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.

Our educational program encompasses three main areas: Academics (International Baccalaureate Diploma), Co-Curricular, and Residence Life. All the activities and learning opportunities incorporate one or more of UWC Costa Rica's six competencies: social responsibility, diversity, conflict transformation, sustainability, leadership, and a healthy lifestyle.

Our mission is to educate a diverse group of students 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.

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. 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 192 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 2021. 

Muchas gracias,


Mauricio Viales

Head of College
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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:

 
From the southeast 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.