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FAQs

I. Formal criteria

1. I have Georgian citizenship but reside in another country of which I am not a citizen. Which national committee should I contact if I want to apply to UWC?

First you should contact the national committee in the country where you are currently residing and ask if they accept applications from individuals who are not citizens of that country. If the national committee tells you it is unable to consider your application, because you are not a native of that country, contact the UWC International office. Please ensure that you provide sufficient time to make these enquiries in order to avoid missing the application deadline. 

2. I have dual citizenship (Georgian and another country). Which national committee should I apply to?

You may only apply to UWC through one national committee, regardless of the number of citizenships you hold. Your first point of contact should be the national committee in the country you reside in, since the selection processes may require your personal attendance. To be considered for a UWC place through the Selection Committee in Georgia you should apply while you are a student of a Georgian secondary school or a post-secondary educational institution. University students are ineligible to apply.

3. I do not have Georgian citizenship, but I reside in Georgia. How should I go about applying to UWC?

 Please contact the UWC International office.

4. I am an expatriate living in Georgia. How should I go about applying to UWC?

Please contact the UWC International office

5. I am a refugee or stateless person living in Georgia. How should I go about applying to UWC?

Please contact the National Committee of your country of origin. If you are ineligible to apply through the National Committee of your country of origin and you are a refugee or stateless person living in Georgia, you are allowed to apply through the Selection Committee in Georgia.

6. I am a Georgian citizen, but I am in my exchange year abroad. Can I apply through the Selection Committee in Georgia?

Yes, you can, but if you are shortlisted for the final selection step, you will need to be present in person for the interview in Tbilisi. It is not possible to participate in the final selections remotely.

7. What should be my GPA in order to apply to UWC?

There are no specific levels, but candidates must have a strong academic record and possess the personal maturity and shared values expected of UWC students. 

8. I am unsure about my eligibility based on my age. Can you help me?

We hope this table will make it easier.

9. What level of English language knowledge is required in order to apply to UWC?

The UWC movement seeks to select students based upon their suitability for the programme, irrespective of their native language or competence in the language of instruction (English). However, students and their parents are advised that attempting the IB Diploma Programme with little or no command of English will prove very burdensome for the student. While it is true that many students who enter the programme with  limited English go on to do very well, it is also true that many struggle and it takes them sometime to get used to carrying all school subjects in English, rather than in their native language. If you are accepted, we recommend you to spend some time on improving your language skills before college starts.

10. Are there any preparatory courses that will improve my entry chances?

No. The best way to show that you are able to gain from, and contribute to, the UWC experience is to demonstrate motivation, involvement and an understanding of the UWC philosophy, as well as working to improve your English. For more information about admissions requirements, please see the question about the admissions process. 

11. If I don’t get accepted can I reapply next year?

You can reapply next year but only once. But remember that there is an age limit on applicants. 

12. I am in my first year of university, and I am less than 18 years old. Am I eligible to apply?

Unfortunately, you cannot apply.

13. I am in my last year of school in Georgia and I am going to be 18 years old in August 2018. Am I eligible to apply?

Unfortunately, you cannot apply. In order to be eligible to apply you need to be 16 or 17 years old on 1 September 2018.

14. My birthday is in October, so by 1 September 2018 I will be 15 years and 11 months old. Can I apply?

We recommend that you apply next year. In order to apply to UWC for 2018-20 entry, you need to be 16 or 17 years old by 1 September 2018.

15. Can I apply to a specific school or college? 

No. You may express preferences for a particular college during the selection process and on your Application Form, but the selection committee decides who to send to each college. When you are offered a place in a college, it is up to you to decide whether to accept it or not. If you decide not to accept the place, you will not be offered one at an alternative college.

Keep in mind that candidates do not apply directly to the school; they are selected for the UWC movement as a whole. All colleges share the same ethos, and each one gives you a privileged experience of the culture of its location.

16. I am currently a college student. The section “Selection Criteria” indicates that students in Georgian secondary schools or post-secondary educational institutions are eligible to apply. May I submit an application if I am of the right age?

Yes. At the time of applying, you must be studying in a school or college, but not yet be a university student.

17. I am currently studying under the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme at another school  (not UWC). May I submit an application to UWC?

Yes, you may, but please note, if your application is successful then you will have to recommence your studies under the IB Diploma Programme from the very beginning.

18. I am currently studying under the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme at another school (not UWC). Can I transfer to UWC for the second year only?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to transfer from an IB School to UWC for only a year. You may only apply to UWC for the two-year IB Diploma Programme.

 

II. Completing the application and application procedure

1. When can I apply to UWC?

The applications for 2018 entry will be accepted from September till 1st of December 2017. The application is available online and it need to be completed in full before the deadline.

2. In what form should I submit the application?

To participate in the first selection stage, you may complete an application by following the link in the section “How to apply/Admissions process and deadlines”. Detailed information on how to compete applications is provided in the section “How to complete an online application”.

3. How are the candidate’s references submitted?

Recommendations should be completed online by each referee. To do so, in the Task List in your user account select Section C/Section D and complete the application by indicating the name, surname and contact email address of the referee who will provide your reference. After completing the form and pressing Submit, a message containing a link to complete the reference will be sent to the referee’s address within ten minutes. By following this link and entering a password, your referee will receive access to Section C/D for completion.

4. I want to apply to a UWC college located in another country/continent. Can I apply to this college through the Selection Committee in Georgia?

Yes, you can, but you need to meet the eligibility criteria. When submitting the application, indicate your preferred UWC college. However, the Selection Committee does not guarantee your enrollment to your college of choice.

5. Is official confirmation of English fluency required?

No.

6. Should I personally submit the application materials to enroll in college?

No. The application is submitted electronically. You will only be required to turn up in person for the final selection stage.

 

III. Academic programme

1. What will I be studying? 

All UWCs offer the same two-year pre-university programme. Teaching is conducted in English under the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme for students aged 16-19. Read more about the UWC curriculum here.

2. Can I attend UWC for only one year?

No, the UWC only offers a two-year programme, and you must be present for both years in order to complete it. 

3. Will I be able to go home on vacation?

Yes, most of the students go home for the summer holidays and also during the winter break. If a student is unable to go home, the school will assist them in making arrangements so that they can stay at school or with a host family during the winter break. This can be arranged at the college once you have been accepted.

4. Where am I going to live during my studies at UWC?

All UWCs are boarding schools, so students not only study on Campus but also live there. Read more about different colleges here.

In every college there are students from 50-90 different countries. A UWC education emphasises experiential learning. The classroom is only one component of that experience, which extends to life together in a residential setting. By sharing dining rooms, common rooms and bedrooms with students from many different cultures and countries, UWC students have opportunities to learn about and share in an international experience that makes a profound and lifelong change in their understanding of one another. Teachers also live on campus, which means boarders always have access to support and care 24 hours a day.

5. Is the IB Diploma accepted in our countries?

The IB Diploma is accepted and recognized in most countries, but candidates intent on studying in a particular country must make their own enquiries before applying for or accepting a place at UWC. The colleges do not take responsibility for recognition or lack thereof of the IB Diploma in any particular country. More information is available on the ibo.org website and on individual university websites.  

6. If I am accepted, what is the visa process? How can I apply? 

Once you are accepted, you will be contacted by the UWC school and they will assist you throughout the visa procedure. Please note that responsibility for visa application process and provision of all necessary documents rests with the candidate’s family. The UWC Selection Committee in Georgia unfortunately cannot help with applying for a visa.

 

IV. Scholarships and education

1. What are the UWC’s fees?

The full fees for each college are different. The cost of education varies between $16,000 and $54,000 per year. Payments are usually made before the start of the first and the second academic year. There are also needs-based scholarships (grants) available for all successful candidates.

2. Is there scholarship support available?

Yes. Places are awarded at UWC on the basis of merit and potential, and the initial selection is a ‘needs blind’ process. So we hope that no one is put off from applying for financial reasons. Parents/ guardians of all successful candidates applying for funding assistance must fill out a means-testing form and submit documents confirming their family income. Based on this information the Financial Committee determines an affordable contribution. Scholarships (grants) may cover up to 100% of tuition fees, accommodation and meals for the two-year programme depending on a family’s circumstances. 

3. What does a scholarship cover?

Usually, scholarships awarded to UWC students cover tuition fees, accommodation, board and books. Scholarships do not cover expenses such as travel, visas, health insurance, and pocket money, normally offset by the students’ parents or guardians. We hope therefore that no one is put off from applying for financial reasons.

4. Will the scholarship pay the student’s airfare to the school?

Most UWC financial support does not cover travel or out-of-pocket expenses. Depending on the assessment of the financial position of the candidate’s family, some UWC colleges may consider each case individually to decide upon the appropriate level of support. Scholarship (grant) funds are limited. Scholarships (grants) are provided to candidates whose financial situation will not cover the full (or partial) cost of tuition.

5. How are scholarships for UWC educations financed?

Scholarships (grants) are provided by the colleges, which collect the necessary financing through fundraising activities. Donors to UWC include philanthropists, private companies and alumni. 

6. What is the duration of scholarships provided to students?

All scholarships are needs-based. The amount of scholarship awarded to each particular candidate is determined by the Financial Committee based on financial documents provided by the candidate’s family. The scholarships are provided for the period of studies at UWC.

7. Do you provide scholarships to participate in UWC summer programs?

Unfortunately, no. Please check with UWC summer course organizers if there are scholarships available for programme participants.