Curriculum Career-related Programme

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The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) at UWC Maastricht is designed for students aged 16 to 19, who wish to engage in career-related learning.

It is an assessed programme, respected by leading universities across the globe. We aim to develop students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. 


Areas of study

CP students at UWC Maastricht choose two or three academic subjects as listed below, combine these with an in-depth Career-related study and complete four core components.



Students take two or three subjects from the following academic areas:

  • Studies in Language and Literature: World Literature. We offer English, Dutch, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, and numerous self-taught languages
  • Language Acquisition: Foreign language-learning programme for students with previous experience of learning the language or foreign language-learning programme for beginners. We offer English, Dutch, Dutch for beginners, German for beginners, French, French for beginners, Spanish, Spanish for beginners.
  • Individuals and Societies: Economics, Environmental Systems and Societies, Geography, History, Global Politics, World Arts and Cultures
  • Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Systems and Societies, Physics, Design Technology
  • Mathematics:Mathematics Analysis and Approaches, Mathematics Applications and Interpretation
  • The Arts: Visual Arts, Music or Film


Career-related study

Next to two or three of subjects as mentioned above, students pursue a Career-related study. We currently offer studies in Business and Sustainability, for which we partner with SUMAS Sustainability Management School in Switserland, and in Music, for which we team up with Conservatorium Maastricht. As well-established educational institutions, SUMAS and the Conservatorium endorse these IBCP tracks, setting up students to apply to schools around the world if they wish to further their studies. The Career-related study provides the opportunity to learn about theories and concepts through application and practice while developing broad-based skills in authentic and meaningful contexts, for instance via guest lectures and company visits.


CP Core

In addition, students invest their time in four core components. These bridge the academic subjects and the career-related study and provide students with a combination of academic and practical skills.

The four interrelated components are:

  • Developing personal and professional skills
  • Service learning in the local community
  • A reflective project
  • Critical language development


What are the options after IBCP?

As a result of the IBCP programme, graduates will find that universities and higher education institutions value the skills, experience and qualifications gained during the course. Universities recognise the academic rigour of the programme. At the same time, the international outlook and vocational teaching give students a portfolio of relevant skills which they can continue to grow. In keeping with the aims of the course, most graduates of the IBCP go on to continue in an area that they were exposed to (and inspired by) during their studies.

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