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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 177
Two-year Fee €23,000 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 School

UWC Adriatic is set in the seaside village of Duino, in north-east Italy, in an area strongly influenced by political and ethnic divisions during the two World Wars and just a few kilometers away from where the Iron Curtain once divided Western Europe from the communist bloc during the Cold 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.

Since 1982 UWC Adriatic offers a genuinely holistic education, delivered to its 180 students from more than 80 countries across five strands of the College's educational experience, which include the academic programme (IBDP); service-based learning; ecological and outdoor education; engagement in physical and cultural activities as well as social and emotional learning.

UWC Adriatic is also known among the UWC movement as "the musical college". This dimension of the students' educational experience has been further enhanced in the 2022-23 academic year by the appointment of a new position - that of a Director of Performing Arts. With regard to the CAS component of the IB programme, a particular emphasis is placed on the "service" element, with students involved in volunteering activities in the local area (Duino, Trieste and Monfalcone). The UWC educational model prioritises student initiative, so new student-led CAS activities are also encouraged.

UWC Adriatic also capitalises its seaside setting on Trieste's karst highlands nearby the Alps to offer its students a host of related outdoor activities: sailing, kayaking, climbing, hiking and cross-country skiing.

The College has eight student residences, an academic building, a science laboratory and an Art Centre scattered across the village of Duino. Every residence is manned by one or more residence tutors. A fully equipped music academy is available, as well as sports facilities shared with local associations. The College also ensures that the medical staff are available round the clock, seven days a week.


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