QSI International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program

QSI International School of Chengdu was granted authorization to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) in May 2015.  The program emphasizes critical thinking, intercultural understanding, and exposure to a variety of points of view.

The IBDP is an academically challenging program designed for highly motivated secondary school students. The program has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities. Students undertaking the program must demonstrate self-discipline and responsibility in pursuit of the IB diploma.

QSI Chengdu offers a varied range of IBDP subjects from which students can tailor study programs that best suit their immediate needs, personal interests and future goals. The current IB course offerings for students at QSI Chengdu are listed below.

To be awarded the IB diploma, students must satisfy the course requirements in one course from each of the six groups listed. In general, IB courses are completed over two years, with the exception of some one-year ‘anticipated’ courses. At least three and not more than four courses are taken at higher level (HL—240 hours over two years), the others at standard level (SL—150 hours over two years). 

Additionally, students must complete a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) component which is designed to foster critical reflection on students’ own knowledge and experience; a program of Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS); and an extended essay of 4,000 words on a topic of personal interest.


IB Diploma Program Courses offered at QSI International School of Chengdu


Group 1: Language A

Group 2: Language B

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

  • Language and Literature, Higher Level
  • Language and Literature, Standard Level
  • Chinese Literature, Higher Level
  • Chinese Literature, Standard Level
  • Chinese (Mandarin) ab initio
  • Chinese (Mandarin), Standard Level
  • Chinese (Mandarin), Higher Level
  • Economics, Higher Level
  • Economics, Standard Level
  • History, Higher Level
  • History, Standard Level
  • Psychology, Higher Level
  • Psychology, Standard Level

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

Group 5: Mathematics

Group 6: The Arts

  • Biology, Higher Level
  • Biology, Standard Level
  • Chemistry, Higher Level
  • Chemistry, Standard Level
  • Physics, Higher Level
  • Physics, Standard Level
  • Environmental Systems and Societies, Higher Level
  • Environmental Systems and Societies, Standard Level
  • Mathematics, Standard Level
  • Mathematics, Higher Level
  • Visual Arts, Higher Level
  • Visual Arts, Standard Level
  • Music, Higher Level
  • Music, Standard Level
  • Theater or Film (2019)