THE DIPLOMA programme through the International Baccalaureate Organisation helps students prepare for university, provides them with an international education and encourages an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, languages and points of view. Compulsory activities include creative pursuits, sports, expeditions, local or international action projects and community service projects. The diploma is recognised by universities worldwide and is a good stepping stone for those thinking of studying abroad. Locally, the Yew Chung Secondary International School offers the diploma and the programme is offered through International Baccalaureate schools around the world. Fees vary according to schools ( www.ibo.org ).