The International School of Herzen University (ISHU) has been an authorized IB Diploma programme school since December 2019.

The admission applications for the IB Diploma programme 2021-2023 are accepted from 24th February 2021.

We answer your queries regarding the IB Diploma programme in the ISHU and provide consultations on the choice of the IB DP subjects from 25.02.2021 till 20.03.2021. The admission tests are conducted from 22.03.2021 to 17.04.2021.

What is included in the admission tests?

  • Interview with the IB coordinator (English)  
  • Motivation Letter
  • English language grammar and vocabulary test (the expected level of the English language is B2 (Common European Frame of Reference)
  • Mathematics exam
  • Other subject tests for the subjects selected for the Higher Level (HL)

International School of Herzen University is an authorized school* for the Middle Years Programme (MYP). International School of Herzen University is an authorized school* for the Diploma Programme.
International School of Herzen University

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 http://www.ibo.org.


The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.


As IB learners, we strive to be:


We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others.
We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.


We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.


We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.


We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.


We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.


We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.


We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.


We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.


We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical and emotional—to achieve well- being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.


We thoughtfully consider the world and
our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help people become responsible members of local, national and global communities.


The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. 


International School of Herzen University (ISHU) offers international educational programmes that adopt the whole child teaching approach through inquiry learning and the use of individualized learning paths.

The multicultural educational environment at ISHU is committed to helping students become caring and socially active life-long learners. ISHU programmes are designed to encourage students to be confident and effective communicators, who are able to adopt other perspectives with empathy and respect.

ISHU cultivates a growth mind-set amongst students and staff where problem solving, flexibility, creativity and innovation combine to produce a school community of responsible and productive global citizens able to adapt to a variety of events and circumstances. At ISHU we inspire and enable our students to be empowered and become positive change-makers in the world in which we live.


(from IB official materials: www.ibo.org)

The IB continuum of international education, for students aged 3 to 19, is unique because of its academic and personal rigour, challenging students to excel in their studies and personal growth. The IB aims to inspire a quest for learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy.

The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students, who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations.

The IB offers high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. An IB education:

  • focuses on learners – the IB’s student-centred programmes promote healthy relationships, ethical responsibility and personal challenge
  • develops effective approaches to teaching and learning – IB Programmes help students to develop the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success
  • works within global contexts – IB programmes increase understanding of languages and cultures, and explore globally significant ideas and issues
  • explores significant content – IB programmes offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected.

Informed by values described in the learner profile, IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.


(from IB official materials: www.ibo.org)

The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

The MYP is flexible enough to accommodate most national or local curriculum requirements. It builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and the IB Career-related Programme (CP).

The IB Middle Years Programme:

  • addresses holistically students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
  • provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future
  • ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups
  • requires the study of at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
  • empowers students to participate in service within the community
  • helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning.


(from IB official materials: www.ibo.org)

The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education, with final examinations, that prepares students aged 16 to 19 for success at university and in life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

The curriculum

DP students must choose one course from each of five subject groups delivering a breadth of knowledge and understanding in language and literature, individuals and societies, the sciences and mathematics. Furthermore, students must also choose either an arts course from the arts group or a second course from one of the other subject groups. DP courses can be taken at higher level (HL) or standard level (SL). At least three, and not more than four, are taken at HL (240 teaching hours), while the remaining courses are taken at SL (150 teaching hours). SL courses ensure students are exposed to a range of disciplines that they might otherwise opt out of, and HL courses allow students to spend more time with subjects they are more interested in by exploring options in addition to the SL core curriculum. In this sense, all DP courses, regardless of whether they are SL or HL, are integral to the programme. Students can study and take examinations in English, French or Spanish. Two courses are classified as interdisciplinary, meaning that they satisfy the requirements of more than one subject group.

  • Literature and performance (studies in language and literature subject group and the arts subject group)
  • Environmental systems and societies (individuals and societies subject group and sciences subject group)

In addition to disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the DP features three core elements that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

The Diploma Programme core

The extended essay (EE) requires students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. The world studies EE option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance, which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.

Theory of knowledge (TOK) develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.

Creativity, activity, service (CAS) emphasizes helping students to develop their own identities in accordance with the ethical principles embodied in the IB mission statement and the IB learner profile. CAS complements a challenging academic programme in a holistic way, providing opportunities for self-determination, collaboration, accomplishment and enjoyment. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the DP. The three strands of CAS are creativity (exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance), activity (physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle) and service (collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need).


ISHU Admission Policy

IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME contract terms & prices

DP contract terms & prices

Terms & Prices of the contract for educational services according to the Federal State Educational Standard

Terms & Prices of the contract for educational services according to the Federal State Educational Standard


Little Broadway

Our talented students and creative English teachers couldn’t miss the annual Musical Drama Festival “Little Broadway” this year. We proudly announce our winners:
1 grade with the play “The Lion and the Mice” – 3rd place,
4 grade with the play “The Book That Saved the Earth” – 4th place,
5 grade with the play “Alice in Wonderland” – 1st place!
The plays were directed by our English teachers Korshina Elizaveta and Volodina Varvara.

Annual English Theatre

The first week of March in ISHU was full of sunlight, laughter and excitement.
Our annual English Theatre is always the highlight of the English week. This year it was not only at school, but also online! It was a new experience for us all and it was undoubtedly a huge success!
On March 3rd, our younger students (pre-school, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades) performed their plays and surprised everyone with their brilliant acting!
On March 5th, the 4th and 5th grades presented to our attention a variety of genres: a comedy, a musical and even science fiction. We saw aliens dancing, sang our favourite songs from “The Lion King” and even explored a secondary school student’s brain with the 5th graders.
We would like to thank our talented students, creative teachers and our students’ parents whose support and love made this day so warm and enjoyable!