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Apply to study the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at UWC

All 18 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.

There are two main ways that you can apply to study for the IB Diploma Programme at a UWC boarding school:

  • Through the UWC national committee in your country of residence or citizenship - applications for entry 2022 (January 2023 for Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA) are in some countries open or will be opening soon. Contact your local national committee to find out more.
  • Through the UWC Global Selection Programme (GSP). Applications for entry 2022 are opening in late September 2021.

UWC South East Asia, UWC Maastricht and Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa also accept applications for day students at the IBDP level.

UWC national committees

Most students in the IBDP years at UWC are selected through one of UWC's national committees. Representing UWC in over 150 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 80% of students selected through the UWC national committee system are offered some level of financial assistance, on the basis of each individual's financial needs, which are assessed via a financial assessment. If you require a grant or scholarship, you should apply using this route.

The application process is guided by each national committee. For more information on how to apply, find yours on our UWC national committees directory.

UWC Global Selection Programme 

The UWC Global Selection Programme (GSP) is designed for those applicants who:

  • are not eligible for or wish to forgo financial assistance
  • are looking to attend a specific school or college

There are currently 15 UWC schools and colleges that offer admission through the Global Selection Programme. No scholarships are available through this route and places are limited. You can find more information about school fees here.

Through the GSP, you can apply for entry to a single school, to up to three schools, or to any school (no preference).

The UWC Global Selection Programme is coordinated by UWC International and the UWC schools, in close cooperation with the UWC national committees. Experienced UWC selection volunteers from across the movement participate in different stages of the selection process.

Which Application Route is Best for You?

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 IB Diploma Programme at UWC. This means that you 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 2022-2024:

  UWC Global Selection Programme National committee selections
Is entry guaranteed? No No
When are places offered to successful applicants?

Early decision: no later than 10 December for those applying by 19 Nov 2021

Regular decision: between February and May 2022 depending on available places

January - April 2022, depending on the national committee


Selections are happening on a rolling basis

Are the number of places available limited? Yes Yes
Are scholarships available? No Yes, on the basis of demonstrated need
Am I able to apply for a specific UWC school or college? Yes, you can.
There are three options available:
1) Application to a specific school
2) Application to up to 5 schools 
(note fee levels)
(applicants may, however, list their preferences)
Can I apply in a language other than English? No In most cases, yes (contact the UWC national committee of your country of origin or residence for information on the application process)
How can I apply?
Register on the application platform here Contact the UWC national committee of your country of origin or residence for information on application procedures

Still unsure of what route you should select? Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions videos playlist:

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