Distinctive Educational Model Based on Experiential Learning

At UWC Costa Rica, we strive to cultivate in young people the passion and ability to serve humanity and our planet. Guided by a profound understanding that achieving genuine sustainability requires a fundamental shift in perspective, we firmly believe that education serves as the cornerstone for this transformative endeavor.

Our commitment is to provide universal access to information and immersive experiential learning across diverse contexts and environments, including the nurturing embrace of nature. We aim to pioneer new educational and cultural paradigms to pursue a sustainable future, develop curricula and initiatives deeply rooted in a culture of sustainability, and pave the way for alternative currents of thought to shape our collective trajectory toward a more harmonious and balanced existence.


International Baccalaureate (IB)

UWC Costa Rica follows the IB's Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum, made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), and the Extended Essay (EE). We are the only UWC College in the movement that offers the full IBDP in Spanish, and students can opt in to achieve a bilingual diploma.


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Class of 2023 IB Pass Rate

79.6% Worldwide 87.5%

Class of 2023 Bilingual Diplomas

26.8% Worldwide 42.8%

Future Pathways & University Counseling

One-on-one counseling is provided for all students to find the right path in their future beyond UWC Costa Rica. Whether applying for a university, taking a gap year experience, or entering the workforce, we ensure the whole community gets the right tools to make an informed and inspired decision.

We accompany students on their application journeys to universities worldwide, finding the best fit for each student and helping them apply for partial and full scholarships. We also work with the Davis Foundation, bringing financial support to UWC students in more than 100 universities across the United States.

Globe in logo for Davis United World College Scholars Program  

Experiential Days

Following our experiential learning model, Experiential Days invites our community to study outside the classrooms in one-day educational field trips and activities related to their International Baccalaureate (IB) subjects across the different provinces of Costa Rica.
Our mission: To cultivate in young people the passion and ability to serve humanity and our planet—learning from nature and from each other for a lifetime.

San José, Costa Rica. 10901.
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