IB & Academics

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

Students study the IBDP Core - Theory of KnowledgeCreativity, Action & Service, and the Extended Essay, as well as six subjects chosen from Studies in Languages and Literature, Language acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics and the Arts. Most subjects offered can be studied at Standard (SL) or Higher Level (HL).

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.

The Core of IB

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.

Theory of Knowledge

Theory of Knowledge is a unique course and is only taught as part of the IBDP. The course is largely discussion based, leading to final assessments involving an essay and a presentation. Students study areas of knowledge, such as natural sciences and the arts, as well as ways of knowing, how we gather knowledge and process it.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

CAS is an exciting part of the IB Diploma Programme here in Dilijan. It encourages you to try new activities, learn new skills and to engage with the community. All students must take part in activities over the course of two years that involve different parts of CAS.

The Extended Essay

All students must write an essay of 3600-4000 words on a topic of their choice, linked to a Diploma programme subject.
Through writing the Extended Essay students learn to develop independent research skills and the formal written communication skills that are required for university study.