Contact Details

UWC Adriatic College

Collegio del Mondo Unito dell’Adriatico O.N.L.U.S.

Rettore (Head of School): Dr Mike Price

Via Trieste, 29 – 34011 Duino Aurisina (Trieste)

+39 040 373 9111

UWC Adriatic College at a glance


Percentage of students receiving scholarships


UWC Adriatic College graduates that have received needs-based Davis UWC scholarships to study at USA universities


A global body of students aged between 16-19 from over 85 countries are educated annually at UWC Adriatic


Global alumni network

€ 21500

Cost of a full scholarship* at UWC Adriatic per year per student

 “The fact that in UWC you have an international family of global citizens with shared values and the difference between nationalities is not a boundary, is so unique and keeps me going.”

 Stella Langat, (Kenya, UWC Adriatic 2010-2012)

Co-founder and Chief External Affairs Officer, Double Dees


UWC Adriatic College was founded in 1982 by the regional authorities of Friuli Venezia Giulia with the support of the Italian government.  The college is integrated into the Italian/Slovene coastal community of Duino/Devin with school buildings and residences spread throughout the village.

The area north of Trieste experienced great bloodshed at the time of World War I and the Second World War brought further political and ethnic divisions to this part of Europe – a meeting place of Germanic, Latin and Slav cultures. By entering this arena of ethnic and historical complexity, UWC Adriatic has embraced an educational role of highly-charged political meaning and stepped into a world of extraordinary cultural diversity. For these very reasons the regional government of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs backed the project from the outset and remain the College’s main stakeholders.

Three Unique Features

  • Immersive Italian Experience – Students experience a UWC education while being continuously exposed to the richness and diversity of Italy’s cultural heritage. The College capitalizes on its setting at a political, cultural and geographical crossroads in the heart of Europe.
  • Music – Music plays a major role at UWC Adriatic thanks to the presence of a music academy (ICMA) that aims to explore the full range of musical genres and styles from around the world.

A Village, not a Campus – UWC Adriatic is not enclosed in its own campus, rather its residences, academic building, laboratories, etc. are scattered throughout the village. Students are integrated into the lives of the local and surrounding communities through their daily life and weekly social services

Geographic Setting

UWC Adriatic is located on the Adriatic Sea spread out across a small historic village of Duino, in the north-east of Italy. It is a charming seaside village half an hour from Trieste. Duino is at the cultural crossroad of Italian, Slovene and Austrian heritage. The choice of Duino as the home of UWC Adriatic College in Italy provides students and staff the opportunity of experiencing the richness and diversity of the surrounding area. The neighbourhood of Duino is a meeting point between three historically significant cultures in Europe: the Latin, the Slav and the Germanic. The students are able to understand the urgent need for peace, while at the same time, they  themselves have the opportunity to demonstrate international understanding and tolerance.

Duino Castle, private residence of the Princes della Torre e Tasso (von Thurn und Taxis), appears in all its majesty at the center of the village. As a seaside village, Duino has a small harbour: a beautiful pier looking out upon the striking Adriatic Sea, near Trieste, less than 100 km from the Austrian border and only 2 km from the border with Slovenia. Duino is a tranquil location that provides a protected environment conducive to a healthy lifestyle.

The hills behind the village were battlefields in the First World War, where young people fought and died for this ancient crossroads between Latin, German and Slav cultures. The border with Slovenia also marked the Cold War ‘Iron curtain’ separating East and West Europe.

Campus and Facilities

UWC Adriatic’s residences and facilities are scattered around the village of Duino. Seven residence buildings host the students. Other facilities include: Mensa (the canteen), the Mountbatten Academic Building, the Erich Hartmann Art Centre, the Gaspare Pacia Ceramics Centre the Rita Levi Montalcini Science Laboratories, the Bartolomeo Migone Library, the Medical Centre, the Principe Raimondo Auditorium and ICMA – the International Community Music Academy.

Outside the Classroom

UWC Adriatic places a special emphasis on the “service” component of its Creativity, Action, Services (CAS) programme. Being physically integrated in the life of the local community the College has long-standing collaborative relations with many associations that lead volunteering activities in a wide range of areas.

Social services activities include: work with Italian and Slovene speaking children through art, teaching English and other activities in local primary schools; multicultural presentations to offer a multicultural experience to students of local primary schools through a range of activities aimed at fighting prejudice and racism; assistance to persons with mental or physical disabilities; refugee work, offering companionship to the elderly or other persons who are confined to their homes; visiting the elderly in local institutions; First Aid Course – Ambulance Service (with local Red Cross operators); performing musical concerts in hospitals and institutions for elderly and sick  people; visiting people with multiple sclerosis; engaging in sport and theatre activities with people with disabilities; science dissemination for children and adults; offering English conversation classes to the local community;  visiting the residents of a local hospice.

Creative activities include: Adriatic Times (blog), Ceramics / Pottery, Chess, Creative writing and Literature Appreciation, Current Affairs Study Group, Debate Club, Decoupage & Patchwork, Drawing, Exploring Cultures through Cinema, Model United Nations (MUN), Music activities (Choir, Madrigal Choir, Piano Lessons, Solo Singing, Understanding Courses, Music Composition, Instrumental Lessons, Ensembles, Musical Show), Photography, Robotics, Philosophy magazine, TEDx UWC Adriatic, Theatre, Yearbook, WEB 2.0.

UWC Adriatic capitalizes on its Adriatic seaside village setting on Trieste’s karst highlands and in the vicinity of the Alpi Carniche and Alpi Giulie mountains to offer its students a range of related outdoor activities. They include sailing, kayaking, rock climbing, skiing (cross country and downhill) and orienteering. The full range of options currently available are as follows: Aerobics, Badminton, Circuit Training, Climbing, Contemporary Dance, Cross country running, Hiking, Kayaking, Mixed Martial Arts, Orienteering, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee and Yoga.

We are committed to innovating education and using it as a force to create intercultural understanding. With this objective, we promote various international projects focusing on professional development for secondary school teachers in South East Europe as well as in Africa.

Every year, we organize conferences and international events to promote cultural dialogue in partnership international organizations such as the European Union and UNESCO.

In the Classroom

UWC Adriatic offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) curriculum. Alongside standard courses, the College offers Arabic, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian, World Arts and Cultures, Environmental Systems and Societies and Visual Arts.  World Arts and Cultures is one of the most popular courses. Issues of identity are explored through the lens of past cultures including: Tokugawa Japan, Benin Africa, the Pacific Northwest, Avant-Garde Europe and Renaissance Italy.

Additionally, all students at the college study Italian, enabling them to embrace the local and national culture. All students are expected to take Italian as a subject, although this does not have to be an IB Diploma Programme examination subject but can complete a separate Certificate.


Students can apply to UWC Adriatic through their UWC national committee. For more information, visit:


Meet some of the staff members here.

Meet the Rettore of College here.