The IB Diploma Programme aims to educate young adults to become sensitive to international issues; conscious of the connections which unite all humans; concerned about the responsibilities of each and every one of us towards our environment, with a desire to contribute to building a better and more peaceful world.
The IB Diploma Programme is considered by many to offer students the best preparation for university studies and personal and career success. It is recognised by universities and schools in Belgium, Europe and the rest of the world as an intellectually demanding certificate which trains students in self reliance, independent study, intellectual curiosity and academic approaches well suited to university studies.
The Diploma Programme - DP - requires students to be independent, honest, communicative and committed to their studies. The Programme develops students’ knowledge in specific disciplines as well as on important local and world-wide questions.
EIM students enrolled in the DP programme have a choice of 6 courses. Each course is available at 2 levels:
During their two-year course, each student must carry out an internally assessed research project in each of their subjects. In DP2 (the final year of the programme) the official examinations take place in May.
Additionally, there are the IB DP specific courses which bridge intellectual and personal development:
- CAS activities (Creativity, Activity, Service) This involves learning skills in new areas and devoting time to assisting others in any number of humanitarian projects and associations in/around Brussels; this involves process writing, journaling, written reflections and self assessment.
- Theory of Knowledge (ToK) metacognition/philosophy course, with an oral presentation and 1600 word essay
- Extended Essay in a subject chosen by the student. It is a piece of research, culminating in a 4000 word essay. This essay provides students with the opportunity to develop their research and writing skills, with intellectual honesty and integrity.
Students starting out on their IB diploma course must also commit to a personal investment to develop the different aspects of the learner profile. You can consult the IB learner profile here
For their final two years, students must choose six courses, one from each subject group, or six from five subject groups, thus discarding the Art subject group.
Within these subject choices, students can also choose the level of difficulty. They must choose:
Group 1 : Language and literature
Group 2 : Acquisition of languages
Group 3 : Individuals and societies
Group 4 : Science
Group 5 : Mathematics
Group 6: Arts
CAS is a unique opportunity for students to participate in three major projects led by the CAS superviser:
Creativity: arts, and other activities involving creative thinking.
Activity: physical activities to help maintain a healthy lifestyle and completing school work done in other disciplines of the Diploma Programme
Service: voluntary and unpaid work, focusing on engaging and working with others. This will also provide students with educational benefits and advantages.
Students must give approximately 3 hours per week to the CAS.
The goals of this programme are numerous:
Examples of CAS projects :
This is an appreciation of the investment made during the year.
The learner will be monitored by the CAS superviser to review the project and progress of the activities.
Each student will regularly provide a write-up, specifying and reviewing the objectives and the activities chosen to be carried out.
The hours spent on each project will be recorded and an account of each day devoted to CAS will be provided.
Examination results are between 1 and 7 for each course (6 lessons x 7 points = 42 points)
Conditions for Receiving an IB Diploma
The IB Diploma will be awarded to a candidate on the condition that all the following requirements have been met.
A maximum of three examination sessions is allowed in which to satisfy the requirements for the
award of the IB Diploma. The examination sessions need not be consecutive