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Introductory FAQs

What is UWC?

UWC (United World Colleges) is a global educational movement that brings together students from all over the world at pre-university level. Students are selected on merit and live together in an environment designed to foster international understanding, tolerance and peace. The United World Colleges originated in the ideas of the educationalist Kurt Hahn in the 1950s and the first United World College, Atlantic College, opened in Wales in 1962. Today, there are fourteen United World Colleges in the UK, Singapore, Canada, Swaziland, the USA, Italy, Hong Kong, Norway, India, Bosnia, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Germany, and Armenia. Each College has its own distinctive character but all share a common mission. 

What is the UWC GB National Committee? 

The United World College National Committee of Great Britain (the National Committee) is a volunteer-run charity. Its mission involves: 
  • Selecting British students for places at the United World Colleges 
  • Providing welfare support to British students at UWCs around the world 
  • Raising the profile of the UWC movement in Great Britain 
  • Supporting UWC alumni in Great Britain. 
The National Committee is tasked with finding the most appropriate students to send to the different colleges and that is a task we take very seriously. If you are selected for a place at a UWC the National Committee will be one source of support (besides your College community, your family and friends of course) and we hope that you will keep in touch with us during your time at a UWC. 
 
Are there any options for a UWC experience other than attending a college?

Most years the International Office of the UWC runs short courses. These courses are normally 1-2 week concentrated UWC experiences, with themes including community development, leadership, conflict mediation, and environmental action. Recent courses have taken place in Montenegro, Cyprus, Germany, India and Israel. A list of upcoming short courses is available here. If you are not selected for a place at a college you may be offered a place on a short course, and you can also apply directly to the organisers of each course. Please email shortcourse@uwcgb.org for more information.