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UWC Costa Rica

UWC Costa Rica

De la esquina sureste de la Iglesia Católica, 400m al norte, San José, Santa Ana, 10901, Costa Rica

+506 22825609



UWC Costa Rica
School type Coeducational Boarding
Founded 2006
Status Private
Head of College Mauricio Viales Salas
Language of Instruction Spanish, English
Co-ed Age Range 16-19
Number of pupils 204
Two-year fee $76,200 (scholarships available)
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Annette Grew
Associations IB, NAIS


UWC Costa Rica used to be the SOS Hermann Gmeiner International College (HGIC), built for students from SOS Children's Villages across the region. In 2006, HGIC became UWC Costa Rica, committed to continuing its mission of supporting children from SOS Villages in Latin America alongside students from around the world by offering 5 full scholarships to students with SOS backgrounds every year.

Inside the Classroom

UWC Costa Rica is proud to be the only UWC offering the full International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in both Spanish and English. All students are expected to be able to communicate effectively in both English and Spanish when graduating from UWC Costa Rica. Alongside standard courses, the College offers Cultural/Social Anthropology, Visual Arts, Environmental Systems & Societies and French.

Outside the Classroom

At UWC Costa Rica students can engage in more than 50 different activities. Additionally, all students must take part in the Agents of Change Programme, a two-year experiential learning adventure in which students become aware of their capacity for positive change, form their own project teams and partner with local communities or organizations while getting trained step by step in designing, implementing and evaluating a project from a social entrepreneurship approach. Activities at UWC Costa Rica are framed by six competencies with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship: diversity, leadership, conflict resolution, social responsibility, sustainability, and healthy lifestyle. The college is also host to the Leading with Heart camp which helps adolescents develop the knowledge and skills associated with socially responsible leadership and emphasizes its initiative aimed at fostering a culture of social and emotional wellness for its community.

Campus and Facilities

UWC Costa Rica's campus is nestled within the friendly neighbourhood of Santa Ana, surrounded by scenic mountains and a plethora of flora and fauna that make the perfect setting for a campus life that is safe, exciting, and diverse. UWC Costa Rica has eight residence halls (each accommodating 24-26 students), all named after famous Costa Rican beaches. Other facilities include an amphitheatre with an 807 square feet stage, a library, a social centre, basketball and soccer playing fields.


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