IBDP Program

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) is an assessed program for students aged 16 to 19. It is respected by leading universities across the globe.

What the DP offers students

Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • study at least two languages
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programs unique Theory of Knowledge course

Why does UAS offer the IB Diploma Program?

International research shows that there are many benefits to choosing the DP over other 16-19 curricula. For example:

  • DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them, according to one study
  • Analysis of DP students in Canada, the UK and the USA found that the DP’s extended essay improves students’ approach to learning in higher education
  • 72% of students taking the DP in China attend one of the world’s top 500 universities, according to a 2013 study.

Pathway to university and employment

  • The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Program (DP) is recognized and respected by the world’s leading universities, and evidence suggests that higher rates of DP students go on to university and higher education study than non-IB students. 
  • DP students apply to more than 3,300 higher education institutions each year, in close to 90 countries.
  • The most popular of these institutions are ranked among the top universities in the world.

Curriculum 

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Program (DP) curriculum sets out the requirements for study of the DP. The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. Made up of
the three required components, the DP core  aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.


The three core elements are:

  • Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  • The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
  • Creativity, action, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

The six subject groups are:

There are different courses within each subject group.

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