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:

Here we explain the difference between the two routes to apply to join our IB Diploma Programme.

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 158 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 also 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. Find out if you are eligible to apply through UWC Hong Kong Committee. 

UWC Global Selection Programme (Fee-paying route)

The UWC Global Selection Programme is designed for those:

  • Who wish to apply 9-12 months before the beginning of the school year, and
  • Who can pay the full fee for the UWC school or college to which they are successful in applying
  • Looking to attend a specific school or college.

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. 

Which Application Route is Best for You?

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.