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, focused on Business and Sustainability or on Music, and is respected by leading universities across the globe. We aim to develop students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. The CP consists of two or three academic subjects as listed below, combined with an in-depth Career-related study and the completion of 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 in Business and Sustainability or in Music. Both tracks provide 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.

Business and Sustainability

For the Business and Sustainability track, we partner with SUMAS Sustainability Management School in Switzerland. It combines a theoretical understanding of sustainability, organizational leadership and business innovation with applied fieldwork opportunities in different organizations. The track is designed to set students up with the knowledge, skills and networks to become leaders in different sustainability-related fields.


Talented students considering a career in music can choose one of four different directions within this track:

Admission to all directions is subject to an audition/interview. They all combine extensive practical training and theoretical lessons as well as sessions developing career-skills in the music industry.


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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