Who can apply?
The UWC program is a two-year pre-university diploma program based on the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) syllabus. Students who complete the program successfully will thus graduate with an I.B. diploma.
The UWC is not a university program hence after completing the I.B. students will need to seek University admission either in their home country or in another foreign country. Colleges typically provide University applications counselling for graduating students.
A UWC education is rigorous, academic excellency is usually a major criterion in the selection process, so that students who can take full advantage of the academic and extracurricular opportunities are selected.
In order to submit an application through the Tanzanian National Committee for entry in Aug. 2019 (Jan 2020 Waterford Kamhlaba), you need to:
- Be between 16 -18 years old on 1st October 2019 (i.e your birthday must be after 1 October 1999)
- Be a Tanzanian citizen or permanent resident
- Have completed the CSEE exams by January 2019 or expect to complete IGCSE/GCSE, MYP (Middle Years Programme) or the equivalent in 2019
- Be able to physically attend ALL interviews and financial assessments (if selected) in Dar es Salaam. The interviews usually happen sometime around mid March.
Candidates will be shortlisted using the following UWC selection criteria:
i. Intellectual curiosity and motivation - Showing a genuine desire to learn about the world, the capacity to grasp a range of issues, from global problems to local concerns, and the ability to analyze topics thoroughly
ii. Active commitment - The ability to develop, question and confront their own values. To measure their behaviour within family and community against these values, and to act accordingly and responsibly
iii. Social competence - The ability and readiness to make contact with other people, interact respectfully with them, work in a team and achieve solutions. Also, the ability to express themselves appropriately, in different situations and to different people
iv. Resilience, personal responsibility and integrity - The ability to look after themselves physically and emotionally during the challenging and transforming experience that UWC offers. Also, the personal motivation to adhere to UWC’s common moral and ethical principles, a sense of humility and an ability to listen and value the opinion and experience of others
v. Motivation for UWC - Passion and commitment to actively promote UWC’s values