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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 Dr. Khalid El-Metaal
Date Appointed August 2022
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 16-19 years
Number of pupils 183
Two-year Fee €26,000 per annum (scholarships available)
Average Class Size 14
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Joanne de Koning
Associations UWC, IB, ASHOKA Changemaker Schools

UWC Adriatic (UWCAD) is a member of the United World College (UWC) movement, currently made up of 18 schools and colleges across the world. Established in 1982, UWCAD is the first of the colleges to be set up in a non-English speaking country. Located on an open campus in the picturesque coastal village of Duino in the north-east of Italy, 25 kilometres away from the historic city of Trieste, it is currently home to nearly 200 students, aged 16 to 19. UWCAD operates a policy of deliberate diversity that is key to its mission and as a result, students come from over 80 countries and a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. In fact, currently 92% of the student body benefit from a full or partial scholarship in order to pursue their education at the College.

The residential education programme offered by the College places equal emphasis on academic and co-curricular learning experiences. All students undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma through the medium of English. In addition, the students are required to study Italian either as part of the Diploma programme or as an additional subject, in order to ensure that they are fully integrated in the local Italian culture. The UWC Adriatic educational experience draws inspiration from the surrounding rich Italian culture including art, music, architecture, history and regional languages that stimulate the students' creativity and reflections. Furthermore, music plays a big role in the students’ UWC experience at Adriatic, thanks to its music department - the International Community Music Academy (ICMA). Over 30% of the students in Duino play an instrument or sing and concerts are held every month and are attended by the local community. The students at UWCAD are also expected to engage fully in service-based learning, ecological and outdoor education, physical and cultural activities, as well as social and emotional learning. The College's location on the Adriatic coast and close proximity to the Alps allow students to take part in activities such as sailing, kayaking, climbing, hiking, as well as down-hill and cross-country skiing throughout the academic year.

UWC Adriatic has seven student residences that are dispersed around the village of Duino. In addition, students benefit from a range of facilities including purpose-built science laboratories, an art centre, as well as a fully equipped music centre. Medical staff are available 24 hours a day.


Applications to UWCAD take place through the different UWC national committees.