How to Apply
The UWC movement seeks outstanding students who want to become change-makers for a better world, regardless of their socio-economic, religious, national, ethnic or cultural background. If you are a passionate learner, excited at the prospect of studying and living with young people from around the world, a UWC education might be for you. If the UWC mission for a more peaceful and sustainable future inspires you, please apply!
Apply as a Canadian
We prefer applicants to be in Grade 11 when they apply and students must be at least 16 years old as of September 1st in the year they enter UWC.
- Canadian students interested in attending Pearson College UWC should follow the same application process as those who wish to attend other UWC schools.
- To give you a brief idea of the types of students we are looking for, descriptive words include: determined, curious, fearless, ambitious, open, bright, collaborative, disciplined, can-do, indefatigable, generous, kind, and so on.
- As our academic program follows the challenging International Baccalaureate, successful applicants should feel comfortable in an academic environment.
Applicants from the province of Quebec must
- Be in secondary 5 in when they apply, or be completing a year of volunteer work (or other applicable experience) before starting their CEGEP studies.
- The UWC National Committee of Canada processes all eligible applications with the help of provincial and territorial UWC selection teams. It is these teams that conduct the student selection for all UWCs, including Pearson.
- The UWC National Committee of Canada and the selection committees look for students who are inspired by the UWC movement and have a genuine desire to be part of it.
- Following applications, a short list of applicants is chosen for personal interviews with each selection team — successful candidates are selected from those interviewed.
- The UWC National Committee of Canada works hard to match each selected student with a place at UWC through a centralized process that takes into consideration regional representation, financial assistance needed, school preferences, and the offers schools have made for Canadians to attend. Nominations are finalized by each school.
- 15 August 2020: Applications for the 2021/23 two-year program open.
- 15 November 2020: Applications for 2021/23 close.
- December 2020-January 2021: Shortlisted applicants are contacted and interviews with provincial and territorial selection teams are scheduled.
- February-March 2021: Decisions and Nominations discussed with candidates.
- End of August 2021: UWC Schools or Colleges begin (with the exception of Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA).
Apply as a Non-Canadian
If you would like to attend Pearson or any UWC, but you are not a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or resident of Canada, please apply through the UWC national committee in your home country. You will find contact information for national committees on the UWC website. Please note that national committees in other countries may have different application deadlines than Canada.
Learn more about all the options available on how to apply on the UWC website.
If you have two or more nationalities, you must apply through one national committee only.
10 things all applicants should know
- Be yourself. A cliché, maybe, but true. It will impress us most if the application accurately reflects who you are.
- It’s OK to reveal your weaknesses as well as your strengths. We’re looking for passion, conviction and commitment, not perfection.
- We’re interested in the depth of your involvement with your interests, not a shopping list of your achievements. Be detailed, thorough, thoughtful and reflective on the application.
- Save the certificates, portfolios, DVDs and so on for the interview stage.
- Acknowledge the possibility that you may not be accepted. The number of spaces available at UWC is limited.
- Remember: this application is for all UWCs, not just Pearson College UWC.
- This is not a competition. If you’re applying because UWC is hard to get into rather than out of a true desire to attend, consider other options.
- If you want to see if you’re a good fit for UWC, take a look around at the information and stories on the Pearson College UWC website and on the websites of other UWC schools.
- What are the characteristics of the ideal UWC candidate? It is impossible to describe one single idea but here are some characteristics UWC students tend to have in common.
- Start the application early, make yourself a note to remember.