Extended Essay

Each student has the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest. The essay requirement acquaints Diploma candidates with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected by universities. IBO recommends that a student devote a total of about forty hours of private study and writing time to the essay, which may be written on one of sixty subjects, including many languages. The essay permits students to deepen their programme of study, for example by selecting a topic in one of their higher level courses. A student might wish to add breadth to their academic experience by electing to write on a subject not included in their programme choices.