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Diploma Programme


The IBDP is for students aged 16 to 19 years. 
At the heart of DP programme lies the DP core. 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.

The three core elements are:

  • Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  • The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
  • Creativity, Action, Service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level. 
Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level. 
Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.

The Diploma Programme at HUS

HUS is an authorized School offering the Diploma Programme. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging and international education.
The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. 
Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who:

  • Study at least two languages
  • Excel in traditional academic subjects
  • Explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course

The DP curriculum is made up six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) and the extended essay.

The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups
The six subject groups are:

  • Studies in language and literature
  • Language acquisition
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The arts

Our students have found their placements in prestigious universities worldwide such as the University of Tokyo, University of Michigan, Ohio state University, Barnard College, Columbia University, University of Purdue.