UWC inspires students to create a more peaceful and sustainable future through education.

UWC (United World Colleges) is a global not-for-profit education movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. It comprises a network of 17 international schools and colleges on four continents, short courses and a system of volunteer-run national committees in 157 countries.

UWC offers a challenging educational experience to a deliberately diverse group of students and places a high value on experiential learning, community service and outdoor activities, which complement high academic standards delivered through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP).

Today, over 9,500 students from over 157 countries are studying on one of the UWC campuses. Over 65% of UWC students in their final two years receive a full or partial scholarship, enabling admission to a UWC school to be independent of socio-economic means.

Since the foundation of the first UWC college in 1962, UWC has inspired a network of more than 60,000 alumni worldwide, who remain engaged with the UWC movement and committed to contribute to a more equitable and peaceful world

The UWC Community at a glance


Countries with UWC National Committees which comprise of over 3000 volunteers that select UWC students


Over 70% of the IB Diploma students receive scholarship support


UWC Graduates from 152 countries received need-based Davis UWC scholarships to study at 94 USA universities between 2000 and 2017


A global student body of current students, with 3750 in the IB Diploma years


UWC Schools and colleges in 17 countries, across 5 continents in pursuit of 1 mission – to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future

What UWC Offers

Virtue & Strength


“The virtue and strength of UWC is that it provides small, but powerful cells of innovation, catalysts of change, breaking barriers of habit and opening broader vistas of experience for both pupils and educationalists.










Nelson Mandela,

Past Honorary President of UWC,

Parent and grandparent of Waterford Kamhlaba UWC alumni

UWC Schools and Colleges

Making an Impact through Education