UWC is a unique organisation. It is the only global educational NGO that brings students together from all over the world, selected from within their own countries, on merit and regardless of their ability to pay. These students come together at one of seventeen UWC schools and colleges that aim to foster international peace and understanding.
UWC believes that to achieve peace and a sustainable future, the values it promotes are crucial;
- International and intercultural understanding
- Celebration of difference
- Personal responsibility and integrity
- Mutual responsibility and respect
- Compassion and service
- Respect for the environment
- A sense of idealism
- Personal challenge
- Action and personal example
Each College offers selected students a two-year course of study before entry into University.
In addition to academics, the programme of activities emphasizes concern for others through community service activities. Emphasis is also placed on outdoor adventures and creative pursuits. Students attending UWC sit for the International Baccalaureate examinations at the end of the two years.
The IB Diploma is recognised for university entrance worldwide.
Eligible candidates are usually those who have just sat the senior four exams in the most recent UCE siting and aged 16 to 17 in August of the year of application and should demonstrate the following qualities:
- Academic strengths which indicate a strong likelihood of success in the IB programme;
- Willingness to befriend and learn from people whose ideas, beliefs and cultural backgrounds may be very different to their own;
- The ability to gain the most from the opportunity and to contribute to college life (relevant qualities include a commitment to service, an openness of mind, enthusiasm, balance, good humor, the ability to thrive in a foreign environment, emotional strength, and physical fitness);
- An active contributor to the life of their school or wider community;
- Involvement in cultural, artistic or sporting activities.
It is important that candidates should be thoroughly articulate so that they may be able to advance their own views and those of their country, of which they will be seen as representatives. Every student sent to a UWC must be of the quality one would like to see representing his or her own country alongside very carefully selected students from other countries. Experience has shown that successful students are those who come with a clear awareness of the aims of the UWC and a personal commitment to contribute to them.
- Be Ugandan. (Non-Ugandans resident in Uganda may apply either through their own national committees or directly to individual UWCs through the Global Selection Programme. Refugees resident in Uganda are also welcome to apply - especially vis-à-vis availability of refugee scholarships. ).
- Be between the ages of 16 and 17 by August of year of application.
- Have demonstrated outstanding academic ability or potential.
- Have completed S4 or an equivalent O’ Level examination.