Each year around 3000 students between the age of 16 and 19, from different cultures and backgrounds, take part in UWC programmes.
UWC students attend the final two years of secondary school. Staff and students live together in vibrant and enthusiastic communities committed to the ideals of international understanding, peace and justice. High academic standards, a strong emphasis on community service and sustainable development, combined with a wide range of cultural and outdoor activities are all part of the challenge and the excitement of an UWC education.
To date, some 60,000 students worldwide have benefited from the UWC approach. Every Autumn, students leave for a unique adventure at one of the 17 UWC Colleges. Others are given the opportunity to participate in a summer Short Courses around the world. The selection of students for both the colleges and short courses is based on merit only and scholarships are available to most participants.
All United World Colleges teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), a challenging two-year curriculum that is widely recognised by leading universities across the world, including the University of Luxembourg.
Thanks to its unique vision and achievements, UWC has captured the imagination and support of many global leaders, including Nelson Mandela who is UWC’s Honorary President or HRH Charles, Prince of Wales and former UWC president.
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