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  • Covid-19
  • The UWC Basics
  • The MUWCI Basics
  • Applying to MUWCI
  • Especially for Indian Applicants
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid
  • Academic Life
  • Residential Life at MUWCI
  • Co-Curricular Life at MUWCI
  • Studying in India
  • University & Life After MUWCI
  • For New Students
Frequently Asked Questions
Covid-19 Concerns

We expect all Indian students - Second Years and First Years to arrive on campus between 9 am on 16th August and 5 pm on 17th August. This is provided we are authorised by the Maharashtra State government to open our residential facilities for students. Our overseas students will be welcomed back as soon as they are able to travel to India, from the 1st September. Should there be any changes to these dates, we will communicate them to you as soon as possible but we believe them to be stable at this point. Please note that our Admissions Office and our Head of Student Life will work closely with all our students to understand their constraints and assist them in their travel plans as soon as these are communicated to us. (First Years, please write to Usha at [email protected] and Second Years, please write directly to Aparna at [email protected])

Students are discouraged from traveling back to their home countries during winter break as that could lead to a delayed return for the second half of the academic year. Instead, the College will be organising Experience India travel week during this period and facilitating travel experiences within India, in consultation with State and National Health Advisories. The holiday period will also provide students with the opportunity to catch up on work which they may have missed at the beginning of the year.

Orientation and dedicated MUWCI modules for all students will be starting online from 18th August. From 24th August, we hope to be engaging students who are on campus in some carefully organised and socially distanced activities through the Triveni Office and with the help of Residential Faculty. IB classes will begin for all students on 1st September. We hope to start face-to-face classes for all our students by 1st October (this will be confirmed in due course).

In cases where a student is unable to travel to India for a prolonged part of the academic year, we will refund residential costs. This will be on a case by case basis.

The College is happy to review any application for the review in fee status if you feel this is applicable to you. Please write to our CFO, Mr Raghunath Sowani ([email protected]) and he will send you the necessary paperwork. Payment in installments is available to those who require this facility once their paperwork has been submitted. The College will do all it can to support our students in their commitment to remaining at MUWCI.

All students - First and Second Years - will be greeted and picked up from Pune or Mumbai airport, possibly in minibuses to allow for adequate physical distancing. The College will be in touch with each student individually and as soon as we have the student’s itinerary, information will be sent regarding pick-up and any quarantine arrangements. All First Year travel details should be sent to Usha Sundaram at [email protected] and Second Year travel details to Aparna Ramchandran at [email protected] The College is taking measures to set up both self-isolation and quarantine facilities on campus and we are assisted by International SOS in ensuring that we have everything in place to support all members of our community.

We have a well-equipped medical centre on campus and an on-campus doctor who works closely with International SOS to attend to all our medical needs. We have provision on campus for self-isolation and work with private healthcare organisations in Pune to have COVID-19 testing done and hospital care provided, if this is required.

The College campus requires staff to come to work from outside, both from the villages and from the city of Pune. The College will allow for movement into the campus and also for residents on campus (faculty, staff and students) to leave campus but will restrict this to a minimum and establish certain norms which will alert the community to the kind of distancing required depending on whether the member of the community is wearing red or green lanyards. The College will also be divided into physical ‘zones’ to better establish distancing norms. We are already working closely with International SOS so that the campus can operate in an efficient yet safe manner.

Sanitizer stations, physically distanced seating (classrooms and cafeteria), staggered meal times, face shields and masks, vehicle sanitisation, awareness sessions for all members of the community and access to rooms and student spaces will be carefully monitored. We also plan to have daily health checks for students with their advisers to ensure that students are in good health.

Initially, students will be placed only 2 to a room and once we have established that students are free from infection, we will shift them into rooms with 4 beds. Every effort is being made to ensure that physical distancing and high hygiene standards are maintained at all times on campus.

We anticipate that it will be safe to leave campus to go to the nearby villages for off-campus service learning activities by October. So far, the Mulshi valley is considered to be within the green zone as it falls in a rural area. However, the College will prioritise student safety and monitor the situation closely and in the meantime, the Triveni office will be creating multiple meaningful, service learning activities on campus.

While MUWCI is a testing center for SAT, we are unsure whether we will be able to conduct the exams this year as it would involve a large influx of people to campus. We are awaiting guidelines from the College Board about this. First year students are generally encouraged not to take the SATs in their first year at MUWCI and Second Years will be kept informed as we know more.

We will do everything in our power to ensure that a student who wants to attend MUWCI is able to. However in extreme situations, we will allow and co-ordinate transfers. We are in constant conversation with other UWCs to ensure smooth transitions where this is the best option for the student. These decisions will be made on a case by case basis by the Heads of the two UWC Colleges in consultation with the student’s family and the relevant NC.

In order to help the College respond to your Visa queries in a timely manner, please direct them to Mr Nirpa Singh at [email protected]

The UWC Basics

UWC (United World Colleges) is a global education movement. UWC’s mission is to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

UWC comprises a network of 17 international schools and colleges on four continents and a system of volunteer-run national committees in more than 155 countries. Additionally, UWC offers short courses, which are a shorter UWC educational experience.

UWC offers a challenging educational experience to a deliberately diverse group of students: they come not only from over 150 different countries, but also from a wide range of cultural, socio-economic, religious and educational backgrounds. Through living and learning together, our students discover the value of celebrating diversity and their shared humanity.

UWC places high value on experiential learning, community service and outdoor activities, which complement high academic standards delivered through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and lower years programmes.

UWC education is experience based meaning that we want our students to learn through doing and do through learning. Our students come together to encounter and understand the principles of sustainable development such as generational and gender equality, social tolerance, poverty reduction, environmental protection, preservation of natural resources and the creation of open, free, just and peaceful societies.

Students experience these themes through active and social learning. In community services, students partake in meaningful and important activities within their immediate vicinity and deal with these relevant concepts. We help our students to discover the possibility of change through courageous action, personal example and selfless leadership.

At the heart of UWC’s distinctive model of education is a “deliberately diverse, engaged and motivated community in pursuit of the UWC Mission”. We believe that all students will benefit from learning in a diverse environment that helps to broaden their mind and sense of self

The approach within UWC emphasises student autonomy and personal sense-making. The International Baccalaureate Diploma offers a coherent and internationally recognised curriculum that is a deliberate compromise between different national emphasis on “breadth” and “depth”.

Learn more about UWC Educational Model and Principles.

All UWC schools and colleges teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for students in the final two years of high school education. As one of the most well-regarded and widely known secondary school qualifications in the world, the IBDP prepares the students to attend some of the world’s leading universities. In addition to the IBDP, four of our schools offer programmes tailored for younger students: find out more here.

UWC also places a high value on experiential learning, community service and outdoor activities, which complement the high academic standards delivered through the IBDP.

Finally, we also offer short course programmes to provide students with a condensed UWC experience, and present our overall missions and values to a greater audience.

Learn more about the academic life, co-curricular activities, and short courses at UWC.

Our values, our admission process and the UWC mission make us different.

UWC aims at enabling youth to respond to the challenges of a globalized world. We want to educate individuals who, through their own action and personal example, can make a positive difference in the world.

We provide this education to our students independent of their socio-economic means enabled through our comprehensive scholarship system.

UWC’s mission is to make education a force for peace and sustainability. Studying at a UWC school or college is therefore just the beginning of a lifelong commitment to UWC’s values.

Each of our schools and colleges has its own distinct character and identity, influenced by their host country, the specific setting, cultural context and their community. What makes each one of them a UWC is a deliberately diverse student body, with students coming from all over the world, bringing with them very different backgrounds to learn and live together - and their joined mission to make education a force for peace and sustainability

You can read more about each individual school and college on the UWC website.

Students must attend the UWC to which they are accepted for the full 2 years. Transfers may be considered only in rare cases with extenuating circumstances.

The MUWCI Basics

‘MUWCI’ (pronounced myoo-ki) is the affectionate abbreviation of our legal registered name — the Mahindra United World College of India. We also go by UWC Mahindra College within the UWC movement.

MUWCI is a two-year pre-university residential programme that can be described as a ‘high school’ or ‘junior college’ depending on the context. We offer the IB Diploma, which is an internationally accepted qualification for entry into most global universities. In India, MUWCI is the equivalent of 11th and 12th standard or Higher Secondary.

Almost all MUWCI students are between 16 to 19 years old. Most students enter at 16 years of age and graduate at 18 after our 2-Year Programme.

Around 240 students study and live at MUWCI, with approximately 120 students in each of the year groups.

We have around 80+ nationalities represented on campus, including students from internally displaced, refugee, or stateless backgrounds. About 30% of our students are from India.

We are located in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra, 40 kms west of Pune. The campus is nestled atop a hill within a biodiversity reserve in the Western Ghats, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world’s eight ‘hottest hotspots’ of biological diversity.

We conduct regular Admissions Open Days where you can learn about MUWCI through a presentation by our Admissions staff, meet current students, and tour the campus. You can register for an Open Day visit using this form. Please note that we are unable to permit visitors without prior registration or appointments.

MUWCI’s academic calendar shifts slightly from year to year.

Term 1 (First Year): 3rd Week of August to mid-December

Term 2 (First Year): Early January to late May

Term 3 (Second Year): 2nd Week of August to mid-December

Term 4 (Second Year): Early January to late May

MUWCI is run by an independent charitable trust. You can read more about MUWCI’s history and founding, and meet the leadership and faculty team who run the day-to-day operations of the college.

MUWCI was designed by architect Christopher Beninger. Details of the campus design and architecture have been widely published in Indian and International journals, and the College’s design has won many awards. Read more about our campus spaces here.

Applying to MUWCI

The UWC selection process is competitive, and the UWC National Committee of India accepts about 40 Indian students to attend MUWCI from among 120 students who make it to the second round of selections (about 20 more are selected to attend other UWCs around the world). Selections rates for students from other countries vary every year due to a number of factors. Please contact your National Committee for further clarity.

You must be at least 16 years of age by September 1 of your first year at MUWCI. We may make exceptions in extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

MUWCI accepts students from all countries that have a National Committee presence. You can visit the UWC website to find out if your country has a National Committee. If your country doesn’t have a National Committee, you may still apply through our Global Selections Programme.

Classes at MUWCI are in English, so a good command of English is important. Many of our students do come from backgrounds where they speak English as a Second or Third Language even, and we welcome these students. You can visit our Teaching and Learning Support page to learn how we support language and learning for non-native English speakers at MUWCI.

No, we don’t accept students directly to the second year. To graduate from MUWCI with an IB Diploma, you must enrol and join us in the first year. Transfers from one UWC to another are accepted in rare cases.

The most common way to apply to a UWC school is through the National Committee System. For more information, please read our How to Apply page.

If you’re unable to apply through the National Committee or one doesn’t exist for your country, you can apply through the Global Selections Programme. Please note that scholarships are not available to students who apply through the GSP. You can know more about the GSP on our How to Apply page.

Global Selections Programme is a way to apply directly to the UWC of your choice rather than through the National Committee of your country. Students admitted through the GSP are ineligible for financial assistance or scholarships and must pay the school fee in full for both years. Please note that there are limited places available at MUWCI through the GSP.

Yes, you can apply more than once as long as you are under 17 years of age the year you join a UWC.

No, students can apply either through the National Committee of their country or to the Global Selections Programme, but not to both. If you are a dual citizen, you should choose the National Committee of any one country to apply through.

MUWCI’s educational programme is intentionally designed to take place over two years, with key components taking place throughout the first year. We require you to repeat 11th grade if you wish to join MUWCI.

Please get in touch with your National Committee as this will vary by country.

We do our best, but we are not a physical disability friendly campus because of our location. We do provide additional support for students with learning challenges.

We suggest you request a teacher who knows you well and can speak to your abilities and qualities to write your recommendation letter. Please note that the letter should not be from a relative or a parent, even if they are your educator.

There is no ‘ideal’ candidate at MUWCI. Common traits in students who thrive at MUWCI is that they are passionate learners who want to build a fairer world through positive social action. You can visit our Admissions page to know more about what characteristics our successful candidates embody.

Be yourself and let us get to know you—not a version of you that you think we are looking for. You can read more about how to stand out in your application on the UWC website.

Especially for Indian Applicants

MUWCI is the college you will attend if admitted. The UWC National Committee of India is the selection body you apply to that will review your application, interview you and, if admitted, place you in one of the UWC schools. MUWCI and the UWC National Committee of India are independent of one another.

You are eligible to apply through the UWC National Committee of India if you are an Indian citizen (regardless of where you reside) and if you are within 15 to 18 years of age.

You should apply to UWC when you start grade X. If you apply in grade XI, you will be required to repeat a year.

The National Committee looks at the complete application that includes academics, co-curricular and other personal interests. While your academic standing is valued, do not let that discourage you from applying. We do not have a particular cutoff point.

Not necessarily. The GSP is only for full fee-paying applicants and offers the advantage of getting early decisions and applying directly to a UWC of your choice, but the selection process for the GSP is the same as the NC route (except with global applicants).

Yes, to an extent. Certain universities (listed below) do recognise it. We would recommend looking at the desired university’s website to make sure.

Some of our alumni have gone on to Indian Universities like Ashoka, Azim Premji, DU, and NID. Other than these, OP Jindal and Flame also recognise the IB. We suggest you check directly with the university you would like to apply to whether they recognise the IB Diploma.

Yes, they can. But that would mean taking on additional subjects during the two years without MUWCI support, or taking a year after graduation from MUWCI to make up for the requirements and hence enrolling in the professional course one year later.

Scholarships

You can learn about our fees (and scholarships available) on our Scholarships and Fees page. MUWCI offers robust financial aid; do not let the figure discourage you.

Yes, we provide financial aid to every student who demonstrates financial need. Financial aid packages are based on factors such as your family’s income and resources, and not on your academic performance or merit. You can visit our Scholarships and Fees page to read more about financial aid and supportive payment options.

85% of our students are on some form of means-testing determined financial aid.

Scholarships are provided on the basis of financial means-testing and not based on academic achievement.

We use financial means-testing to decide what scholarship support our admitted students receive. This includes factors such as parental income and assets, resources, and family size. You can visit our Scholarships and Fees page to read more about financial aid and supportive payment options.

Scholarships are provided through sources such as the UWC National Committee of India, MUWCI, the Mahindra Group, our alumni, and donors.

In addition to fees, you can anticipate costs for flights, project and travel week expenses, pocket money, and caution money. We have some scholarships to help cover these costs for students in need as well.

Academic Life

The IB Diploma Programme is rigorous and requires students who are willing to commit to extensive work. Your comfort with it will be determined by the board you are currently studying in. You can be set up for success with the IB by making smart subject choices and using additional support MUWCI provides.

You can learn more about the IB Diploma on our IB and Subjects page.

MUWCI offers subjects in the 6 IB subject groups, Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, and our Triveni Programme. For more details on the subjects offered, you can visit our IIB and Subjects page.

The IB has specific requirements, so it’s important to read through the different subject groups available at MUWCI. We take students through an orientation process when choosing subjects, and there is also a two week trial period. In rare cases, students can switch subjects by the end of first term.

No, the IB Diploma Programme is comparable to a liberal arts education.

No, you cannot according to the IB Diploma Programme. It is mandatory for you to take 2 languages, a math, 2 sciences and a humanities subject. Group 6 (Arts) is the only subject group that is optional. However, most MUWCI students do take a Group 6 subject.

You cannot take two Group 6 (Arts) subjects at MUWCI.

Higher level courses consist of 240 teaching hours, and standard level courses consist of 150 teaching hours. They are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level. Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level.

Our academics go beyond the IB with our encouragement of project-based learning, student research, and Triveni programme. To know more about how learning takes place at MUWCI, you can visit our 2-Year IB Diploma page.

Our Learning Support office helps students with skills such essay writing and study techniques and identifies students who may need academic support. Each academic department also organises a weekly peer tutoring group, and our Language and Writing Centre supports writing and speaking skills in English, Hindi, and Spanish. You can visit our Teaching and Learning Support page for more information on academic support outside the classroom.

A MUWCI classroom is focused on student-centered learning. This means there are always discussions with healthy student participation and mandatory project work. Our teachers are approachable, and students refer to them by their first names.

96% of our faculty hold Masters or PhD degrees. We also have teacher-practitioners. who come from all over the world and India and have a broad range of teaching and real-world experience and personal interests.

Our student-teacher ratio is 8:1

Depending on the subject, you can expect to be in a class of between 10 and 18 students.

Residential Life at MUWCI

On weekdays, classes are held between 8 a.m. and 2:20 p.m., while afternoons are free for students to work on projects and activities and spend time with one another. Saturdays are free to spend as you please. There are often activities planned for Sundays.

Our students live in wadas (residences built around a central courtyard) with about 48 students in each wada. Each wada has 6 student houses with 2 rooms, 2 bathrooms, and a house courtyard (separate from the main wada courtyard). You can read more about student housing on our Residential Life and Community Structures page.

Wadas are co-ed, but rooms are gender separated.

We serve healthy food in our cafetaria with a variety of cuisines. Non-vegetarian food is available 6 days of the week.

There is a strict code of conduct within which our students have autonomy. Students are free to leave campus over the weekend with permission from their advisors, and they must sign in and out with security every time they step off campus.

There is a zero tolerance policy for alcohol and illegal substances on campus. We have a disciplinary matrix with an escalation process to address these issues should they occur.

We have a health centre and a doctor on campus for students to see when they fall sick. In case a student needs further attention, we have an ambulance service to take them to the nearest hospital.

Parents may not visit until the 30th of September and after April 1st. Parents who wish to visit should write to [email protected] to understand visit procedures.

Students can go off campus on weekends and once a week for off-campus service.There are also travel and project weeks as well as other college sponsored activities that take place off campus.

Yes, every wada has a laundry station. Students must do their own laundry.

Students are encouraged to continue practicing their religion. We have a designated prayer room that is available to students. Some faculty members also run study groups (Bible studies, Bhagavad Gita studies etc.). Our students also discuss issues of religion, along with caste and gender, as part of the curriculum with a view to understanding their identity.

Yes, we have an on-campus mindfulness & wellness counsellor as well as a Clinical Psychologist who visits every week. We also have a trained peer support group.

Co-Curricular Life at MUWCI

What co-curricular activities do you offer on campus? We have a rich variety of co-curricular activities ranging from dance and chess clubs to team sports and outdoor activities. You can visit our Triveni Programme and Co-curricular Activities page for more information.

CAS stands for Creativity, Activity and Service and is an integral part of the IB Diploma.

Triveni is unique to MUWCI and goes beyond the IB’s CAS requirement. The Triveni Programme emphasises service learning, experiential learning weeks, and campus events.

Many of our campus sports begin as student-led initiatives. If your sport isn’t already played at MUWCI, you can start your own activity.

Studying In India

You may refer to our Visa Application Guidelines for detailed information on the visa process and requirements.

MUWCI has existed at its current location in the Sahyadris since its inception more than 20 years ago and has deep roots in the community. Our students regularly interact with residents of the neighbouring villages with mutual respect and willingness to learn. For official travel (eg travel weeks or project weeks), our students travel in groups and are always accompanied by a faculty member who is responsible for them.

There are many opportunities to travel. You can leave campus on weekends, while there are longer travel periods for travel & project weeks, exeats, and vacations.

Yes, you will to a certain extent. Our students interact daily with staff who live in the region and often with members of the neighbouring towns and villages, so you can pick up basics of the local language from your interactions with these members of the community.

University and Life after MUWCI

There are 3 typical routes after the IB Diploma:

You can study in your home country

You can study in an overseas country

You can take a gap year

Our University Guidance Office will help you decide which route is right for you.

The IB Diploma is widely recognised around the world. However, please consult with your local University of interest to be absolutely certain.

MUWCI has a dedicated Guidance Office headed by a University Guidance Counsellor who is well-versed with the wide variety of higher educational options available across the globe.

We do not offer tutoring support for standardised tests. We are, however, a testing center for SAT and ACT, so you can take these tests on campus itself.

Need-based scholarships are available as part of our financial assistance packages. You can learn more on our Scholarships and Fees page.

The Davis UWC Scholarship Program is open to UWC graduates of exceptional potential who enrol in specific US colleges and universities. The programme provides financial support for undergraduate education to these students. You can learn more about the Davis UWC Scholarship Program on its website.

A Gap Year is a year between graduation from MUWCI and enrollment in university. A Gap Year can be an excellent opportunity to work on a personal project or engage in purposeful travel.

University and Life after MUWCI

There is no specific dress code, but students are expected to dress appropriately keeping cultural sensitivities in mind at all times as outlined in the Student Handbook.

There is an ATM on campus from which you can withdraw money when you need it.

There are three broad seasons—summer, monsoon, and winter. MUWCI is closed for the year for much of the summer but open during the monsoon and winter, when the weather is cool and pleasant. The few summer weeks before the close of campus can be hot.

You can refer to our suggested packing overview for a list of items you need on campus.