UWC Dilijan

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UWC Dilijan College
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Getapnya Street 7

Coordinates40°44′20″N 44°49′57″E / 40.73889°N 44.83250°E / 40.73889; 44.83250Coordinates: 40°44′20″N 44°49′57″E / 40.73889°N 44.83250°E / 40.73889; 44.83250
TypeInternational Baccalaureate World School
EstablishedOctober 18th 2014; 5 years ago (October 18th 2014)
FounderRuben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend
OversightUnited World Colleges
HeadmasterGabriel Abad Fernández
Faculty42 (from 16 countries)
Medium of languageEnglish, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Armenian
HousesRiverside, Mountainside
NewspaperAtlas, UWCDigest (internal)
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UWC Dilijan College is the 14th member of the United World Colleges movement, one of eighteen colleges around the world, and the first international boarding school in Armenia. The college matriculated its first 96 IB1 students (11th graders) in September 2014. Currently, the school offers IB Diploma years 1 and 2 (grades 11-12). The school now hosts 227 students and is planning to expand further.

A portion of the school is on the premises of Dilijan National Park.[1]


UWC Dilijan is a community working towards a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world through a balanced, challenging and transforming education with people from diverse backgrounds.

The mission of the UWC movement and of the school is to "make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future".

The college aims to be an integral part of Dilijan and to have positive personal, local and global impact.


UWC Dilijan evolved from the original idea to create Dilijan International School of Armenia, first conceived in 2006 by Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend with the support of other Founding Patrons (Gagik Adibekyan from Russia, Noubar and Anna Afeyan from United States, Vladimir and Anna Avetissian from Russia and Oleg Mkrtchyan from Ukraine, as well as 4 anonymous patrons).

The college officially opened on 11 October 2014 for the 2014–2015 academic year, in the presence of the president of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, the president of Serbia Tomislav Nikolić, Catholicos Karekin II of Armenia and Patriarch Mar Ignatius Aphrem II of the Syrian Orthodox Church.


On 28 May 2016, the first graduates of UWC Dilijan, 96 students from around 48 nations worldwide, completed two years of schooling and took part in the inaugural graduation ceremony.

In the academic year 2017-18 UWC Dilijan became home to 213 students from 82 countries. They continue their education in leading universities worldwide such as Yale, Columbia, UCL, School Of Oriental & African Studies (Soas) University Of London, McGill University, Duke, Minerva Schools at KGI, Queen Mary University of London, The University of Warwick, Berkeley, the University of Edinburgh and many more.


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  1. ^ "Key Information." UWC Dilijan. Retrieved April 26, 2015.

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