International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers four highly respected programmes that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

IB Students at University

Research shows that IB students are more likely than their peers to succeed in higher education and IB enjoys a high level of respect among the world’s higher education institutions.

Prem IB Programmes

We are authorized to offer all four IB programmes: the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, the Diploma Programme and the Career-related Programme.

Powerful Outcomes

A common thread that emerged from participant life stories was that the IB has the potential to powerfully shape the lives of students who participate in its programmes.

Benefits of the IB

Why the IB is Different

Students at International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools:

  • Are encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
  • Take part in an education that can lead to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
  • Become more culturally aware, through development of a second language
  • Are able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.
Academic Performance

IB World School students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics. They are also likely to perform well academically – often better than students on other programmes.

There is more information about the performance of IB students on the IB programme pages. For example, students on the IB Diploma Programme (DP) are likely to enroll at top universities, and students on the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) outperform other students in a number of areas.

Learning to Learn

Throughout all IB programmes, students develop approaches to learning skills and the attributes of the IB learner profile.

Students are able to take responsibility for their learning and understand how knowledge is constructed. They are encouraged to try different approaches and take responsibility for their own progress. IB students:

  • Ask challenging questions
  • Think critically
  • Develop research skills proven to help them in higher education.

IB programmes also encourage students to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond academic study.

Continuum of Four Programmes

We provide a continuum of education, consisting of four programmes that are united by the IB’s philosophy and approaches to learning and teaching. The programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.

Research in IB Education

Key Findings

Whether conducted in collaboration with the IB or independently, research generally suggests that an IB education has a positive impact on schools, students and teachers.Global key findings [33 KB]
Studies in Asia-Pacific [143 KB]

Key findings: programme specific

Primary Years Programme [33 KB]

PYP key findings

Middle Years Programme [373 KB]

Diploma Programme [336 KB]

Diploma Programme core [711 KB]

Programme Impact  

Programme impact studies investigate the impact of International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes on teachers, schools and students.

The studies aim to improve education. By examining the qualities and characteristics of schools, students and teachers, programme impact research helps both the IB and external organizations better understand the value of an IB education.

Programme Development

In order to make improvements, the International Baccalaureate (IB) conducts programme development research. These studies support the review of curricula across the IB’s programmes, improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning, and explore initiatives, strategies and challenges encountered by schools, students and teachers. Programme development research in the:

The studies discuss a range of topics, including international mindedness, student wellbeing, transdisciplinarity, and language policies. These studies are published in a range of formats, in order to approach the question of programme development and the review of curricula.

Programme Development Research Areas

  • Fostering curriculum implementation, by exploring and analyzing educational innovation and initiatives, strategies, challenges and lessons learned through enhancing the implementation of the IB’s four programmes in diverse school contexts and developing timely resources for the effectiveness of teaching and learning.
  • Supporting the continuum of the programmes, by investigating theory and practice of curriculum alignment and articulation to support learning continuum between and across the four programmes.
  • Responding proactively to potentials of and challenges for students in the 21st century, by examining initiatives in cultivating international-mindedness and how it relates to students’ development towards holistic individuals, lifelong learners, and global citizens.
  • Building research capacity for curriculum development, by providing research training to sustain research competences and thus rigorous educational research throughout the continuous curriculum development process of the four programmes.
What is an IB Education?
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The Value of IB Education

 As Assistant Dean of Admission at Stanford University, Debra Von Bargen has firsthand experience working with many IB graduates. As her son began the IB Diploma Programme, she saw him do things he never thought he could do. In her role as the Assistant Dean of Admissions, she knows that IB students show very high success rates during their first year of university.

About IB Programmes

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

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The learning journey begins in the Early Years (ages three to six). The name ‘Early Years’ refers to these first few years of life and reflects our aim to have purposeful practice based on current research.

The journey continues through Grades 1-5 (ages six to eleven). Students learn to respect each other as they participate in many collaborative learning experiences.

From planning service learning activities to creating a class mosaic in class, Junior School students are challenged to collaborate and to learn from each other.

Instruction is in English, and English language support is provided as needed. Students learn about and explore literacy, math, science, so cial studies, and personal and social skills with their homeroom teachers. Working with the classroom teachers, a talented group of specialist teachers provide learning experiences in music, art, physical education and Thai.

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Technology is used and taught throughout the day as relevant and shared laptops are available for students.Prem’s unique 100-acre campus offers a unique learning environment.

Learning extends beyond the classroom walls to the organic farm, cooking school, bamboo forests and pond.

Middle Years Programme (MYP)

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  • An international curriculum drawing on current pedagogy
  • Subject groups linked by conceptual understandings and areas of interaction
  • Progression of skills development including both subject specific and approaches to learning skills


  • Many subject specialists
  • Many teachers with specialized MYP training, including trained workshop leaders and moderators


  • Well-equipped drama, music and visual arts rooms
  • A commitment to Mac computer technology and the development of design technology suite with specialised tools
  • Spacious science laboratories and the opportunity to take learning outside to access our rich environmental learning opportunities
  • Physical Education with multiple sports fields and an Olympic-sized swimming pool


  • Two levels of mathematics
  • English and Thai offered from beginners to first language levels
  • Academic English Programme (AEP) students are phased into the MYP in a structured and supported manner
  • French, Mandarin, and Korean at a variety of levels to support emerging learners and to extend our top students
  • Health as a dedicated component of our physical education programme
  • Days Out and week-long camps to take learning out of the school setting

The IB Diploma Programme

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We are one of just a few four-programme and 200 three-programme IB schools in the world. The PYP and MYP are for three to sixteen year old students. We believe it is important this continues for our sixteen to nineteen year olds.

The full IB Diploma Programme

In addition to the three core elements of Theory of Knowledge (ToK), an extended essay and creativity, action, service (CAS), students take six subjects. Three must be at the higher level (HL) with 240 hours of instruction and three subjects may be at standard level (SL) with 150 hours of instruction.

Subjects we typically offer:

English A Literature, English A Language & Literature, Thai A Language & Literature, Korean A Language & Literature, Self-Taught A Language & Literature
English B, French B, Mandarin ab initio, Spanish ab initio
Economics, Geography, History, Psychology, Business and Management, ITGS
Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Societies & Systems, Physics
Maths HL, Maths SL, Maths Studies SL
Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Film

IB Diploma Programme courses

Students take a minimum of five standard level (SL) subjects plus CAS plus an approaches to learning course shared with the IBCP students.

To support those students who may transfer between IB schools, may be competitive athletes or may want subject combinations that we are unable to accommodate, we offer the full range of available Diploma Programme courses online.

With great support from our College / Career Counsellor, students select the IB programme course and combination of subjects which both interests and challenges them as well as meeting college/university requirements. We are very proud of the variety of courses and colleges/universities around the world that our students gain entry to.

We are also very proud of our qualified and experienced diploma teachers, many of whom illustrate their commitment to their own learning as well as to the IB programmes by being IB subject examiners and workshop leaders.

Career Related Programme (IBCP)

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Now its fourth year at Prem, International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) is starting to gain attention internationally. It is one of only about 60 programs globally and the first in Asia, Prem is uniquely positioned to offer something to IB students that few other schools can. The IBCP is an exciting opportunity for Prem students to gain prestigious IB credentials while studying something they are particularly passionate about.

The IBCP is a two-year programme for students in grades 11 and 12 that includes many of the same elements as the Diploma Programme: at least two IB Diploma level courses, a Reflective Project, an approach to learning skills component, an emphasis on language development and involvement in community and service. These four components are known as the ‘IBCP Core’. In addition, students study a specific vocational programme of particular interest.

Is the IBCP a good fit for me?

What makes the IBCP special is its career-related course focus. Prem currently offers two specialized course focuses, the BTEC Diploma in Sport, which focuses on sports management and the BTEC Diploma in Hospitality which focuses on hotel and restaurant management. So, first and foremost, the ideal student will have a natural passion and commitment toward one of these career fields. The student should have a fairly clear idea their professional life will include a career in either the sports or the hospitality industry.

How does the IBCP compare to the IB Diploma Programme?

The IBCP is similar to the normal IB Diploma Programme (DP) in that it offers the academic rigor colleges demand and respect, but is more dynamic allowing students to get industry standard training and coursework in a specific field before university. When a student graduates from the IBCP Programme, they leave with many authentic experiences and a rich and diverse profile.

What is BTEC?

The Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) is a British education organization which awards vocational qualifications to students completing their course of study. Completion of the course is equivalent to other qualifications such as the GCSE A Levels (3). PTIS has carefully selected courses it thinks will benefit students and that Prem can deliver effectively. In addition to the IBCP Core, (mentioned above), students complete 13 or 14 BTEC courses in their chosen field.

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Prem Resources

Prem is well-resourced to offer both programmes. For the Diploma in Sport, we have wonderful on-site sports facilities such as several playing fields, gymnasium, fitness room and 50-meter pool. We have on-site sports academies including for golf, tennis, football and swimming. Prem is part of a city-wide sports league called the Chiang Mai Athletics Conference and has access to professionals in the field. For the Diploma in Hospitality, we have two on-site restaurants, both with their areas of specialty. We also have an on-site boutique hotel with its own pool, spa/message area and 20 rooms. Chiang Mai is home to hundreds of mind-body-spirit businesses and practitioners related to sports and hospitality. Both programmes have connections with local businesses and institutions.

What can I do with my IBCP degree after school?

The main benefit of completing the IBCP at PTIS is it prepares the student very well for college and eventually a successful career in the sports or hospitality industry. The detailed knowledge, skills and understanding gained from studying the Diploma Programme courses, the IBCP core and the career-related study provide opportunities such as:

  • Higher education: the mix of career-related skills combined with the knowledge and skills obtained from studying the Diploma Programme courses allows students access to higher education institutions such as universities and colleges.
  • Further education: students may wish to continue their education at educational institutions that specialise in their chosen field of study.
  • Apprenticeships: in many countries apprenticeship schemes are available where students are given on-the-job training as well as classroom instruction in a particular craft or trade.
  • Direct Employment: the transferable skills fostered in the approaches to learning (ATL course, combined with the specific knowledge and skills developed in the student’s career-related studies, provide the opportunity for students to move directly into employment in their chosen field.

Please contact IBCP Coordinator Nicole Duhig ( if you would like more information on this exciting course at Prem.

Vision. Educating global citizens who strive for excellence, live sustainably, lead responsibly, celebrate diversity, and whose integrity champions a just and more peaceful world.
Mission. We are a community that challenges its members to act as compassionate, knowledgeable and principled global citizens: working together for a sustainable future and inspired by meaningful relationships, continuous learning and good thinking.
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