The United World Colleges
There are now 17 United World Colleges around the world, each possessing a distinctive character while sharing a common mission and core values. These unique schools are currently located in Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, Thailand, UK and USA.
Singaporeans have been offered scholarships to UWC Adriatic (Italy), UWC Atlantic College (UK), UWC Changshu China, UWC Costa Rica, UWC Maastricht (Netherlands), UWC Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina), UWC Pearson College (Canada), UWC Red Cross Nordic (Norway), UWC Robert Bosch (Germany) and UWC-USA.
*Please note that the Colleges to which scholarships are offered are dependant on availability.
UWC-USA lies in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at the heart of the American West, with the College placing a strong focus on its historical site. Its beautiful surroundings enable students to take part in wilderness expeditions including a search and rescue team as part of its community service programme.
UWC-USA’s programmes emphasise community service, wilderness experience and Southwest studies through weekly service commitments as well as multi-day projects and expeditions. Students also engage in inter-cultural communication and mediation through the Constructive Engagement of Conflict (CEC) and Global Issues programmes, which build skills in inter-cultural communication, peer mediation, community-based action research, and strategy and campaign development for social change.
Set on the shores of a fjord in Western Norway, UWC Red Cross Nordic is financially supported by the eight Nordic countries and territories sharing its campus with the neighbouring Red Cross Rehabilitation Centre.
The College programme celebrates the Nordic language, values and principles, and emphasises on personal freedom as individuals, as well as collective responsibilities. The variable seasonal landscape offers students opportunities to take part in a wide range of outdoor pursuits such as skiing and mountaineering.
The traditions of both the Nordic countries and the Red Cross are reflected in the strong emphasis placed on humanitarian and environmental concerns. Cooperation with the Red Cross, for example, opens a variety of avenues for service opportunities in areas such as First Aid and Lifesaving and in the fields of youth training and humanitarian action. The service and activity programme at the College gives students opportunities to respond to needs, gaining leadership training, communication skills and conflict management techniques through working with a diverse group of people.
The pioneer UWC started in the UK with the UWC Atlantic College being established in 1962 forming the UWC movement. Set in a medieval castle in Wales, UK, UWC Atlantic has a student body of 350 and has educated over 7,000 students to date.
Over every summer, UWC Atlantic conducts a two-week leadership-training programme created for students to learn about and practice leadership styles. The College has four well-developed faculties dedicated to better understanding the UWC movement and mission, namely Environmental, Global, Social Justice and Outdoor. The College focuses on developing a particular skill in each student to better engage with and understand world issues through a wide-range of activities. It also emphasizes on the arts and music with programmes to engage students through art and design, ceramics, textile design music rock groups, the Atlantic College Choir and music lessons.
UWC Atlantic strives for a lifelong education that surpasses the two years at College. It encourages students to do an optional “third year” - a gap year upon graduation. This is to encourage students to meaningfully give back to the community, internalizing and living out UWC’s values. These could include working with non-governmental organizations, volunteering with Voluntary Services Overseas, and developing service-based projects all over the world.
UWC Pearson College
Located along the shores of Pedder Bay in the city of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Lester B. Pearson United World College was the third college to join the UWC movement in 1974. Named after the late Canadian Prime Minister and Canada’s only Nobel Peace Laureate, Lester B. Pearson, this college honours the work of the late Prime Minister through its dedication in fostering peace and understanding in the world.
The college offers an 80-hour Summer Service Programme which equips students with the skill sets needed to put theories into practice and encourages them to support positive developments back in their home communities. UWC Pearson also offers a youth leadership seminar in summer as a platform for students to explore their leadership abilities. Except for language courses, all other courses are conducted in English.
UWC Pearson is characterised by its commitment towards the environment and has been managing the ecological reserve and facilities on Race Rocks Islands since 1997. The College, situated seven kilometres from the island, has tailored and developed an ideal IB Marine Science. Students examine the physical and chemical makeup of the ocean, the marine ecosystems and the variety of such ecosystems in existence in addition to diving programmes and other volunteer projects.
Every spring for over 30 years the students of UWC Pearson come together to share music, dance and stories of their homelands in a concert known as ‘One World’. It is through challenging—yet ultimately rewarding—creative experiences like this that the students learn to live, lead, work, and play together.
Located in and integrated within the Italian coastal village of Duino, UWC Adriatic was founded by the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia with the support of the Italian Government. The village is a meeting point for three significant European cultures – Slav, Germanic and Latin – and students are immersed fully in village life. The College also places a special emphasis on its relationship with Central and Eastern Europe. Other emphases include science, music and the rich cultural heritage of Italy.
UWC Adriatic is known for its Music Programme and its rich and long-standing culture of music activities. The College offers music courses to its students at beginner, intermediate or advanced levels, ranging from percussion, singing, piano, violin, guitar, woodwinds and brass.
Exceptional Music Scholars on the advanced programme can also enrol in the Chamber Music course offered by the International School of Trio di Trieste. The College prides itself with its one-and-only UWC Adriatic Music Study Course, tailored for students who wish to apply to Conservatory and University Music Programmes.
Robert Bosch College opened its doors to 100 founding students in September 2014. Situated in a former Carthusian Monastery in Freiburg, Germany, the College aims to examine pertinent issues revolving around humanity - primarily on intercultural understanding, peace and sustainable development.
UWC Robert Bosch will share facilities with the University of Freiburg and also offer student and faculty-led fitness programmes. Prospective students interested in the arts will be able to choose from theatre arts, classical music and opera. The College will also collaborate with the Jazz & Rock School to provide choir and instrument lessons for students.
A mere stone’s throw away from the Black Forest of Germany and the Dreisam River, students can expect to delve deeper into environmental issues as well as shape sustainability efforts in the Green City of Freiburg. Students can also look forward to cooperating with locally and regionally based environment-related institutes and organizations in Freiburg.
Changshu China is a brand new addition to the UWCs, and is opening its doors to its founding students in September 2015. With a focus on Chinese language and culture, UWC Changshu China aims to be the youth leadership academy in Asia, providing a transformational and empowering education that develops future team-leaders: Changemakers who can transcend cultures, embrace challenges and contribute positively to society on a personal, local and global level.
This 3,000-year-old city has been recognized nationally for its rich cultural heritage. It also boasts a mountain, seven rivers and three lakes, and UWC Changshu China is fortunate to be located on the banks of the largest, Kuncheng Lake (昆承湖).
Changshu is part of metropolitan Suzhou, a city known the world over for its ancient Chinese gardens and river canals. Often referred to as the Venice of China, the city of Suzhou was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in 2014. The biennial award honours outstanding contributions that create liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world, and has been previously awarded to the cities of New York and Bilbao. The vision of the campus is to become a sustainable village dedicated to the fostering of peace and international understanding.