Pearson College UWC

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Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Student Profile: 160 students from 16 to 19 years
Founded: 1974

www.pearsoncollege.ca

Introduction and brief history

Lester B. Pearson, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former Prime Minister of Canada was the driving force behind the founding of Pearson College.
Prime Minister Pearson worked tirelessly to get the project started, but passed away before the college opened. It was decided that the college would be a most appropriate memorial and was named in Pearson’s honour.
People from around the world gave generously of their time and money to get the college underway. The first 100 students arrived in September 1974. Since then 200 students have attended each year on full scholarship.

The campus and facilities

The campus is nestled in the forest on the rugged shoreline of Canada’s West Coast near Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Students, as well as many faculty members and their families live together in this international community.
Facilities include five student residences, a waterfront dining room, state of the art science labs, classrooms, theatre and visual arts facilities, an Education Resource Centre, and a Spiritual Centre.
The floating marine sciences centre contains a well-equipped seafront environmental systems lab. Students conduct research above and below water at nearby Race Rocks (www.racerocks.com). A hilltop observatory facilitates study about astronomy and exploration of the night skies.
Recreational facilities include a 25 metre pool and exercise room, outdoor tennis and volleyball courts, soccer field, and student common room.

Beyond the classroom

Pearson College currently offers 32 activities within the categories of creativity, action and service.

On campus

Every student rotates through kitchen service, house cleaning and village service duties and takes on a regular job (e.g. helping in the student store or being a campus fire-fighter.)
All students take a basic first aid course and expedition training. Some students enhance these skills through First Aid and wilderness First Aid service programs.
Additional activities include diving, social entrepreneurship and sustainable growth projects.

In the community

Students participate in programs to assist people who are disabled, visit the elderly, and work with disadvantaged people. Students also develop their own projects during the annual project week.
Students stage One World, a performance of international music, stories and dance at a downtown theatre annually.

Costs and Fees

Tuition and Board

The current value of a full (100%) scholarship is CAD$ 80,000 for the two years. Unless otherwise stated, this amount only covers tuition and board (including meals) while studying at UWC.Additional ancillary expenses are at the expsense of the student and their family.

Medical Assistance

The medical insurance policy that is offered must be paid for by students or their families. It is mandatory. Dental and Optical are not included in the policy. The mandatory fee is estimated to be CAD$750 per year.

Ancillary Expenses

The following costs are NOT included in the current value of the scholarship:

  • Travel to and from the College.
  • Pocket Money.
  • Project Week contribution.
  • Graphic Calculator.
  • Winter Break: mid-December to mid-January (4 weeks).
  • Visa applications and Passport renewals.
  • Any tests for American Universities (SAT) and University application fees.
  • Medical insurance.

Educational costs (books and teaching) are included in the scholarship, although students must buy their own stationary.