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Who We Are
UWC (United World Colleges) is a global movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. UWC has a network of 18 international schools on four continents, with volunteer-run national committees in more than 150 countries. Today, 10,786 students from over 160 countries attend UWC schools (2019 data).
UWC offers a challenging educational experience to a deliberately diverse group of students. It complements the high academic standards delivered through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) by placing a high value on experiential learning, community service and outdoor activities. We also offer a variety of short courses and summer programmes, both on our campuses and beyond.
Admission to a UWC school is independent of socio-economic means, with over 80% of IBDP students selected by a UWC national committee receiving full or partial financial support.
Since the foundation of the first UWC college in 1962, UWC has inspired a network of almost 60,000 alumni worldwide, who remain engaged with the UWC movement and committed to creating a more sustainable and peaceful world.
Check our History page to learn more about UWC and how it came about.
- 18 international boarding schools on 4 continents
- Founded by Kurt Hahn in 1962
- President of UWC: HM Queen Noor of Jordan
- Former Presidents of UWC: Nelson Mandela, HRH Charles Prince of Wales, Lord Mountbatten
- True diversity: Students from all over the world, all backgrounds and walks of life - from refugees to royalty
- The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is the formal academic curriculum, which UWC contributed to develop.
- >4,000 volunteers in >150 countries select UWC students locally
- # of students at UWC in 2019: 10,780 (4,847 in the IBDP years)
- Financial aid: >80% of national committee selected IBDP students on a scholarship
- >60,000 alumni worldwide, including Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada; Jostein Solheim, former CEO of Ben & Jerry's; Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands; Juan Pablo Di Pace, actor, director and singer; Akihiko Hoshide, astronaut; Anne Enright, author.
- Pathway to university: The Davis United World College (UWC) Scholars Program is the largest international scholarship programme for undergraduates in the world.
- More data are available on the 2019 UWC International Annual Review.
What others say about us
“A school that could be an anachronism thrives in the age of Trump.” - Forbes
“In today's social landscape, where we are witnessing the re-emergence of alt-right groups, the seemingly never-ending rise of extremist groups, and an increasingly-out of touch governments introducing misplaced anti-terror schemes, surely it's never been more important to have diversity in our schools, to ensure our future leaders are open-minded and well-informed.” - Huffington Post
“It made me feel responsible for my own future’: The life of a third generation Tibetan refugee. A fortuitous online search led her to find a high school, the United World Colleges (UWC), which places international students in its network of campuses across the world.” - BBC
“Under an astonishing sun at the beginning of February, in the school courtyard, the teenager cannot hide her joy of studying in this establishment. Joining one of the 18 UWC schools around the world (in Costa Rica, Tanzania, Japan or even India) makes more than a young French person dream.” - Le Figaro
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