IB Diploma Programme


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a rigorous pre-university course of studies that culminates in examinations. The IBDP is designed to meet the needs of highly motivated secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19 years. Designed as a comprehensive 2-year curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfil requirements of various national education systems, the Diploma Programme model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of many.

MEF International School, whose IBDP also allows for the entrance of students from its Turkish national sister school MEF Lisesi, is officially referred to as MEF Schools of Turkey. MEF has proudly offered the Diploma Programme since 1998 and has been one of the top-scoring IB World School in Turkey.

Participants in the Diploma Programme choose a subject from six different academic areas. Subjects are studied concurrently, and students are exposed to the two great traditions of learning: the humanities and the sciences. The courses span a range of subject areas in order for the IB to achieve its goal of providing a well-rounded, challenging curriculum that enables students to succeed at the university-level and in our global village. In the IBDP, students study 6 subjects, 3 at the Higher Level (HL) and 3 at the Standard Level (SL). HL courses represent 240 teaching hours; SL courses cover 150 hours. By arranging work in this fashion, students are able to explore some subjects in depth and some more broadly over the two-year period; this is a deliberate compromise between the early specialization preferred in some national systems and the breadth found in others.

Successful Diploma Programme students meet three requirements in addition to the six subjects and can be directly related to the extent to which students embody the traits of the IB Learners Profile. The interdisciplinary Theory of Knowledge (TOK)course is designed to develop a coherent approach to learning that transcends and unifies the academic areas and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives. The Extended Essay of some 4,000 words offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. Participation in the CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) requirement encourages students to be involved in creative pursuits, physical activities and service projects in the local, national and international contexts.

The courses listed below are currently offered at MEF Schools of Turkey. See Course Descriptions for a more detailed look at the courses listed below.

Group 1 (Language A) Group 2 (Language B)
Turkish A
English A
English B (SL, HL)
French B (SL, HL)
Spanish B (SL, HL)
Ab initio French (SL)
Ab initio Spanish (SL)
Group 3 (Individuals and Societies) Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)
History (SL, HL)
Economics (SL, HL)
Psychology (offered as Group 6 elective)
Biology (SL, HL)
Chemistry (SL, HL) (offered as Group 6 elective)
Physics (SL, HL)
Group 5 (Mathematics & Computer Science) Group 6 (Arts and Electives)
Mathematics (SL, HL)
Mathematical Studies (SL)
Visual Arts (SL, HL)
Chemistry (SL, HL)
Psychology (SL, HL)

Please click here: IB Diploma Programme to read more about this programme on International Baccalaureate Organisation's website.