UWC Adriatic

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Location: Duino, Italy
Student Profile: 200 students from 16 to 19 years
Founded: 1982



UWC Adriatic was founded in 1982 by the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia with the support of the Italian government. The fifth UWC and the first outside an English-speaking country, it is 20km from Trieste in north-eastern Italy.

Campus and facilities

The college is integrated into the Italian/Slovene village of Duino/Devin. All students at the college study Italian and our school buildings and residences are spread throughout the village. Our social service programme seeks to further involve us with this community.
The college houses the Scuola Superiore Internazionale di Musica da Camera del Trio di Trieste. Students with a very strong background in classical music are invited to audition for the Maestri in the first weeks of school and if successful to participate fully in the college’s Music Scholar programme.
Teaching facilities include the Bartolomeo Migone library, the Rita Levi Montalcini Science Laboratories, the Erich Hartmann Arts Centre, the Principe Raimondo Auditorium, the Gaspare Pacia Ceramics Centre, and the Mountbatten Academic Centre.

Beyond the classroom

The surrounding area offers remarkable opportunities for cultural, linguistic and physical exploration. Trieste is within easy access and each year the college organises cultural visits to Venice, Padova, Bologna, Mantova, Verona and Ravenna. One of the most popular courses at the school is World Arts and Cultures where issues of cultural identity are explored through the lens of past cultures including Tokugawa Japan, Benin Africa, the Pacific Northwest, Avant-Garde Europe and Renaissance Italy. Full use is also made of our location between the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding mountains (Alpi Carniche and Alpi Giulie) to run a physical activities programme that includes sailing, kayaking, rock climbing, skiing (cross country and downhill) and orienteering.
UWC of the Adriatic runs a comprehensive social service programme which includes work with immigrants, the elderly, children, the disabled, and local schools. In addition, the college is the founding partner of Mondo 2000, a voluntary work association, which organizes cultural and other activities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students also participate as cultural ambassadors in the region through multicultural presentations and shows.

Costs and Fees

Tuition and Board

The current value of a full (100%) scholarship is € 43,000 for the two years. Unless otherwise stated, this amount only covers tuition and board (including meals) while studying at UWC.

Medical Assistance

Medical expenses are covered for non-EU students by a private insurance policy taken out by the College. Please note that the insurance does NOT cover:

  • Pre-existing medical or orthopaedic conditions. Costs associated with long term care of chronic or prior problems are the responsibility of the family.
  • Dental treatment, except for trament resulting from injury to natural teeth.
  • Mental illnesses and any kind of psychiatric disorders in general, including neurotic behaviour.
  • Routine eye examinations, contact lenses, replacement eye glasses or prescription.
  • Routine examination and services related to hearing or treatment of hearing defects not related to an injury or sickness.

Ancillary Expenses

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

  • Travel to and from Duino
  • Pocket Money (recommended amount: %euro;45/month)
  • Caution Money (€200 to be deposited at the start of each academic year; the balance is returned at the end of the two years).
  • Project Week contribution (€200 to be paid in cash at the start of each academic year).
  • Graphic Calculator (the price is approximately €120).
  • Winter Break: mid-December to mid-January (4 weeks).
  • Any tests for American Universities (SAT) and University application fees.

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