Foundation Year Programme

Samira (Niger), Kik (Cambodia) and Mean (Cambodia) - students currently on our Foundation Year Programme

Omar (Western Sahara), Chat (Cambodia) and Sole (Argentina) – students currently on our Foundation Year Programme

Purposeful diversity is the key to UWC education and a guiding principle for selection to RCN. Bringing together young persons from different backgrounds – cultural, political and social – for a shared educational experience is mutually beneficial to all, given that we create arenas where all take part on the same terms. Our aim for the students is that they shall learn and grow in all fields during their time here; be it in the residential, academic or extra-academic areas.

No Limits

Every year some students arrive at UWC RCN linguistically and academically unprepared to manage the demands of the two year IB Diploma Programme. These students are identified early by the Academic Support Team and invited to attend the UWC RCN 3-week Summer Course (in advance of the start of the academic year), which gives them exposure to and lessons in English, helps orient them to their new environment, provides them with a supportive network of friends and introduces them to UWC values, expectations and activities.

The Foundation Year is a tailor-made course focused on English language development, study skills, and foundation in Maths, Science, Humanities and IT takes a holistic approach through extra-curricular challenges and our residential programme, emphasizing trust and a sense of belonging. The participants will take our UWC Red Cross Nordic Foundation Diploma – and this will be awarded at the end of the course. The main aims are to build confidence, nurture participation, and prepare students for the demands of the IB Diploma or course certificates. Each student will be given a tailor-made timetable and individual tuition.

For more detailed information about the Foundation Programme, please click here for a written description and here for a visual flow chart.

Thanks to the Davis-UWC IMPACT Challenge and to Zoya Taylor and Harald Møller for their generous donation to the programme in 2017/18. The Foundation Year is a crucial component for our purposely diverse recruitment.

Read the stories of some of the students who have been on the Foundation Programme: this year’s students – here, and from last year, Hari, Ladiba and Sara.

IB Learners strive to be:

Inquirers They develop their
natural curiosity.
They acquire the skills
necessary to conduct
inquiry and research
and show
in learning.
They actively enjoy
learning and this
love of learning
will be sustained
throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable They explore concepts,
ideas and issues
that have local and
global significance.
In so doing,
they acquire
in-depth knowledge
and develop
across a broad
and balanced
range of disciplines.
Thinkers They exercise
initiative in
applying thinking
skills critically
and creatively
to recognize
and approach
complex problems,
and make reasoned,
ethical decisions.
Communicators They understand
and express ideas
and information
and creatively
in more than
one language and
in a variety of modes
of communication.
They work effectively
and willingly in
with others.
Principled They act with
integrity and honesty,
with a strong sense
of fairness, justice and
respect for the dignity
of the individual,
groups and communities.
They take responsibility
for their own actions
and the consequences
that accompany them.
Open-minded They understand and
appreciate their
own cultures and
personal histories,
and are open
to the perspectives,
values and traditions
of other individuals
and communities.
They are accustomed
to seeking
and evaluating
a range of
points of view,
and are willing
to grow from
the experience.
Caring They show empathy,
compassion and
respect towards
the needs and
feelings of others.
They have a
personal commitment
to service, and act
to make a
positive difference
to the lives
of others
and to
the environment.
Risk-takers They approach
unfamiliar situations
and uncertainty
with courage
and forethought,
and have the
of spirit to
explore new roles,
ideas and strategies.
They are brave
and articulate
in defending
their beliefs.
Balanced They understand
the importance
of intellectual,
physical and
emotional balance
to achieve
personal well-being
for themselves
and others.
Reflective They give thoughtful
consideration to
their own learning
and experience.
They are able
to assess
and understand
their strengths
and limitations
in order to support
their learning and
personal development.