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Is the IB recognised in India and abroad?

The IB is a very highly regarded secondary school diploma. Universities the world over value its combination of depth with breadth, its rigour, its emphasis on developing analytical thinking and critical skills, and its special features. In India, the IB Diploma has been recognised as the equivalent of the 10 + 2 system of education by the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.

At what stage does one need to apply for the IB course?

The IB course covers the last two years of secondary or high school education in Indian, Asian, European or similar systems of education, it also qualifies students for advanced placement in most universities in North America. Most students apply for the IB in class 10. 

Do students who have done the IB get advanced placement or credit at university?

Yes, they often do. Since the IB standard is considered to be quite high, students can get up to one year of university credit (or advanced standing), depending on their IB subjects, levels, etc. The exact amount of credit awarded varies from university to university.

What are the best IB subject choices for pursuing engineering or medicine?

Physics, Chemistry and Math at the Higher Level are recommended for students interested in engineering, either in India or overseas. American universities are usually less prescriptive about specific courses than British and Indian universities, as students are usually admitted to the university rather than a specific course of study. Physics, Chemistry, and Biology are required for studying medicine in India. Medicine in the UK requires 2 Higher Level sciences. Medicine in the US and Canada is a postgraduate degree.

Under the IB, can a student opt for 3 sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) for the IB?

Yes, but only by special application where national governments or university systems require it.


Can you get a full scholarship to study at a foreign university after graduating from a UWC?

A very strong all-rounder has a good chance of getting a scholarship or financial assistance to study at a foreign university if that is what they want to pursue. 

Do UWCs have direct lines of admission to US or UK universities?

The IB is a well-respected curriculum by admissions offices around the world. However, UWCs do not claim to have any direct links with any universities anywhere in the world for admission purposes.

Where do most UWC students enroll for their university studies?

UWC students enroll worldwide to universities for further studies. The USA is usually the most popular, followed by Europe, Canada, and the UK.

Can you take competitive entrance exams for medicine, engineering, law, etc. through professional institutions while at a UWC?

Not easily. While the IB program trains students in problem-solving skills required for these exams, it is very difficult to prepare specifically for these exams along with the heavy academic and extra-curricular expectations of life at a UWC. Nor can students easily attend special preparatory classes during term time. Also, several of these exams are held at around the same time as the IB exams or very soon thereafter, making it impossible for students to leave their college to appear for them or prepare for them adequately while also studying for their IB exams.

Can you get admission to an Indian university after the IB or graduating from a UWC?

Yes, our graduates have gone on to study at some of the top Indian universities. With the growing number of IB schools in India, it is not longer unusual or difficult to get admission in an Indian college after two years at UWC.


Can you apply directly to the college of your preference instead of applying through your National Committee?

No. All applications must be submitted to your National Committee only. UWC Colleges do not accept direct applications. Please see the How To Apply page for more information.

What is the age requirement for applying to a UWC?

The age of entry will normally lie between 16 and 18 years and students are expected to be strong candidates for subsequent university entry.

What are the criteria for admissions to a UWC?

The UWC Selections Committee looks for well-rounded socially and politically aware young individuals who would thrive in an international environment that the UWCs provide. The academic record in grade 9 & 10 and the student's co-curricular activities are given considerable weightage.

Are financial aid requirements considered during the selection process?

No. Entrants to UWCs are selected entirely on the basis of merit, without regard for their families' financial means or social status. 

What does the Selections process involve?

The UWC application process is a two step process. The first step is filling up the online application form online at Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview. Admissions will be based on the performance at the interviews. Please check the Information for Candidates page for more information. 


Is a "full scholarship" available? Do parents necessarily have to bear some of the costs of education?

UWC Scholarships and aid is decided on a "need" basis. Students' parents may be asked and expected to make contributions to the costs of their attendance and travel according to their ability to do so. Assessment of families' ability to make such contributions will be made impartially using our standard process of evaluation means based on financial paperwork provided by the family. This means students pay the full range of fees from full fees to no fees depending on their family circumstance. 

Do UWCs have tie-ups with any particular colleges or universities that provide scholarships?

UWC graduates have special, designated scholarships for several excellent colleges / universities in quite a few countries.