Selection Policy

Selection Policy

The entire Selection Policy is described in detail within the Policies Section of this Website

Age of the Applicant

Students should be between 15 and 17 years old when they apply and they have to be 16 by school entry. In special cases and with the permission of the relevant Colleges (eg. in the case of refugees), applicants may be slightly older. 

Citizenship and Residency

Students applying for scholarships allocated for Trinidad & Tobago do not have to be Trinidadian citizens but, at the time of application, they must have been residents of Trinidad and Tobago for no less than three (3) years.

Applications from Relatives

Applications from relatives of members of the UWC (Trinidad & Tobago) Trust are accepted, but not from officers of the National Committee. The relative concerned must step down from their post until the full selection process is complete. The Committee Member may be reinstated only when the full selection process has been completed.

Repeat Applications

The Selection Committee will accept applications from students in two consecutive years if the age requirements allows them to do so.


Applicants are expected to be available at all relevant stages of the selection process.

Application Fee

There is no application fee.

Applying though other National Committees

If you are not elegible to apply through our National Committee, then it may be possible for you to apply to attend a UWC through an alternative selection committee. If you have lived abroad for many years and are thus ineligible for selection through this Committee, you should check with the UWC International Office ( and they can advise you about alternative Committees.

International Quota

The International Quota system exists only for those applicants who are not eligible to apply through a UWC Selection Committee because:

  • There is no UWC National Committee or UWC Selection Contact in their country of residence.
  • He/she lives in a country where the Selection Committee is unable to process their application on the grounds of eligibility.
  • He/she is a stateless person or refugee.

International Quota applications need to be directed directly to the certain Colleges. The applicant will still be selected through a competitive selection process. Unfortunately, there are extremely limited scholarships for International Quota (IQ) applicants and in most cases successful IQ applicants will be expected to pay their own fees and costs.

A limited number of IQ applicants are accepted each year at:

  • UWC of the Atlantic
  • UWC of the American West
  • Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong
  • Mahindra UWC of India
  • Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa
  • UWC of South East Asia

Some Colleges, like Mahindra UWC of India, will only accept IQ applicants who have been recommended by a UWC National Committee in order that the College can assure itself of the fairness of selection. Lester B Pearson UWC of the Pacific, the UWC of the Adriatic and Red Cross Nordic UWC are unable to accept IQ applications. 

All UWC's are well resourced and students supported inside and outside of the classroom.

UWC Trinidad and Tobago (UWC-TT), 15 Wainwright Street, St. Clair, Port of Spain, Trinidad is registered as a non-profit company under the 1995 Company's Act of Trinidad & Tobago.

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