Candidates must choose a discipline from each of the six areas of study offered: three of the six subjects are freely chosen at Higher Level (HL); the other three subjects are chosen at the Standard Level (SL). A seventh subject may, as an exception, be added. A separate certificate is awarded for this subject.
• All the subjects are offered in English and a more limited number are offered in French. The majority of subjects are offered at Higher and Standard levels. The candidate may take all subjects in one language or may distribute them among the two languages. This is recognized by the award of a bilingual IB diploma.
• Theory of Knowledge, in French or in English, is obligatory. This develops a philosophical mindset, critical thinking regarding the knowledge acquired at school, and beyond the world of school, an ability to analyse the cultural traditions of various peoples.
• The Extended Essay is an original piece of work produced by the student which allows them to go into greater depth with a topic in one of the subjects that interests them. A teacher is selected as an adviser.
• CAS offers a considerable number of choices in the fields of artistic creativity, sports and acts of solidarity for 4 to 8 hours per week, as well as participation in several mountain expeditions over the weekend (at least three per year).
All candidates study a wide range of subjects: literature in French, two other languages, sciences, history and geography, philosophy and physical and sports education.
Candidates also study three main subjects, spécialités, in depth during the first year. In the second and final year, students reinforce two of these specialités, which they then present in an oral presentation, le grand oral. This requires rigorous research, fully preparing them for university studies.