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UWC Adriatic

UWC Adriatic

Frazione Duino, 29, 34011 Duino TS, Italy

+39 040 3739111



UWC Adriatic
School type Coeducational Boarding
Founded 1982
Status Private
Head of College Dr. Michael Antony Price
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 16-19
Number of pupils 188
Two-year Fee $76,200 (scholarships available)
Average Class Size 10-16
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:9
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Steve Coughlin
Associations UWC,IB


UWC Adriatic is set in the picturesque village of Duino, near Trieste, in north-eastern Italy which was heavily influenced by political and ethnic divisions during World War I and the Second World War. By entering this arena of ethnic and historical complexity, UWC Adriatic has embraced an educational role of highly-charged political meaning and stepped into a world of extraordinary cultural diversity.

Inside the Classroom

Within the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme curriculum, in addition to standard courses, the College offers Arabic, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian, World Arts and Cultures, Environmental Systems, and Art. Additionally, all students are expected to take Italian as a subject, although this does not have to be an IBDP exam subject.

Outside the Classroom

UWC Adriatic places a special emphasis on the "service" component of its Creativity, Activity, Services (CAS) program, with music playing a major role thanks to the presence of the ICMA music academy. Being physically integrated into the life of the local community, the College has long-standing collaborative relations with many associations that lead volunteering activities in a wide range of areas. Social services activities include work with Italian and Slovene speaking children through art, teaching English in local primary schools, refugee work, offering companionship to the elderly and performing musical concerts in hospitals. Creative activities include chess, creative writing, current affairs study group, debate club, photography, robotics and theatre. UWC Adriatic also capitalizes its seaside village setting on Trieste's karst highlands and in the vicinity of the Alps to offer its students a range of related outdoor activities, such as sailing, kayaking, climbing and hiking.

Campus and Facilities

The college has student residences scattered all over the village of Duino. Rooms vary in size and may be single, double, triple or quadruple. Each residence is unique and this is reflected by the distribution of students/rooming and facilities. Every residence is manned by one or more residence tutors. Fully equipped music centre are available, as well as sports facilities shared with other local associations which fosters socialising with the local youth and population.


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