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How can there be peace without people understanding each other, and how can this be if they don’t know each other?

Lester B.Pearson

Early supporter of Pearson College, former Prime Minister of Canada, and Nobel Peace Laureate

The striking feature of the UWC is that they embrace the entire world. They are unique and they are conscious of their responsibilities.

Nelson Mandela

Late Honorary President of UWC, Former President of South Africa

We have realized our dream to create a dream school for you. Please go out and realize your dream and other’s dreams.

Wesley Chiu,

Member of UWC National Committee of China, board member of UWC Changshu China

The sense of idealism and a purposeful life really makes the UWC experience unique and its impact life-long.

Wang Yi

Co-Founder, Vice Chairman of Board and Executive Director of Harvard Centre Shanghai. Pearson 89-91

UWC was one of the ten members of the international schools association that created the International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva in 1963 … today, they are taken in over 4,000 schools worldwide and have become the gold standard for university entrance.

Sir John Daniel

Chair of UWC International Board and International Council 

I regard it as the foremost task of education to ensure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial and above all, compassion.

Kurt Hahn

German Educator, Founder of United World Colleges

What could you achieve to make the world a better place in just a matter of days or weeks?

At UWC, we believe that the answer is “a huge amount”. That’s why we offer short courses around the world. In just one to three of the most exciting weeks of your life, you’ll experience the opportunity to:

  • pursue a passion to progress global peace and sustainability

  • work on a campaign, cause or immerse yourself in a new community

  • develop your leadership and changemaker skills.

Our short courses and summer programmes offer you everything that makes the UWC movement and school experience unique, but without the academic programme.  

On your short course, you will explore, live and share experiences with 30-60 other students from around the world. You will leave with new friends, new views, new skills, and a renewed belief that you can change communities for the better. 

Key information

  • Courses last one to three weeks

  • Most courses are held June - August, with some also offered in December

  • Places are limited

  • Age limits vary by course

  • There is usually a fee to attend to cover tuition, accommodation, meals and experiences

  • Some funding is available on a course-by-course basis

  • Participants must usually cover their own travel costs, visas and spending money.

Each short course has its own admissions process. If you are interested in participating in a UWC short course please follow announcement on our website and wechat account to find out about each of this year’s courses and to apply.

* Due to COVID-19, short course and summer programme for 2020 are yet to be confirmed.

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