All 18 UWC schools and colleges provide a two-year pre-university education for students aged between 16 and 19 years. In these final two years of secondary school, the academic curriculum is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). At most UWC schools and colleges, students in the IBDP years are boarding students, learning and living on campus in a diverse UWC community. 

There are two main ways that you can apply to study for the IB Diploma Programme at a UWC boarding school:

UWC National Committees (including scholarships)

Most students in the IBDP years at UWC are selected through one of UWC's national committees. Representing UWC in over 159 countries and territories, UWC national committees form a global network which seeks and selects students with great potential from around the world, often in the most unlikely places. 

If you require a grant or scholarship, you should apply using this application process. Over 65% of students selected through the UWC national committee system are offered financial assistance. Scholarships are granted on the basis of each individual's needs and means.

The application process is guided by the individual national committee. The application process in Hong Kong is guided by UWC Hong Kong Committee in partnership with Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong. 

If you are...

  1. currently residing in Hong Kong;
  2. have a Hong Kong Permanent ID Card or dependent visa; and/or
  3. would like to be considered for scholarship,

you would be eligible to apply through the UWC Hong Kong Committee.

UWC Global Selection Programme (Fee-paying route)

The Global Selection Programme is designed for candidates who wish to apply 9-12 months before the beginning of the school year and is designed for candidates who wish to forgo financial assistance. A limited number of full-fee paying places are available at 16 UWC schools and colleges.

The UWC Global Selection Programme is coordinated by UWC International in close cooperation with UWC schools, colleges and the national committees. Selections are carried out by experienced UWC selection volunteers. 

**Whichever route a candidate chooses, the application will be assessed against UWC’s core selection criteria. Please note that a candidate may only submit one application per year to study the IB Diploma Programme at UWC. You may not apply through two different UWC national committees or through a UWC national committee and the UWC Global Selection Programme concurrently.