IB Diploma Programme

16-18 years old

12 teachers from Australia, Croatia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, South Africa, Spain, USA.
8.00 am- 4.30 pm Monday-Friday

A highly personalised IB Diploma Programme experience in the heart of Milan

Since 2017, Collegio San Carlo has offered the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, an academically rigorous and challenging programme that is recognised in most countries of the world as a university entrance qualification.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an internationally recognised programme, taught in English, which prepares students for higher education and is recognised by universities worldwide. Students do three subjects at High Level and three at Standard Level. The Diploma Core consists of an independently researched Extended Essay of 4,000 words, Theory of Knowledge which is an interdisciplinary course focusing on the nature, acquisition and development of knowledge, and the holistic, experiential learning Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) programme

Academic goals


Develop critical thinkers


Create global citizens


Become life-long learners


Personal Identity

Two years of preparation for university and for life

The IB at CSC challenges students to reach their academic potential and to become the best person they can be.  As well as in their six subjects, students hone their research skills through the Extended Essay and develop their thinking skills in Theory of Knowledge.  The IB Learner Profile is fundamental in this as it encourages people to be Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced and Reflective,

Throughout the course, students acquire vital life-skills such as collaboration, time-management, organisation and planning which are crucial both for success in the Diploma Programme and beyond.

Experiential Learning: Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)

In CAS, the students enjoy and find significance in a range of different Experiences and reflect on them.  They identify goals, develop strategies, and determine actions for personal growth.  New possibilities and challenges are embraced and explored and students learn to adapt to new roles.  They actively participate in planned, sustained and collaborative CAS projects and understand they are members of local and global communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment.

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A Catholic School, A Global Vision

Our school boasts a low student/teacher ratio, enabling a highly personalised approach to learning. It is one of the few Catholic schools in Europe which offers the IB Diploma Programme, thus providing a supportive environment which places high importance on character education.

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A perfect blend of tradition and innovation

As our school celebrates its rich heritage spanning more than150 years, it is also recognised as a leader in the introduction of innovative programmes which challenge students to optimise their potential in preparation for undergraduate and graduate level studies. IB Diploma students are an important cohort of the Collegio San Carlo student body, which now numbers nearly 2000 students.

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We are in the pulsating centre of Italian innovation, connected to the rest of Europe

Milan is the second-largest Italian city, and the capital of Italian innovation. It is home to great celebrations of the ‘made in Italy’ lifestyle: fashion, food, music and global promotional events and the Winter Olympics. Additionally, thanks to the development of good transport connections, it is well connected to Switzerland and the rest of Europe.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The school day starts at 08.00 and finishes at 16.30. There are two breaks in the morning and a lunch break. All students have some tutorial periods in which they have no lessons, but instead are supervised by a teacher or they can make an appointment with a teacher if they need some help or advice.
The maximum number in each year group is 24. However, classes are smaller than this and are determined by the number of students who choose the subject.
Some students are from Collegio San Carlo, others join the programme from other schools in Milan and we also have students from other countries.
Yes, our graduates are in public and private universities in Italy, the UK and other European countries.