International Baccalaureate, Diploma Programme (IB DP)

Kirkenes videregående skole is the Northernmost IB school in the world! Located within a 2 hours flight from Oslo and a 4 hour drive from Murmansk, Kirkenes vgs is located in North East of Norway in the heart of the Barents region.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a worldwide upper secondary education focusing on preparing students for studies in higher education around the Globe. IB Diploma also gives Generell studiekompetanse for applying to Norwegian universities.

Why to choose the IBDP?

  • The IB Diploma is recognised by universities around the world
  • Gives generell studiekompetanse
  • You develop efficient study skills
  • Invidual subject choices
  • Individual guidance and support from the teachers
  • You become fluent in English
  • Enjoy multicultural learning environment
  • Participate in interesting projects

IB Common philosophy in the Barents region

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

IBDP at Kirkenes vgs strives to educate knowledgeable, thoughtful, reflective and internationally minded students. Many of the real life examples used and projects we run focus on the Barents region and its special natural and social conditions with borders separating and connecting peoples. Thus the IBDP at Kirkenes is an essential part of creating a sustainable and peaceful future in the region.

In addition to approach mentioned above that the school gives admission to applicants from wide range of social and cultural backgrounds who can benefit of the system with international and encouraging learning environment. The school has efficient systems to support students experiencing challenges.

Intercultural understanding and respect through projects and supportive learning environment

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Kirkenes vgs IBDP promotes international mindedness in daily schoolwork by providing a multicultural learning environment with many international students and teachers who enrich the perspectives with their unique backgrounds. One of the most important experience for our students is participation in the annual Barents project where the students push their own boundaries and learn international cooperation with theirs peers from the neighbouring countries Russia and Finland.

Further information

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit, or contact our IB DP Coordinator: Juha Törmikoski tlf 78 96 34 69 / 922 89 948 Email:

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