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 2020 are now concluded, the next application cycle will be for 2021 entry (January 2022 for Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA).
- Through the UWC Global Selection Programme (GSP) - applications for entry 2020 open.
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 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 16 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.
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.
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. 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 2020-2022:
|UWC Global Selection Programme||National Committee selections|
|Is entry guaranteed?||No||No|
|When are places offered to successful applicants?||Within two weeks of participating in the selection interviews||January - April 2020, depending on the National Committee|
|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 (most applicants choose three or four campuses - note fee levels)||No (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?
(candidates are shortlisted within 3-5 working days of submitting their application)
|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.||
To receive information about the UWC Global Selection Programme:
|Contact the UWC national committee of your country of origin or residence for more information|
Still unsure of what route you should select? Have a look at our Q&A sessions: