International School of Berne Study Abroad:
The International School of Berne is an international day school providing an English language education for children of over 40 nationalities. Our school year extends from August until June, and we now offer a semester or year-long homestay study abroad program for high school students ages 14 to 19 (Grades 8 - 12). Study abroad students will become extended members of the families of IS Berne students or other local Swiss families, (with English, French and German language immersion benefits). The nearby Bern-Belp Airport receives flights from many major European cities, and Zurich International Airport is approximately 1 hour away by car/bus.
Semester / Year-long Homestay Study Abroad Program for students ages 14 - 19 (Grades 8 - 12)
Do you want to experience life in Switzerland? Go on weekly ski trips to the Swiss Alps? Or have class excursions to the Globe Theatre in London or CERN in Geneva? Celebrating 50 years serving the expat and diplomatic community in Switzerland’s capital, the International School of Berne now offers a homestay study abroad programme for high school students ages 14 to 19. During your semester or year, you will become an extended member of your local host family. You can choose to live with an English speaking family, or do a French or German language homestay immersion.
A limited number of spaces have been extended to select, qualifying students worldwide. With enrollment beginning in August 2012, the programme is an exclusive, innovative and premier study abroad option in Switzerland. Students attend classes full-time at the ISBerne campus in the village of Gümligen, a short distance from the heart of Berne, a UNESCO World Heritage City.
The IB Middle Years Programme (Grades 8–10)
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) concentrates on five areas of interaction, which are:
- Approaches to Learning
- Community and Service
- Human Ingenuity
- Health and Social Education
ISBerne currently offers the following courses:
English, French, German, mathematics, integrated science (biology, chemistry, and physics), history, geography, art, drama, music, information and design technology, physical education, community and service, library skills, and personal and social education (PSE). All students finish their MYP studies in Grade 10 with a personal project (a major piece of independent study) and, upon successful completion of their studies, receive certification from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
The IB Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12)
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP), for students aged 16-19 is a two-year course of study leading to the award of the IB Diploma. It also allows students to fulfil the requirements of their national education system. The IB diploma is recognized internationally as a qualification for university entrance. In addition, students may also graduate with an ISBerne High School Diploma. ISBerne currently offers the following IB DP courses at both Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL):
- English A1, A2 and B
- French A1, A2 and B
- German A1, A2 and B
- Ab Initio (beginner) French and German (SL only)
- Mathematical Studies (SL only)
- Visual Arts
All Diploma candidates in Grades 11 and 12 complete:
- the IB Theory of Knowledge programme,
- the IB Creativity, Action & Service (CAS) programme,
- an IB Extended Essay (a 4000-word research paper).
This programme complements, maintains and develops existing curricula aims and objectives. It gives students access to activities that cannot normally be offered within the framework of the curriculum and offers them challenging, new experiences to enrich their time at ISBerne. ISBerne offers a broad range of activities to meet the differing needs of the students, such as: theatre club, Model United Nations, student councils, eco club, languages, art club, board games, and much more. Sports include basketball and volleyball, soccer and swimming. Sports teams regularly participate in SGIS sports tournaments.
On every Friday of the winter season, students take part in the Ski Days programme. The school charters a train that travels directly to the Zweisimmen resort, where students spend the day learning to ski from a certified Swiss ski instructor. Grade 8 and above also have the option to snowboard. Kindergarten and grade one students go to Berne to ice skate.
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