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Applications for 2021-23 entry are now closed!


Applications for 2022 - 24 entry will open in Summer 2021.

If you would like to register your interest and receive updates from us about applying for 2022-24 entry, please complete the form here:


UWC Application Form Steps

Below are 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

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 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: Community Conversation

This year we introduced an additional step in your application process - a community conversation. 

It is an informal 20 minute conversation with 2 members of the wider UWC community. The purpose of this conversation is for you to learn more about UWC, but also for us to get to start to get to know you a little bit. You will not be scored or assessed in any way based on this conversation. 

We strongly recommend that you wait with submitting your written application until after you've had your community conversation. 

Step 6: The Online Assessment  

If your application form is successful you will be invited for an Assessment. This year the entire assessment will take place online and is likely to be held over 2 days. 

During the assessment you will be asked to participate in a number of different activities; some will be individual tasks and some will be done in a group with other candidates. 

Assessment Days will be held in mid-December. You must be able to attend the online assessment.

Step 7: 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 8: 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 chosen to attend a UWC school or college, you will need to agree to follow the UWC Code of Conduct, as well as any Code of Conduct, put in place by the school or college you attend.

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. 

More Information

Further information on the selection process is detailed in our FAQs and in the Key Dates section. UWC Great Britain follows the general UWC selection criteria, selection policy, and look to select students in line with the UWC values and principles. For more information on this please see the below documents.

If you have any questions that are not answered in the FAQs then please do not hesitate to get in contact with the National Committee by emailing