IB Diploma Subjects

IB stands for International Baccalaureate and is …

  • a rigorous international education programme for students
  • a degree recognized by most universities worldwide
  •  organized and standardized by the IBO

LISA is one of only 10 schools in Austria and the only one in Upper Austria, offering the IB. LISA prepares students for the IB diploma  as well as for the Austrian “Reifeprüfung”. LISA is an approved “IB World School”.

To earn an IB diploma the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • “External Assessment”: final exams in 6 subjects (see below)
  • “Extended Essay”: an depth study relying on independent research
  • “CAS Program”: Creativity, Action, Service program. Each students must work 150 hours outside of school.
  • “Internal Assessment”: a portfolio of work must be completed for each chosen subject
  • “Theory of Knowledge”: An essay examining how knowledge and meaning is contructed

The examination for the Diploma requires candidates to take six subjects, each normally studied over a period of two years. At least three and not more than four must be taken at Higher Level (HL) and the others at Standard Level (SL). The six subjects must be chosen by selecting from each of the following subjects:

Group 1: Language A (first language)

  • including the study of selections of world literature
  • German, English, self-taught languages at SL only

Group 2: Language B (second language)

  • French, Italian, Spanish, English, German
  • or another Language A

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

  • History SL/HL
  • Geography SL/HL
  • Economics SL
  • Psychology SL
  • Information Technology in a Global Society SL

Group 4: Sciences

  • Biology SL/HL
  • Chemistry SL
  • Physics SL

Group 5: Mathematics SL/HL

Group 6: One of the following options:

  • Visual Design SL/HL
  • Music
  • Theatre Arts SL/HL

Instead of a Group 6 subject candidates may choose

  • a third language B
  • a second subject from Group 3 or 4.


  • HL: German A1, English B, History – SL: Maths, Biology, Theatre Arts
  • HL: German A1, English B, Maths  – SL: Physics, History, French B
  • HL: German A1, English B, Geography – SL: Maths, Physics, Art/Design
  • HL: English A1, German B, Biology – SL: Economics, Chemistry, Maths.
  • more combinations are of course possible

Additional Requirements:

  • Extended Essay: 4000 words; supervised by the teacher, assessed by an examiner.
  • Theory of Knowledge: critical reflection on what the student claims to know and what is professed as knowledge by others. Assessed by the TOK teacher and an examiner.
  • CAS – Programme: Creativity: e.g. arts, drama, musical instruments,…      Action: e.g. sports, outings, organising, … Service: e.g. social service, welfare, environment, …      Assessed by the CAS coordinator and monitored by the IB Regional Office.