Dubai International Academy, Al Barsha is an authorized school for the Diploma Programme.  IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.  

Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit

The International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) is a course of study designed to meet the educational requirements of students aged between 16 and 18 years.

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a well-rounded, rigorous course of study, devised to develop students with skills for the 21st Century, who are informed global citizens. It aims to help students to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world.

The programme reflects the IB commitment to internationalism through second language learning and through some literature requirements in English. The programme includes learning outside the classroom through the extended essay and the community, and to independent learning through research.


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Students entering Grade 11 opt for one of the following:

I. IB Diploma: The curriculum consists of six subject Groups

  • Group 1 Language A 
  • Group 2 Language B
  • Group 3 Individuals and Societies
  • Group 4 Experimental Science
  • Group 5 Mathematics
  • Group 6 Electives

To be eligible for the award of the Diploma candidates must:

  1. Offer one subject from each of the above Groups.
  2. Offer three subjects at Higher level (HL) and three at Standard level (SL).
  3. Submit an Extended Essay of 4000 words in one of the subjects of the IBDP.
  4. Follow the Theory of Knowledge course.
  5. Engage in CAS Activities representing Creativity, Activity and Service.

II. IB Courses: Students who do not wish to take the Diploma programme may take IB Courses in six subjects of which English, Math are compulsory. It is preferred that two HL subjects are taken for university acceptance purposes.