UWC Robert Bosch College is a two-year pre-university college and boarding school for students from all around the world. This project was set in motion by the Deutsche Stiftung UWC and Robert Bosch Stiftung on the occasion of Robert Bosch´s 150th birthday. As of summer 2014, the campus, a former Carthusian monastery in Freiburg, has been converted into a school. Robert Bosch Stiftung and Robert Bosch GmbH have provided 40 Million Euros for this cause.
UWC Robert Bosch College was officially opened in September 2014. The United World Colleges are based on a world-wide unique educational concept: We welcome students from a deliberately diverse range of backgrounds and experiences – a cross section of socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions and nationalities. As with the already existing 12 UWCs in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, students at UWC Robert Bosch College will be confronted with central issues of humanity: intercultural understanding, peace and sustainable development. Kurt Hahn, co-founder and teacher, made these core elements of UWC education when he founded UWC in 1962.
The UWC Robert Bosch College places a particular emphasis on environmental issues. A key question is how technology can contribute to sustainable, ecological development and peace.
This, together with the innovative pedagogical approach to the development of the school and its programme, gives UWC Robert Bosch College a distinctive profile.
Students aged between 16 and 19 from around 70 different nationalities study and live together for two ywears, and will complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) in English at the end. The IB is an internationally recognized high-school diploma qualifying students to attend universities across the globe. Living and learning together on a daily basis, students will get to understand themselves in a global context. Community service and engagement are necessary for the completion of the IB programme and play a vital role in college life.
UWC Robert Bosch College is designed to host 200 students in total, 100 students per year-group. Of these, 50 slots will be awarded to German and 150 slots to students from other nations. In Germany, the German National committee is responsible for the selection and admission of applicants. All students are chosen solely on the basis of their personality, talent and potential to thrive at a UWC. Our selection is needs-blind, so that students who might otherwise not be able to take up their place receive a scholarship. This ensures diversity and allows students to partake in the UWC-experience – regardless of their family´s socio-economic background.
The college has built a convincing team of teaching and administrative staff with strong professional background and international experiece. Read more about our staff here.
The city of Freiburg is ideally suited to providing an inspiring and unique learning experience for students interested in and focusing on sustainability, environment and technology. This matches very well with the pedagogical orientation of UWC Robert Bosch College.
The city has established its reputation as “Green City” through its progressive environmental policies and political as well as civic commitment to renewable energy. Hence, there are numerous possibilities for cooperation with locally and regionally based environment-related companies, think tanks, universities, institutes and organizations in Freiburg.
The first United World College in Germany is significantly supported by the state of Baden-Württemberg, the B. Braun Melsungen AG and the city of Freiburg.