UWC Costa Rica

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Location: Santa Ana, Costa Rica
Student Profile: 160 students from 16 to 19 years
Founded: 2000 (UWC in 2006)




UWC Costa Rica has defined “Three Pillars” on which to build our school; conflict transformation, diversity and sustainability . Our academic, co-curricular and residential life programs reflect those values.
One particularly important aspect of the UWCCR identity is that we are committed to operating as a bi-lingual school. Virtually all students study both Spanish and English as part of their International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
UWC Costa Rica evolved out of the pre-existing SOS International College Herman Gmeiner Costa Rica,  a development of the SOS Children’s Villages association. In recognition of their unique SOS heritage there is a significant population of students with SOS backgrounds, and, in celebration of our location approximately 40% of the students come from Latin America.

The campus and facilities

The campus is located in a 12.35-acre land surrounded by mountains and nature in the valley of Santa Ana.
The residential area has 8 student residences with a total capacity of 192 students, 12 houses designated for the residence coordinators and other staff members, the infirmary, and a gymnasium.
There are 18 classrooms including 3 science labs and 1 computer lab, a library with more than 13,000 books, a sports field, and a cafeteria.

Beyond the classroom

Specific activities vary from term to term and are often student initiated. Many of these activities reflect our bi-lingualism (Spanish/English) and our three “pillars”.
The  programme includes two main components, project week and service projects. Some of the service projects include working with a local children’s shelter, visiting the elderly, re-cycling, Special Olympics, Spanish and English tutoring.
Project week activities have included working in national parks, local communities, and SOS Villages among many others both in Costa Rica and other Central American countries.

Costs and Fees

Tuition and Board

The current value of a full (100%) scholarship is US$ 56,000 for the two years. Unless otherwise stated, this amount only covers tuition and board (including meals) while studying at UWC.

Medical Assistance

Medical insurance is provided for by the College. Please refer to your admission documents for more details on what is covered.

Ancillary Expenses

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

  • Travel to and from the College.
  • Pocket Money.
  • Security Deposit (US$500).
  • Winter Break: mid-December to mid-January (4 weeks).
  • Expenses associated with Visa applications and renewals (US$750 one time only).
  • 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.