The United World Colleges (UWC) is a worldwide movement of schools dedicated to promoting international understanding and peace through higher education. Headed by internationally-known figures, Queen Noor of Jordan and former South African President Nelson Mandela, the Colleges provide an amazing and unique international educational opportunity - ever more pertinent in a world that seems, more than ever, to be threatened by conflict.
Today there are 16 United World Colleges worldwide, distinctive in their own ways, but 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, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, Thailand, UK and USA.
Each community is made up of students and staff from diverse backgrounds capturing an array of nationalities as they live and work together. High academic standards, a strong emphasis on community service and a wide range of cultural and outdoor activities are all part of the challenge and excitement of a UWC education.
Students learn about and live with one another in an environment that imbibes peace, cooperation, personal challenge and adventure - not just in their classes, but also in activities as diverse as working together to save lives as part of an RNLI lifeboat crew in Wales, or in the wilderness areas of New Mexico, USA - to home visiting in small rural communities in Canada or Swaziland.
The Colleges follow the challenging International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, which is increasingly highly sought after by universities as an equivalent to the GCE 'A' levels. In addition, community service, creative activities and overcoming personal challenges are all equally important parts of the UWC experience - helping to develop individuals with the skills necessary to make a difference in today’s ever-changing world.