Red Cross Certificate

UWC Red Cross Nordic First Aid Team 2013 - 2014

UWC Red Cross Nordic First Aid Team 2013 – 2014

All students at the College must gain basic understanding of the Red Cross through a series of workshops and presentations given by representatives from the Norwegian Red Cross. Topics include:

  • The fundamental principles of the Red Cross
  • The Geneva Convention
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • The Red Cross organization
  • Red Cross Youth

To emphasize the importance of the Red Cross and the humanitarian pillar to the College, we have developed a certificate programme with the support of the Norwegian Red Cross.

The Red Cross Certificate programme will offer the opportunity for students to develop further knowledge of Red Cross principles and demonstrate their commitment to those principles through volunteer work. To this end all first-year students complete the Basic First Aid course and take part in a refugee simulation exercise – ‘På Flukt’ (On the Run).


Second-year students who wish to pursue the Red Cross Certificate need to fulfill the following two sections of requirements.

Section 1

Basic First-Aid Course
All students at the College must complete a 12-hour Basic First Aid course. The course:

  • focuses on important life-saving skills and
  • provides an opportunity to learn the first aid response to the most common accidents and situations.

Students who pass the exam at the end of the course are awarded a Red Cross First Aid Certificate that is valid for three years.

Section 2

Additional requirements for the Red Cross Certificate:

  • Further knowledge of the Red Cross
  • Cross-Cultural Communication Workshop
  • Teamwork Workshop
  • Conflict Resolution Workshop
  • Besøksvenn course or Disaster Preparedness Workshop or Psychological First Aid Course
  • Refugee Work / Awareness
  • Volunteer work in the local Norwegian community

A student voice

Being woken early in the morning by a Swiss, brushing your teeth standing next to a Dane, hurrying to class in the morning rush hour with an Uzbek, sitting next to an Angolan in class, being taught Economics by a Guatemalan, going to a Ghanaian to clear confusions in Maths, going for a run with a Brazilian; all these are little things that make this place beautiful. This place is special.