UWC schools, colleges and programmes deliver a challenging and transformative education experience to a diverse cross section of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. 

UWC has 15 schools and colleges in 15 different countries across 5 continents, all with distinctive characters but sharing the same mission, ethos and values.  

All information provided to the South African National Committee remains private and confidential and shall not be divulged to third parties, absent an agreement with applicants and parents.

UWC students complete a two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma (equivalent to Matric level, but internationally respected) progamme. High school learners therefore complete their schooling at a United World College. 

An application is made to UWC and not to a particular school or college. Applications close 4 March 2016. Final placement decisions take into account availability of places, a candidate’s expressed preferences, the selections committee’s assessments and nomination approvals from school heads.  

Top universities globally offer hundreds of scholarships to UWC graduates every year.

A UWC education reaches far beyond a student’s time at a UWC college, and our alumni share a lifelong commitment to our values and to one other.



Applications are only open to those learners who meet certain minimum requirements. Before you proceed, please go through the checklist below, ticking all boxes that apply to you. If you cannot put a tick in every box, you are currently not eligible and should not continue with this form.


We invite those not yet eligible to consider applying at a different time and to reach out to us for more details via info@uwc.org.za:  

  • I am a resident of South Africa with a valid national identity document and can furnish it upon request if I am selected to go to a UWC*.
  • I will be aged 16-18 in the year I intend to enroll at a UWC (2017 for Waterford; 2016 for the rest). 
  • I will be in Grade 11 or 12 in the year I intend to enroll at a UWC (2017 for Waterford; 2016 for the rest).
  • I am prepared to leave my current school halfway through Grade 11 or 12 if my application is successful. 
  • I am a strong academic performer and am ranked among the top 10% of my grade.
  • I appreciate the fact that if I am selected to attend a UWC for 2 years, I will not write my South African Matriculation Examination and will instead complete the examination for the International Baccalaureate (IB). 
  •  I understand that UWC in not a tertiary institution or institution of higher learning.

For overseas travel, South African minors require a valid passport AND an unabridged birth certificate. We do not require that you possess these documents when you apply, but encourage all candidates who can to make efforts as soon as possible to acquire them if lacking. Be advised that the process can take up to 8 and 10 weeks, respectively. 

It is UWC policy to encourage graduates to return at some point in their scholarly or professional careers to their home country. Applicants should show an interest in returning to South Africa to use their experiences, skills and knowledge to aid development efforts and the furtherance of peace, understanding and justice.


The closing date for submitting applications (including transcripts and letters of reference) will be 4 March 2016. If you need it, you can print off another copy of the application from www.za.uwc.org.

Kindly forward completed documents to the following email: apply@uwc.org.za.   OR 

UWC Selection Committee

PO Box 1974



South Africa 


Download Application Forms Here