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This scholarship program lets Pinoy highschoolers earn diplomas from US, Canada, Japan, and more

By JUSTINE PUNZALAN Published Jun 01, 2023 9:04 pm Updated Jun 02, 2023 3:36 pm

Pinoy high school students who are yet to graduate can now fulfill their dream of studying abroad even without a diploma.

United World Colleges (UWC) Philippines has announced that it is currently accepting applications for its diploma program which serves as an alternative for the country's senior high school system.

Called the "International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)," the two-year curriculum allows outstanding Filipino students aged 16 to 17 years old to study in all UWC schools and colleges in 160 countries Canada, United States, Japan, Singapore, Germany, Estwatini, Costa Rica, Tanzania, and India, among others.

In a press release, UWC said that IBDP provides students with the knowledge and skills in six subject areas: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, and the Arts.

These subjects will be taken up by the students not simultaneously, but in two parts: three subjects will be taken at standard level, and the other three at a higher level.

According to UWC's website, the subjects may vary depending on the geographical location and focus areas of the institution the student is enrolled in.

In addition to the subjects, students are tasked to complete the three core parts of the IBDP, namely Extended Essay; Theory of Knowledge; and Creativity, Activity, Services (CAS).

Those in need of financial assistance can apply for any of UWC's four scholarship programs which offer partial, full, or all-inclusive coverage of tuition fees, room and board, books, IB exam registration fees, and curricular field trips, among other fees.

An alternative to the country's senior high school system, the IBDP is accepted by top local universities such as Univerisity of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and De La Salle University as a substitute for their respective entrance exams.

Qualified applicants are those with Filipino citizenship and are currently enrolled in a Philippine-accredited school. They must also be younger than 18 at the start of the program.

Application for SY 2024-2026 is ongoing until June 15 and must be submitted on the UWC Philippines website here.