The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an internationally recognised pre-university qualification for students aged 16 to 19. The programme has gained popularity across Asia and is offered by many international schools in the region.

Institutions that are authorised to offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes are known as IB World Schools. Other IB programmes are the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Career-related Programme (CP).

Here are five international schools in China which offer the IBDP:

American International School of Guangzhou (AISG)

1. American International School of Guangzhou (AISG)

AISG began operating in 1981 and is the first international school to open in Southern China. The school expanded and moved to a purpose-built campus in 1994. AISG now has two campuses, the Ersha Campus which houses Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5 students, and the Science Park Campus for students in Grade 6 to Grade 12. AISG offers the PYP in Elementary School and the American Curriculum in Middle School and High School. Students are granted the AISG High School Diploma and can move on to the IBDP after that.


Beijing BISS International School

2. Beijing BISS International School

In 1994, Beijing BISS International School was established by its sister school, ISS International School in Singapore. It is located in central Beijing and accepts students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. The school’s early years’ curriculum is inspired by a combination of the Reggio Emilia approach and PYP. Beijing BISS International School offers the PYP, MYP and IBDP.


Dulwich College Beijing

3. Dulwich College Beijing

Established in 2005, Dulwich College Beijing is linked to Dulwich College in the United Kingdom and is part of the Dulwich College International (DCI) family of schools. The school accepts students from the ages of two to 18. The Early Years Foundation Stage and British Curriculum is offered leading up to the IGCSE examinations. Students can sit for the IBDP at pre-university level.


Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB)

4. Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB)

CISB was established in 2005 and offers an international education for students from Nursery up to Grade 12. The Montessori approach is adopted at Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten. Preschool to Grade 10 students are taught the Canadian course content through the PYP and MYP. Students in Grade 11 and 12 can choose to sit for the IBDP or Canadian pre-university courses.


Changchun American International School (CAIS)

5. Changchun American International School (CAIS)

CAIS is the first international school in the Jilin Province, opening in 2006. The school offers the PYP, MYP and DP to students aged three to 19 years old. CAIS is also a registered Cambridge exam test centre and is authorised to administer standardised English language tests twice a year in their PYP and MYP programmes.


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