Learn with us FAQs
UWCs around the world range from K-12 schools to high schools that only offer the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. What you’re applying for is a place to be part of the final two-year IB Diploma Programme no matter what range of levels the different UWCs provide. The IBDP is the last two years of high school–for some students that means grades 11 and 12; for others it means 12 and an additional year. But we are definitely a residential, university-prep, two-year high school.
In addition to the U.S. campus in New Mexico, there are UWCs in Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, and Wales.
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.
No. Students must stay at the UWC to which they were admitted for the full two years.
No; only semi-finalists and finalists are interviewed. During a typical year, 125 to 135 students are offered interviews. If a student declines the offer, he or she will not be considered for admission.
The first round of interviews takes place electronically in November and December. The second round takes place at the UWC-USA campus in Montezuma, New Mexico, in February or March unless restrictions related to COVID-19 require us to host a virtual event instead. Financial assistance is available for students who need help to cover travel costs.
While the UWCs all have their own policies regarding textbooks and fees, at UWC-USA we do not charge for books. We have a lending library of textbooks and students are not charged for their use.