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Apply for the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at UWC

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year pre-university education provided to students aged between 16 and 19. 

It will provide a broad education that is respected by the world’s leading universities. But it also allows students to develop qualities such as critical thinking and community awareness. Learn more about the IBDP on our Academic Life page.

How to apply to study the IBDP at UWC

 There are two ways to apply to study the IBDP at a UWC school:

1. Through a UWC national committee

Our national committees represent UWC in over 150 countries and territories around the world. They select students with potential from all backgrounds, including those who would not otherwise receive a high-quality education. 

If you require a scholarship, this is the right route for you. 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. 

Applications for Entry 2022 (January 2023 for Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa) are open in some countries, or will be opening soon.

To apply, contact the national committee in your country of residence or citizenship.

2. Through the UWC Global Selection Programme (GSP)

Currently, 15 UWC schools* also offer admission through the UWC Global Selection Programme (GSP).

No scholarships are available through this route and places are limited. You might want to apply via the GSP if you are not eligible for financial assistance or do not wish to be offered a scholarship. 

Through the GSP, you can apply for entry to a single school or up to five schools. This might be the right route for you if you are looking to attend specific UWC schools only. 

Applications for Entry 2022 are now open.

*UWC South East Asia, UWC Adriatic and UWC Robert Bosch College are not participating in the GSP. 

Which application route is best for you?

You are only allowed to submit one application a year to study at UWC. Therefore you will need to select just one route per year. So which should you choose?

  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 apply to:

1) One specific school
2) Up to 5 schools
(note fee levels)

No, but you can list your 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

If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact us at

Still unsure which route you should select? Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions video playlist:

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