The Bilingual College is approved by the Canton of Basel-Stadt. After six years, it culminates in the bilingual Swiss bilingual Matura and, optionally, in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). English and German continue to be equally important, both as languages of instruction and in other parts of day-to-day school life. In their third year of college, students can choose one of two specialised subjects: “economics and law” (in German) or “biology and chemistry” (in English).
A Broad General Education
At college level, students enjoy a general education that is both broad and deep. Our main priority is to enable them to understand their natural, technical and cultural surroundings in Switzerland as well as on an international level. This includes, amongst other things, educational excursions, summer and winter sports camps, day trips to cultural and scientific institutions, visits to the theatre, participation in athletic and academic competitions, author readings and musical performances from the German-, English-, and French-speaking cultural spheres, as well as a one-week industry placement in a local company.
Computer Skills and Language Certificates
In addition to gaining the ability to participate in multilingual classes in a natural way, our students also acquire solid and hands-on computer skills. They each receive their own laptop, which is used extensively in class and at home. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to earn language certificates in English and French.
Matura and IB
Our students graduate from the Bilingual College with the Swiss bilingual Matura. However, as a recognised IB World School, we also offer them the opportunity to simultaneously obtain the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). During their final two years in college, students follow an integrated programme that prepares them for both sets of exams. With this dual qualification, they are ideally prepared for taking up their studies at Swiss or international universities.
The academically challenging combination of Matura and IB Diploma is only offered at a handful of Swiss schools, making it one of the distinct benefits of studying at SIS.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The IB programme is the ideal preparation for university studies in an English-speaking country. Individual subjects are enhanced with teaching and learning methods commonly used at university undergraduate level.
Some subjects are taught exclusively in English with corresponding English material. This allows students excellent preparation for the IB exams, which are conducted only in English.
The programme is characterised by two distinctive features: on the one hand, the subject area Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) gives students the opportunity to actively engage in arts, sports and social activities; the theory of knowledge course, on the other hand, teaches students to develop personal and critical thinking skills.
The six-year IB programme is divided into three parts:
Grades 7 and 8
These two grades, officially classified as secondary school, provide the basic education on which the following years build.
Grades 9 and 10
During this time, students are prepared for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams. At the end of grade 10, students sit IGCSE exams in subjects that are offered by SIS Basel and, thereby, acquire the recognised British secondary school qualification. By taking these exams, students will also gain valuable experience with regard to the subsequent IB programme.
Grades 11 and 12
In the last third of the IB programme, students complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB)
and thus obtain a globally recognised university entrance qualification.