UWC Short Courses & Summer Programmes
Update Regarding COVID-19
The global outbreak of COVID-19 continues to have an impact on our short courses, e.g. international travel restrictions and local measures such as lock-downs. Because of this, and in order to protect the health and well being of all involved, short course organisers are currently making decisions about their short course for 2021. In response to COVID-19, some short courses will be deferred until 2022 while others may run online or in hybrid form if possible. As the situation evolves, we will continue to update our website to show the current situation. If you have been offered a place at any of our UWC short courses, the organisers will be in touch with you regarding what will happen next. Thank you for your support and understanding.
What could you achieve to make the world a better place in just a matter of days or weeks?
At UWC, we believe that the answer is “a huge amount”. That’s why we offer short courses around the world. In just one to three of the most exciting weeks of your life, you’ll experience the opportunity to:
- pursue a passion to progress global peace and sustainability
- work on a campaign, cause or immerse yourself in a new community
- develop your leadership and changemaker skills.
Our short courses and summer programmes offer you everything that makes the UWC movement and school experience unique, but without the academic programme.
On your short course, you will explore, live and share experiences with 30-60 other students from around the world. You will leave with new friends, new views, new skills, and a renewed belief that you can change communities for the better.
"It has been a life-changing experience… I thought I was open-minded before coming here but this short course has really raised the bar."
Read what others had to say about their short course experience.
Find the short course for you
- Courses last one to three weeks
- Most courses are held June - August, with some also offered in December
- Places are limited
- Age limits vary by course, but we offer programmes for 13 - 20-year-olds
- There is usually a fee to attend to cover tuition, accommodation, meals and experiences
- Some funding is available on a course-by-course basis
- Participants must usually cover their own travel costs, visas and spending money.
Each short course has its own admissions process. If you are interested in participating in a UWC short course please visit Current Short Courses to find out about each of this year’s courses and to apply.
Are you a teacher and know a student who wants to make the world a better place? Have a look at our dedicated page with information you can use.
Upcoming Short Courses
Sustainability Action Challenge / ScotlandDeferred dates TBC In partnership with The Outward Bound TrustLearn More
Together For Development / EswatiniAugust 2022Learn More
(RE)Defining Equality / AustriaJuly 2022Learn More
Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership / CanadaDeferred to 2022Learn More
Mini UWC / ChinaSummer 2021Learn More
Exceptional Youth / ZambiaDeferred Dates TBCLearn More
The Himalaya Environment and Leadership Program / IndiaJuly or August 2021 (exact dates TBC)Learn More
DeConstructing Narratives / KenyaSummer 2021Learn More
Global Leadership Experience (GLE) Launchpad / Wales, UKDeferred Dates TBCLearn More
Leadership in Global Change / Oxford, UK and Isle of Wight, UKJuly/August 2021Learn More
Just Dilijan it! / Dilijan, ArmeniaSummer 2021Learn More
Sustainability as Social Justice / Dominican RepublicSummer 2021...Learn More
Building and Crossing Bridges / BelgiumDeferred Dates TBCLearn More
ISAK Summer School / JapanDeferred Dates TBCLearn More
UWC-DT Summer Studio / China23 July - 30 July 2021Learn More
International Biosphere Stewardship Program / Indonesia 214 July - 22 July 2021Learn More
Global Leadership Experience (GLE) / Wales, UK30 July – 14 August 2021Learn More
Transforming Identity / Online23 June - 16 July 2021Learn More
ActionxChange / Spain1 July - 15 July 2021Learn More
360º Sustainability Experience: Immersive Residency / Costa Rica2 July - 11 July 2021Learn More
Social Entrepreneurship / Online23 June - 9 July 2021 By the EU Programme for UWC Short Courses in CyprusLearn More
International Biosphere Stewardship Program / Indonesia 130 June - 8 July 2021Learn More
YES - Youth, Environment and Sustainability / India13 June - 20 June 2021Learn More
Outdoor and Ecological Education (Advanced) / India7 June - 13 June 2021Learn More
Outdoor and Ecological Education (Beginner) / India1 June - 6 June 2021Learn More