Students

Is UWC a school or a college?

UWCs use the term "college" in the British sense of “sixth-form college"—the final two years of secondary school. So UWCs are upper-level secondary schools. For some students, this means eleventh and twelfth grades, and for others it means the equivalent of twelfth and thirteenth grades.


Where are the 15 UWCs located?

In addition to the UWC Mostar, there are UWCs in Armenia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, the USA, and Wales.


Are there scholarships available to study at UWC Mostar?

Yes. The UWCs in general, and UWC Mostar specifically, does its best to meet the full demonstrated need of admitted students. Admissions and scholarships are handled through National Committees, so contact your National Committee to see if there are scholarships for international students from your country to UWC Mostar this year.


How old are UWC students?

For the most part, students at UWC Mostar are between 16 and 19 years old, though occasionally students enter at 15 or older than 19.


What is the IB Diploma?

The IB is a two-year advanced secondary school diploma that is recognized by more than 100 countries as a university entrance certificate. The IB diploma curriculum is regarded by colleges and universities as one of the best for college preparation. Depending on your IB exam results, some U.S. colleges and universities offer college credit or advanced standing. For more information, visit the IB website.


What if I only want to attend for one year?

UWCs are two-year programs, and students are obligated to complete the entire two years. Students and families sign a commitment form prior to enrollment.


Can I transfer from one UWC to another?

No. Students must stay at the UWC to which they were admitted for the full two years.


Does each UWC offer a specialty or focus area?

Not exactly, though each UWC is certainly unique, and some do focus on some programs or specialities. For example, UWC-Atlantic College is located near the ocean and offers outdoor programs that are geared toward aquatic life. Click here to read about the individual colleges.


Is living in BiH dangerous?

No. UWC is dedicated to the well being of its students and takes no risks with their safety. Although BiH is a post-conflict society, the conflict ended more than twenty years ago now. And despite some popular stereotypes, living here is as safe as in similar sized European small cities. 


Is it possible to only apply to UWC Mostar?

Not generally. With rare exception, interested students apply through their National Committee, and are placed at a UWC by their committee. It is, however, possible to indicate preferences.