Admissions Process

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Admissions Timeline:

UWC Thailand accepts applications for admission year-round and offers admission on a space available basis.

Please note that if the student wishes to have the admissions process completed for enrollment in August 2018, we recommend that steps 1-7 of the UWC admissions process be completed before June 1, 2018.

Applications completed after June 1 will be still be accepted and processed to the best of our ability, however we cannot guarantee that all required processes and procedures will be completed in time for enrollment on the first day of school in August.

 The Admissions Process at UWC Thailand

Step 1: Parents Make an Enquiry and Application

Parents make an enquiry and application, or schedule an appointment for a school tour. This can be done on our website via uwct.openapply.com

Step 2:  Parents Provide All Documents Required at the Time of Application

Please see our list of required documents.

Step 3: Parents Make Arrangements to Pay the Application Fee

The application fee must be paid in full before or on the day of a scheduled classroom visit or assessment (Step 4)

Step 4: Parents or School Request Appointments for Assessments and/or Classroom Visits

At the discretion of the UWC Admissions Committee some applicants may be invited to participate in an interview, and academic testing in reading, writing and math at UWC. Younger students may be invited to come to school for a classroom visit and observation in addition to academic testing.

The educational records provided to UWC in Step 2 will be used to determine the need for testing prior to offering admission.  Some students with detailed school reports and standardized test scores may not be required to complete testing at UWC Thailand.

Reminder: Before an assessment or classroom visit can be confirmed, all required documents #1-6 must be provided and the application fee of 5,000 Thai Baht paid.

 A. Nursery, Pre-School, Kindergarten & Grade 1 Applicants

Local Applicants for these programmes must come to the school for a classroom visit and observation before admission can be offered.

If the student has previous schooling experience and school reports, some students moving to Phuket from overseas may be offered Conditional Admission (see Step 6 below) prior to their arrival.

Students moving from overseas may complete the classroom visit requirement after their arrival in Phuket, or during a planned visit to Phuket.

G. Grades 2-5

Local Applicants for grades 2-5 must come to the school for a classroom visit and observation. Some students moving to Phuket from overseas may be offered Conditional Admission (see Step 6 below) prior to their arrival.

In addition to providing two to three years of school reports and a confidential recommendation, additional assessments may be required.  Students entering Grades 3-5 must demonstrate they meet or exceed our minimum standards for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

C. Grades 6-11

All Students applying to enter Grades 6-11 must complete academic testing (assessment) of their English reading, writing and speaking skills in addition to mathematical proficiency.  An interview with a member of the UWC Admissions Committee is  also required. If the student is not available for an interview in person at UWC Thailand, this can be done by Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts or some other type of video technology.

Some native English speaking students moving to Phuket from overseas may be offered Conditional Admission (see Step 6 below) prior to their arrival in Phuket.

Step 5. The UWCT Admissions Committee Reviews the Application, Documents, and Test Results

The Admissions Committee will review each student application including all documentation pertaining to the student’s previous schooling, test results and their interactions with UWCT. All admissions decisions are based on a careful review of the applicant's school records, reports, test results, classroom observations, English language proficiency and the school's ability to meet the student’s needs within existing programs.

Step 6. The UWCT Admissions Committee Makes a Decision Which is Communicated by the Admissions Office

There are four possible decisions for every application.

A. Acceptance and Offer of Admission

If the school determines the needs of the applicant can be met and there is space available in the recommended grade level and program, a letter of acceptance is issued and sent through the OpenApply application system. Parents can confirm their intent to enroll by email.

The deposit, capital levy and PSG support levy must be made within 2 weeks of the date on the letter of Acceptance.  Tuition payments must be cleared before the student’s first day of attendance at UWC Thailand.

B. Offer of Conditional Acceptance and Admission

Some students who do not live in the Phuket area may be offered conditional admission prior to arrival in Phuket.  The decision to offer conditional admission is based on the documentation and learning evidence provided during the application process and means that a seat at UWC Thailand has been saved for this student however final acceptance and admission will be confirmed only after the student’s arrival in Phuket.

 An offer of conditional admission is based on the understanding that the student does not have any learning or special needs that you have not fully disclosed or that are identified during the admissions and enrollment process.  Please note that the final admissions decision and grade placement will be confirmed at UWC in Phuket after the student’s arrival. There may be additional assessments or interviews required at UWC before admission and enrollment can be confirmed.

The letter of Conditional Acceptance will be issued and sent through the OpenApply application system.

The deposit, capital levy and PSG support levy must be made within 2 weeks of the date on the letter of Conditional Acceptance.  Tuition payments must be cleared before the student’s first day of attendance at UWC Thailand.

C. Waitpool

Qualified applicants are placed in the waitpool if there is no space available in the selected grade level.

Parents will be notified through the OpenApply application system.

D. Regret

Applicants can be denied admissions on the basis of their academic and/or behavioural record, because their English language proficiency does not meet grade-level requirements, or when UWCT lacks the programme and/or resources required to meet the student’s educational needs.

Parents will be notified through the OpenApply application system.

Step 7. Parents Confirm Acceptance and Prepare Payment

Students who have been accepted will need to confirm acceptance by paying the security deposit, PSG Levy and capital levy to secure the student’s seat within 2 weeks.

Step 8. Parents Request Documents to Support Student Visa Applications (if needed)

The Thai government requires all students enrolled in school to have a non-immigrant visa or a copy of the student’s Thai birth certificate and the school must keep a copy of this on file for each student.  UWC is happy to provide paperwork to support student and guardian visa application whenever possible.  These may be requested from the UWC Thailand Admissions Office with a 3-5 days advance notice. You should also contact the Thai Embassy or consulate in your home country for additional requirements. Please plan ahead as this process can take 30-60 days to complete.

Step 9. Parents Request an Admissions Intake Appointment

When you have your arrival date scheduled, or if you are already a resident of Phuket, please contact UWC Admissions to request an Admissions Intake appointment with one of our Admissions professionals.  This appointment will be scheduled about 3-5 days before your child’s first day of school. During this time, we will assist with ID cards, uniforms, and collect the documents required for enrollment such as visas, updated school reports etc. Please refer to our list of Required Documents.                          


March 7, 2018