What Does an Ideal Candidate Look Like?

We are among the best boarding schools in the world. We maintain this by carefully selecting students who thrive in an international environment, and are well-suited to the challenge of a rigorous curriculum and an experiential learning environment. We’re therefore looking for applicants who bring the following:


Intellectual curiosity and motivation:
a genuine urge to learn about the world around oneself, the ability to recognize the details and grasp the breadth of issues (for example global and local concerns) involved in any given topic, with the desire to analyze them thoroughly.

Active commitment: the ability to develop and readiness to reflect, question, and confront one’s own values, to measure one’s behavior within family and community against one’s values, and to act on one’s own beliefs accordingly and responsibly.

Social competence:
the ability and readiness to make contact with other people, to interact respectfully with them, to work together with them in a team, and to achieve solutions; the ability to express oneself adequately in different situations and to different people.

Resilience, personal responsibility, and integrity:
the ability to look after oneself physically and emotionally during the challenging and transformative experience that a UWC offers; the personal motivation to adhere to UWC’s common moral and ethical principles, a sense of humility, and an ability to listen and value another person’s opinion and experiences

The motivation for UWC: passion, ability, and serious incentive to contribute to and actively promote UWC’s values.  For questions email info@uwccostarica.org or admissions@uwccostarica.org

Selected Students are Expected to:

  • Meet all academic and co-curricular responsibilities, including completing the full International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, as well as other activities that promote the Institution’s philosophy and mission.
  • Learn to communicate in both English and Spanish.
  • Develop an appreciation for and a deeper understanding of all forms of diversity and cultural differences by interacting with their peers.
  • Abide by UWC Costa Rica's policies and regulations.
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.