Over 7,500 students from over 140 countries are selected to attend UWCs each year. And more than 50,000 students from more than 180 countries have studied at UWC schools, colleges and programmes through National Committee selections.
The UWC Student
Our students are selected based on their potential to build a better world. We look for merit based achievements in the context of How has this applicant best made use of the opportunities available to them? While a certain level of academic achievement and a working fluency in English is mandatory, we place equal emphasis on the following core UWC qualities:
Intellectual curiosity and motivation: A genuine urge to learn about the world around oneself and the ability to recognise the details and grasp the breadth of issues (for example global and local concerns) involved in any given topic and to analyse them thoroughly.
Active commitment: The ability to develop and readiness to reflect, question and confront one’s own values, to measure one’s behaviour within family and community against one’s values, and to act on one’s own beliefs accordingly and responsibly.
Social competence: The ability and readiness to make contact with other people, to interact respectfully with them, to work together with them in a team and to achieve solutions the ability to express oneself adequately in different situations and to different people
Resilience, personal responsibility and integrity: The ability to look after oneself physically and emotionally during the challenging and transforming experience that a UWC offers the personal motivation to adhere to UWC’s common moral and ethical principles, a sense of humility and an ability to listen and value another person’s opinion and experience.
Motivation for UWC: Passion, ability and serious incentive to contribute to and actively promote UWC values.
Emphasis on Diversity
The UWC movement has succeeded in bringing together a diversity of races and nations in its schools and colleges. The next challenges we must face are linked to our vision of selecting students based on their own merit and potential, without regard for their ability to pay. We wish to be selecting the most deserving and determined youngsters in the country from a diversity of socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, linguistic and other backgrounds.
We are looking for students who use their backgrounds to tell compelling stories about where they are from and what they aspire to.
Fees and Financial Assistance
UWCs are amongst the premier residential educational schools in the world and fees differ depending on the college and prevailing currency exchange rates.
The National Committee receives a limited number of scholarships to select UWCs. These scholarships range from full to partial. Occasionally, students may have to pay full tuition costs. For this reason, the NC is need aware and will match students with scholarship opportunities based on their financial circumstances. UWC Zambia currently only receives funding for scholarships from UWC schools and colleges but hopes to increase its sources of funding in the near future.
Students must be no younger than 16 years and no older than 19 years on the 1st of September of their year of entry. Exceptions must be cleared through the national committee.
Students must have completed Grade 12. Exceptions must be cleared through the national committee.
All applicants must be citizens of Zambia and includes Zambians in the diaspora.
Selection Guidelines
UWCs have a strict honesty policy and students must fill the application form by themselves. Prospective students are expected to have a working fluency of the English language and will be expected to answer questions in English during the interview process. We expect students to do some research on the UWCs and be able to articulate what this opportunity would mean to them. For this we recommend pursuing the college websites, social media & YouTube accounts.

Timeline for Selections

End of February – Application period closes
Early March – Successful Candidates invited for interviews
End-March – Successful Candidates nominated for scholarships.
Mid-April – UWC Schools confirm/reject nominated students
Early May – Final students awarded UWC scholarships