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UWC - Frequently Asked Questions

ISM is excited to become the second UWC school on the African continent in August 2019 in our 50th anniversary year.

As a member of the ISM community, you may have many questions about how ISM’s membership of the United World Colleges may change the way things happen in the school. This page is an attempt to answer some of those questions.

What is UWC?

UWC (United World Colleges) works together to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

What will it mean to be a UWC school?

Central to the ethos of UWC is the belief that education can bring together young people from all backgrounds on the basis of their shared humanity. UWC schools and colleges all over the world deliver a challenging and transformational educational experience to a deliberately diverse group of young people.

When ISM becomes a United World College (UWC), what changes will my child see in the school? Will UWC only affect the older students, or will it affect all?

All students in the school will be UWC students.  When the school becomes a UWC, it will become part of a wider, global community and opportunities for students to interact with students around the world will be increased. The school will continue to offer the high-quality, International Baccalaureate Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes.

Will ISM be run by UWC’s head office in London, or will it continue to be led by its own Board in Tanzania?

All schools and colleges are independent and run by their own Boards.

Will fees increase or change because ISM becomes a UWC?

There are no anticipated fee increases outside those that can be reasonably expected according to inflation.

Will ISM receive grants from UWC to develop its facilities?

Individual schools and colleges within the UWC movement find their own funding, through donations or capital development fees, to develop their facilities. The UWC International Office does not provide grants.

Will ISM continue to offer the same curriculum after the change to UWC? Will ISM still be an International Baccalaureate world school?

There are no changes to the curriculum planned. The first UWC, Atlantic College in Wales, was one of the founding IB Diploma schools and all UWCs are IB World Schools.

How can I be sure that high academic standards will be maintained after the change?

The school will continue to recruit highly qualified teachers and offer the same, high-quality, International Baccalaureate Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes.

Will ISM still be regulated by the Tanzanian Ministry of Education?

As a UWC, ISM will still be a school in Tanzania and as such regulated by the Tanzanian Ministry of Education.

Will ISM still be accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association (MSA)?

Yes, we are not anticipating a change.

Will the number of scholarships available for Tanzanians to study at ISM remain the same?

As a UWC the school will be able to provide greater scholarship opportunities to Tanzanians to attend ISM.

Will new students join ISM only through application to UWC, or will they still be able to apply directly to ISM?

Students applying to the Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes should continue to apply directly to either Moshi or Arusha Campus and further details can be found at our admissions page.

Students wishing to apply to the Diploma Programme should apply through the UWC application process. Details of how to apply for a diploma place are given here.

How will joining UWC help my child to get into university overseas? Will joining UWC make it easier for my child to get a scholarship to study at university?

UWC graduates are well respected by many universities overseas and UWC students have reported how their culturally diverse, UWC experience has helped them in interviews and writing their university applications. Details of the UWC-specific, Davis UWC Scholars Program can be found on their website:

How will the rules at ISM change should ISM become a UWC?

All UWCs agree to the UWC Common Code of Conduct which clearly outlines a common standard of behaviour expected by students in UWCs. The Code of Conduct can be found here. The school will continue to develop its own set of rules for ISM.

Will ISM need to change its name when it becomes a UWC?

Yes. The school will be changing its name to UWC East Africa.

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