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UWC Global Selection Programme (GSP)

If you’re interested in studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or Career-related Programme (IBCP)* at a UWC school, you can apply via the Global Selection Programme (GSP). This route is available at 15 of our 18 UWC schools worldwide (it is currently not available at UWC Adriatic, UWC Robert Bosch College and UWC South East Asia).

*While all UWC schools and colleges teach the IBDP, students can also take the IBCP at Pearson College UWC and UWC Maastricht.

Is the GSP route for me?

The GSP route is ideal if you’ve fallen in love with one or more specific UWC schools. However, you will not receive scholarships or financial assistance (if you would like to be considered for financial support, you should apply to UWC via the national committee route). Please be aware that you can submit only one application to UWC per academic year, either through one national committee or through the GSP.

Learn about school fees for specific schools on our Fees and Scholarships page. 

Applications to UWC via the GSP for entry in August 2024 (January 2025 for Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa) are now closedIf you would like to express interest in applying to UWC via the GSP for entry 2025, your email will be added to a mailing list to be notified when the GSP application for UWC Entry 2025 becomes available.

Applying via the GSP

No matter which school you select, you’ll receive a challenging and exciting education. But each of our schools has its own distinct character and identity. So before starting your application, make sure you learn about our schools, and pick the destination – or destinations – that suit you most. We also encourage you to contact them directly to find out more about the campus, curriculum, extracurricular activities or available support. 

What happens after I submit my application?

Your application will be reviewed by our volunteer selection committee, and can take some time depending on how many applications we receive at the time and the availability of our volunteers, so please be patient. We will get in touch with you once your application review has been completed. You can also check the current stage of your application through the application portal.

During this time, you and your parent(s) or guardian(s) may be invited for a conversation with an admissions officer at one or more of the schools you have selected in your application. We also encourage you to contact the school(s) you have selected, to ask any questions you may have and to learn about the subject choices and facilities they offer.

If your application passes the review stage, you will receive an email from us with an invitation to attend an Online Selection Day. Please note that attending the Online Selection Day is part of the process and is not optional. The selection day will feature group activities, a project presentation, an interview, and an emotional wellbeing questionnaire. We use Zoom to conduct our Online Selection Day, so please ensure that you have access to a stable Internet connection and a device with a camera that allows you to use Zoom. The event will also be held fully in English, but you do not need to be a native English speaker to participate.

If you pass the online selection day process, you will receive an email informing you of your nomination to UWC and a request for you to complete our UWC General Medical Form, which we will need before we share your application with the school or college you have been nominated to. Please note that you will be nominated to only one of the schools on your list. You may be invited to have a follow-up interview with the Admissions Director or other faculty members of the UWC school you have been nominated to. After this, the Admissions Director of the school you have been nominated to will then decide to make offers to accepted candidates. 

Any questions?

If you have any further queries, please contact us at