Applying For 2024-26 Entry
Applications to UWC for the 2024 entry are now open!
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UWC Application Steps
Below are the main steps in the applications and assessment process:
Create your Application Account 👤
Setup your candidate profile and access our applications system which will guide you through the whole application process step-by-step. Make sure when you create your account to read the information carefully as it will be very helpful and important!
In this step you will be asked to :
- Check your eligibility to apply - You can check your eligibility here. If you have concerns or are unsure about your eligibility, contact us on email@example.com.
- Indicate your availability for your Community Conversation - see Step 2
Complete the full online application form on your own and submit it before the 11:59pm GMT on 31st October 2023. There's short and long questions to answer, and it'll challenge the way you think about yourself and the world. Candidates will be shortlisted and invited to the final assessment stage based on these responses.*
Each application will be carefully read by at least two different trained reviewers - volunteers familiar with the UWC movement and who are looking for candidates with the potential to thrive in the unique environment of a United World College.
In this step you will also be asked to:
- Choose your Referees - two references are required, an academic reference and an activity reference. The academic reference should be completed by a teacher, and the activity 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
- 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.
- Pay the UWC GB Application Fee - The late fee for applying to United World Colleges through the UWC National Committee of Great Britain for 2023 entry is £180. The National Committee is a charity, and your application fee will go towards processing your application, and towards running the assessment. This means the fee is non-refundable even if your application is not successful.
*Please note that due to the number of high quality of applications we receive, many strong applications may not be short-listed.
If your written application is successful you will be invited to a Final Assessment.
After successfully going fully online last year, we are still in the process of finalising our assessment for this year. It may be online, it may be in person at UWC Atlantic or it might be a mix of both. We will keep you updated on the format as soon as we can!
However the format, the Final Assessment will take place in mid-December 2022 and January 2023. During the assessment, shortlisted candidates will meet each other and be asked to participate in group challenges, discussions, activities and games, alongside a personal interview with two UWC GB assessors.
Candidates must be able to attend the Final Assessment to continue with their application.
Alongside this step, you (and your parents/guardians) will also be asked to:
- Attend a College Information Session - a short session for candidates and their parents to learn more about the 18 different UWC schools around the world and also review the final stages of the applications process including the College Choices Form
- Complete a College Choices form - after completing your final assessment you will be asked to fill out a form indicating which UWC schools you would like to apply to. You will not be offered a place at any college you have not indicated you are willing to attend.
- Submit means-testing paperwork to the UWC GB Finance Team - UWC GB will means-test all candidates' families (unless otherwise requested) in order to prepare our potential scholarship fund distributions. Means-testing is completed separately and independently of the assessment process.
- Parents/Guardians Only will need to attend a Parents & Guardians Information Session - you will be introduced to members of the National Committee from the Selections, Finance and Health & Wellbeing Teams to provide you with information on the final stages of the process and answer any questions you may have.
College Allocations, Scholarship Distribution & Offer Emails ✅
After Final Assessment, the Selections Team will allocate all successful candidates to potential college matches, at UWCs where we have places available. This will be decided based upon the candidates' preferences, maturity, interests, and various other factors.
The college allocation process can be complex and a source of concern for many parents (and candidates). However, it shouldn't be as the choice and needs of the candidate as well as their parents/guardians are central to our decision, and you will have plenty of time to speak with NC volunteers, students and parents about the different colleges. Please see here for FAQs about college allocation.
After the college allocation process is complete, the UWC GB Finance Team will review the means-testing paperwork for each candidate and distribute bursary funds according to demonstrated need. Bursary Funds may range from zero (where you may be asked to pay full fees) to 100% (where the entire cost of the college fees are covered by bursary).* Please see here for more information about funding.
Candidates will receive emails letting them know if they were successful. For successful candidates, the offer email will include: the college you have been allocated; and the contribution towards the college fees we require according to your means-testing.
For unsuccessful candidates, the email may ask if you would like to remain on a waiting list in the case of withdrawals or additional college places available, or it might suggest alternative options such as a UWC short course or opportunities to re-apply a following year.
* Please note there may be additional expenses outside the college fees covered by scholarship (e.g. flights, pocket money, learning materials etc)
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.
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 email@example.com.