Residences

Living in a diverse community

The student village, located at the outskirts of Freiburg, with view over the city and the black forest. Eight student houses, each with a different perspective and designed as cubes - a symbol for the college's diversity.

The student village, located at the outskirts of Freiburg, with view over the city and the black forest. Eight student houses, each with a different perspective and designed as cubes – a symbol for the college’s diversity.

Living and learning at UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg, Germany, a unique opportunity: 200 students between 16 and 19 years old come together from all over the world to participate in an ambitious and inspiring program for two years. They live together in our student village, located right next to the college, in a part of Freiburg called “Waldsee”. In addition to four staff houses, the village consists of  eight student houses, each hosting 12 boys and 12 girls on two floors; the common rooms including kitchen, living room and balcony are shared. The College itself as well as the houses for students are designed to be handicapped accessible.

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Example of a student room prior to being “persoanlized”: After the summer break, students are assigned to a room and a house and get to make the space their temporary home.

What’s special about UWC: Four students from different cultural backgrounds share a room. UWC-alumni and pedagogues are convinced that a majority of the cultural exchange and the getting to know the other person happens right there. The teaching families living close-by share the roles of supervisors. In addition to that, students have access to a wide network of qualified and independent contact persons who can assist with health issues, interpersonal conflicts and academic challenges, as well as personal crisis. The house communities are more than just a place to eat and sleep: they become a home for two years. Every Sunday night, the houses get together for “house meetings” and discuss and organize living together: what is working, where do we need to make improvements? Working out a cleaning schedule, preparing meals together and setting up rules is a big part of living together and ensures that every member of the house can feel “at home”.

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Creates understanding and often life-long friendships: living in a diverse community means constant learning — about others, but also about oneself.

To learn more about life at UWC Robert Bosch College, visit us on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube, where students and staff members document life and events at the school and give glimpses into how learning looks like at a UWC. Further information can also be found in the current version of the student handbook.