Head: Ms. Denise Davidson
7 Getapnya Street, 3903 Dilijan,
+374 60 700 800
UWC Dilijan at a Glance
The number of teachers at UWC Dilijan from 17 countries who actively engage in the community as tutors and mentors
The number of students out of the first cohort of UWC 94 graduates that received the need-based Davis UWC scholarships
The number of UWC Dilijan students accepted in 37 universities worldwide in 2016
The first cohort of 94 students from 49 countries graduated from UWC Dilijan in May 2016
UWC Dilijan’s grounds extend over 88 hectares of spectacular sloping and wooded countryside, located on the verge of the Dilijan National Park. The idea of creating the College was conceived by social entrepreneurs Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend back in 2006.UWC Dilijan has been developed with generous funding from the RVVF foundation, created by Armenian philanthropist Ruben Vardanian and his wife Veronika Zonabend. Their initiative was then joined by nearly 300 donors from across the world. In October 2014 UWC Dilijan officially opened its doors to 94 pioneer students, becoming the 14th UWC college. Dilijan lies on the road connecting two modern large cities, Yerevan and Tbilisi, in a country that is situated on the border of Europe and Asia, at the heart of the diverse, culturally rich and complex region with a long history at the junction of the Persian, Byzantine, Ottoman and Russian Empires.
Three Unique Features
- Educational Hub – One of the foremost objectives of the College is to continue contributing to the development of the region as an educational cluster, which, in turn, fosters education throughout Armenia.
- Conflict Resolution – Due to its geopolitical location, studying at UWC Dilijan is a unique opportunity for those interested in gaining experience in conflict resolution and peace initiatives.
- Glocal Approach – We believe in glocal, that is, our aim is to be globally relevant but anchored into the local reality. We create an environment of understanding other cultures and celebrating diversity.
UWC Dilijan is located in the valley of the 16th century town of Dilijan, on the outskirts of a large national park in central Armenia, 100 km away from the capital Yerevan. Dilijan is an important town both culturally and historically, with a lush national park and pre-historic heritage. Armenia is a diverse country with a troubled past: the after-effects of the war with Azerbaijan still resonate, as do Stalin’s Great Purge and the Armenian Genocide. UWC Dilijan builds upon the movement’s legacy of engaging with post-conflict zones to create dialogue and a peaceful future.
Campus and Facilities
Boarding houses at UWC Dilijan offer superb facilities for studying and living. Students have access to outdoor sports facilities and playing fields (FIFA standard football pitch, volleyball pitches, tennis courts, the squash courts); the sports Complex (gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, fitness centre), squash and basketball courts. Campus facilities include: library and resource centre with Integrated IT facilities; outdoor learning areas, (pods), Main Dining hall; medical centre; performing Arts Centre (Concert hall, black box performance centre, dance studio music and drama department facilities, ceramics workshop). Renewable technologies were employed for the construction of the campus including harvesting of natural springs, using rainwater for irrigation and recycling of grey water.
In the Classroom
UWC Dilijan offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) curriculum. Alongside standard courses, the College offers Russian, German, Spanish, Global Politics, Philosophy and Theatre Arts.
Outside the Classroom
The co-curricular programme at UWC Dilijan consists of 4 elements – the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) programme, Project Weeks, Focus Weeks and Cultural Weekends.
UWC Dilijan students cooperate with various NGOs – for example the local kindergarten – with a view to designing projects that are beneficiary both for the Dilijan community and themselves. The cooperation with local NGOs helps the students overcome obstacles such as language barriers.
Art-related activities at UWC Dilijan are diverse and impactful and aim at fostering creativity and non-standard thinking: from exploring the world dance styles to programmes like “Art in the Community”.
UWC Dilijan’s Outdoor Education Programme includes hiking trips, skiing and caving expeditions and often involves participants from Dilijan and the neighboring villages to foster exchange, access to nature and environment related programmes.