ADMISSION TO THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
- Students are no older than 17 when enrolling into the IB DP.
- Completion of the second year of grammar school (a four-year programme).
- Completion of year 1 of grammar school with a final grade of ‘very good’ or higher.
- An average grade of ‘Very Good’ or higher in their mother tongue (Slovene), Mathematics and English.
- Participation in extra-curricular activities in the fields of culture and sports (in school, or in local societies, clubs, organisations etc.).
The application form, along with the required documentation, should be sent as registered consignment with “IB 20xx” specified on the envelope, the deadline is April.
Foreign students can apply to the IB DP programme where the tuition fee is free of charge, however, the dormitory accommodation needs to be paid for by the students (around 2500,00€ per year), as well as additional costs of the programme for two years (around 600,00€). Expenses can be paid in instalments.
Documents that need to be enclosed:
- A photocopy of the first year’s final certificate and the second year’s ‘report on a candidate’s grades’.
- Certificates of participation and achievements in extra-curricular activities and competitions.
The final selection of the candidates is done after individual interviews with the candidates in May and June.
Incomplete applications, as well as applications received after the deadline are not taken into consideration.
Students receive the notification of the results in June.
Students of the IB Diploma Programme at II. gimnazija Maribor have achieved outstanding results in the past five years. The following data can be found in the chart provided: numbers of students who were awarded the diploma, point average, students with all 45 points, students who received more than 40 points.
|Students awarded the bilingual diploma in percentages||100||100||97||94||94||100|
|Points of grade average||37||38||39||38||37||40|
|Students with all 45 points||1||0||2||2||1||3|
|Students with 40 points and above||10||15||14||16||9||21|
TABLE 1: Point average for the IB Diploma programme final examinations for years 2010 – 2015.
WHAT DO THE STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THE PROGRAMME?
Because of the IB DP, I decided to continue my education at II. gimnazija Maribor rather than in my hometown, Celje, as I found it very useful for studying abroad and for better preparation for university. My personal beloved advantages of this programme are the free choice of subjects, working in small groups, and a greater individual approach to work. All of these prepared me for higher education very well, since the IB uses not only a similar method of marking, but also lots of self-discipline and organization, which are essential for university.
Hana Veler, former IB student, University of Nottingham
Not only did the IB programme enable me to broaden my knowledge in the subjects that I had a greater interest in, but it also gave me a special thinking frame for a life-time. Within this you are able to evaluate various situations from a broader perspective and in a more critical, efficient and creative way.
Although we were a generation that was not offered German B and Further maths, this disadvantage was outweighed by the extraordinarily good teachers in other subjects, who encouraged you to undertake self-initiated learning in these areas of interest, for which there were no organised lessons.
Thus, I was prepared more than enough for my entrance exams in German for my desired university. Also, later during the studies, all the working habits, hours spent writing research projects and essay-writing skills obtained throughout the programme turned out to be really helpful. And after all, whenever you encounter a person who attended the IB programme just as you did, you find a common point of interest in no time, and somehow you feel a belonging to a greater international community as well.
Ines Horvat Menih, former IB student, University in Vienna, Medicine
From the beginning, the IB programme seemed to be a better option for me than the national program, mostly because we only had six core subjects in which we learned in greater depth and because the groups are smaller, enabling a more personal relationship with the teacher. Now that I am in university, I feel like the IB has prepared me well for my studies, which is best seen in chemistry and mathematics, which make up the basis of my course.
Bruno Marinič, former IB student, The University of Oxford