Preparing for the Diploma Programme

Still at ungdomsskole and already interested in the IB Diploma Programme?

Intake to the IB Diploma Programme at Arendal videregående skole is done from Vg1. Students applying to the Diploma Programme from an international school or a school abroad are usually 16-18 years old.

Some students know already at the end of their ungdomsskole that they are interested in the Diploma Programme. To give these students some preparation during their first year with us, we have built up a pre-DP offering at the school. This means that one of Arendal videregående skole's Vg1-classes is a pre-DP class. The pre-DP class follows the regular Vg1 programme, but students get some more exposure to English and focus on skills and knowledge that are particularly valuable for potential DP students.

When we hear that you have applied from ungdomsskole to utdanningsprogram for studiespesialisering at Arendal videregående skole, we will send you a form where you can express your interest in joining the pre-DP class. We cannot guarantee that all students interested in pre-DP will get a place in the pre-DP class, as places are limited to 30 students. If there are more interested students than there are places, motivation will decide between candidates.

The pre-DP class has a cooperation project involving student exchanges with a bilingual school in the Netherlands.

After the pre-DP year, students in the pre-DP class may choose to apply to the IB or continue in the regular Norwegian programme. In the intake process to the Diploma Programme in Vg1, students in the pre-DP class and other candidates are evaluated on an equal basis.