Entry requirements and application process

A love for learning is the most important characteristic of a successful Diploma Programme student! Students who embrace a challenge and wish to understand the world on a deeper level are ideal candidates. 

Successful candidates in the Diploma Programme tend to exhibit: 

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to communicate well in both written and spoken English
  • Determination to work hard and consistently
  • Willingness to engage with your fellow students and the wider community

Students with a background from the Norwegian school system, should apply to the Diploma Programme by March 1st of the first year of upper secondary school (Vg1).  The application is done through Vigo.
Students coming from Arendal International School can apply directly to the IBDP from year 10. Individual consultation is required to assess the student’s readiness to enter the DP. 
After applying via Vigo, prospective students will be contacted with follow-up information, including an additional form for subject preferences and an essay question. Students who submit an essay will be invited for an interview with the DP coordinators to discuss the subject choices and how to prepare for the IBDP.  
Students who would like to apply the IBDP at Arendal VGS from outside of the Norwegian school system should contact Sabrina Simmons-Hansen or Sissel Veggeland for more information. 
The Diploma Programme accepts approximately 25 students each year.
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