Ideal Applicant

It is very hard to describe an ideal candidate. In fact, we pride ourselves in attracting and admitting a great diversity of students from around the world regardless of their socio-economic background, politics, religion, caste, ethnicity, language, gender, opinions, culture or race.

UWC students are defined by their ambition and ability to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. They are united in a commitment to positive social action to build a more equitable and fairer world. Although strong academic achievement is valued highly, our ethos compels us to think more broadly about the knowledge and skills that will shape our students as whole people.

As a transformational experience a UWC education empowers students to become leaders in social responsibility, inspiring them to effect change personally, locally nationally and internationally. Living and learning at a UWC is an intense experience and candidates should be physically and emotionally robust in order to thrive in our system.

Our students are selected based on their merit and potential to build a better world. For this, we look at whether candidates have made the most of the opportunities available to them to date and, in particular, the following criteria:

  • Intellectually Curious and Motivated
  • Demonstrated active commitment
  • Ability and readiness to reflect, question and confront one’s own values
  • They are able to work with a diversity of people and interact respectfully with them to collaborate for solutions
  • Resilience, personal responsibility and integrity
  • Passion, ability and serious incentive to actively promote UWC values

Age Requirement

Students will normally be between 16 and 18 years on September 1 of the year they matriculate at UWC Mahindra College. The College will, at its discretion, relax this requirement in individual cases.

Admissions Process

As with many aspects of our curriculum, our selection process is unique to the UWC movement. Students applying to the Diploma programme apply through the UWC’s National Committee system. There are national committees and selection contacts in over 145 countries, so the majority of students can apply through this system. When you apply, you apply to the UWC movement and not to a specific school, although you will be able to make a preference.

Under very specific circumstances, UWC Mahindra College will consider direct applicants.

Please note that College runs from August- end of May. For more information, please see our FAQ section.

Admissions for Indian citizens/Non- Resident Indians/ OCI Applicants

Admissions for Indian citizens, Non-Resident Indians and OCI applicants take place through the UWC Committee of India. You can find more information on It is a competitive and rigorous process and is designed to understand who you are as a person- so be yourself! UWCs have a strict honesty policy and you must write your application. Make sure to follow all instructions in the online application and turn your materials in on time.

The online application form is usually available between July and September the year prior to the one you would commence your studies (applicants should currently be in X or XI grade). The application fee is set at Rs. 1000 but please get in touch with us at [email protected] if this cost is prohibitive. 

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  • July through September:
    Submit the application fee and access the application form through the UWC Committee of India ( You may also request a paper application package to be mailed to you (only applicable to students applying for a fee waiver). If the application fee is prohibitive, you may apply for a fee waiver through the College. Submit your application form to the UWC Committee of India either online at or by mail at:

          The United World College Committee (India)
          Mahindra Towers, Ground Floor, Worli, Mumbai 400 018
          Tel: 022-2497 4625, 022-2490 5937

In addition to the application, you will need the following supportive documents: 

  • Recommendation letter from a teacher or Head of School.
  • Your latest transcript/grades for the last year.
  • October:
    If the selection committee has decided to advance your application, you will receive an email and be asked to attend the selection camp.  Applicants living overseas will be asked to schedule an interview on the phone.
  • November:
    Short-listed candidates will be invited to a 24-hour selection camp to our campus outside of Pune. Under exceptional circumstances, mainly due to prohibitive cost for applicants from further regions such as the North-Eastern states, Ladakh or Kashmir, we will consider doing phone interviews or ask alumni from these regions to undertake interviews. These are not usually beneficial for the candidate and attendance to the selection camp is highly encouraged.

    Parents will also be asked to spend a few hours on campus and will get the opportunity to get their questions answered. You will need to submit all financial information and tax information at this point.

If you are accepted, here is what happens next:

  • Beginning - December:
    Candidates are ranked and offers of places and scholarships are made to top candidates.
  • mid-August:
    Start your UWC experience! If you are selected to attend UWC Waterford Kamhlaba, in Swaziland, school will begin in January due to a southern hemisphere school calendar.

Scholarships and fees

Accepted students will be offered need-based scholarships. More than 70% of our students are on some form of scholarship.

Fees cover tuition, IB fees registration, room and board and health insurance for the two-year program. There some additional expenses, which will be communicated to you if your child receives admission:

  • Personal expenses (school supplies, snacks, toiletries, etc.)
  • Damage deposit
  • Project Week expenses

To read the guidelines on fees and scholarships, please click here.

Almost all our Indian students are on some form of needs-based scholarships- making us the most diverse school in the country! Please help us ensure that we can educate more generations of UWC students by donating to our scholarship programme.

UWC Mahindra College offers young people the opportunity receive a UWC short programme Diploma by participating in our issue-based short programmes offered during the summer. Please see here for more information.

Contact us at [email protected] if you have further information about our programs or curriculum. You may write to [email protected] for more information about the application process and scholarship policy.

If you wish to visit campus, please click here.

Admissions for non-Indian nationals

Each UWC National Committee tailors the application process and deadlines to the local education system and culture to ensure it is relevant and appropriate. The application process varies across countries to ensure that it is applicable and relevant to the local culture and education system. National Committees look for students who have the potential to benefit from the UWC experience. There will usually be a written application and some form of interview, but you may also take part in group activities and community service, an examination and perhaps even a weekend camp.

Contact the National Committee for more information on how the selection process works in your country. You will find a list of National Committees and contacts here.

UWC Mahindra College also offers young people the opportunity receive a UWC short programme Diploma by participating in our issue-based short programmes offered during the summer. Please see here for more information.

International students who attend UWC Mahindra College must comply with Indian immigration laws. Once an international student is accepted, we will send visa application documents. You must complete those forms and present them to the nearest Indian embassy or consulate to receive your visa. You must have a valid passport that will remain valid for two years beyond your start date at UWC Mahindra College. You might require an in-person interview. Once you arrive in India, you will be required to complete location registration. Apply early and prepare to be patient

Direct-Entry Applications

If you are unable to apply through a UWC national committee, for example, because your country of residence is different than your country of citizenship, you may be able to apply directly to UWC Mahindra College, or if your country does not have a National Committee. You will need to provide proof that the committee will not accept your application.

Direct-Entry applicants can contact our Admissions department at [email protected] for more information. Applications are usually open between November and January. Please note that we are not normally in a position to offer scholarships to direct-applicant candidates.

UWC Mahindra College also offers young people the opportunity receive a UWC short programme Diploma by participating in our issue-based short programmes offered during the summer. Please see here for more information.