IB in Aarhus

What is the IB?

The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an internationally minded and recognised course available to students typically aged 16 to 19, which opens doors to leading universities around the world. Currently on offer in 139 countries around the globe, IB students thus become part of a greater community united by the same mission statement and learner’s profile.

In this broad and academically challenging programme that develops reflective and critical thinkers, students study 6 courses taken from each of the hexagonal groups, typically three at standard level and three at higher level

Welcome to the IB at AARHUS GYMNASIUM!


Based in Aarhus, Denmark’s second city, AARHUS GYMNASIUM is part of AARHUS TECH, a broad family of educational programmes in the Aarhus area. AARHUS GYMNASIUM offers the one-year pre-IB and the two-year IB Diploma Programme. The Pre-IB is a one-year educational programme, governed by the Danish Ministry of Education, and is for students who require or choose additional schooling before entering the academically challenging two-year IB Diploma Programme.

At AARHUS GYMNASIUM we pride ourselves on our diversity and the synergy that exists between a truly international environment and Danish educational and cultural traditions. Our teachers are subject specialists who all have at least a Master’s degree from university. Several of our teachers are IB examiners, others have published subject-specific works and we are proud of the diversity and high standards of our teaching staff.

Our IB completion rates are very high and our exam results are consistently above the world average and among the best in Denmark. Our students successfully apply for university entrance in Denmark and in countries around the world and many of our alumni emphasise the school’s international environment and the IB Diploma Programme’s academic rigours as aspects that have helped them in their transition from their studies at AARHUS GYMNASIUM to further educational programmes. 

The school is renowned for its democratic principles and active student council and those who study the IB Diploma Programme at AARHUS GYMNASIUM do so in a school characterised by active student participation, where influence and responsibility are vital ingredients. Our location enables and encourages us to interact with the city of Aarhus and our IB students have contributed to many charitable, cultural and sporting events in Aarhus, not least through the many CAS-activities that our students have undertaken. 

Welcome to the IB at AARHUS GYMNASIUM!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are IB students at a disadvantage when applying to Danish universities?
From 2018, IB grades are converted more favourably for students applying for Danish university courses. Aarhus Gymnasium's IB alumni frequently emphasise the many ways that studying the IB in English has been beneficial for their university studies. 
We can see that IB Maths is changing, how will we know what to choose?

From August 2019, there will be two different ‘pathways’ for IB Maths students. These are as follows:

Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (SL/HL) This course is designed for students who enjoy describing the real world and solving practical problems using mathematics. The course enables students to apply technology and explore mathematical models and thus enjoy the more practical side of mathematics.

Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL/HL) This course is intended for students who wish to pursue studies in mathematics or subjects that have a large mathematical content; it is for students who enjoy developing mathematical arguments, problem solving and exploring real as well as abstract applications, with and without technology.

As soon as we know how these are appraised by universities we will inform and advise students accordingly.

Is the IB an exclusive programme with high tuition fees?

AARHUS GYMNASIUM is a government-funded school without tuition fees, and we accept all students irrespective of gender, social status, race, age and culture. 

Do you have to be really smart to take an IB?

While the IB programme is academically challenging, students do not need to fear that they will not be accepted unless they have the highest grades. Aarhus Gymnasium and the IB programme prioritise a willingness to work hard and a passion for learning. If you comply with these qualities and have adequate grades and good English skills, the IB is definitely an option for you.

Is there a lot of homework?

Students should expect to spend several hours doing homework a day. Teachers try to plan their assignments so students will not feel overwhelmed, however managing your homework gives you good time management skills. Our advice to you is to do your homework as it is set to avoid any last minute late night stress.

Can students transfer from one IBDP school to another?

Because the IB was originally created to allow the easy transfer of schools for expatriate children, the DP programme itself is largely the same at all IB schools. This makes it easier to transfer from IB school to IB school. However, subject choices and subject content may vary as may the core requirement (Extended Essay, TOK and CAS) deadlines.

How do you apply for the IB at AARHUS GYMNASIUM?

Applications must be sent via OpenApply (Please see under 'Application' for further information).


If you are a Danish student, coming from the Danish 9th or 10th grade, you will need to apply through your ’UU-vejleder’. This counsellor will help you fill out a form on www.optagelse.dk and write an education plan (’uddannelsesplan’). You will also need to fill out an application through OpenApply.

Your application will then be sent to the school, and you will later receive an acceptance letter if you have been admitted. 
If you are a Danish student who has spent a year on a school exchange programme, you need to apply through your UU-vejleder and use OpenApply.

If you are an international student, coming from abroad, you need to apply through OpenApply.

What level of IB Danish do you need in order to fulfil the 'Dansk A' entrance requirements for Danish Universities?

A lot of our students take Danish A Literature (either SL or HL) which equates fully to 'Dansk A'. Formally, it is up to the individual Danish university whether they accept Danish B HL as equivalent to Dansk A / Studieprøven i Dansk som Andetsprog. We do recommend that you check with the university to which you are thinking of applying. However, our former students have not experienced any problems when applying to Danish universities with Danish B HL.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions about the IBDP can be found here.

  • Five reasons for choosing the IB

    1. you get to study with classmates from all over the world.
    2. your lessons are in English. This prepares you for future studies and careers. You have access to the same university programmes as a student with a Danish high school diploma.
    3. you can choose combinations of subjects that are unique in Denmark.
    4. you organize your own CAS programme, which encourages you to develop your Creativity, be Active and to provide Service to others.
    5. your subjects are the same as at other IB schools all around the world, the exams are the same as well!