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Selection Process

The Somali national committee nominates Somali students to UWC's purely based on merit and their financial needs. Scholarships may cover all or part of the required tuition and board. Each student is assessed based on their academic achievements, written applications and interviews.

During the selection process, we specifically look for students who are able to demonstrate the UWC core values:

  • Intellectual Curiosity and Motivation    

A genuine urge to learn about the world around oneself and the ability to recognise the details and grasp the breadth of issues (for example global and local concerns) involved in any given topic and to analyse them thoroughly

  • Active Commitment

The ability to develop and readiness to reflect, question and confront one’s own values, to measure one’s behavior within family and community against one’s values, and to act on one’s own beliefs accordingly and responsibly

  • Social Competence

The ability and readiness to make contact with other people, to interact respectfully with them, to work together with them in a team and to achieve solutions; the ability to express oneself adequately in different situations and to different people.

  • Resilience, Personal Responsibility, and Integrity

The ability to look after oneself physically and emotionally during the challenging and transforming experience that a UWC offers; the personal motivation to adhere to UWC’s common moral and ethical principles, a sense of humility and an ability to listen and value another person’s opinion and experience.

  • Motivation for UWC

Passion, ability, and serious incentive to contribute to and actively promote UWC’s values.


Please note that places at UWC’s are offered on a very competitive basisThe National Committee values diversity and considers this during our selection process. Excellent academic achievement is necessary, but not sufficient to be shortlisted or nominated.