It is very hard to describe an ideal candidate. In fact, we pride ourselves in attracting and admitting a great diversity of students from around the world regardless of their socio-economic background, politics, religion, caste, ethnicity, language, gender, opinions, culture or race.

UWC students are defined by their ambition and ability to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. They are united in a commitment to positive social action to build a more equitable and fairer world. Although strong academic achievement is valued highly, our ethos compels us to think more broadly about the knowledge and skills that will shape our students as whole people. As a transformational experience a UWC education empowers students to become leaders in social responsibility, inspiring them to effect change personally, locally nationally and internationally. Living and learning at a UWC is an intense experience and candidates should be physically and emotionally robust in order to thrive in our system.

Our students are selected based on their merit and potential to build a better world. For this, we look at whether candidates have made the most of the opportunities available to them to date.

  • Intellectually Curious and Motivated
  • Demonstrated active commitment
  • Ability and readiness to reflect, question and confront one’s own values
  • They are able to work with a diversity of people and interact respectfully with them to collaborate for solutions
  • Resilience, personal responsibility and integrity
  • Passion, ability and serious incentive to actively promote UWC values

Age Requirement

Students interested in the pre-university IB Diploma will normally be aged between 15 and 17 years old at the application stage and have already completed 10 or 11 years of formal education.

For younger students, three of our sister schools offer programmes for younger students. Please see their websites for more information.

UWC South East Asia, Singapore (Ages 4- 18)

Waterford Kamhlaba UWC, Swaziland (Ages 11 – 18)

UWC Maastricht, the Netherlands (Ages 2- 18)