United World Colleges (UWC) believes in the power of education and strives to ensure that every promising student has access to it, regardless of their financial circumstances. UWC offers one of the most comprehensive scholarship programs globally, making world-class education within reach for deserving individuals. If you’re considering a UWC education, financial constraints should not deter you, as over 80% of students selected by our national committees receive full or partial scholarships.
UWC Scholarships: A Gateway to Global Education
UWC International, along with individual UWC schools and national committees, is committed to raising funds to provide scholarships. These scholarships empower exceptional young minds with an outstanding education and enrich the UWC community with diverse perspectives, cultures, and voices.
How to Apply for UWC Scholarships
To be considered for a UWC scholarship, you should initiate the application process through your national committee of residency or citizenship. If you do not require financial assistance, you can opt for the Global Selection Programme (GSP).
Understanding Scholarship Coverage
Scholarship coverage can vary based on the number of places allocated by each UWC school to national committees. Scholarships typically fall into the following categories:
- All-Inclusive: Covering all expenses.
- Full: Providing comprehensive financial support.
- Up to Fully Funded: Offering varying degrees of financial assistance.
- Partial: Supporting a portion of the costs.
The exact scholarship amount depends on your financial needs, ensuring that money is never a hindrance to your UWC journey.
Two IBDP Years: Costs and Fees
Here’s a glimpse of the fee range for selected UWC schools offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for entry in 2023 (2024 for Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa):
- UWC Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
- Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa (Eswatini): Between USD 30,000 and USD 50,000
- UWC East Africa (Tanzania): Between USD 50,000 and USD 65,000
- UWC Dilijan (Armenia)
- UWC ISAK Japan
- UWC Maastricht (Netherlands)
- UWC Mahindra College (India)
- UWC Red Cross Nordic (Norway): Between USD 65,000 and USD 80,000
- UWC Costa Rica
- UWC Thailand: Between USD 80,000 and USD 95,000
- UWC-USA (New Mexico, USA)
- Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong
- Pearson College UWC (British Columbia, Canada)
- UWC Atlantic (Wales, UK)
- UWC Changshu China: Between USD 95,000 and USD 110,000
Please note that UWC schools generally collect fees in local currencies. The fee level, displayed in USD for two years, includes tuition, room and board, books, IB exam registration fees, and school field trips. It typically does not cover air travel, pocket money, term-related trips, medical insurance, and other personal expenses.
Please remember that UWC South East Asia, UWC Adriatic, and UWC Robert Bosch College do not participate in the GSP.
Short Courses and Younger Years
For short courses, costs may vary, and scholarships are often available, depending on the specific course. Details can be found on each course’s page.
Costs for Younger Years education, catering to students aged 2 to 15 years, differ among schools. Visit the respective school websites for an overview of their Younger Years provision.
UWC Global Selection Programme (GSP)
If you have a particular UWC school in mind, the Global Selection Programme (GSP) is an ideal choice. It’s available at 15 out of 18 UWC schools worldwide (not applicable at UWC Adriatic, UWC Robert Bosch College, and UWC South East Asia). However, please note that the GSP route does not provide scholarships or financial assistance. If you require financial support, consider the national committee route. Keep in mind that you can submit only one application to UWC per academic year, either through a national committee or the GSP.
The UWC Selection Criteria
UWC schools employ six key standards when selecting students. These criteria transcend borders and ensure that candidates not only excel academically but also embody the values essential to the UWC experience:
- Intellectual Curiosity: A passion for learning, analytical skills, and the ability to identify and critically evaluate global and local issues.
- Commitment to UWC Values: An active commitment to UWC’s code of conduct, including humility, respect for diverse opinions, and global citizenship.
- Social Competence: The capacity to interact respectfully with others, appreciate different viewpoints, and collaborate effectively.
- Resilience, Self-Awareness, and Independence: Emotional and physical self-reliance, coping skills, and the ability to seek help when necessary.
- Personal Responsibility and Integrity: A strong sense of values, the ability to communicate one’s needs, and a commitment to communal responsibility.
- Academic Robustness: The potential to meet the rigorous demands of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme.
UWC scholarships aim to level the playing field for passionate students worldwide, providing a life-changing educational experience that transcends financial barriers. If you’re ready to embark on this incredible journey, explore UWC scholarships and make your dreams a reality. Apply now through the UWC application portal and set your course for an enriched future.