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 a wide range of 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.