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Pearson College UWC

Pearson College UWC

650 Pearson College Drive, Victoria BC, V9C 4H7, Canada

+1 250 391 2411



Pearson College UWC
School type Coeducational Boarding
Founded 1974
Status Private
Head of College Désirée McGraw
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 16-19
Number of pupils 200
Two-year fee CAD$114,400 (scholarships available)
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Sherry Crowther
Associations UWC,CIS,IB


Pearson College UWC was created in honor of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lester B. Pearson, a former prime minister of Canada, whose vision of peace and global cooperation inspired the founders of the school.

Inside the Classroom

Pearson College UWC offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Alongside standard courses, students can take Philosophy, Marine Science, French, Spanish, Visual Arts and Theatre.

Outside the Classroom

At Pearson College UWC, students learn by doing, particularly through the Creativity, Activity, Service program and community service. Once per term, students plan, design and carry out individualized or small group projects.

Students share international music, dance and stories of their homelands and their international experiences at the annual One World community event. They also lead and participate in regular community events such as Global Affairs, Regional Days, Village Gatherings and can volunteer for the campus Emergency Response Team. Weekly student-led fitness programs supplement daily fitness opportunities.

The College's unique geographic and spiritual environment (located on the mild west coast of Canada on the unceded territory of the Scia'new First Nation) encourages students to undertake challenging academic and experiential learning in both modern classrooms and outdoors year-round. Pearson College UWC also acts as the ecoguardian for the world-renowned Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Students learn through marine sciences courses, diving activity and volunteering. Additionally, each summer, the College brings together youth from around the world for the Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership short course.

Campus and Facilities

Students, as well as many faculty members and their families, live together on campus. Facilities include five student residence buildings accommodating 40 students, four in each room, plus a House Parent apartment. The facilities are built in a West Coast modern style designed to reflect the natural setting and include a waterfront dining hall, state-of-the-art science labs, a 300-seat theatre, visual arts and sports facilities, a Library and a Spiritual Centre. Unique architectural features include a floating marine sciences that features an environmental systems lab as well as a nearby hilltop observatory.


Students can apply through their UWC national committee or through the UWC Global Selection Programme.