What is UWC?

UWC is an education movement comprising 17 international schools and colleges, national committees in more than 155 countries, and a series of short educational programmes.

United World Colleges (UWC in short) was founded in 1962, based on that international education could unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. The first school to open was Atlantic College in Wales, but has since been accompanied by 16 others schools in 16 other countries. One of these being UWC Red Cross Nordic in Fjaler, Norway, which this blog is based on.

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The colleges offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program. Therefor students in most schools take all classes in English, despite it not being their mother tongue.  The IB program begins in 12th grade, when students are between 16 and 17 years, and ends with the graduation in 13th grade. During the two-year course the students are challenged not only academically but also socially, mentally and culturally.

Students live on campus, share rooms, live and eat with each others. They make friendships that lasts for life with people they otherwise would never have met. They are able to discuss topics with others who don’t share the same view on the world as them. They grow as individuals, learn about the world in an unique atmosphere and experience things in an internationally recognized environment.

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Now, you might be wondering how all of this is even possible? And perhaps you are wondering how you can apply to UWC?

UWC is made possible by the organization and our thousands of alumni who continue to support the movement financially and donate money to make it possible for all youths, despite their financial situation, to attend the colleges. Each year the national committees of each country open up applications for all students in the respecting country to apply. By the end of the application process a number of students get nominated into different UWC colleges, at the same time receiving scholarships from the national committee. Each country has different amount of scholarships, so you should your countries national committee website to see how applications and elections work where you live.

But there is so much more to UWC than what I have been able to but down in words in this post. To find out more, please visit uwc.org, or contact me with your questions. You can find my and UWC’s contact information down below!

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