Global Selection Program

Global Selection Program

While most students attending UWC-USA and other UWCs apply through their National Committees, another option for applying to UWC is the UWC Global Selection Program (GSP). This program is available for students who have a strong affinity and sympathy for the UWC mission and who do not need a scholarship to attend UWC. GSP applicants can specify a UWC that they would most like to attend.

Applicants to the Global Selection Program will be assessed against UWC’s core selection criteria. Please note that a candidate may only submit one application per year to study the IB Diploma Program at UWC. You may not apply through a UWC national committee and the UWC Global Selection Program concurrently.

The Global Selection Program is administered by the UWC International Office. More information about how to apply is available here.

The GSP selection process consists of the following stages: 

Stage 1: GSP Application Form 

The first stage of your application requires you to complete a common GSP Application Form hosted on our online Applications portal. Through your GSP application, you can choose to apply to a single school, to up to 3 schools, or to any of the 16 schools admitting students through GSP. Your application journey begins when you set up a username and password that you will use to access your application as you move through the process. If you are ready to apply now, please click here to begin your GSP application for UWC-USA.

Stage 2: Initial Interview 

If your GSP Application Form is shortlisted, you will be invited to an online interview with the admissions office/s of the UWC school/s of your choice. Before this interview, you will be required to submit additional documentation such as reference letters, transcripts or others. Your parents or guardians may be invited for an interview at this stage.

Stage 3: GSP Assessment Session

If you advance after the initial interview, you will be required to participate in a series of online activities including: group activities, a project presentation and an emotional wellbeing questionnaire.

Stage 4: Additional interviews

If you advance after stage 3, we may invite you and your parents/guardians to meet with faculty members of your UWC school/s of choice. You may be invited for more than one additional interview, depending on each individual case.

“UWC is an opportunity to not only learn and grow, but it is also a place for self-reflection. As I reflect every day on what I have learned or achieved in this place, I realize I have become more sensible and empathetic. Empathy is an essential part of being connected with human beings and has taught me to be open and accepting to other cultures, values, and beliefs.”

— Summia Tora ’16, Afghanistan