definitive official German recognition requirements are outlined on the KMK website. Below please find the latest KMK document with the current requirements and the English summary, which is the unofficial translation of this agreement.

Should you need further details please contact the following local school authorities:

Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf
Am Bonneshof 35
Dezernat 48 Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle
40474 Düsseldorf

Tel: +49 211 475 4480

IB Certificates Programme

Some of our students choose to study and earn IB Certificates instead of following the IB Diploma. These students have a clear educational path in mind and want the freedom of course choice to speclialize in a specific area of study. 

Students following the IB Course Certificate Programme have more flexibility about the combination of subjects and levels they choose to study. These students participate in the same classes as the students completing the IB Diploma. IB Course Certificate students are not required to study Theory of Knowledge, or to complete the extended essay. It is important to note, however, that all Grade 11 and 12 students must fulfill CAS requirements.

Award of Certificates

At the end of the two-year IB Course Certificate Programme students will be awarded grades based on internal assessments and final examinations, which are taken in May of Grade 12. In each subject studied, points are awarded on a 1 to 7 scale (see Diploma Curriculum details). Students following a course at higher level (HL) can count this as equivalent to an ‘Advanced Placement course (AP)’. Course certificates also contribute towards “Tariff Points” for placement in some UK colleges and universities.

The Bonn International School High School Diploma

Students may also choose to complete their secondary education through earning credits for the BIS High School Diploma. Passes in individual subjects, particularly at higher level, are treated with respect by many institutions of further education, particularly in North America, for purposes of placement or credit. However, these colleges may also require additional entrance tests, SAT tests or TOEFL tests.

BIS awards a High School Diploma to all students who successfully complete and gain the 24 credits from Grades 9 to 12, equivalent to those of school systems in the United States of America. The BIS Diploma is taught through the courses offered in the IB programme as per the respective curricula.

The High School Diploma requirements include the following:

Subject Credits
English 4.0
Mathematics 3.0
Sciences 3.0
Humanities 3.0
Technology 1.0
Expressive Arts 1.0
Creativity, Action and Service 1.0
Physical Education 1.0
Foreign Lanaguage 2.0
Additional Subjects 5.0
Total 24

One credit is earned for a minimum of one year’s academic study. Students must attend the school at least 90% of each school year to be eligible for a credit. Exceptions to this will be through confirmed medical conditions or at the discretion of the Secondary Principal.

Students transferring to BIS during Grades 9–12 are obliged to provide transcript confirmation of credits already earned. Students who transfer from school systems not familiar with the credit system must provide the necessary information to the Principal, who at his discretion will award credits provided the information complies with the requirements.


BIS is a registered centre for students to sit their Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for those aiming to follow their further education in the USA. Please contact our University Advisor Tami Albrecht for more details.

The International Baccalaureate: Middle Years Programme

At the end of Grade 10 students are usually aged 15-16 and would have completed the equivalent of first two years of high school in the US system, the GCSE years in the British system and Mittlere Reife in the German system. Students who successfully complete the MYP have received a well-rounded and demanding education.

During the 2015-2016 school year, BIS pioneered eAssessments for its Grade 10 MYP students. This new form of assessment was introduced by the International Baccalaureate Organization as a more transparent form of assessing the culmination of the Middle Years Programme. In previous years, schools could internally test their students and choose to have their results externally moderated. This process was laborious and lacked objective, standardized measurement. After its introduction this year, eAssessment has established itself as the IB standard for MYP assessment.

Mittlere Reife (Schulabschluss)

In January 2012 BIS became one of only 10 schools in Germany to have the MYP recognized as equivalent to the Mittlere Reife. In order to convert the MYP certificate to the Mittlere Reife, BIS students must present their eAssessment results to school authorities in Cologne.

Bezirksregierung Köln - Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle
Zeughausstrasse 2-10
50606 Köln

Tel: 0221-147-2518

All requirements to meet the criteria for the Mittlere Reife are met in the compulsory BIS program. Outlined below you can find the definitive version in German and the unofficial English translation.

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