UWC (United World Colleges) is a global education movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures
for peace and a sustainable future.
Central to the ethos of UWC is the belief that education can bring together young people from all backgrounds on the basis of their shared humanity, to engage with the possibility of social change through courageous action, personal example and selfless leadership. To achieve this, UWC schools and colleges all over the world deliver a challenging and transformational educational experience to a deliberately diverse group of young people, inspiring them to become agents of positive change.
UWC’s core values
- International and intercultural understanding
- Celebration of difference
- Personal responsibility and integrity
- Mutual responsibility and respect
- Compassion and service
- Respect for the environment
- A sense of idealism
- Personal challenge
- Action and personal example
Apart from the diversity and exceptional education, what’s so special about UWC?
UWC college students are selected domestically, in more than 155 countries, through UWC’s unique national committee system. Selection is based on demonstrated promise and potential. In accordance with the UWC ethos that education should be independent of the student’s socioeconomic means, 70% of students in their IB Diploma years receive either full or partial financial assistance, based on their needs.
UWC schools & colleges
Today, UWC has 17 schools and colleges on 4 continents, the majority of which focus exclusively on the 16-19 year-old age group: a time when young people’s energy and idealism can be guided towards empathy, responsibility and lifelong action. These colleges teach the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma as their formal curriculum, a qualification that UWC played a major part in developing, while also emphasising the importance of experiential learning, community service and outdoor activities.
Each of the schools and colleges has its own distinct character and identity, influenced by their host country, the specific setting, cultural context and their community. What makes each one of them a UWC is a deliberately diverse student body, with students coming from all over the world, bringing with them very different backgrounds to learn and live together – and their joined mission to make education a force for peace and sustainability.
- Swaziland, Mbabane:Waterford Kamhlaba UWC
- China, Hongkong SAR: Li Po Chun UWC
- India, Pune: UWC Mahindra College
- Singapore: UWC South East Asia
- China, Changshu: UWC Changshu China
- Thailand, Phuket: UWC Thailand
- Japan, Karuizawa: UWC ISAK Japan
- Italy, Duino UWC Adriatic
- Wales, Vale of Glamorgan: UWC Atlantic College
- Armenia, Dilijan: UWC Dilijan
- Netherlands, Maastricht: UWC Maastricht
- Bosnia, Mostar UWC in Mostar
- Norway, Flekke: UWC Red Cross Nordic
- Germany, Freiburg: UWC Robert Bosch College
Central- und Southamerica:
- Costa Rica, Santa Ana: UWC Costa Rica