About UWC

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UWC schools, colleges and programmes deliver a challenging and transformative educational experience to a diverse cross section of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future.

UWC was founded in 1962 with the vision of bringing together young people from all over the world and offering an educational experience based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding. UWC delivers a challenging and transformative educational experience to over 7500 students each year, inspiring them to work towards a more peaceful and sustainable future. UWC has 17 schools and colleges across 5 continents, all with distinctive characteristics but sharing the same mission, ethos and values. More than 50,000 students from more than 181 countries have studied at UWC schools, colleges and programmes.

The founders of the UWC movement believed that a lack of mutual understanding and hostility can be overcome, if young people from different countries are given a chance to get to know each other better.Mutual understanding can be fostered if this is done at an age when young people having already absorbed their cultures are still very open to new experiences and ideas, and are willing to learn from others. As conceived by the founders, UWC graduates will work, study and live together during the two years of study, and regardless of the walk of life they choose, will remain connected for life with informal ties of friendship. These friendships will promote international understanding.

At UWC schools and colleges, all students study and live in an environment conducive to promoting the ideals of international understanding, tolerance and peace. Students are educated in accordance with high academic standards and, at the same time, at all our schools and colleges, academic achievements are put into perspective with a demanding mix of community engagement, international affairs, physical activities, service commitments and creative pursuits. All students live together on college campuses. UWC Colleges teach the two-year pre-univeristy International Baccalaureate programmeAfter the completion of the programme, the majority of graduates go to the best universities in the world.

Students from different countries are selected by the National Committees of their countries. Currently, there are national committees and selection contacts in over 150 countries, so the majority of students can apply through this system. Admission is on a competitive basis, based on individual merit and performance of applicants.

A UWC education reaches far beyond a student's time at a UWC school or college or on a UWC short programme. Our students share a lifelong commitment to our values. Many see their time in our classrooms and on our campuses as the beginning of their UWC journey: a transformational time in which they find ways to achieve a more peaceful and sustainable future – a commitment that will continue throughout their adult lives as UWC alumni.

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