Candidates who are successful at the application form stage will be shortlisted and invited to a Final Assessment with UWC GB.
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. 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.
We know that this may be many candidiates' first experience of being interviewed or doing assessed group activities and that it can be a nerve-wracking prospect! However, the assessment itself is actually a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to have a "mini-UWC" experience. You will get to meet young people from all over the country, and you will spend time discussing current affairs and exploring a range of interesting topics with United World College alumni and parents.
What happens for Final Assessment?
Whether online or in-person at UWC Atlantic, you will spend some time meeting fellow candidates and our UWC GB Selections Team. We aim to give you a real taste of life at a UWC!
On the day, you will be guided through a series of discussions, games and activities in order for us to get to know you better. You will have debates, problem solve, and explore some current issues, and you will have plenty of opportunities to chat with United World College graduates about your interests and background. These activities should also stimulate a lot of lively discussion between you and your fellow candidates.
Each candidate will have an informal, personal interview with two members of our Selections Team. We will ask you questions about your application, your interests and what you hope to gain from a UWC experience. It can be a challenging experience, however the assessors are all very friendly and just want you to relax and enjoy yourself and be the best version of you.
As part of the interview, you will be asked lead a brief presentation on a topic you will be given in advance to prepare for.
What the Assessors are looking for - UWC Selection Criteria
Each of our schools and colleges has its own distinct character and identity, influenced by their host country, the specific setting, cultural context and their community. What makes each one of them a UWC is a deliberately diverse student body, with students coming from all over the world, bringing with them very different backgrounds to learn and live together - and their joined mission to make education a force for peace and sustainability.
Each year, we look for applicants to join our schools, who bring the following:
- Intellectual curiosity and motivation: a genuine urge to learn about the world around oneself. The ability to recognise the details and grasp the breadth of issues (such as global and local concerns) involved in any given topic and to analyse them thoroughly
- Active commitment: the ability to develop and the readiness to reflect, question and confront one’s own values, to measure one’s behaviour within family and community against one’s own values, and to act on one’s own beliefs accordingly and responsibly
- Social competence: the ability and readiness to make contact with other people, to interact respectfully with them, to work together with them in a team and to achieve solutions; the ability to express oneself adequately in different situations and to different people
- Resilience, personal responsibility and integrity: the ability to look after oneself physically and emotionally during the challenging and transformational experience that a UWC education offers; the personal motivation to adhere to UWC’s common moral and ethical principles, a sense of humility and an ability to listen and value another person’s opinion and experience
- Motivation for UWC: passion, ability and serious incentive to contribute to and actively promote UWC’s values
How to Prepare for the Final Assessment
If you are shortlisted for final assessment, you will receive plenty of information about how to prepare. You will need to think about a topic for your presentation, and it might be a good idea to read a newspaper or watch the news to get up-to-date on some current issues. We would also advise that you have a good think about why you want to apply to UWC, and what you think that you could bring to the movement.
After the Final Assessment is complete, you will have to fill in a form about which colleges you would be happy to attend, along with your parents/guardians. It would be a good idea for you to do some research about the colleges, and to chat with your parents/guardians about which colleges you are interested in.