uwc scholarship

Everyone has the right to a quality education, whether they can pay for it or not. That’s why we offer one of the most comprehensive scholarship programmes in the world. 

If you are interested in attending a UWC school, you should apply regardless of your financial circumstances: more than 80% of the students selected by our national committees are awarded full or partial scholarships. You could be next! 

Scholarships to attend a UWC school

Our fees and costs vary by school, but we believe that money shouldn’t be a barrier for someone with potential. This is why UWC International, each UWC school, and more and more national committees dedicate much of their efforts to raise funds that allow us to provide scholarships. That means that promising young people benefit from an exceptional education and our schools benefit from fresh perspectives, diverse cultures and backgrounds – and powerful voices. 

In order to be considered for a scholarship, you need to apply via your national committee of residency or citizenship. If you do not need a scholarship to attend a UWC, you can consider applying through the Global Selection Programme (GSP). More information on the application routes is available here

What do scholarships cover?

This depends on what places each school provides to the national committees every year. In general, scholarships can be all-inclusive, full, up to fully funded or partial. 

  • All-inclusive scholarships

They cover everything: tuition, room and board, books, IB exam registration fees, curricular field trips, project weeks, visa and travel expenses (flights to/from the school and one return flight for the holiday between year 1 and 2), pocket money, and any other reasonable extra expenses to be incurred by the student.

  • Full scholarships

They usually cover tuition, room and board, books, IB exam registration fees, curricular field trips, project weeks. 

  • Up to fully funded

They usually cover tuition, room and board, books, IB exam registration fees, curricular field trips.

  • Partial scholarships

They usually cover parts of the tuition, room and board, books, IB exam registration fees, curricular field trips. 

For detailed and updated information on scholarships available through a specific national committee, please contact them directly

How are scholarships awarded?

Students at UWC are selected on promise and potential – not on their capacity to pay. As part of the selection process, national committees carry out a financial means assessment. If your application is successful, the exact scholarship amount will be determined based on your needs to ensure you’re able to benefit from a UWC education. 

In other words: Concerns around money should never hold you back from applying for UWC. If you are successful in the selections, we will do our very best to make sure you receive the financial support you need.

Costs for the two IBDP Years

Below we’ve listed the fee range for each of the 16 out of 18 schools that offer the opportunity to apply for admission through the UWC Global Selection Programme for entry in 2021 (2022 in the case of Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa).*

UWC School or CollegeFee bands in USD
UWC Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa (Eswatini)
$30,000 to $50,000
UWC Adriatic (Italy)
UWC East Africa (Tanzania)
UWC Red Cross Nordic (Norway)  
$50,000 to $65,000
UWC Costa Rica
UWC Dilijan (Armenia)    
UWC Mahindra College (India)
$65,000 to $80,000
UWC Maastricht (Netherlands)   
UWC-USA (New Mexico, USA)
UWC Thailand
$80,000 to $95,000
Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong
Pearson College UWC (British Columbia, Canada)
UWC Atlantic (Wales, UK)
$95,000 to $110,000
UWC Changshu China
$110,000 to $120,000

UWC schools usually collect fees in local currencies. For ease, the two-year fees are displayed in USD above. The fee level is for two years and includes tuition, room and board, books, IB exam registration fees and school field trips. Air travel to and from school, pocket money, trips during term, in some cases medical insurance and other personal expenses are usually not included.

*UWC South East Asia and UWC Robert Bosch College are not participating in the GSP. 

Costs and scholarships for short courses

Costs for short courses vary and scholarships are often available. Both are advertised on each individual course page. Upcoming short courses can be found here.

Costs and scholarships for pre-IB and Younger Years

Costs for pre-IB and younger years education also vary for each school and can be found on the respective school websites.

The following schools offer pre-IB programmes: 
UWC Changshu China, UWC South East Asia, Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa, UWC Thailand and UWC ISAK Japan.

Younger years education is offered at:
UWC Maastricht, UWC Thailand, Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa, UWC South East Asia, UWC East Africa.

UWC University Scholarship Partners

UWC is delighted to partner with universities and higher education institutions around the world to offer our graduates opportunities to further their education beyond UWC. These partnerships offer a unique access for UWC graduates to some of the world’s leading universities and are testimony to the high calibre of UWC graduates.

Below is a list of partners who offer exclusive scholarship programs to UWC graduates.

UWC is looking to broaden its university opportunities worldwide for our graduates, if you would like to speak to us about a scholarship partner program please contact Peter Verhille at philanthropy@uwcio.uwc.org.

UWC students wishing to find out more about university opportunities can contact their college University Guidance Service. Prospective students and parents can seek information from their national committee.