Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aged 16 - 19 years
UWC Mostar is the only UWC college built into a post-conflict country with the mission of "building bridges between people and cultures through inspiring, quality education". From the start, it has had the special purpose of contributing to the peacebuilding process and the development of the city of Mostar and of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and aims to develop educational practices relevant for post-conflict and transitional societies. Through active local partnerships, UWC Mostar offers a practical demonstration of how education can unite, inspire and engage students and the wider community to strive for a peaceful and sustainable future.
Three Unique Features
- UWC Mostar is the first UWC with an explicit aim to contribute to the reconstruction of a post-conflict society - The College educates students to learn and appreciate their differences, at the same time promoting equality, tolerance and critical thinking.
- Local Community - The interaction of students with the local community is the essence of UWC Mostar. Annually students and staff organize projects and events open for the Mostar community and wider.
- Foundation Education in Action - UWC Mostar was established by the Foundation Education in Action, which aims to become a reference point for educational reform in the country and provide high quality teacher training with a specific focus on objective external assessment, curricular innovations and innovative learning methods.
In the Classroom
UWC Mostar offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) curriculum. Alongside standard courses, the college offers Bosnian Literature, Croatian Literature, Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Systems and Societies, Visual Arts.
Outside the Classroom
UWC Mostar is a frequent partner in almost all major events happening in the city of Mostar. These include annual events such as the Street Arts Festival, Festival for Children, European Researchers’ Night and many more. The goal is to engage young people from all parts of the city in a cooperative adventure that aims at reviving and developing the life of the city in a manner that unites young people of all communities.
UWC Mostar has also pioneered the Model United Nations (MUN) concept in Mostar and the whole country, and organises the annual UWC Mostar Winter Art Festival showcasing students’ talents on various public stages throughout the city of Mostar.
UWC Mostar welcomes several short summer programs for young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region every year, such as the Bridging Cultures” short course, the “Mostar Summer Youth Program” and the “LAB program”.
Campus and Facilities
The diversity of cultures and richness of customs in UWC Mostar is most noticeable in the residences with houses being both in the West and East part of the city. The school building itself is located in the city centre and shares its premises with the Gimnazija Mostar, including science labs, a spacious, light-filled library in the attic, and a big assembly room. The Gimnazija’s indoor and outdoor sports facilities — including the gym, football/handball pitch, volleyball court, running track and long jump section — are available to UWC Mostar students. UWC Mostar has two additional buildings used for academics, offices, visual arts and theatre arts.
UWC Mostar is located in the city of Mostar, in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. The favourable geographic location, its proximity to Croatia and Montenegro, and the mild climate make Mostar a popular tourist destination. UWC Mostar is the only UWC in South-Eastern Europe.