Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) is designed for students aged 16-18. It is a unique curriculum, not based on the pattern of a single country, but a deliberate compromise between the specialisation required in some national systems and the breadth of learning preferred in others.

In achieving this, students who successfully complete the IB Diploma Programme demonstrate a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of their mastering of a range of subjects and in their development of skills and disciplines necessary for success in our competitive, global world.

The IB diploma

A visual representation of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme showing the subject areas as well as the core.

The IB Diploma enjoys a high level of respect and recognition among the world’s higher education institutions. For students, success in the IB often results in advanced standing, course credit, scholarships, and other admissions related benefits at many universities.


Diploma candidates are required to select six subjects from a broad spectrum of learning incorporating the humanities and sciences. Three of these subjects are taken at Higher Level, the others at Standard Level. By arranging subject learning in this way, students are able to explore some subjects in depth and some subjects more broadly over a two-year period. You can find the subjects offered at the ISUtrecht here. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the General Regulations for IB Diploma students.

On the IB website, there are overviews of all DP courses offered. Please note that we offer a selection of these courses as mentioned above.

Diploma Programme information and identifying a subject package

To find out more about the subjects and how the DP works, please read the following links:

DP teacher articles and Instagram accounts

If you want to get a feel for what DP teaching and learning looks like at the ISUtrecht, please read articles by:

Of course, you could also follow many of our DP teachers on Instagram:

  • msayes_isutrecht
  • mslogman_isutrecht
  • mssmolders_isutrecht
  • inclusion_isutrecht
  • multilingualism_isutrecht
  • visualart_isutrecht
  • performance_isutrecht
  • secondarylibrary_isutrecht
  • msoyarzo_isturecht
  • mrsmanni_isutrecht
  • careers_isutrecht
  • or the whole school account: @international_school_utrecht.

Please find our exam results on the results page.