News Overview 2014

UWC: The School Students Have Arrived!

On August 20, under a clear, blue sky and to the enthusiastic greetings of welcome from school administrators and educators, over 100 male and female students arrived at the UWC Robert Bosch College. Now, one month before the school’s official opening on September 23, the international pre-university college is finally filled with life.

It was not Maziya from Swaziland, or Jackson from Jamaica, or even Lee from Hong Kong who had the longest and most turbulent trip getting to the school – no, that award clearly goes to Sophie from Berlin. Why? Because her journey started over two weeks earlier when she left Berlin on a fully packed bike. Her destination: the UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg. Even if not everything worked out exactly as Sophie had planned on her biking trip across Germany, and despite the fact that she had to quit halfway through because of a problem with her bike, no other student’s journey to the school took as long as that of the 17-year-old native of Berlin.

Sophie and 103 other students began a new chapter in their lives. They will spend the next two years together at the recently founded UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg and complete their International Baccalaureate. The students come from a total of 71 different countries, including Afghanistan, Syria, the Philippines, Canada, and the United States. In addition, 25 students from Germany also made it through the selection process.

The students, all between 16 and 18 years old, live together in eight student houses. A total of 24 students live in each house, with twelve boys or girls on each floor, and they share the common rooms. The students will now spend the next few days until the first official day of school on September 1 participating in a specially developed orientation program.