Curriculum Diploma Programme

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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at UWC Maastricht is designed for students aged 16 to 19. It is an assessed programme, respected by leading universities across the globe. We aim to develop students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.


Academic areas

Students take courses from five or six of 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, Physics, Design Technology.
  • Mathematics: Mathematics Analysis and Approaches, Mathematics Applications and Interpretation
  • The Arts: Visual Arts, Music or Film.


Three core elements

Students also complete three core elements:

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



DP assessment procedures measure the extent to which students have mastered advanced academic skills in fulfilling these goals, for example:

      • analysing and presenting information
      • evaluating and constructing arguments
      • solving problems creatively.

Basic skills are also assessed, including:

      • retaining knowledge
      • understanding key concepts
      • applying standard methods.

In addition to academic skills, DP assessment encourages an international outlook and intercultural skills. Student results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student’s position in the overall rank order.


Download our DP Academic Handbook to learn more.

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