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Deadline: 5 March, 2021


Waterford Kamhlaba has announced the opening of applications for United World Colleges. TKI is collaborating with Waterford to host a virtual Q&A session on applying to UWC with 4 current students. This will be held on zoom this Saturday, 20 September at 10am, and will be streaming on the TKI facebook page. To register, email


Students are encouraged to download the application form online on (or email to receive an electronic form), fill it out, and submit it via email with the requested documents to by 5 March 2021. Due to the pandemic, only 50 students will be invited to write the entrance test based on the strength of their application form. The application fee of E300 will only apply to these 50 students. Shortlisted students applying for a scholarship may apply in advance of 5 March, for a waiver of the Entrance Test fee if they cannot afford it.


UWC is a global education movement made up of 18 colleges and schools on 4 continents worldwide, that makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. The UWC schools, colleges and programmes offer a transformational experience for young people, enabling them to discover the possibility of change through courageous action, personal example and selfless leadership. UThe values at the core of the UWC are: international and intercultural understanding; celebration of difference; personal responsibility and integrity; mutual responsibility and respect; compassion and service; respect for the environment; a sense of idealism; personal challenge; and action and personal example. UWC fosters a lifelong commitment to social responsibility and, to date, it has inspired a worldwide network of more than 60,000 alumni, who believe it is possible to take action and make a difference locally, nationally and internationally.

Each of our schools and colleges has its own distinct character and identity, influenced by their host country, the specific setting, cultural context and their community. What makes each one of them a UWC is a deliberately diverse student body, with students coming from all over the world, bringing with them very different backgrounds to learn and live together - and their joined mission to make education a force for peace and sustainability.

The other schools in the UWC movement are:


All UWC colleges’ academic offering is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme, a highly regarded 2-year pre-university program (similar to Cambridge A-Levels), that offers entry to universities across the world. Read more about the IB here: The (IB) Diploma programme is a broad and rigorous course, which prepares the student for future further study and development. It is taught throughout the world beyond UWC colleges, and is recognised in most countries as a highly prestigious pre-university qualification.

The IB Diploma requires the student to study six subjects in total: three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. All candidates must study their own and one other language, mathematics, one science, and one humanity. They then select a sixth subject from Art, Theatre, Music or any further subject. Some of the subjects available include: English, French, Siswati, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems, History, Geography, Anthropology, Psychology, Economics, Business Management, Music, Visual Arts, Theatre, Mathematics, Global Politics, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Design Technology.

In addition to the six chosen subjects, the candidate is required to follow the Theory of Knowledge course (TOK) and write an Extended Essay (EE). A further and important part of the IB Diploma is the Creativity, Action and Service programme (CAS).


Students interested in UWC must be academic achievers. In addition, they should have:

  1. An intellectual curiosity and desire to learn

  2. Active commitment to reflection, question and confront one’s own values

  3. Social competence to work and collaborate with people from all backgrounds

  4. Resilience, personal responsibility and integrity so that they are able to take care of themselves physically and emotionally while going through the challenging UWC program

  5. Motivation to contribute to UWC values of peace and a sustainable future



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