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General applications for Canadians to attend UWC in August 2020 (and for entry in January 2021 for UWC Waterford Kamhlaba) are now closed

The application for entry in 2021 will be open 15 August 2020 and the deadline to submit a completed application is 15 November 2020. It is a good idea to start the application early and revisit your work often.

One the window for applications closes, submissions are carefully reviewed by selection teams to determine eligibility and suitability for UWC. From the initial pool of applicants, a short list of candidates is chosen for personal interviews with regional selection teams. Candidates who go forward in the process following those interviews will be asked to declare their school preferences and in most cases will undergo a financial assessment to determine what a reasonable contribution towards the cost of UWC would be for them.  Candidates who are awarded regional scholarships (Alberta, PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Yukon) do not undergo a financial assessment.

What if I miss the application season/deadline?

Rolling applications will be accepted after the regular application closes between 15 November and 15 March with the following conditions:

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

Learn more about who can apply HERE.

If you have questions that are not answered by the information on these pages, please contact the NCC at:


Regional selection teams review applications starting in late-November.  Candidates selected to attend an interview in their province or territory will usually be notified in December/January.  In most regions, shortlisted candidates meet with members of the regional chapter/selection team in-person but in some cases, other arrangements may be made by those conducting the selection activities and interviews.  Applicants not selected to attend an interview will be notified by the NCC. 

Following in-person interviews in January/February, regional selection teams recommend finalists to the Nominations Committee of the NCC.


Candidates who are recommended by their regional team to be considered for a place at UWC will usually be contacted by the NCC in February/March.  The recipients of provincial/territorial scholarship awards will be notified and their nominations will be submitted to the UWC they will attend.  Other finalist candidates will be asked to provide their school preferences as well as the information needed to conduct a financial assessment. (If they are opting to apply for financial aid.)

Canadian students are means tested based on income, taxes, and living expenses. This means that low income families pay nothing, middle income families pay a small amount, and high-income families pay a rising proportion of their fees. Not all situations are alike, and we work with families to ensure that the amount requested is fair and affordable: our objective is to ensure that no family should turn down UWC because they can’t afford it.

The nominations process itself is complex. When finding a place for a student at a UWC, positions have varying deadlines and parameters. Further, some depend on external funding, and many places are dependent on filling other places for reasons such as funding or gender balance. In practice, there can be over a month between our first and last offers. Timing does not reflect the merit of the applicant

Once the NCC matches a student with a place at a UWC school and the details of the offer are finalized, a nominations agreement is prepared and signed by the NCC and the nominee’s family.  The NCC sends a formal nomination package to the UWC school and the final decision is in their hands.  At this point, nominations are usually confirmed by the Colleges in 2-8 weeks, but admission is not final until the school has indicated their acceptance.


Once a UWC confirms the nomination from the NCC, the student is notified and the registration and admission process begins.  Visa requirements and study permit processes vary from country to country, so this part of the process is different at each UWC.  It can take up to 3 months to apply to study outside Canada so it is important to follow-up on the instructions provided by the school.  Often a visit is required to the closest embassy or consulate for the country you’ll attend UWC in and some paper work may need to be signed by a lawyer or notary. 

National Committees try to get to know every student and prepare them thoroughly for what awaits them at their school or college, so that they are ready for and equipped to make the most of their UWC experience.

At this point in the process the NCC pairs incoming students with current or recent Canadian students at the school they’ll be attending.  This can be helpful in navigating these unfamiliar waters and preparing for life at UWC.

Life at UWC

While you are a student at UWC, your parents/guardians and the NCC receive term reports from your school so we are kept up to date with your progress and experience.  We love to hear how you are doing and we welcome you to be in touch with us any time.  The NCC can provide support to students and their parents during the two-year school/college experience.

Life after UWC

National Committees play a big role facilitating alumni engagement with UWC. This is a growing function of the NCC and we hope to increasingly serve the decades’ worth of UWC alumni from and in Canada.  We are keen to be an ‘alumni hub’, and become the go-to place for Canadian alumni to engage with UWC.  We also know alumni play a key role in strengthening and sustaining the work of our national committee. Alumni already form the back-bone of the NCC – having lived through the UWC experience; they are our ideal advocates, mentors, and examples of how to “live-the-mission”.