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IB Diploma Programme

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, principled, 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:

  • Standard Level (SL): 150 teaching hours over two years
  • Higher Level (HL): 240 teaching hours over two years

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, all DP students will take part in the following three Core Programmes :

- CAS activities (Creativity, Activity, Service): This involves developing key skills through various types of extra-curricular activities . Students will set themselves specific goals and regularly reflect on their progress.

- Theory of Knowledge (ToK) : In this course, students will reflect on the nature of knowledge in various subject areas studied in order to develop further critical thinking skills.

- Extended Essay: Students will have the opportunity to do in-depth academic research in one of their six DP subjects. 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

Choice of courses

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.

Group 1 : Language and literature

  • Language A French: language and literature - SL/HL
  • Language A English: language and literature- SL/HL
  • School-supported self-taught Language A: Literature - SL

Group 2 : Acquisition of languages

  • Language B: English SL/HL
  • Language B : French SL/HL
  • French ab initio SL

Group 3 : Individuals and societies

  • History- in French - SL/HL
  • Business Management - in English - SL/HL

Group 4 : Science

  • Biology- in English - SL/HL
  • Chemistry - in English - SL/HL
  • Physics - in English - SL/HL

Group 5 : Mathematics

  • Mathematics: Application and Interpretation - in English - SL
  • Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches - in English - HL

Group 6: Arts

  • Theatre - in English - SL/HL

 Common core

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