About Us


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Welcome to UWC Costa Rica

United World College Costa Rica is a non-profit foundation offering a two-year residential pre-university program focused on experiential learning.

We are part of the Global Educational Movement UWC (United World Colleges), which makes education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. UWC has 18 colleges around the world; for students between 16 to 19 years old. Among them, we are privileged to have a school in Costa Rica.

Our educational program encompasses three main areas: Academics (International Baccalaureate Diploma), Co-Curricular, and Residence Life. 

Our mission is to educate a diverse group of students to become happy, healthy, and committed individuals capable of fostering positive change in their communities to contribute to achieving a more sustainable and peaceful world through their leadership and engagement.

As the only UWC in Latin America, we offer a bilingual program, opportunities to learn more about the region's social, political, and cultural history, and options to explore Costa Rica. Costa Rica's long-standing history of peace, democracy, environmental protection, and absence of a national military provides the ideal setting to develop UWC Costa Rica's curriculum.

Today, UWC Costa Rica is currently home to 207 students representing 70+ different countries, so there are myriads of exotic food, new languages, and stories to share. Ten minutes away from a state-of-the-art hospital, UWC Costa Rica’s campus is nestled within the friendly neighborhood of Santa Ana: an extremely safe and caring community that has taken our college under its wing not only by welcoming our students and providing many opportunities to interact educationally but also through creating a secure environment that is a dynamic place for our students to study and live.

If you are interested in applying to the College, apply now! It would be a pleasure to have you as part of the community.

Finally, I recommend you to read here the latest Impact Report we published in November 2022. 

Muchas gracias,

Mauricio Viales

Head of College


UWC Costa Rica foundation story

Here's a tiny window on how our college transformed and became to what it is today, created with lots of love for our 15th Anniversary celebration: