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Younger Years

Some UWC schools, as distinct from UWC colleges, also admit younger students, aged between 18 months and 15 years. UWC East Africa, UWC Maastricht, UWC South East Asia, UWC Thailand and Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa all have younger students on their campuses.

As with our IBDP students, we believe that the best way to prepare our younger students at UWC is through a broad holistic education, with experiences ranging from community service, art and class projects, all framed within UWC’s experiential model of learning. The curriculum offered by UWC in the younger years ensures that they have opportunities to question, explore, create, engage and reflect, developing a full range of social, emotional, and creative skills.

UWC Maastricht offers the International Primary Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in its lower years, which includes Primary School and Secondary School. Other programmes offered to these students include Health and Wellness Education Curriculum for the primary school students.

UWC Thailand offers the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) to students aged 3 - 12 years, whilst the IB MYP is studied by students aged 11 - 15. UWC Thailand also has a Nursery Programme, which is play-based learning for the youngest students who are between 18 months - 3 years old.

Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa has three educational programmes including the IBDP. The Waterford curriculum and the IGCSE are programmes offered to students in the lower years, who range from ages 11 - 16.

UWC South East Asia concept-based learning programme is offered to students in Infant School (aged 4-7 years), Junior School (aged 7-11 years) and Middle School (aged 11-14 years). As preparation for the IB Diploma, students then enrol in the International GCSE (IGCSE) in the first two years of High School (15-16 years). Those joining in Grade 10 undertake the Foundation IB programme (16 years) before joining the IBDP (17-18 years).

UWC East Africa offers the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students aged 3-10 and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11-15. UWCEA also offers support to students with many different learning abilities. A specialist teacher concentrates on the development of students with special educational needs. ‘English as an Additional Language’ (EAL) specialists are available to support students. 

For information about admission to UWC programmes for students in the younger years (aged 3 - 16 years), please contact the respective schools directly.