The International Baccalaureate

All UWC schools and colleges teach the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

"The IB diploma is a demanding course but it has caused me to become a very determined person with keener skills in time management which is so useful for my college life. This program has taught me self-discipline and I believe this has been great preparation for future pursuits."
Neto de Jesus, (Li Po Chun UWC)

The IB Diploma is one of the most well regarded and widely known secondary school qualifications in the world and is recognised by the world’s leading universities. UWC helped establish the IB Diploma in the 1960s and is committed to ensuring its relevance through the introduction of new school based syllabi at UWC schools and colleges.

Students study six subjects, three at higher level and three at standard level. Subjects are divided into groups and students choose one subject from each group. The groups are: First Language, Second Language, Individuals and Societies, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Experimental Sciences and Arts.

There are also three core parts of the Diploma, central to the philosophy of the programme:

  • The Extended Essay – a 4000 word essay on a subject of the students’ choice
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) – This explores the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
  • Creativity, action, service (CAS) – Involvement in artistic pursuits, physical activity and community service. At UWC, community service is a highly valued part of education and CAS activities go far beyond the requirements of the IB Diploma. More about community service

The IB Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to:

  • ask challenging questions.
  • learn how to learn.
  • develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture.
  • develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.

What UWC alumni say about the IB

“I often say that I have never in my life felt as challenged academically as I did at UWC” Patrik Brundin, M.D., Ph.D. (UWC Atlantic College)

"The IB Diploma has been monumental in preparing me for university - the challenging academic program is an excellent preparation and allows for an almost seamless transition to university. The academics, along with the TOK, EE and the CAS components of the Diploma have imparted essential skills, such as time management, which give me a very competitive edge at the university! " Mian Mansoor Ahmad, (Li Po Chun UWC)

“Professionally, UWC encouraged me to think differently, ask questions and take risks”. Jeremy Faa (Pearson College UWC)

For more information on the IB Diploma, visit the International Baccalaureate website. For more information about the subjects taught at specific a UWC school or college please visit athe individual school or college page.