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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 168
Two-year Fee €46,000 (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 seaside village of Duino, near Trieste, in an area strongly influenced by political and ethnic divisions during the two World Wars. 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.

UWC Adriatic offers the IB Diploma standard courses, to which the College adds Arabic, several central European languages, Environmental Systems and Societies, and World Arts and Cultures. All students take Italian, though not necessarily as an IBDP exam subject. A particular emphasis is placed on the "service" component of its Creativity, Activity, Services (CAS) programme, with music playing a significant role thanks to the presence of the International Community Music Academy (ICMA).

UWC Adriatic is one of the oldest-standing UWCs and has collaborative relations with many associations that lead volunteering activities in a wide range of areas. 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 opportunities provide invigorating and highly enjoyable breaks from academic endeavors during students' two years in Duino. The UWC educational model prioritises student initiative, so new student-led CAS activities are also encouraged.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic UWC Adriatic has re-thought its CAS programme and all aspects of College life to ensure the highest safety and hygiene standards for the protection of its students, staff and the local community while preserving the essence of UWC's added educational value.

The College has seven student residences, an academic building, a science laboratory and an art centre scattered around the village of Duino. Every residence is manned by one or more residence tutors. A fully equipped music centre is available, as well as sports facilities shared with local associations. Purnama House (a new residence currently being refurbished and used as a teacher residence), has formed part of the COVID-19 medical provisions since the 2020-21 academic year. The College also ensures that the medical staff are available 24 hours a day.


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