Applicants applying through the UWC National Committee of Tunisia must meet baseline criteria. They must:
- be in high school in either 10th or 11th grades (3ème et 2ème années secondaires);
- be Tunisian citizens and current residents of Tunisia;
- be at least 16 years old by September 1st of the year they will enter UWC;
- be performing above average academically. At the shortlist stage, an evaluation of the student’s academic performance will be applied to select students that will excel in the rigorous UWC environment;
- have basic ability to communicate in English (fluency is an asset, not a requirement; support is available at UWCs); and,
- be active in their communities.
An ideal candidate meets all of the five core UWC selection criteria:
- Intellectual curiosity and motivation
- Active commitment
- Social competence
- Integrity, resilience and personal responsibility
- Motivation to apply to UWC
Here are a few things UWC students tend to have in common:
- They have the desire to live the life. We practice what we preach at UWC: sustainability, unity, peace.
- They understand that they grow through laughter–with others, at themselves.
- They are afraid to fail, but more afraid not to. Those who allow themselves to fail also have the courage to take chances.
- They are open, a prerequisite for living in close quarters with students from backgrounds and cultures radically different from their own.
- They're can-do. They like to take initiative and have the commitment to follow through.
- They have ambition, tempered by modesty.
- They are competitive–yet realize that collaboration leads to the most creative solutions.
- They are bright, and quick. The IB program is rigorous.
- They’re indefatigable and can take care of themselves. Life at UWC, both physically and emotionally, is strenuous.
- They are determined–the most important factor in predicting success, not intelligence or talent.
- They have a curiosity that compels them to research anything and everything, yet the discipline to do so with focus.