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UWC Global Academy

The College is excited to launch the inaugural United World College Global Academy at the University of Chicago for the summer of 2020. The UWC Global Academy brings together top students studying across the UWC’s 18 schools and colleges the opportunity to get an early taste of an exceptional college experience in a cohort-based model. Selected students are invited to participate in a UChicago Summer Session Immersion or Pathways course free of charge and participate in cohort-specific programming bringing together UWC students from around the world. Students will have the opportunity to experience what life is like on a residential college campus as well as explore the city of Chicago with other UWC students. Additional programming hosted by this scholarship program, including admissions-based workshops, is required of all selected students. This scholarship program is only available during Session II.


Applications will be accepted online beginning in early December. Students who are at least 15 years old, are currently in their first year of the IBDP, and are enrolled at a UWC are invited to apply.

Interested students should seek a nomination from their current high school counselor at their UWC as part of the application process. Nomination forms should be completed by the counselor. Any questions should be directed to Michelle Trimpe at

The deadline to apply is February 26, 2020. Rolling admissions is not offered for this program. There is no application fee to apply. Review the Application Overview pages for more detailed information.

Tuition and Fees

All expenses for the UWC Global Academy are covered for all selected students. Students with financial need will also receive funding for costs associated with travel to/from the program.

Course and Dates

Students participating in the UWC Global Academy may choose any Immersion or Pathways course offered in Session II. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for more than one course, as some courses fill more quickly than others. Please read course descriptions on the website carefully, as some courses have pre-requisites.

Session II

Move-in: July 12, 2020 
Move-out: July 31, 2020