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Our country strategy

The countries we select from

Pestalozzi students 2016-2018

Choosing prospective students for the Pestalozzi-UWC scholarship is an enjoyable but important part of the work we do. Before the students touch down in the UK, and reach UWC Atlantic, a lot of work is done behind the scenes.

The rigorous recruitment process involves in-depth research into specific countries, the formation of robust partnerships with organisations in each country, and the assessment of the students themselves.

Which are our student countries?

We currently select students from Belize, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, the Tibetan communities in exile, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Below is a brief outline of each:


The flag of Belize

Area: 22.966
Population: 367,000
Education—Primary: 109/114 Female/Male
Education—Secondary: 82/78 Female/Male
Education—Tertiary: 30/18 Female/Male

Map of Belize


Flag of Bhutan

Area: 38,394
Population: 784,000
Education—Primary: 103/101 Female/Male
Education—Secondary: 87/81 Female/Male
Education—Tertiary: 9/13 Female/Male

Map of Bhutan


Flag of India

Area: 3,287,263
Population: 1326,802,000
Education—Primary: 117/105 Female/Male
Education—Secondary: 69/67 Female/Male
Education—Tertiary: 23/25 Female/Male

Map of India


Flag of Indonesia

Area: 1,910,931
Population: 260,581,000
Education—Primary: 105/107 Female/Male
Education—Secondary: 82/83 Female/Male
Education—Tertiary: 33/29 Female/Male

Map of Indonesia


Flag of Nepal

Area: 147,181
Population: 28,851,000
Education—Primary: 140/130 Female/Male
Education—Secondary: 69/65 Female/Male
Education—Tertiary: 15/18 Female/Male

Map of Nepal


Map of Tibet

Area: 1,200,000
Population: 3,200,000
Education: N/A


Pestalozzi has welcomed Tibetan refugees to the village since 1963, working with our main long established partner, the Department of Education at the Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamsala. 


Flag of Uganda

Area: 241,550
Population: 40,323,000
Education—Primary: 104/103 Female/Male
Education—Secondary: N/A

Map of Uganda

Pestalozzi welcomed our first Uganda student in 2011. 


Flag of Zambia

Area: 752,612
Population: 16,717,000
Education—Primary: 109/65 Female/Male
Education—Secondary: 109/65 Female/Male
Education—Tertiary: 109/65 Female/Male

Map of Zambia

Pestalozzi welcomed our first Zambian students to the village in 1988. 


Flag of Zimbabwe

Area: 390,757
Population: 15,967,000
Education—Primary: 99/100 Female/Male
Education—Secondary: 45/48 Female/Male
Education—Tertiary: 5/6 Female/Male

Map of Zimbabwe

Pestalozzi welcomed four Zimbabwean students as part of the first intake of IB students in 1997. 

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For further information regarding all the information above please contact Mags Alexander at

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