Q: Is there a minimum grade requirement that a student must have to be accepted into your school?

A: There is no set grade requirement. We will always evaluate each individual applicant on his or her merits. That said, you need to be a good student with good grades. If you are currently in a Danish “Folkeskole” and you are applying to the Pre-IB, we are looking for a grade 7 average. Your English grade should ideally be a 10 or 12. If we are in doubt when we assess your application, we have an admission’s test that we can set you. In other words, please do put in an application. You may be accepted even if your grades are slightly below what we are looking for because we also believe in giving students a chance! As for the grade requirements for admittance into the IB Diploma Programme, please see the section entitled, “Admission: The IB Diploma Programme”. 


Q: Is there a test or an interview to enter your Pre-IB programme?

A: At Stenhus Gymnasium our policy is that we interview all our applicants. This is a great opportunity for us to get to know the student a little bit above and beyond the written application. It is also a great opportunity for the applicant to ask any questions that he or she may have about the programme and/or the school. In addition, we do have a written admission’s test in English, Maths, and Science that we can set a student if we are in doubt about their application. Please note, though, that this is only if we are in doubt: the vast majority of applicants are accepted into the Pre-IB and/or the IB Diploma Programme based solely on their written application and the interview.


Q: How many Pre-IB students do you guys have at a time? Is it hard to gain admittance to the programme?

A: We set up two Pre-IB classes every year. This means potentially up to 60 students in our two Pre-IB classes, though the classes are usually slightly smaller than that (24-28 students in each class). The number of applicants varies greatly from year to year, but we do receive more applicants than we have places. That said, if you are a good student with good grades, then you can be confident that you stand a good chance of being accepted.


Q: Is it possible to combine IB and Sports College?

A: Absolutely! Approximately 15% of our Pre-IB and IB students are members of one of the Sports Colleges. Basketball and Badminton are currently the most popular sports among our students, but we have had students in all of the Sports Colleges. Check out the video trailers on the school’s website.


Q: Is there a requirement for some level of Danish to attend Pre-IB?

A: No, this is not a requirement. We offer Danish at many levels: native speaker, intermediate, and Beginners. We have students in the Pre-IB and the IB Diploma Programme, who spoke no Danish at all when they started school at Stenhus Gymnasium. This is one of the things that makes us a truly international programme. It means that our common language of communication is English, not Danish.


Q: How does the IB Diploma Programme compare to A levels in the UK?

A: Both A levels and the IB Diploma Programme qualify students for university education. This webpage gives a good overview of the similarities and differences between the IB Diploma Programme and A Levels.


Q: Is the pre-IB and IB harder than an STX if I am Danish?

A: That is a difficult question to answer, because it really is an individual thing. It goes without saying that taking on an educational programme in a second language is an additional challenge. We believe it is a good, worthwhile challenge and that the payoff in the end is worth the extra effort. Doing the IB Diploma Programme prepares you for any kind of future international life. It is a very highly recognized education that opens doors if your ambition is to study or work outside of Denmark or at an international company in Denmark. If you would like further feedback on this question, please contact IB graduate Karoline Kornmaaler at kfk@stenhus-gym.dk. Karoline is Danish and she entered the Pre-IB and subsequently the IB Diploma Programme, having previously attended a Danish “Folkeskole”.


Q: What are the possibilities for local Danish students to board at the boarding school?

A: The boarding school hosts a good mix of Danish and International students. You are not excluded from applying because you are a Danish student. However, as I am sure you can understand, we do have to prioritize a student coming in from Dubai, Bangkok, or Houston over a student, who already lives in Denmark. This may mean being patient, and it may mean having to wait for a spot to open up. Invariably, though, this will happen.


Q: How many of your IB teachers are native English speakers?

A: We are an international programme. This means we have a mixture of many nationalities in our student population (at the last count, we had 36 nationalities represented). It also means that have a mixture of Danish speakers and non-Danish speakers in our teaching group. The reality of being a Danish school is that many of our teachers have a Danish background. Fortunately, all surveys show that Scandinavian speakers are some of the very best English as a second language speakers (in my experience, only the Dutch are better!).


Q: What is the curriculum for Danish A Higher Level?

A: Danish A Higher Level is a literature course. Teachers will choose works off the official IB booklist. The curriculum will vary from year to year, depending on the teacher and the students in the class. For further details: please contact IB Coordinator, Paul Bjergfelt, at pb@stenhus-gym.dk 


Q: How good does my English have to be to enter the pre-IB?

A: Good question. It needs to be good (preferably a grade 10 or 12 from a Danish “Folkeskole”). That said, no matter how good it is, we can guarantee that you will improve radically over the course of the three years that you are with us.


Q: How many students board at Stenhus Kostskole and how many of them are IB or pre-IB students at Stenhus Gymnasium?

A: Stenhus Gymnasium has approximately 45 spaces at the boarding school at Stenhus Kostskole and the majority of those students are Pre-IB and IB students. The number of Pre-IB and IB students has steadily increased every year since we were authorized as an IB World School in December 2016 and it is our clear expectation is that this trend will continue.


Q: Is it true that IB examinations are handwritten examinations?

A: It is correct that the final written examinations at the very end of the IB Diploma Programme are currently handwritten examinations. Please note two things, in that context. Firstly, this is in the process of changing. The IB Organisation has already introduced so-called “On Screen” examinations in the Middle Year Programme (MYP). The next step is to introduce on screen examinations in the IB Diploma Programme itself. We have reliably been informed that COVID-19 has been a catalyst in pushing onscreen assessment forward. The IBO were concerned that some countries/schools/students would not be able to access the online resources, but COVID-19 has proven that this is not the case (a very small silver lining). There is a very good chance that on screen examinations will be in place by May 2023 or May 2024. The second thing to note is that Pre-IB/IB students do the vast majority of their homework and write the vast majority of their written assignments on a computer. We are not luddites: we appreciate that the computer is a valuable educational tool, both inside and outside of the classroom.


Q: What level is Higher Level in the IB equivalent to in the Danish educational system?

A: Higher Level is equivalent to “A niveau” in the Danish system. Standard Level is equivalent to “B niveau” in the Danish system.

Further questions?

If you need further clarification of any of the answers given above, please contact IB Coordinator, Paul Bjergfelt, at pb@stenhus-gym.dk