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Diploma Program

IB Diploma students chat with Head of School

At VIS, students in Grades 11 and 12 follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (DP). This curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay.

The DP is a rigorous, academically challenging and balanced program of education designed to prepare students aged 16 – 19 for success at university and life beyond. The DP aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable, inquiring, caring and compassionate, and to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness and the attitudes necessary to respect and evaluate a range of viewpoints.

Students tailor their studies to meet their own personal interests, talents and career ambitions. They can choose from over 20 taught classes. This means that students benefit from small class sizes, so teachers have the time to meet the unique needs of every member of the class.

In addition to these, the can opt to study literature in their home language. VIS has been repeatedly recognized for the high quality of our mother tongue program where students work with tutors and specialist literacy teachers to strengthen their home language.

Just like in the MYP, teachers work hard to create authentic learning experiences to maximize student engagement. 

IB Diploma Programme Model


Elizabeth England, VIS IB Diploma Coordinator

Elizabeth England,
Diploma Program Coordinator


Here's a few samples:

  • Geography students conducting an urban study in Vientiane to collect data for their internal assessment.
  • Science students applying theories learned in the lab by designing and constructing boats out of recycled materials, then racing them against their peers.
  • Students from the Business Management class, learning about production methods by inspecting production plants.
  • Theatre students directing, acting and supporting community theatre productions.

At VIS we support a diversity of learners with different language backgrounds, embrace engaged and individualized learning, and encourage positive relationships both in school and in the Lao community.

Learners are Unique
It may be in a classroom or it may be in a marketplace - students need opportunities to learn in a variety of different ways.

Learners are Reflective
What was the purpose? What did you learn?  What would you do differently? Reflection is honored as part of the process. 

Learners make Connections
Honoring traditions while adapting to a new world, students link the past to the present and the future.

Learners at the Center
Motivated students actively engaged in their own learning - and making their own discoveries.

Learners are Collaborative
Engaged in a Lifeguard Training, students support each other as they learn skills that could one day save a life.

Learners have Emotions
Enthusiastic about her artwork and also the work her colleagues, a young artist becomes an integral part of the gallery.