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UWC Adriatic

UWC Adriatic

Località Duino 29, 34011 Duino-Aurisina TS, Italy

+39 040 3739111



UWC Adriatic
School type Co-educational Boarding
Founded 1982
Status Private
Head of College William Turner
Date Appointed August 2019
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 16-19 years
Number of pupils 162
Two-year Fee €23,000 (scholarships available)
Average Class Size 14
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Roman Rudzinski
Associations UWC ,IB, ASHOKA Changemaker School


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 IB Diploma Programme curriculum, in addition to standard courses, the College offers Arabic, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian, World Arts and Cultures, Environmental Systems, and Visual Art. Additionally, all students are expected to take Italian lessons, 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 also playing a major role thanks to the presence of the ICMA - International Community Music Academy. The College has long-standing collaborative relations with many associations that lead volunteering activities in a wide range of areas. The Covid-19 pandemic has imposed several restrictions to our students' community service endeavours, nevertheless we continue to support our local community (i.e. animal shelters, local people with disabilities, refugee centres, etc). 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, hiking and cross-country skiing. All activities are conducted either online or with the highest regard to the required safety and social distancing regulations when in person.

Campus and Facilities

The college residences are scattered all over the village of Duino. Rooms vary in size and may be single, double or triple at most. Each of our 7 residences is unique, with Purnama House - a brand new residence overlooking the small bay of Duino - to be added in 2021-22 . Each residence is manned by one or more residence tutors. A fully equipped music centre is available. During the pandemic, with regard to sports facilities the college is focussing on outdoor activities to minimise health risks and promote students’ wellbeing.


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