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Vientiane International School is an accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes to students aged 3 and up. Download a copy of the School Profile below.

School Profile 2017-2018


VIS is an IB World School. The curriculum is embedded in the Primary Years Program (PYP) for grades EY-5, Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 6-10, and Diploma Program (DP) for grades 11-12. The language of instruction is English.


Vientiane International School is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Vientiane International School is the only school in Laos and is one of a small selection of international schools in Asia accredited by both CIS and WASC.

CIS and WASC Logos

Through the CIS/WASC accreditation programme school improvement is encouraged through a process of continuous self-study and peer-to-peer evaluation, a process which VIS will be undergoing in 2016. Schools that have been awarded with full accredited status have demonstrated that they have achieved high standards of professional performance in international education and have a commitment to continuing improvement and best practices.

IB World School Logo

VIS is also accredited with the International Baccalaureate Organization for the Diploma Programme (DP), Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Middle Years Programme (MYP).

The IB programmes are available through 4,546 IB World Schools in 147 countries (www.ibo.org). The Diploma Programme is recognized by over 600 universities in 50 countries as a highly regarded entrance qualification.

VIS prides itself on being able to offer its students a passport to higher education.

School Community

The student body of nearly 500 students, is extremely diverse, drawing from 46 nationalities. Most families represent the non-government and diplomatic sectors. International and local business are also well represented. Our community is highly transient; the average time a family stays in Vientiane is 3 years.

Admissions Policy

VIS meets the academic and social needs of college-bound, internationally-minded students. Our school welcomes the enrollment of all expatriate children and qualified Lao national students wishing to access an international education. In higher grades, factors such as maturity, educational background, and achievement level are also taken into consideration to ensure each child can be successful at VIS. We serve a diverse community and provides limited support services to students with mild learning difficulties.


The VIS Secondary Mother Tongue program supports the development and maintenance of mother tongue languages for students in 14 different languages. VIS provides support for students who are in the process of acquiring English through the English as an Additional Language (EAL) program.

68% of students graduated with an IB Bilingual diploma in 2016.

Graduation Requirements

Students in grades 9-12 who complete 23 credits of study are also awarded the VIS High School Diploma. To achieve the VIS High School Diploma students need to successfully complete the following core requirements.

Subject Minimum Credits
Language A or B: English 4
Humanities 3
Mathematics 3
Science 3
Language A or B: Mother Tongue or Other Language 3
Physical Education 2
The Arts (Visual Arts, Theater, Music) 2
Design Technology 2
Theory of Knowledge 1
Satisfy requirements of Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

The VIS High School Diploma is recognized as meeting or exceeding high school graduation requirements globally. One full year of attendance at VIS is the minimum requirement.

Grading system
VIS uses a criterion referenced grading system. A passing grade for credit is at least a 3 on a scale of 1-7 for IB SL, HL or High School Level Subjects. VIS does not calculate GPA or class rank.

IB Results 2013-2017

VIS data compared to Global Data

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Class of 2017 SAT Scores

The statistics below represent the average score of approximately 25% of the class of 2017 who chose to take the SAT Exam with 50% of participants with a Mother Tongue other than English.

University Acceptances Classes of 2015-2017


Brunei Darussalam

University of Brunei Darussalam

Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong


Stenden University, BALI


Monash University


Enderun Colleges


National Taiwan University


Stamford University


National University Singapore

Nanyan University Singapore

South Korea

University College Seoul

Yonsei University Seoul


Bond University

Deakin University

Latrobe University

Macquarie University

Monash University

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Swinburne University

University of Melbourne

University of New South Wales

University of Queensland

University of Technology Sydney


Brock University

Carleton University

Concordia University

Dalhousie University

McGill University

McMaster University

Memorial University

Ontario College of Art & Design

Queen’s University

Quest University

Redeemer University College

Thompson Rivers University

Trent University

Trinity Western University

Tyndale University College

University of Alberta

University of British Columbia

University of Fraser Valley

University of Toronto

Western University


The Netherlands

Amsterdam University

Leiden University

Maastricht University

ULC The Hague

University College Utrecht


IE University


Jonkoping University


Les Roches International School of Hotel Management

NEW ZEALAND___________________

University of Auckland

UNITED KINGDOM________________

Brunel University

City University London

Coventry University

Exeter University

Glasgow Caledonian University

King’s College

Kingston University

Lancaster University

London College of Fashion

Loughbourough University

Napier University

North East Scotland College

Norwich University

Teeside University

University of Aberdeen

University of Birmingham

University of Bristol

University of Dundee

University of Edinburgh

University of Greenwich

University of Liverpool

University of Reading

University of St Andrews

University of Sterling

University of West Scotland

University of Westminster

University of York


Berea College

Boston University

Bryant University

California State University, Long Beach

Case Western Reserves University

Colorado State University

Dallas Baptist University

Emerson College

George Mason University

Gordon College

Hofstra University

Kent State University

Loyola University

Miami University

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Northeastern University

The New School (Parsons School of Design)

Purdue University

Santa Clara University

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

St Catherine University

Tulane University

University of California Los Angeles

University of Colorado

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Denver

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

University of San Francisco

University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Superior

Ms Elsa Donohue

Ms Tina Santilli

Mr Glenn Lawler

Mr Patrick Daly

CEEB: 684010
IB: 003369
UCAS: 46036