UWC stands for United World Colleges which represents a group of 17 international schools and colleges, around 155 national committees and a series of short educational programmes. United World Colleges all consist of students from various countries, race, background, ethnicity and cultural dynamics coming together to one place to partake in a variety of academic, educational and extracurricular activities. The end goal of such a unique educational institution is to inspire its students to create a more peaceful and sustainable future.
The origins of the UWCs go back to 1962 with the aim of bringing together young people whose experience was of the political conflict of the cold war era, offering an educational experience based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding so that the students would act as champions of peace. The initiative was undertaken by Kurt Hahn at the very first UWC called Atlantic College located in Wales. The colleges still share this goal but have extended this approach and applied it to tensions and conflicts that exist within as well as between societies today.
UWC is proud of their comprehensive scholarship programme that offers over 60% of the national committee selected students to receive full or partial aid towards their UWC experience. Due to a deliberately diverse student intake, varying financial assistance like bursaries, scholarships (full and/or partial tuition, room/board), and fee structure are formulated to ensure a wide-ranging socio-economic mix in the student body.
At UWC the main goal is to ensure the students take back more than just what is offered to them in the classrooms and during their time spent there. It is to learn and develop and acquire an insight that will impact upon their adult lives in a positive manner and help bring about a change in the world for the better.