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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants applying through the UWC National Committee of Canada (NCC) must be at least one of the following:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • A permanent resident of Canada
  • A resident of Canada for at least 12 months
  • A student who cannot apply through a UWC national committee in their country of residence or citizenship.1


  • Applicants are encouraged to apply during their grade 11 year.2
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old by September 1, 2018. The majority of students begin their studies at age 17.
  • Applicants may only apply through one National Committee or entry process – parallel applications will result in disqualification from applying.  (For example, a Canadian citizen residing outside Canada can only apply through one National Committee, preferably their country of citizenship)


1 Students in this category typically include refugees, citizens/resident of countries with no national committee, and students who are ineligible in their country of residence/citizenship.

2 Applicants in Quebec are typically in secondary 5 when they apply or are completing a year of volunteer work (or other applicable experience) before starting their CEGEP studies.

*Canadian citizens residing in or outside Canada should apply through the National Committee of Canada (as opposed to directly applying to UWC or applying through a local committee).


Deadlines for NCC  Applications: 15 November 2017
  • Application opens 15 August 2017
  • Application closes 15 November 2017


Rolling applications:

Late applications will be accepted on a rolling basis between 15 November 2017 and 15 April 2018 with the following conditions:

  • Students who apply after the 15 November deadline will not be eligible for financial assistance or scholarships.
  • Students will still undergo a rigorous selection process.
  • Students who apply after 15 November MUST NOT have applied through the initial application process or another national committee.
  • Students who apply after 15 November do so with the understanding that available places at UWC will be extremely limited.