IB Diploma Programme Curriculum

The IB Diploma Programme curriculum is based on six academic areas and three core requirements, preparing students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they:

  • develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from 6 subject groups
  • develop the skills and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare them for higher education
  • study at least two languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own
  • make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme's unique theory of knowledge course
  • undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the extended essay, and
  • enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, action and service.

Academic areas

Students must select at least one subject from each of the six areas, two of which are languages. The other areas are:

  • Individuals and societies
  • Experimental sciences
  • The arts, and
  • Mathematics and computer science.

Programme requirements

The three core requirements are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding:

The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.

Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).

Creativity, action, service (CAS) requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.