Scholarships for High School Education

Scholarships are available for students between the ages of 16 and 18 years old to complete a two-year pre-university Diploma called the International Baccalaureate (IB). Academically, the IB covers six core subjects, an extended essay, and a Theory of Knowledge class.

Academic commitments are balanced with after school activities and community service. A key feature of UWCs is the importance of community service, which is integral to UWC’s Mission, and as such, compulsory. Students commit to regular and significant service to their local community. UWCs also offer an active and vibrant campus, with many extra-curricular activities that help students explore their interests, talents and each other’s cultures.


What do scholarships cover? 

Full scholarships generally cover:

  • Tuition costs, including text books
  • Room and Meals (all students live in residential boarding houses)
  • IB Diploma Fees

In most cases scholarships do not include:

  • Flights
  • Pocket Money (moderate expense)
  • Visas and Passport costs
  • Vaccination costs
  • Personal items like clothes, toiletries and other personal expenses are not included.

Medical insurance is included at some Colleges. In some cases, in the event of demonstrated need, additional costs such as Pocket Money, Flights, and other items can be covered by the College and/or fundraised by the National Committee.

What happens when the scholarship finishes?

After graduation the vast majority of UWC graduates attend University and many of these on scholarships. The average total IB Score among all the UWC schools is 5 points higher than the world average.

UWC counselors and university advisors have a wealth of experience facilitating applications and providing career advice. UWC has partnered with organisations that can provide financial support for University education.

United World Colleges make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. The scholarship is an opportunity for young people to find their place in a diverse world, and grow into the leaders that will contribute to a better future.