The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is respected by leading universities across the globe.
Students study the IBDP Core (Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Action & Service, and the Extended Essay) as well as six subjects chosen from languages, individuals and societies, science, mathematics and the arts. Most subjects offered can be studied at Standard or Higher Level.
The diploma is based on a point system. Each subject is graded on a scale of 1 to 7, whether it is at Standard or Higher Level, and the Core can earn a further 3 points, so 45 points are available in total.
The world mean score is usually just below 30.
Students must attain 24 points to pass the diploma and earn at least 12 on their three HL subjects with no HL being scored as 1 or 2.
On the UWC Dilijan timetable each HL subject is given about 280 hours of contact time, 40 hours more than the IB strictly requires; and each SL subject is given about 160 hours of contact time, 10 hours more than the IB requires.
Theory of Knowledge permeates the curriculum and leads to a critical analysis of all subjects.
The Extended Essay is a supervised, student-researched 4000-word report on a topic which each student chooses.
CAS, Creativity, Action, Service is a key component of a UWC education, where service is central. All students are required to initiate, participate in, and reflect on a variety of activities that stretch them creatively and physically, as well as benefit the wider community.