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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If I have applied before for the UWC Scholarship, can I still apply again?

No. You cannot apply again if you have already applied before

Can I apply if I have graduated from high school and my age is still within 16-19?

Yes, you can. As long as you are within the age limit.

Can I submit my application through email?

Yes, you can. Actually, this is the preferable way to submit the application. 

Do I have to translate the required documents (birth certificate and report cards) to English?

No, you do not need to translate the documents to English when submitting your application

Do I have to attach any additional documents (such as course certificates) when submitting my application?

No, you do not need to add any additional documents if they are not required.

Does UWC-NCTL give preference to either public, private or international schools?

No. It is a merit-based scholarship regardless of which high school you are enrolled in. However, the high school you are enrolled in when submitting your application must be in Timor-Leste

Does it matter that I cannot speak English?

No. This should not discourage anyone from participating in our competitive selection process. Almost all colleges have English as the language of instruction. However, in the United World College Costa Rica, IB program is taught in both Spanish and English.

Speaking English is not a requirement to submit your application to UWC but you need to be comfortable with English to be able to communicate and adapt to UWC life as well as IB curriculum. It is highly recommended to make an effort to improve English proficiency during the selection process. 

Is the UWC scholarship for a bachelor's degree (S1) or master's degree (S2)?

The UWC scholarship is neither for a bachelor's degree (S1) nor a master degree (S2). The UWC offers a program called International Baccalaureate (IB) for two years. To find out more please click here

I am from a different nationality living in Timor-Leste. Can I submit my application to the UWC National Committee for Timor-Leste (UWC-NCTL)?

No, you cannot. The UWC-NCTL receives applications only from Timorese nationality. Please ask for more information at on how to apply directly to the UWC

If one of my siblings or any of my family members has already been awarded a scholarship to UWC before, would it affect my chance in getting a UWC Scholarship?

No, it would have no effect on your chance of getting a UWC scholarship as it is based on merit.

I have on average 8.5 out of secondary school, but my average has dropped slightly. Does that matter?

UWC considers academic robustness as part of selection criteria, so it is important not to have a low academic performance at school. If you are selected to a UWC , we expect that everyone is a student of excellence in keeping with the values of UWC. 

How is the selection process?

Visit our selection process pages.

How are funded scholarships and UWC Colleges?

The scholarships are funded by UWC schools, therefore scholarship package varies depending on UWC school financial situation. UWC National Committees, through donations received from various sources, may provide financial support to cover additional expenses not covered by scholarhips. 
UWC donors include parents of students, alumni, philanthropists, corporations, governments, and individuals, both internationally and domestically.

What do the UWC scholarships provide?

The scholarships usually cover tuition, boarding, books, and food.
However, the offer is different for each UWC school. Some offers do not include the cost of transport to school and the student's personal expenses.

What commitments should get a scholarship?

Follow the information on Eligibility Criteria

Who do I turn to if I have other questions not asked here?

Please send an email to or call +670 75555088