Our rigorous academic curriculum is designed to foster a sense of responsibility, critical thinking, global awareness and civic engagement among our students. In the classroom, most will study the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, a prestigious international pre-university diploma that aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Motivated students can also opt for the challenge of a UWC Project-Based Diploma, an innovative programme that allows you to choose a research project to pursue during your two years of study.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IB is a two year pre-university programme. To receive an IB Diploma every student is required to complete six subjects: three/four at higher level (HL) and three/two at standard level (SL). The intention is to provoke students to go into considerable depth, with many higher level subjects covering much of what would normally be taught during the first year at University, without sacrificing breadth. You are encouraged to visit the IB website at www.ibo.org for further information.

The IB requires students to select one subject from each of the following groups:

  • Language 1 (a literature course in the student’s best or mother tongue language)
  • Language 2 (a second language, at beginner or intermediate level)
  • Individuals and Society: eg History, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Global Politics
  • Experimental Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Systems, Physics, Computer Science
  • Mathematics (which exists at 3 levels - Higher, Standard & Math Studies
  • Arts: Visual Arts, Theatre, Film. (An additional subject from one of the above groups can be taken in the place of an Arts subject)

In addition to this, every student is required to

  • complete an Extended Essay: a piece of independent research (upto 4000 words) in one subject or the inter-disciplinary World Studies or Peace & Conflict Studies EE.
  • follow a course in Theory of Knowledge (known at UWC Mahindra College as People, Nations and Cultures or PNC)
  • take part in the Triveni programme (Creation, Action and Service for the IB)

UWC Mahindra College works with the IB to offer an academic programme that allows students an opportunity to earn a diploma that is accepted by universities in many countries. The IB Diploma is a deliberate compromise between the specialization required in some national systems and the breadth provided in others.

Course Selection

Though subjects are chosen in Orientation Week they can usually be changed with the permission of the two relevant teachers and the student’s adviser. Courses may however close due to high enrollment so give thought to your initial choices!

Maths Studies, Environmental Systems & Societies, self-taught languages and History SL are often one year courses. All other courses are taught over two years and examined at the end of two years.

The college allows three HL + three SLs. Which level to take a course at must be decided by October of the second year, when registrations occur for the IB, but is usually settled by the end of the first year.

The timetable usually does not permit a 7th IB subject and this is, in any case, discouraged. Students wishing to challenge themselves further and having the time to do so are offered the UWC Mahindra Project Based Certificate or a choice of evening seminars. These are all inter-disciplinary, team-taught and well aligned with the UWC mission statement.

The satisfactory completion of any of these courses for a full year gets recorded in the official transcript.

UWC Mahindra College Project-Based Certificate

In specific cases students may have the option to apply for the award of the UWC Mahindra College Project Based Certificate. This programme is under development and was first offered to the Class of 2017 as the "UWC Mahindra Project Based Diploma". In subsequent years this has been offered as a Certificate Programme on top of the regular IB Diploma Curriclum. Only students with the highest academic aptitude and engagement will be considered. Further details are available from the college to each incoming cohort. 

People, Nations and Culture Course (and why they don’t always agree!)

The course will explore many of the issues that have brought you to a UWC, to an international curriculum, and to India: issues of individual and cultural differences, of pluralism, relativism, and universal truth. If at the end of the course you have a better appreciation for knowledge as a contested domain (and as a contest rarely on a level playing field) one of its objectives would have been served. But abstract knowledge issues are shaped by and continually transform the real world. How individuals and groups differ in their understanding often influences who they think they are, and hence how they will act, individually and collectively. Hence this course will ask questions about the connection of knowledge to various aspects of the real world – e.g. identity, difference, power, conflict and change.

Mandatory for All


All students have an account with ManageBac which is used to support academic and UWC learning objectives, including reflections for your Trivenis. You are required to check your account daily and failure to comply to a deadline stated on Managebac “because you did not check” is not a valid excuse. Reports for guardians and National Committees are also to be accessed through Managebac. An orientation to Managebac will be arranged at the beginning of the year.

Academic transcript

The academic transcript records attainment, effort and any absences. However, attainment for first years is not reported until February.

The grading points are:

  • Year 1:
    Mid February - I
    End May - II
  • Year 2:
    Mid November - III
    April - IV

At each grading point, a term grade for attainment (IB scale 1-7) and for effort (Internal scale A-D) will be given. At grading points III and IV, a cumulative grade and a predicted grade.

Predicted grades

The predicted grade is the teacher’s best estimate of how the student will do in the IB exams. Teachers will not discuss this grade.

The predicted grade is based on the cumulative grade. The teacher only has the discretion to move the predicted grade up or down to the next whole grade. Students are free to discuss their actual grades with their teachers

Academic deadlines

The IB prescribes deadlines for submission of various components. The college calendar sets out internal deadlines to help you plan and spread your work to successfully meet these deadlines.

The Extended Essay and TOK essay deadlines are published in the calendar. Failure to submit these will result in the student being grounded on campus till these submissions are made. Since these grades will also be entered on the official College transcripts failure to submit on time risks a failing grade.

For all internal assessments and portfolios, it is your responsibility to adhere to deadlines set by the teacher and posted on Managebac. Late submissions may not receive feedback from teachers. You will receive one email/ Managebac reminder. Failure to heed this reminder will allow the teacher to enter IA marks on to the IB system, after which no subsequent entries are allowed by the IB. Non-submission of the IA will result in an F for the subject and you will need to re-take the subject in a later exam session.


End of year exams covering the work studied throughout the year are held in May for first year students. Second year students will be taking their IB Diploma exams at this time, the results of which are published in mid-July. The IBO publishes the exam dates and these are posted on the notice board in the admin block. Exam results are usually published on 6 July and students may log on to the IBO website using their student IB code to obtain them.

Attendance and full engagement

A condition of accepting a place at UWC Mahindra College is that students participate in all aspects of college life. If you are not fully and positively engaged in the life of the college and the active pursuit of the UWC mission and values, you may lose your place and be required to leave the college or not have your scholarship funding renewed for a second year.

Attendance at all lessons, Triveni activities, college meetings, Global Affairs and This is India (for first years) is compulsory unless you are temporarily medically or psychologically unfit as confirmed by the doctor, your wada parent or the Counsellor.

Absences are recorded and will appear on the reports and transcripts that are sent to parents or guardians, National Committees and universities applied to.

When a student has three unexcused absences in any subject, the subject teacher will inform the advisor. He or she will then meet the student in order to explore the reasons for the absence and attempt to find a solution.

If attendance remains a problem the adviser will arrange a meeting with the Head of College who will give the student a written and recorded internal warning. Further unexcused absences across all subjects will result in a letter of warning being sent to the parents or guardians and National Committee setting out consequences for further such absences. For students in the first year this will mean that continuation after the first year will be denied. For second year students, universities will be notified of this problem.

Academic Supplies

Textbooks are available on loan from the college for all academic subjects offered. Binders, paper and pens may be purchased locally if you wish.

The IB Mathematics courses at all levels require a graphical display calculator. Though the college supplies these calculators on loan you are encouraged to purchase one of these -- TI 84 or TI 84+ is recommended -- before, or soon after, arrival. Please see website for more on calculators.

Lent calculators remain the property of the college and will be charged for if lost or damaged.

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