UWC Robert Bosch College

UWC Robert Bosch College

The First United World College (UWC) in Germany
Opening of the UWC Robert Bosch College

On September 23, 2014, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the German UWC Foundation officially welcomed students to the UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg.

School started exactly three years after the groundbreaking ceremony, which was held in 2011 to celebrate Robert Bosch's 150th birthday. The UWC Robert Bosch College is the first school for talented upperclass high school students from around the world. A total of 200 students of various nationalities will live, learn, and earn an internationally accredited diploma here together. All of the students will be selected by the independent UWC national committees exclusively on the basis of their aptitude and ability. Scholarships ensure that the parents' income does not play any role in the selection process.

The UWC is the largest individual project in the history of the Robert Bosch Stiftung that it is making possible together with Robert Bosch GmbH.

Picture Gallery

Aerial view of the "Kartaus" - a former monastery of the Carthusian Order in the Freiburg district Waldsee
Robert Bosch Stiftung/Albert Josef Schmidt
Groundbreaking ceremony beside the former convent
Robert Bosch Stiftung/Albert Josef Schmidt
Groundbreaking for the Robert Bosch College in Freiburg on September 23, 2011.
New appartments in Freiburg
Robert Bosch Stiftung/Albert Josef Schmidt
Ceremony in the former convent chapel
Robert Bosch Stiftung/Albert Josef Schmidt
Christof Bosch unveiled on the 150th Birthday of his grandfather, Robert Bosch, the name of the future UWC: Robert Bosch College
Arrival of the first students

Contact at Robert Bosch College

Julia Angstenberger
Phone: +49 761 70839-609

Contact at Robert Bosch Stiftung

Dr. Simone Toepfer
Phone: +49 711 46084-596
Application

All of the students will be selected by the independent UWC national committees exclusively on the basis of their aptitude and ability. Scholarships ensure that the parents' income does not play any role in the selection process.

The German UWC Committee is responsible for the application and selection process of German applicants. Interested students submit their application and, if they make it through the first, written application round, are invited to a 3-day long selection weekend. Each year, the German National Committee selects around 40-50 students. 25 of them attend UWC Robert Bosch College, the others are sent to UWCs around the world.

Applications can be received from students living in Germany, who will be at least 16 and at most 18 years old upon starting their school year. Applicants have to be at minimum in 10th grade.

Applications are only possible through the German UWC Committee. If you have any questions regarding the application, please visit the German NC’s website.

Important: The deadline for applications for the year group 2018-2020 is the end of October 2017. Starting mid-May, applications can be submitted to the Deutsche Stiftung UWC and a link to the application platform can be found on this page.

Contact German UWC Committee

Dajana Karge
Phone: +49 30 47374757

Contact at Robert Bosch College

Julia Angstenberger
Phone: +49 761 70839-609

Contact at Robert Bosch Stiftung

Dr. Simone Toepfer
Phone: +49 711 46084-596
Robert Bosch and the education of the heart
Why is UWC such a good fit with Robert Bosch in this his 150th anniversary year? We discuss this and other matters with his grandson Christof Bosch, who sees his grandfather as a "realistic idealist."

Within the Foundation and the company you have lobbied for the establishment of the first United World College (UWC) in Germany to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of your grandfather Robert Bosch. Why are you so enthusiastic about the project?
The age of globalization calls for a globalization of education too. But by globalization in this context I’m not referring to a standardized, one-size-fits-all education, but rather a global networking of young people to promote an intellectual and emotional understanding of the diversity and commonality of nations and cultures. The first time I heard about UWC, I immediately knew that it embodies this aspiration.

Could you see yourself attending a UWC?
I think I would find the spartan conditions a little difficult. Four students from four different countries usually share a room. Crawling into the top bunk late each night after a day filled with the sheer amount of learning that is offered and expected at a UWC? I doubt that I could do it now. But I would like to try!

Why is UWC such a good fit with your grandfather Robert Bosch and his commitment to education?
Robert Bosch was a realistic idealist. For him, education was all about developing personally and technically competent people, about the "education of the heart, the recognition of the rights and values of others." That is precisely what a UWC does, in a unique way, and, in a global context, on much the same basis that my grandfather set up his company over a century ago.

The founding principle behind UWC was conceived by the educationalist Kurt Hahn, a contemporary of your grandfather, and dates back a number of years. Why is it that UWC remains a progressive institution here in the 21st century?
The principle of international understanding that was conceived by Kurt Hahn and his comrades-in-arms at the height of the Cold War has developed into the far more extensive goal of intercultural understanding. Only by working together will it be possible to overcome the global challenges that we face today, and the only way to achieve that is through young people. What Hahn recognized at the time of the East-West conflict is all the more valid today.

Every year the Foundation awards the best schools in Germany the German School Prize - proof that good schools are possible. How can UWC enrich the German educational landscape?
The two initiatives will complement each other. UWC will bring international color and stimulus to the educational landscape in Germany, will show how the seemingly impossible - a school with students from some 80 nations under one roof - is made possible when the spark for common learning takes hold. And the award-winning schools will contribute outstanding educational ideas and experience.

The UWC in Freiburg will place special emphasis on the topic of "Environment and Technology." Why are topics such as these important today?
The role of technology is to make our life better - otherwise it serves no purpose. But our civilization has pursued technological advancement to a great extent at the expense of our environment. Now we face the consequences, which are posing a growing threat to life on our planet. We have the opportunity to refocus technology to make it "invented for life," a technology that benefits not only us, but also our environment. Otherwise we risk sawing off the branch on which we are sitting.

(Bosch Zünder, No. 4 2011)
Christof Bosch was born on January 18, 1959 in Stuttgart, Germany. He studied forestry and philosophy in Munich and received his doctorate in 1986 with a thesis on soil science. At the former Bosch farm he built up an agriculture and forestry business, which he still runs today. Christof Bosch set up an analytical laboratory and consultancy firm for land usage issues and worked as an international consultant. Since the late 1990s he has represented the interests of the Bosch family within the company, and he is a shareholder of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG. He is married with three children.