The Diploma Programme is an exacting programme of pre-university studies, designed for students aged 16 to 19. The International School of Modena has been offering this course since September 2015, drawing considerably on the experience of our sister school in Milan, which has offered the programme since 1987.

It is an extensive programme lasting two years (Grades 12 and 13) which encourages students to be well-informed and inquiring, but also to show generosity and solidarity. Particular emphasis is given to helping students develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness and the necessary attitudes to respect and value the world from different points of view. To read more about our High School & IB Diploma Years, please click here.

Choosing the right combination


The course is built around 6 academic areas that enclose a central core. It encourages concurrent study of a choice of scholastic subjects. Pupils study:

Two modern languages; History; Experimental Science, Mathematics and a choice of Visual Arts or a third language or second Science or Humanities

The Diploma Programme is a rigorous course of studies, conceived to prepare students thoroughly for university entry. The DP Curriculum consists of 6 discipline based subject groups and the Core, which consists of the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service and the Extended Essay. Three subjects are chosen at Higher Level (HL), the others at Standard Level (SL). Students are able to make their choices flexibly, this means they can decide which subjects to study more deeply with a view to future university attendance. The Higher Level subjects are studied more deeply and extensively than those at Standard Level. At both levels, various skills are developed, especially those of critical thought and analysis. At the end of the course, students’ achievements are evaluated by means of external examinations, Many subjects also involve tasks that are internally assessed by the teachers and externally moderated by the International Baccalaureate.



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