The Location

New Mexico
New Mexico offers incredible opportunities for active learning. GLF lessons take us through a stunning landscape and expose students to a rich and diverse culture that spans ancient and modern and includes Native American and Hispanic communities.

The GLF journey begins on the UWC-USA campus, located near the small city of Las Vegas, and moves to Santa Fe, New Mexico, the oldest capital city in the United States. Known for its cowboy traditions, Hollywood movie productions, famous art market, and Indian Pueblo communities, Santa Fe was the first U.S. city to be designated a “Creative City” by UNESCO.  In addition to arts and culture, the city is known for its entrepreneurial and creative small businesses, as well as its variety of high-tech labs and “think tanks.” GLF draws on these resources to create its highly unique program.

UWC-USA is part of a system of 14 schools on five continents. In 2010, UWC-USA was ranked a “Top Ten Program” by U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy for an innovative program similar to GLF. The Wall Street Journal ranked UWC-USA in the “Top 20 Schools Worldwide” for its record of matriculations to the most selective universities, including Harvard, Princeton, MIT, and Stanford. Read more about UWC-USA.

Meet Mariale

One of our assistant instructors

Learn how to use media for constructive purposes

Watch American Culture made by youth. Listen to a youth radio broadcast on race and ethnicity.

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UWC-USA is one of 14 UWCs on five continents. Other countries that have UWCs include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, and Wales.


UWC-USA students perform more than 18,700 hours of service every year through our association with 25 community partners. More than 2,500 people in Las Vegas, N.M. and the surrounding community have benefited from service projects led by UWC-USA students.


We have 211 students representing 73 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Twenty-four students come from countries identified as conflict regions. Representation within our student body includes: Africa 12%, Asia 19%, Europe 26%, North America 24%, South America 7%.


Students don't apply directly to the school; they are selected by committees in their home countries based on academic achievement, leadership, and curiosity about and involvement with global events and cultures.


Philanthropist Shelby Davis has created a $40 million endowment that provides 50 U.S. students with full scholarships to attend a UWC every year.


Our nearly 3,000 UWC-USA alumni are spread across the globe. North America 48%, Europe 24%, Latin American & Caribbean 11%, Africa & Middle East 6%, Pacific 2%


UWC-USA offers 28 IB subjects. That number is remarkable, given the size of the school. The International Baccalaureate diploma is one of the most recognized high school diplomas in the world.

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