How to apply

to UWC

1. Prerequisites and Deadlines

An UWC education is aimed at particularly motivated young people with broad interests and the firm desire to go to school for two years at a UWC. Admission to the application process is granted to all students of the required age, who are currently attending a secondary school, which is usually domiciled in Switzerland and leads to the university entrance qualification. The Swiss nationality is not absolutely necessary, but familiarity with the Swiss way of life (i.e. long-term residence in Switzerland) is a prerequisite.


The Board of the UWC Swiss Association will accept applications for the two school years beginning end of August 2023 and ending June 2025 from students who are at least 16 years old but not yet 18 years old on June 30th, 2023.


The application deadline is 30 November 2022 (date of postmark).


International candidates apply through the Global Selection Programme and the Selection Days taking place on most continents.



3. Where to Send the Application Dossier

The application documents must be sent to the following address:


Mr Jürgen Capitain
President of the Selection Committee
Lindenweg 16
CH-2532 Magglingen / BE.




2. Written Application

Applications to UWC must include the following documents:

  • Completed ID form
  • Completed registration form
  • A curriculum vitae with passport photo
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher
  • A letter of recommendation from another unrelated person
  • Copies of the last two grade reports
  • Written consent from your parents


A handwritten accompanying letter, addressed to Mr Jürgen Capitain, is to be enclosed with the application dossier.



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4. The Selection Process

Pre-selection: On the basis of the written application the selection committee makes a pre-selection. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to the selection day in mid-January 2023 where they will write an essay (in an official Swiss language or in English, duration: 60 minutes) on a general topic and take part in a half-hour discussion with the selection committee.


The Executive Committee of the Swiss Association will make the final selection at the end of January 2023 with the additional impressions gained at the selection day. Successful applicants will then be informed and registered at their future colleges.


Start of school is August / September 2023.



5. School Fees

The parents are expected to make a substantial contribution to the school fees in the form of donations to the UWC Swiss Association, which will transfer the entire school fee to the respective college. The amount of these donations depends on the financial resources of the parents and is agreed upon between the parents and the board after the student has been selected. Travel expenses and baggage fees are to be paid by the parents. During the application, the financial situation of the candidate is neither discussed nor is it a criterion for selection. Only the candidate’s fit and his/her individual abilities are considered.


The number of pupils selected depends on the quality of the applications as well as the available financial resources beyond each family's contribution for covering school fees.



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