These are the two big differences, the course itself with its focus on European affairs, and the unique multinational learning experience provided by the EaP European School.
The two-year International Baccalaureate (IB) programme is built around Europe and European issues, with courses in human sciences, languages and literature, arts and history all complemented by a distinct European perspective.
The International Baccalaureate is also a different way of learning with a focus on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic.
At the same time, you’ll find yourself immersed in a unique international learning environment, learning and living with students from different cultures. Outside classes you will have an opportunity to attend EU-related conferences and events.
All in all, the EaP European School offers a top-class educational opportunity that will uniquely prepare you to face the challenges of the modern, globalised world. And you will leave the school with an international qualification in your pocket, the IB Diploma.
Yes, if you are aged 16-17 and a citizen and resident of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, or Ukraine. But the number of places is limited – only 35 per year, so you have to meet certain conditions and pass through competitive process in order to apply.
Criteria for applications include being enrolled at secondary school in one of the six countries and meeting minimum grades of 10 for Belarus and Georgia and 9-10 for the rest of the countries. You will also need to demonstrate English language ability – minimum B2 Level and higher.
The next call for applications for scholarships for the school year 2021-2022 will be published in January 2021.
The application process unfolds in three stages:
Selection is carried out by a qualified panel, using objective and transparent scoring methods. During the interviews, the Selection Panel will give high consideration to the motivation of students, their openness to other cultures and interest in European affairs.
The application process is free of charge.
No. If you are selected, you will receive a full scholarship, paid for by the European Union. The scholarship covers your fees, plus boarding and meals at the school’s facilities, travel home from Tbilisi for the four holiday periods each year, all the necessary study materials and resources (including books, laptops and smartphones for the duration of the studies), as well as full medical insurance. So if you are accepted at the EaP European School, it will cost you nothing for the full two years – and your scholarship will automatically be extended to the second year, as long, of course, as you pass the first year!
If you want to study abroad the International Baccalaureate is a passport for success. The IB Diploma is accepted in 75 countries at over 2,000 universities, and is widely recognised by colleges and universities around the world as superior preparation for students to succeed in higher education.
Each university will have its own recognition policies. These can range from actively recruiting IB students, to explicitly recognising the IB Diploma in the admissions process, or even counting Diploma scores for course credits or providing scholarship opportunities specifically for IB students.
The IB Diploma is fully recognised in Georgia and accepted in Armenia, IB schools are also accredited in Azerbaijan and Ukraine, with a number of universities in the region having established official policies to admit IB students to their courses.
In any case, all students completing the Scholarship Programme at the EaP European School can submit their diplomas to the national authorities in their home country to receive the official equivalence.
Throughout 2020, the European School has followed the health protocols imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, switching to a full online teaching programme when schools were closed in Georgia in March 2020. Flights were booked for boarding students to return home during the first week of March, and the school switched to full online teaching from 17 March until the end of the academic year in June 2020.
In September, students were able to return to school, with all the necessary health protocols in place, but the school had to return to online classes again from 14 September 2020, until now. Boarding students remained on campus until December 2020 and received full support until they returned home in the first week of December.
Although the transition was sudden and difficult, the school was well placed to adapt, with all students equipped with laptops and the school already using a number of online platforms and digital books, tools and databases, which helped to ensure that the transition was smooth, and students continued classes and assessments effectively online.
For this year’s intake, the application process will take place entirely online, with tests conducted via an online platform and interviews be held on Zoom. The only thing you need is a good internet connection and a laptop or computer with a camera and microphone.
Whatever the situation come September 2021, the school is well prepared and will offer the best possible education, whether face-to-face, in a blended environment, or online.
You can visit the school’s website www.eapeuropeanschool.eu, where you will find detailed information about the programme and admissions procedure. Also check out the set of FAQs on the scholarship programme for answers to all your questions about the scholarship and what it includes, the IB programme, and everyday life at the school. For more information about the International Baccalaureate, visit the International Baccalaureate website www.ibo.org, which includes information about university admissions for IB students.
But if you want to be inspired, let the students from all six countries guide you through their experience, their hopes and dreams in this video, as well as hearing the personal experience of Constantin from Moldova.
And look out for information about the new call for applications for scholarships, expected in January 2021 – we’ll keep you informed on www.euneighbourseast.eu!