UWC in Mostar
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aged 16 - 19 years
Being based in Mostar, a city which has become emblematic of the bitterness and divisions of the war in today’s Bosnia and Herzegovina and surrounding countries in the 1990’s, UWC Mostar is the only UWC college built into a post-conflict country with the aim to “equip the next generations of young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the knowledge, skills, leadership qualities and international values, necessary to bridge the still existing ethnic divisions and move their country into the 21st century.”
Three Unique Features
- UWC Mostar is the first UWC with an explicit aim to contribute to the reconstruction of a post-conflict society - The College educates students to learn and appreciate their differences, at the same time promoting equality, tolerance and critical thinking.
- Local Community - The interaction of students with the local community is the essence of UWC Mostar. Annually students and staff organize projects and events open for the Mostar community and wider.
- Foundation Education in Action - UWC Mostar was established by the Foundation Education in Action, which aims to become a reference point for educational reform in the country and provide high quality teacher training with a specific focus on objective external assessment, curricular innovations and innovative learning methods.
In the Classroom
UWC Mostar offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) curriculum. Alongside standard courses, the College offers Bosnian Literature, Croatian Literature, Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Systems and Societies, Visual Arts.
Outside the Classroom
UWC Mostar is a frequent partner in almost all major events happening in the city of Mostar. One of these is the Street Arts Festival, engaging young people from all parts of the city in a cooperative artistic adventure that aims to bring back to life the public spaces of Mostar which have not yet recovered their pre-war liveliness and social purpose. The annual street festival is perhaps the College’s most public and demonstrative proof of its role in reviving Mostar city life in a manner that unites the talents of the young people of all communities in this still divided and torn town.
UWC Mostar has also pioneered the Model United Nations (MUN) concept in Mostar and the whole country, and organises the annual UWC Mostar Winter Art Festival showcasing students’ talents on various public stages throughout the city of Mostar.
Since 2010, the College represents Bosnia and Herzegovina in the FIRST Robotics Competition, which is devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology and mathematics, and has won numerous awards.
UWC Mostar organizes the short course “Waves for Change” for students from Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond. The course invites participants to discuss social changes and non-violent movements with local and international activists.
Campus and Facilities
Diversity of cultures and richness of customs in UWC Mostar is most noticeable in the residences with houses being both in the West and East part of the city. The school building itself is located in the city centre and shares its premises with the Mostar Gimnazija, including science labs, a spacious, light-filled library in the attic, and a big assembly room. The Gimnazija’s indoor and outdoor sports facilities — including the gym, football/handball pitch, volleyball court, running track and long jump section — are available to UWC Mostar students. The College canteen is near the academic buildings, while the Visual Arts and Theatre Arts Studios and the Music Room are located in Musala, one of the student residences.
UWC Mostar is located the city of Mostar, in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. The favourable geographic location, its proximity to Croatia and Montenegro, and the mild climate make Mostar a popular tourist destination. UWC Mostar is the only UWC in South-Eastern Europe.
Students apply through their UWC national committee. Direct entry is possible only in the following cases:
- No UWC national committee is in place for a particular country
- Bosnian and Herzegovinian nationals who returned to the country after having spent some or most of their lives abroad
- Expats with no possibilities to attend another international school in Bosnia and Herzegovina