How to Apply

UWC is an education movement comprising 17 international schools and national committees in more than 150 countries, as well as a series of short educational programmes.

UWC has a unique selection procedure. The selection process to the United World Colleges is run by the National Committee in candidate's country of origin. After successfully completing the selection process of the National Committee, applicants are first accepted to the UWC movement and only then are nominated to a specific college. They are free to name their preference of a particular college during the selection process but national committees reserve the right to nominate a candidate for any college at their discretion. If a candidate is nominated to a particular college, the expectation is that he or she will accept the place offered there. National committees make recommendations for admission, the Head of College makes the final decision.


There are National Committees in over 150 countries, the majority of students can apply to study at a UWC through this system. National committees are volunteer-run panels which:
  • Promote UWC
  • Select and prepare students for their UWC experience
  • Often run short programmes

Members include UWC alumni, education professionals and community leaders. Some countries have a selection contact rather than a national committee. They are responsible for selecting students from a particular country.


Candidates for the IB Diploma Programme for September 2017 should contact the UWC National Committee in their country. Each national committee tailors the application process and deadlines to their local education system and culture to ensure it is relevant and appropriate.

Find your National Committee by selecting your country in the list.

For applicants from Armenia, please visit the Armenian National Committee website for further information.

Direct applications to the college are only acceptable if a candidate can’t apply through a UWC National Committee in their country of residence/citizenship.