The European Baccalaureate

The European Baccalaureate is the leaving qualification for the European Schools. The certificate awarded is recognised in all the countries of the European Union, and in many other countries further abroad. There are more than 25,000 students in the European Schools system, which sees more than 1500 students taking the final examination each year.

European School The Hague participated in its first European Baccalaureate in 2019, and 100% of students successfully graduated with their diplomas. Our first graduates are now pursuing degrees in a variety of fields including Engineering, Law, Business, Arts, Psychology and Science, at universities around the world.

European Schools Secondary Curriculum

Secondary education in the European Schools lasts for seven years, and is divided into three cycles.

The curriculum used in all European Schools are, with the exception of some mother tongue lessons, identical and consistently taught and assessed. The curriculum is followed throughout Secondary school, which sees students taking subjects such as History, Geography and Human Science in their second language from S3.

To maintain the integrity of the European Baccalaureate diploma, the curriculum is designed to meet the minimum requirements of all the member states. Since these vary, the contents have been established by negotiation between national experts, the Boards of Inspectors, on the basis of careful scrutiny and comparison of national curricula. The syllabuses are then approved by the Joint Teaching Committee of the European Schools, which is the pedagogical supervisory authority.

Overview of subjects

Key Competences

ESH students are future citizens of Europe and the world. As such, they need a range of competences to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world. In 2006 the European Council and European Parliament adopted a European Framework for Key Competences for Lifelong Learning. These competences are incorporated and embedded in the European Schools curriculum. The eight key competences, which all individuals need for personal fulfillment and development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employment are what we aim for our students to achieve.

Language proficiency

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels upon graduation:​

  • Language 1: Mother tongue​
  • Language 2: C2 (Proficient)​
  • Language 3: B2 (Independent)​
  • Language 4: A2/B1 (Basic)

Language learning structure