FAQ

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 I apply for the IB at Aarhus Gymnasium?

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

Pre-IB:

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.