How to apply to the IB

Apply to the IB

We welcome students from a multitude of backgrounds and educational experiences into the IB programme. However, the IB programme is an academically rigorous course and therefore it is necessary for candidates to reach the following levels before being admitted into the IB Diploma programme:

Candidates coming from Denmark

Completed pre-IB/STX 1g/HHX 1g/HTX 1g at IBG or another school to a satisfactory standard. Preferably NV and AP at 4s or above. At least 4 in English, Maths, and Danish (if Danish is a subject choice for IB) including at least one written grade 7 in these subjects e.g. English 7, Math 4, Danish oral 4, or English 4, Maths 7, Danish 4.  The end-of-year Danish-History exam must be passed with a minimum of a grade 4.

For IBG students you must also have teacher recommendations to approve your subject choices and you must have shown consistent good student conduct and attitude to learning in your pre-IB year. 

The student will have the opportunity to comment before the final decision is made by the headmaster and IB coordinator.

Candidates coming from outside the Danish system (this includes international schools in Denmark)

Completed IGCSEs or equivalent to a satisfactory standard 


Completed 10/11 years of school to a satisfactory standard. (2 years left of school)


Completed IB MYP to a satisfactory standard. (28 points or above)

Candidates who do not meet the requirements above, may still be considered as we will do a holistic assessment, and an (online) interview to see if you are suitable for the IB Diploma course.

All applicants should provide at least one reference from your previous place of education which details your work ethic, effort, attendance, attitude to learning etc.

For students who do not meet the requirements, pre-IB may be offered as an alternative route into the Diploma programme.

Students who do not have recognised exam transcripts, including those who have had a break from education will be offered an admission interview and test.

Admission process:

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is for students aged 16+. To learn more see: 

After applying, all applicants will be invited in for an admissions (online) interview and, possibly, a test. Entry into the IB programme is determined holistically, based on both the interview and the candidates school records and teacher reference. A candidate may be required to take an admission test if our school deems such a test necessary to fully be able to assess the student’s abilities before making the final decision regarding acceptance.
A final decision is based not only on a student’s grades from his/her current school but also on the interview and, possibly, admission test.

The application form must be sent to our school at along with:

  • the latest report card.
  • one reference from your current place of education
  • if you have attented the Danish Folkeskole and spent a year abroad you must also send a copy of your results of the final examination.

Application form for the IB Diploma Programme 2024/25

EU citizen or non-EU citizen?

Non-EU citizens cannot be granted more than a one-year-visa by the Danish immigration authorities unless special circumstances are in place, such as the parents working in Denmark. Therefore you cannot apply to the IB without such special circumstances.

For applicants coming from an EU country, an EU residence permit must be obtained upon arrival in Denmark. 

The following documentation is necessary: 

  • A passport photo 
  • Applicant’s birth certificate (original), if applicant is under 18. 
  • Last three months’ pay slips from the supporting parent(s) or a print of your bank account(s)/ bank account of your supporting parent(s). 
  • Parents’ passports if applicant is under 18. 
  • Admission letter from Ikast-Brande Gymnasium
  • Copy of a signed housing contract
  • If parents are divorced and applicant is under 18: Notarized documentation of divorce, and a notarized statement that both parents consent to the child studying abroad. 

The above documentation must be brought in person to the Danish authorities, located in Aarhus, Denmark, upon arrival. 

It is advisable that applicants under 18 bring both parents when going to apply for the residence permit. 

In addition to the above documentation, all applicants must fill out an application form available at

All applicants under 18 are encouraged to contact to double check requirement for a resident permit, particularly if planning to travel to Denmark with only one parent, or alone. 


Questions about the IB? 

You are always welcome to contact us...

Gitte Vestergaard Pilley

IB Coordinator

phone+45 9715 3611


Gitte Vestergaard Pilley

Bøgildvej 6, DK-7430 Ikast   •   phone +45 9715 3611   •   mail   •    mail sikker(secure) mail

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