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Diploma Programme

UWC East Africa was the first school in Africa to adopt the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

The IB Diploma has now grown to be recognized and highly valued as a university entrance qualification in Universities worldwide.

The IB Diploma at UWCEA

The IB Diploma Programme has been historically based in Moshi in our extensive campus at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, and is now available also on our Arusha Campus.

Download the school’s IB Diploma Handbook for more details.

What is the IB Diploma?

The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The programme is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.
View the video above to find out, in the students’ words, what the IB Diploma entails.

The curriculum is divided into six subject groups with additional components, taught at UWC East Africa as follows. Most students will take one subject from each group, plus the additional components:

Theory of Knowledge
Extended Essay
Creativity, Activity & Service

For some students the full Diploma Programme course-load is not an appropriate option. In such cases students are able to take a smaller number of Diploma courses and receive a full High School Diploma.

Further details of the UWC East Africa High School Diploma are given in the school’s IB Diploma Handbook.

The table below lists subjects available for study in the IB Diploma. Full diploma students take three subjects at Higher Level (HL), and three subjects at Standard Level (SL) continuously over the two years of the programme. Subjects must be chosen from EACH of the groups 1 to 5 below, and the sixth subject may be Visual Arts, Theatre or a second choice from groups 1 to 4.

Group 1
Language & Literature
English Literature (HL or SL)
English Language & Literature (HL or SL)
Swahili Literature (HL or SL)
Group 2
Language Acquisition
English B (HL or SL)
French B (HL or SL)
Swahili B (HL or SL)
Swahili ab initio (SL)
Spanish ab initio (SL)
Mandarin or French ab initio online* (SL)
Group 3
Individuals & Societies
Economics (HL or SL)
Geography (HL or SL)
History (HL or SL)
Environmental Systems & Societies (SL)?
Business & Management (HL or SL)
ITGS or Psychology online*
Group 4
Biology (HL or SL)
Chemistry (HL or SL)
Physics (HL or SL)
Environmental Systems & Societies (SL)?
Group 5
Mathematics Analysis & Approaches (HL or SL)
Mathematics Applications & Interpretations (HL or SL)
Group 6
The Arts
Visual Arts (HL or SL)
Theatre (HL or SL)
A second choice from Groups 1,2,3 or 4


Due to timetabling limitations, certain combinations of subjects are not possible. For example, the same language cannot be studied at more than one level. Please note that subjects on offer may vary slightly depending on demand and from one campus to another.

Languages: If students wish to study another language other than those listed above, we will try to help find a suitable teacher and will offer whatever assistance that we can.  In such cases, additional costs may have to be borne by parents and the provision of a teacher cannot always be guaranteed.

Online Courses: UWCEA offers certain online courses using the online platform Pamoja. These are full International Baccalaureate diploma courses forming part of a student’s diploma. They will be taught by an online tutor and guided by a coordinating teacher in UWC East Africa, however there is an additional cost for these programmes.

Environmental Systems & Societies is available as either a group 3 or a group 4 subject.

The current IB Diploma Handbook can be downloaded here:


The 2018-2020 diploma handbook is also available: