Option internationale du baccalauréat (OIB) / baccalauréat français international (BFI)
The Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) is a unique bilingual and cultural qualification that is taken by students in Terminale. To date, the Anglophone Section at the CSI Lyon has offered two versions of the OIB:
Option Internationale du Baccalauréat, British version (OIB UK)
The British version of the OIB is quality assured by Cambridge International Education (University of Cambridge) in partnership with the French Ministère de l'Education Nationale.
Option Internationale du Baccalauréat, American version (OIB US)
The American version of the OIB is quality assured by the College Board working in partnership with the French Ministère de l'Education Nationale.
The OIB is not a separate diploma but a specialisation within the framework of the French baccalauréat. OIB candidates will take all the exams required for the French baccalauréat général. In addition, they will take oral and written exams in English, in both language & literature and history / geography.
From September 2022 the OIB will be progressively replaced by a new exam: the baccalauréat francais international (BFI).
The BFI is a new bilingual diploma that includes core elements of the French baccalauréat along with various subjects taught and examined in English at a high intellectual and linguistic level.
BFI candidates will take:
All the exams required for the French baccalauréat général;
Oral and written exams, in English, in two subjects: language & literature (ACL: apprentissage cultural et linguistique) and history / geography (DNL: devoir non-linguistique); and
An oral exam in a new subject called “global perspectives” (CDM: conaissances du monde).
The Anglophone Section at the CSI Lyon will offer two versions of the BFI:
Baccalauréat Français International, British version (BFI UK)
The British version of the BFI is quality assured by Cambridge International Education (University of Cambridge) in partnership with the French Ministère de l'Education Nationale.
Baccalauréat Français International, American version (BFI US)
The American version of the BFI is quality assured by the College Board working in partnership with the French Ministère de l'Education Nationale.
When will the BFI exams replace the OIB exams for Terminal students?
From September 2022 students entering première in that year will be enrolled in the BFI programme (not the OIB). This means that the first BFI exams will be taken by this year group in June 2024. The table below shows when the new BFI will be introduced for students in Terminal.
OIB / BFI Support Networks
Both the British and American versions of the BFI will be offered in international Sections in schools across France. As such, a collaborative approach is needed to ensure that standards are maintained and to ensure consistency across different schools. The awards are validated by Cambridge Assessment International Education (for the British version) and the College Board (for the American version), while associations have been established to coordinate the delivery of the exams and to provide support for teachers across the network (ASIBA for the British version, AAMIS for the American version). APESA teachers in particular play a key role in these associations.
Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB), Option Internationale in 3ème
The Diplôme National du Brevet is a French state exam taken by students at the end of 3ème (Year 10 / 9th grade). It comprises written examinations in French, mathematics and history/geography. Students taking the option internationale will also sit oral examinations in English language & literature and history / geography.
International GCSE in 3ème / 2nde
Students will take the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in English Language & English Literature at the end of their 2nde year. This qualification, which is administered by Pearson Edexcel, is an international qualification which is the equivalent of the GCSE offered by schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.