A Holistic Approach to Education

The founder of the UWC movement, Kurt Hahn, wanted to build tolerance and responsibilty in young people with a challenging international educational program paired with social engagement, and – most of all – profound shared experiences. This intentionally holistic education has both academic and non-academic aspects.


The goal is to strengthen the personal and social identity of each student. At UWC, they learn to approach people, languages and cultures with an open mind, empathy and respect. At the same time, they are challenged to see themselves as world citizens, and to understand and contibute to their local community.


The academic program at the UWC is the International Baccalaureate (IB), an excellent internationally recognized school diploma equivalent to the Swiss Matura.