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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants to UWC Australia are required to:

  • Be Australian citizens or permanent residents;
  • Be 16 or 17 years of age on the 1st of September in the starting year;
  • Be up to date with vaccinations, including booster vaccinations, or have evidence of medical dispensation, to the satisfaction of airlines and UWC;
  • Be Available for interview in person on the second or third weekend of February (Online interview only available where distance precludes attendance and at the discretion of the National Committee); and
  • Not have applied to UWC through any other National Committee, nor the Global Selection Programme, nor by any other avenue for the same entry year.

UWC Australia is looking for students who want to become change-makers for a better world, whatever their background. We carefully select students who thrive in an international environment and are well-suited to the challenge of a rigorous curriculum and an experiential learning environment.

We are looking for applicants who bring the following:

  • Intellectual curiosity: You love learning about the world around you - both inside and outside the classroom. You have at least one academic area that you are passionate about, and would like to explore further. You are able to recognise global and local issues, and analyse them critically. 
  • Active commitment to your own values and those of UWC: You share UWC's values and show a commitment to follow them. You have humility and the ability to listen to, and value, other people’s opinions. You appreciate that although others may have different points of view, they may also be right. You promote UWC’s values in your daily life, and act as a global citizen of the world.
  • Social competence: You interact respectfully with others, understanding and appreciating their viewpoints and perspectives, and you are able to work within a team to find solutions to problems. You know how to express yourself appropriately in different situations and to different people.
  • Resilience, self-awareness and independence: You can look after yourself physically and emotionally during challenging situations, for example in a boarding school environment. You have developed good coping strategies, and you are not easily overwhelmed. You also know when to ask for help for yourself, and for others. 
  • Personal responsibility and integrity: You can express and examine your own values, and you are ready to contrast and reflect on them in comparison to the values of others. The way you behave within your family and community reflects your values and beliefs. You can communicate your own needs and are mindful of those of others, demonstrating a sense of communal responsibility.
  • Academic robustness: You have the potential to meet the rigorous demands of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme.