UWC Red Cross Nordic
Head: Mr Richard Lamont
N-6968 Flekke, Fjaler,
+47 5773 7000
UWC Red Cross Nordic
UWC Red Cross Nordic at a Glance
Nationalities represented at UWC Red Cross Nordic
A global body of scholarship students at UWC Red Cross Nordic aged 16-20 comprising more than 95 nationalities are educated annually.
UWC Red Cross Nordic scholars that have received needs-based Davis UWC scholarships to study in the USA universities between 2000 and 2016
A global alumni network of UWC Red Cross Nordic graduates since 1995
“UWC gives you an all rounded experience. It is where one’s interests are nurtured and a place to learn not only the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, but also a world in a miniature where people from all over the world meet and exchange ideas. It is an amazing opportunity to grow as a person and also academically.”
Patricia Wandia, (Kenya, UWC Red Cross Nordic, 2014-2016)
Student at Macalester College, USA
Founded in 1995, UWC Red Cross Nordic is the UWC in the Nordic region. It is an establishment created through unprecedented multi-national and multi-agency partnership that shows the value the international community places on the UWC experience. Sponsored by the Nordic governments and the Norwegian Red Cross, UWC Red Cross Nordic was opened by Her Majesty Queen Sonja and UWC President Queen Noor of Jordan in 1995 as the ninth of today’s 17 existing Colleges worldwide. The College hosts 206 students from over 95 countries, aged 16-19, all selected on merit and demonstrated potential – irrespective of race, religion and background.
UWC Red Cross Nordic is a unique college within the UWC movement. UWC Red Cross Nordic College has three pillars: Nordic, Humanitarian and Environmental. All Nordic countries contribute to the funding of the College. The College is a Foundation, with the Red Cross in Norway and Sogn & Fjordane amongst the founders. As part of their Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) programme students take a Red Cross diploma. These pillars serve to underpin both the learning in the classroom and beyond. At the heart of the design was the intention that the main bulk of students are selected from ‘underprivileged and / or conflict-torn regions’ and that ‘functionally disabled students are integrated into the body of students. T he College’s objective is to help students become active, involved and educated citizens whose attitudes towards intercultural understanding and service will be a powerful catalyst for change.
The UWC Red Cross Nordic College alumni are a network of more than 1,700 students worldwide. Most of the alumni have been awarded scholarships to pursue further education in reputable universities in the world. Upon graduating from university, UWC Red Cross Nordic alumni pursue a variety of careers – in medicine, education, international relations, non-governmental organisations, business, politics, arts and the media – and they all share a determination to make a difference.
Three Unique Features
- Public Funding – Public funding from the Nordic countries enables the College to undertake a selection entirely based on merit and potential, creating a learning environment where diversity is truly experienced as a value for all.
- Survivors of Conflict Programme – The programme, run together with the Norwegian Red Cross and Haugland Rehabilitation Centre, enables young people with disabilities coming from conflict zones to attend UWC Red Cross Nordic. The aim is that the participants will return to act as resourceful and active society members in their home countries.
- The Foundation Year Programme – A necessary prerequisite for including students from a marginalised background, it is offered to students who arrive with a disrupted educational background and limited competence in English. The main aims are to build confidence, nurture participation in our deliberately diverse student community, and prepare students for the demands of the two-year IB Diploma Programme.
The College is set in a beautiful fjord landscape on the Norwegian West Coast. The college is in rural surroundings; the nearest village is 15 minutes away by road. It takes 40 minutes to Førde Airport Bringeland, and 3 hours to Bergen International Airport. Based on the edge of the Flekke Fjord, the campus is in an idyllic location which makes it perfect for watersports such as kayaking. The climate is generally moderate, however in the winter snow is likely, and skiing in the nearby mountains is a popular student pastime.
Campus and Facilities
The College has 5 student residences, each housing 40 students. The rooms, hosting 5 students each, are furnished in traditional Norwegian style and each has its own bathroom facilities. A central laundry is situated in the middle of the Student Village. The College’s daughter company UWC Connect is responsible for accommodating external guests to the College in the two houses on campus built with the purpose that visitors can benefit from this diverse environment. There is good access to the swimming pool at the Haugland Centre as well as a weight training room and a gym. The campus on Flekke Fjord shares facilities with the Red Cross Haugland Rehabilitation Centre, working closely together with a shared belief in the resources of the individual.
In the Classroom
UWC Red Cross Nordic offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) curriculum. Alongside standard courses, the College offers Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Global Politics, Science Project, Theater Arts. Additionally, first year students attend weekly sessions in the Red Cross Nordic Life Skills programme, exploring and developing their familiarity with topics relating to Red Cross values and the Nordic, Humanitarian and Environmental pillars of the College. The college developed an IB-accredited course in Human Rights which in recent years has been merged with Global Politics.
Outside the Classroom
The extra-academic programme focuses on three pillars: Nordic, Humanitarian and Environmental. It has a strong emphasis on community service with a wide range of cultural and outdoor activities. This can be in the form of: informal activities, extra-academic commitments, Project Based Learning Weeks, Frilufsveke – Ski Week, special events and programmes, global concerns, Cultural Days, Campus Responsibilities, community service (i.e. Camp School, where all students of one generation do weekly service as a key component of their service programme; Haugland Rehabilitation Service; Student Organisations). The College runs ceramics and knitting activities, and supports the craft and painting activities at Haugland Rehabilitation Centre. The beautiful fjord landscape provides an excellent setting for activities in the water and on the mountains. As a first year you can be trained to become an outdoor leader, with the aim to put the competence into practice in the second year. Ridderrennet is an annual international ski competition for the disabled, where students are sent as participants and as volunteers.
UWC Red Cross Nordic runs a preparatory Summer Course in advance of the academic year to give new students with limited English exposure lessons in the language, help orient them to their new environment, provide them with a supportive network and introduce them to life at UWC.
Students apply through their UWC national committee. Additionally, there is a special selection process for the Survivors of Conflict Programme and local places in Sogn & Fjordane. For more information, visit: https://uwcrcn.no/how-to-apply/
Meet some of the staff members here.
Meet the Rektor of College here.