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Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong Review

Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong (LPCUWC) is a boarding-only school that offers a two-year IBDP programme to local and international students, and plenty of attractive scholarship opportunities.
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School phase
Secondary
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No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2022/23
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Availability 2023/24
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Annual fee average
HKD 300,000
Annual fees
HKD 300,000–300,000
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Ultra-premium
Status
Open
School year
Sep to Jun
Principal
Arnett Edwards
Owner
United World College
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Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong
School phase
Secondary
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2022/23
No data
Availability 2023/24
No data
Annual fee average
HKD 300,000
Annual fees
HKD 300,000–300,000
Price band help
Ultra-premium
Status
Open
School year
Sep to Jun
Principal
Arnett Edwards
Owner
United World College
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Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong (LPCUWC) is a boarding-only school that offers a two-year IBDP programme to local and international students, and plenty of attractive scholarship opportunities.

Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong (LPCUWC) is a close-knit boarding school which offers the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The school, which is part of the UWC movement, has a population of just over 250 students from over 80 different nationalities. Around 45% of students come from Hong Kong, and the remaining 55% come from around the world; all students live in the four residential blocks on campus.

Open to students aged 16 to 18 years, LPCUWC is a not-for-profit school with a strong academic record and small, mixed ability classes of around 16 students. In 2018, the college’s average IBDP score was 35.5, which is higher than the global average of 30, and there was a 92% pass rate. The majority of students went on to study at universities in the US, the UK, and Hong Kong.

Founded in 1992, LPCUWC is one of 17 colleges that share the value and philosophy of the UWC movement, which was founded by one of the world's most influential educationalists, Kurt Hahn. As well as previously founding Schule Schloss Salem in Germany and Gordonstoun in Scotland, Hahn is largely responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. Other UWC schools in South East Asia include UWCSEA Dover and East.

UWC schools are recognised for encouraging students to flourish intellectually, emotionally, and physically. They are also well-known internationally for their focus on embedding Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and mindfulness into the curriculum – and this philosophy seeps through into the school's current thinking.

Located on the edge of Ma On Shan Country Park in the New Territories, LPCUWC describes itself as “a tight-knit community on a quiet campus close to nature”. While this is part of its appeal, the main reason for more 500 students applying for places every year is its strong teaching of the IBDP and its Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) programme.

In the school’s own words,

“A special feature of Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong is the breadth and depth of activities that students undertake outside of the “taught” curriculum. In the afternoons and weekends, students are involved in over 90 different activities based around the themes of Creativity, Action and Service.”

The EOTC programme includes outdoor pursuits, cultural evenings, residential trips to China and other parts of SE Asia, and Quan Cai activities (meaning ‘development of the whole person’ in Chinese) ranging from sport and community service to environmentally focused experiences and theatre forums.

In terms of curriculum, the school fully embraces the IBDP, a learner centred and inquiry-based education that covers languages, humanities, sciences, maths, the arts, physical health education, and technology.  UWC’s philosophy is “to select students purely on merit and their financial background is not a hindrance for them to be selected”, and the majority of students here have a scholarship of some level.

All-inclusive fees are HKD 277,000 for local Hong Kong students and HKD 360,000 for overseas students.

Academic results

Average score Pass rate Highest score Top scorers 40 points plus 35 points plus 30 points plus Bilingual diploma
42 100% 45 5 47%      

Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong (UWC) is yet to announce its average IB score for 2021, but has revealed that 47% of its graduates received 40 or more points. Out of a maximum of 45 Diploma points, five students obtained 45 with eight students scoring 44 and 13 scoring 43. 

Read our roundup of Hong Kong's 2021 IB results here.

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