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Get-Away Families

UWC-USA is fortunate to have strong community ties with families throughout northern New Mexico. Get-Away families provide gracious friendship and connection for our students. The relationships that develop through the Get-Away Family Program are the foundation for intercultural understanding and forge strong ties between our local and global communities.

New and returning Get-Away families are encouraged to fill out the online registration form by the end of August of each year so that you can be matched with a student before our annual Sundae Sunday event in early September. We try to match students and families who have similar interests. The Sundae Sunday ice cream social (scheduled for September 16, 2018) is a way for approved families and students to meet and become acquainted for the first time.

Meet Bill Brandenburg, Get-Away Dad

If one man’s impact could be measured in miles, Bill Brandenburg would be able to circle the globe.

“Bill introduced us to what it means to grow up,” says Harald Tuckerman ’92.

A few years ago, Harald and 14 of Bill’s former Get-away students traveled to Falls Creek in northern New Mexico—coming from as far away as Norway and as close by as Texas—to celebrate Bill’s 90th birthday and honor the man who taught them so much. Read more...

Jane Huber '12 talks about why she chose to attend UWC-USA.


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UWC-USA is one of 17 UWCs on five continents. Other countries that have UWCs include Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, Thailand, and Wales.

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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.

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UWC-USA has 228 students representing more than 70 countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Eleven students come from countries identified as conflict regions. Representation within our student body includes: Africa 10%, Asia 28%, Europe 29%, North America 23%, South America 10%.

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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.

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

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Our more than 3,357 UWC-USA alumni are spread across the globe: North America 26%, Latin America and Caribbean 16%, Africa 10%, Middle East 6%, Asia 14%, Europe 21%, Pacific 2%

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UWC-USA offers the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Students can choose from IB classes in 28 subjects – a remarkable number given the size of the school.

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