IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)
All 17 UWC schools and colleges provide a two-year pre-university education for students aged between 16 and 19 years. In these final two years of secondary school, the academic curriculum is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
At most UWC schools and colleges, students in the IBDP years are boarding students, learning and living on campus in a diverse UWC community.
Candidates can apply to study the IBDP at a UWC school or college either through the UWC national committee of their country of residence or citizenship, or via the UWC Global Selection Programme.
UWC national committees
Most students in the IBDP years at UWC are selected through one of UWC's national committees. Representing UWC in over 155 countries and territories, UWC national committees form a global network which seeks and selects students with great potential from around the world, often in the most unlikely places.
Over 65% of students selected through the UWC national committee system receive a full or partial scholarship, enabling admission to the IBDP at UWC schools and colleges to be independent of socio-economic means. All students selected through the UWC national committee system become boarding students.
UWC Global Selection Programme
The UWC Global Selection Programme is an alternative application route for the IBDP at UWC, designed for candidates who wish to apply 10-12 months before the beginning of the school year and who are able to pay the full fee for the UWC school or college to which they are successful in applying. A certain number of places has been allocated at 14 UWC schools and colleges and will be available to candidates selected through the UWC Global Selection Programme. Candidates selected through the UWC Global Selection Programme are not eligible for scholarships. See here for a list of UWC schools and colleges participating.
The UWC Global Selection Programme is coordinated by UWC International in close cooperation with UWC schools, colleges and the national committees. Selections are carried out by experienced UWC selection volunteers.
Whichever route a candidate chooses, the application will be assessed against UWC’s core selection criteria. Please note that a candidate may only submit one application per year to study the IBDP at UWC. An applicant may not apply through two different UWC national committees or through a UWC national committee and the UWC Global Selection Programme concurrently.
Choosing your application route to study the IBDP at UWC for 2019-2021:
|UWC Global Selection Programme||National committee selections|
|Is entry guaranteed?||No||No|
|When are places offered to successful applicants?||December 2018||January - April 2019|
|Is the number of places available limited?||Yes||Yes|
|Are scholarships available?||No||Yes, on the basis of demonstrated need|
|Are candidates able to apply for a specific UWC school or college?||Yes (we encourage you to list your top 2-3 choices)||No (applicants may, however, list their preferences)|
|Can applicants apply in a language other than English?||No||In most cases (contact the UWC national committee of your country of origin or residence for information on application procedures)|
|How can I apply?
||Apply here!||Contact the UWC national committee of your country of origin or residence for information on application procedures|
|I want to stay informed about the application process.||Click here (soon) to receive information about the UWC Global Selection Programme||Contact the UWC national committee of your country of origin or residence for information on application procedures|