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UWC Global Selection Programme (GSP)

The UWC Global Selection Programme is an application route for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for a limited number of places at some UWCs. Currently, you can apply to 16 of the 18 UWC international schools and colleges via this route.

The Global Selection Programme is designed for candidates who wish to apply 9-12 months before the beginning of the school year and who wish to forgo financial assistance. At most UWC schools and colleges, the academic year begins in August. The exception to this rule is Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa, where the academic year begins in January.

You can find information about our school fees here. If you need a scholarship to attend UWC, please have a look at the UWC national committee entry-route, as described in this section.

The Global Selection Programme is coordinated by UWC International in close cooperation with UWC schools, colleges and the UWC national committees. Selections are carried out by experienced UWC selection volunteers.

Toronto (Canada): 25 - 26 January 2020

San Francisco (USA): 1 - 2 February 2020

San José (Costa Rica): 8 - 9 February 2020

Frankfurt (Germany): 28 - 29 March 2020

Nairobi (Kenya): 25-26 April 2020

Bangkok (Thailand): 25-26 April 2020

Places at GSP selection days are strictly limited in number and awarded on an ongoing basis - the sooner you complete and submit your application, the sooner you will know whether you’ve been invited. You must submit your online application at least two weeks in advance of a Global Selection Weekend in order to be considered to participate. 

Places at schools offered to successful students: Within two weeks of attending a Global Selection Day.

Stages of the Global Selection Programme application route

Stage 1: Eligibility check

This stage is to determine whether you are eligible to submit an application via the Global Selection Programme or not. You will be expected to provide the following basic information:

  • Personal Information section (Name, Date of birth, Nationalities, Contact information)

If eligible, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to begin your online application form.

Stage 2: Online Application

When completing the online application you will be expected to provide the following:

  • Your list of preferred Schools
  • Application Form. 11 questions: six with a max of 300 words, and five with a max of 600 words 
  • Contact details of two referees who can send a recommendation letter, one academic and one non-academic
  • Two most recent school reports
  • Explanation of the grading system that is used on your reports
  • Parent authorization form
  • GSP application fee (£160 or $200)

You can submit your application while waiting for your references and parents’ authorization to be submitted. 

Your application will be reviewed within two weeks and we will notify you by email if you have been shortlisted to attend one of the Global Selection Weekends.

Stage 3: Global Selection Weekends

If shortlisted, you will be invited to one of the Global Selection Days. 

Taking part in the selection day is a very important step in the UWC application process and the day itself will be a great experience: you will meet like-minded young people from other backgrounds who are passionate about making the world a better place.

A Global Selection Day includes the following elements:

  • Group activities
  • Two interviews: one traditional Q&A interview and a second where you will present your unique project. Details found here.

Commitment to diversity: UWC International is committed to the diversity in nationalities and backgrounds of all its students at UWC schools and colleges. In order to avoid overrepresentation of individual nationalities or backgrounds, UWC International reserves the right to close the UWC Global Selection Programme to applicants from a particular country or territory at any time. Should this occur, applicants in question will remain able to apply to UWC via the UWC national committee in the relevant country or territory.

You might also wish to explore the UWC national committee application route for the IBDP programme.


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