Welcome to UWC Costa Rica

United World College (UWC) of Costa Rica is a non-profit foundation and two-year residential pre-university program that values experiential learning alongside providing its 16-19-year-old students with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. As the only UWC in Latin America, we offer a bilingual program, opportunities to learn more about the social, political, and cultural history of the region, and options to explore Costa Rica. Apply now and join our community!

UWC Mission:

UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

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  • 160+

    Universities worldwide offered our students an offer of study.
    Including 4 Ivy Leagues Colleges, and awards such as the Kofi Annan Scholarship at Macalester College, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program At NYU.
  • 209

    Students enrolled in the academic year 2022-2023
    All students coming from a variety of academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and language backgrounds.
  • 35%

    Students with full scholarships.
     Granted by UWC Costa Rica, National Committees & PAE 
  • 67

    Student nationalities represented on campus.
    Australia, Barbados, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Estonia, Finland, Guyana, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Philippines, Rwanda, Spain, Tunisia, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Vietnam as new countries. 
  • 7322

    Hours of experiential learning completed.
    Including 3,800 hours dedicated to the Agents of Change tour, working on different projects.
  • 83%

    Of all students receiving full or partial financial aid to attend College.
    38% received a Full scholarship, and 41% received a Partial scholarship
  • 9

    Students recognized as Grieg Foundation full scholars.
    A grant to support 9 Latin American outstanding students.
  • 93%

    IB Diplomas pass rate awarded to the class of 2022.
    18% of students got 40+ points in their finals!

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United World College (UWC) of Costa Rica is a non-profit foundation and two-year residential pre-university program that values experiential learning alongside providing its 16-19-year-old students with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. As the only UWC in Latin America, we offer a bilingual program, opportunities to learn more about the social, political, and cultural history of the region, and options to explore Costa Rica. Apply now and join nuestra familia – our family!
From the north-east corner of the Catholic Church, 400 meters north
San José, Santa Ana 10901
Phone: (+506) 2282 5609
Email: info@uwccostarica.org
United World College Costa Rica is a non-profit foundation offering a two-year residential pre-university program focused on experiential learning. Our mission is to educate a diverse group of people to become happy, healthy and committed individuals, capable through their leadership and engagement, of fostering positive change in their communities in order to contribute to achieving a more sustainable and peaceful world.