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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 16 to 18
Boarding available
Yearly fees: Not public
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 14 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:

This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2024/2025.

Address: via Trieste, 29 - 34011 Duino Aurisina (TS) Italy

UWC Adriatic offers education to boarding students only.

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

We have 20-30 Italian students

Ratio of local students to international students

One or two students maximum (with local meaning from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region)

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English


Additional language classes offered by the school

Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Slovene, German, French, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian. Students having other mother tongues study the literature of their native language and take calsses with a World Literature teacher.

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom


Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Not at the school but religious students can join external religious facilities (local Catholic parishes and Islamic Centre)

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

Last year the diploma average grade for our students was 36.5

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Students have up to 10 days for big assignments while 2-3 days for regular homework.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

Approximately 80% go to university right after graduation with around 20% taking a gap year (most of whom then go to university the following year).

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

We have a school psychologist who is in charge of special needs and our teachers are trained to accommodate such needs.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

UWC Adriatic believes that every student is gifted and talented. We therefore deliver a holistic educational programme and our diverse community offers many formal and informal learning opportunities. In the 2 years they spend at our school our students gain a very good understanding of their talents, skills and inclination.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes. We have a school psychologist and students with specific mental health challenges can be referred to external specialists if needed.

Entry evaluation for students

UWC National Committies run a selection process which is only partly based on academic performance.

Waiting list

No. There is a selection process run by the United World College National Committee in their country.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

UWC Adriatic is not a private school therefore we do not have a registration process like other schools do. By April we generally know which students have been selected for the following year and the admissions process is generally completed by June or July at the latest.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

8:00 am

School finish time

Generally 1:15 pm with the possibility of teachers (especially math and sciences) to continue until 1.45 pm (Extension).

Supervised care before/after school

Our school is a residential school. Teachers live onsite so our students (16-19 years of age) so staff members are always present. There is a Teacher on Duty system so that even on the weekends students always have staff members (and medical staff) they can turn to in case of any issues.

School bus service available

No because UWC Adriatic is a residential school.

School provided lunches

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided in the school canteen.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Vegetarian and vegan options are always available.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

UWCA offers many CAS activities (creative, sports and volunteering opportunities).

Sports activities included

The most popular sports are: Aerobics, Basketball, Climbing, Dance, Cross Country Running, Golf, Hiking, Kayaking, Orienteering, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee and Yoga.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Sports at UWC adriatic are less of a competitive, results-oriented activity and more of an opportunity to challenge oneself and develop team skills. having said that indiviual activity supervisors/instructors like to provide opportunities for students to participate in local competitions and sports events (especially skiing and running).

Facilities at the school

Boarding facilities, library, science labs, music school (ICMA), theatre.

Sports facilities at the school

We rely on the sports facilities in the area and during the pandemic have provided a marquee where studsents can play sports. Duino is a village by the sea so swimming, sailing and kayaking are always available. The college is also surrounded by Carso, therefore hiking and running are always possible.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

UWC Adriatic is located in the Italian/Slovene village of Duino/Devin, in North-Eastern Italy, 16 km from the city of Trieste. UWC Adriatic brings together over 180 students from 80+ countries for the final two years of their high school education. UWC is a global educational NGO that brings students together from all over the world, selected from within their own countries on merit and regardless of their ability to pay. Direct admissions to our school are not possible.

Life at UWCA's residential school can be demanding and truly transformational. Living in rooms of 2, 3 or 4 students in one of 7 residences scattered throughout the village, co-curricular life is at the heart of the UWCA experience, with a particular emphasis on service to others. Eighty percent of students are non-native English speakers yet all study towards the full International Baccalaureate diploma in English. All students also study Italian. With all UWCA's teachers living in the village as well and acting as personal and residence tutors, UWCA is a very tight knit community.

Teaching approach of the school

Inspired by the ideas of the German educationalist Kurt Hahn, the UWC movement aspires to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. UWC Adriatic brings highly motivated young students from all over the world so they can live and learn together. Our objective is to help students become active, involved and educated citizens whose attitudes towards international understanding and community service will be a powerful catalyst for bringing positive change in the world.

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