UWC Atlantic College

UWC Atlantic College, Opened in 1962 with Rear Admiral Desmond Hoare as Headmaster, the concept of Atlantic College was born during a lecture visit by Dr Kurt Hahn to the NATO Defense College in Paris in 1955, where he met British Commandant Air Marshal Sir Lawrance Darvall.

Atlantic College was designed to promote international understanding through education, to break down national barriers in education, particularly in the field of university admission, and to make education a force to unite nations. In 1968, Lord Mountbatten took up the new position as President of the international Council of the United World Colleges. Since then a further 16 colleges have opened across the globe.


Our Admissions Department and the British National Committee invites applications for the coming academic year, one year in advance and do not keep a rolling waiting list. Applications for the Atlantic Diploma (two-year International Baccalaureate course, suitable for 16 – 19 year olds/IB August/September 2019entry) is open


Our alumni are engineers, economists, artists, doctors, teachers and all sorts of other things. They are activists, idealists, and action-takers. Scattered around the globe, they are part of a 60,000 member strong, UWC alumni community. No matter where they live or work, they bring the UWC values to every aspect of their lives and they live our mission, raising compassionate children, lobbying for change in their communities and leading enterprises in every part of the world.

Why support UWC Atlantic College

Help us shape a better future

We are proud of our reputation as a training ground for change-makers; students come to us with a vision and leave as globally-aware and socially-responsible graduates empowered to make lasting, positive change.  Those who experience our distinctive approach to education will tell you of its transformative impact.  Those who support our work will tell you how they are helping us nurture thoughtful and compassionate leaders the world needs.  

Philanthropy widens participation and enhances the student experience. A donation to UWC Atlantic College could support students in need of scholarships, provide funding for student-led initiatives that enrich the learning opportunity, or help strategic priorities at the College that will promote a world-class education.

How gifts can make a difference

Gifts can support four key areas:

1) Scholarships

Gifts allow us to provide opportunities to students of great promise and potential from around the world – creating an authentically diverse student body and uniting people, nations, and cultures.  

2) Endowment

Gifts secure the long-term future and financial security of the College so that future generations can benefit from a UWC Atlantic College education

3) Campus Development

Gifts support us in modernising our campus to meet the needs of the 21st Century student and maintain a 12th Century Heritage Site

4) Curriculum Development

Gifts help us work with others, including the International Baccalaureate Organisation, to develop our curriculum and educational offering, reinforcing the College’s position as a pioneering centre of learning