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The Applications Process

Applications for 2018 are open!

This page aims to explain the main steps in the applications and allocations process, and will give you an overview of the process from filling in your form to the final allocation of college places.

Step 1: Check your eligibility.

You can check your eligibility here. If you have concerns or are unsure about your eligibility, contact us on applications@uwc.org.

Step 2: Talk to your parents.

We can only accept applications which are supported by your parents or guardians. Tell them about the UWC movement and show them this website, so that they can support you throughout the process.

Step 3: Choose your Referees

Two references are required, an academic reference and a community reference. The academic reference should be completed by a teacher, and the community reference should be completed by someone who has worked with you in a non-academic setting (such as a scouting/guiding leader, a supervisor in extra-curricular activities, or someone you have volunteered for). Both should be able to speak of your abilities and interests.

The references are an important part of the application process. To help your referees please direct them to the FAQs.  If you are having trouble selecting referees or you cannot provide both, please email applications@uwcgb.org for advice.

Step 4: Fill in and Submit your Application Form 

The form consists of a few short essay questions and some personal information. 

All application forms are carefully read by a team of trained reviewers - they are all familiar with the UWC movement and are looking for candidates with the potential to thrive in the unique environment of a United World College. Each application form is read by at least two reviewers and between them they draw up a short-list of candidates to interview. 

Please do note that because of the high quality of applications we receive, many strong applications will not be short-listed. 

Step 5: The Assessment Day

If your application form is successful you will be invited for an Assessment Day at Atlantic College. During the day you will have opportunity to talk with ex-students from all the colleges, ask questions and generally get a feel for whether you would enjoy studying at a United World College.

Assessment Days will be held over a week in December (please see here for exact dates). You must be able to attend an Assessment Day on one of these days.

More information about the Assessment Day is available here.

Step 6: College Allocation

After the Assessment Days, the selections team will allocate all successful applications to colleges. This will be decided based upon your preferences, maturity, interests, and various other factors. If you say you definitely do not want to attend a certain college, you will not be allocated a place there (you will get the opportunity to discuss all of this at your Assessment Day with your parents, alumni, and selections staff).

The college allocation process is still a source of worry for a lot of parents, but it shouldn't be. The choice of your parents and your own needs are central to our decision.

Please see here for FAQs about college allocation.

Step 7: Offer Letters and Scholarship Distribution

Once we have allocated all the places, we will let you know whether you were successful and if so, which college you have been allocated to. At the same time, we will let you know what contribution towards the fees we require (this ranges from zero to full fees if you were not successful in obtaining a scholarship). Please see here for more information about funding.

If you are unsuccessful, you may be nominated for a short course, or you may be offered a place on the waiting list in case any more places become available. The allocation of waiting list places involves a lot of discussion with both you and your parents, and may take several months.