Application Process

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Regardless of your socioeconomic, religious, national, ethnic, or cultural background, if you are an outstanding student who wants to become changemakers for a better world and a passionate learner excited at the prospect of studying and living with young people from around the world, a UWC education is for you!

If the UWC mission for a more peaceful and sustainable future inspires you, please apply! Email if you have questions.

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Apply to study for the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at UWC

All 18 UWC schools and colleges provide a two-year pre-university education for students aged between the ages of 16 and 19 years old. In these final two years of secondary school, the academic curriculum is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). At most UWC schools and colleges, students in the IBDP years are boarding students, learning and living on campus in a diverse UWC community.
There are two main ways that you can apply to study for the IB Diploma Program at a UWC boarding school:

Which Application Route is Best for You?

Whichever route a candidate chooses, the application will be assessed against UWC’s core selection criteria. Please note that a candidate may only submit one application per year to study the IB Diploma Program at UWC. You may not apply through two different UWC National Committees or a UWC National Committee and the UWC Global Selection Program concurrently.

Choosing your application route to study the IBDP at UWC:

UWC Global Selection Program

National committee selections

Is entry guaranteed? No No
When are places offered to successful applicants?
Early decision: no later than November
August to April, depending on the National Committee. Selections are happening on a rolling basis.
Are the number of places available limited? Yes Yes
Are scholarships available? No Yes, on the basis of the demonstrated need
Am I able to apply for a specific UWC school or college?
Yes, you can.
There are three options available:
1) Application to a specific school
2) Application to up to 3 schools and 3) Application to all schools
(note fee levels)
No (applicants may, however, list their preferences)
Can I apply in a language other than English? No In most cases, yes (contact the UWC national committee of your country of origin or residence for information on application procedures)
How can I apply? Apply Here! Contact the UWC national committee of your country of origin or residence for information on application procedures.
From the north-east corner of the Catholic Church, 400 meters north
San José, Santa Ana 10901
Phone: (+506) 2282 5609
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.