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Davis United World College Scholars

Welcome, prospective Davis United World College Scholars! We're excited you're considering the University of Richmond, and hope you'll apply to join a long legacy of proud UWC-Richmond Spiders.

The first cohort of UWC students came to Richmond in 2008. Today, we're proud to have 26 current scholars on campus, a UWC graduate among our faculty, and over 65 successful UWC Spider alums around the world. Our students and graduates go into every field imaginable, always with an eye toward making a difference around issues related to social justice and global awareness. To hear our UWC Scholars reflect first-hand on their involvement at Richmond, we invite you to watch the following student experience video and consider the words of our University President:

"The Davis UWC Scholars Program vividly reflects our institutional mission to 'prepare students for lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a diverse world.' Davis UWC Scholars enrich our campus community as they bring a breadth of international experience to the classrooms and campus life. With the knowledge and broad perspectives developed in the United World Colleges, they encourage their classmates to view the familiar with new powers of inquiry, and to welcome people, cultures and perspectives that differ from their own." -President Ronald A. Crutcher

We're excited to help you get to know Richmond, and look forward to assisting you throughout the application process. Please use this webpage to learn more about UWC at UR and to find answers to commonly asked questions related to our campus, our community, and our application.


Marcin Jerzewski, '18

Łódź, Poland
UWC Red Cross Nordic

Majors: Political Science and Chinese Studies
Student Organizations: Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Language Honor Society), Co-Curator, University Museums

What's your Richmond story?

As a Richmond student, I studied, researched and interned in six different countries including Taiwan, China, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, and Poland. My research focuses on relations between China and the Global South. I've published and presented my work on multiple occasions, including conferences organized by Yale University and Duke University, and I commuted weekly to Washington, D.C. to work as a research assistant at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. On campus, I've acted upon my passion for internationalism and foreign languages by serving as the president of Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society. A self-proclaimed aficiando of Chinese art history, I was actively involved with the University Museums and co-curated the ongoing exhibition: "Stitching Culture: Chinese Textiles from the Carver Collection." Shortly after graduation, I left campus to enjoy the remoteness of the Chinese Kumtag Desert, where I work for Dunhuang Academy contributing to preservation and research projects at the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas.


Ritwika Bose, '19

Manama, Bahrain
UWC Mahindra College

Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Student Organizations: Chemistry Research, UREMS (Emergency Medical Services), Resident Assistant

How have you applied your major?

I came to the University of Richmond to pursue my interests in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In my sophomore year, I earned a spot in the organic chemistry lab of Dr. Julie Pollock, contributing to a collaborative experiment centered on advancing water filtration systems – one day, I hope to use my research to solve the world’s water access problems. My research involves synthesizing and modifying a virus-like particle to act as a water filtration system, clearing it of endocrine disrupting hormones. Merging the principles of chemistry and biology, the usage of multiple purification techniques has allowed me to become an expert in transmission electron microscopy and imaging.

What are you involved in on campus?

One of my biggest passions at Richmond is being a part of the University of Richmond Emergency Medical Services (UREMS), a student-run organization of dedicated first responders who offer assistance in the event of a medical emergency on campus. Members respond to 911 calls in teams of two alongside the University of Richmond Police 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the academic year. Being out in the city on the back of an ambulance puts "exciting" in perspective! I also serve in two student leadership roles. As a Resident Assistant, I act as a peer advisor to approximately 25 underclassmen students, conducting meaningful residential program planning. As a Chemistry Lab Assistant, I facilitate lab protocols and assist students through mentorship and troubleshooting in the classroom. I appreciate the opportunity to stay sharp on my studies through these leadership roles, which reinforce my own learning.

Current Scholars

Nikolina Dakovic, '20
UWC Adriatic
Home Country: Montenegro
Maxim Ermoshkin, '20
UWC Atlantic College
Home Country: Russia/Uganda
Bilal Hindi, '20
UWC of the Atlantic
Home Country: Lebanon
Amina Maslo, '20
Pearson College UWC
Home Country: Bosnia & Herzegovina
Rebeka Monika Oklopcic, '20
UWC Dilijan College
Home Country: Croatia
Ivan Pejic, '20
UWC Mostar
Home Country: Bosnia & Herzegovina
Atul Vyas, '20
UWC Mahindra College
Home Country: India
Suvinay Bothra, '21
UWC Mahindra College
Home Country: India
Shamim Ibrahim, '21
Pearson College UWC
Home Country: Kenya
Zoltan Jenei, '21
Pearson College UWC
Home Country: Hungary
Ani Laliashvili, '21
UWC Robert Bosch College
Home Country: Georgia
Anja Mandic, '21
UWC Mostar
Home Country: Bosnia & Herzegovina
Manya Mirzoyan, '21
Home Country: Armenia
Yanish Rambocus, '21
UWC Mahindra College
Home Country: Mauritius
Abdul Qadeer Rehan, '21
UWC of the Atlantic
Home Country: Pakistan
Radia El Hallam, '22
Home Country: Morocco
Sandeep Kumar, '22
UWC Changshu
Home Country: Pakistan
Tuana Balta, '23
UWC Mostar
Home Country: Turkey
Shuk Ying Chan, '23
UWC of the Atlantic
Home Country: Hong Kong
Zhuoyuan Chen, '23
Home Country: China
Ivana Filipovic, '23
UWC Mostar
Home Country: Bosnia & Herzegovina
Tsethar Fnu, '23
Home Country: India
Mohamad Hussein, '23
UWC of the Atlantic
Home Country: Palestine
Hanadi Jusufovic, '23
UWC Mostar
Home Country: Bosnia & Herzegovina
Rose Mang'oka, '23
Pearson College UWC
Home Country: Kenya
Vi Pham, '23
UWC of South East Asia
Home Country: Vietnam

Frequently Asked Questions

What measures of English language proficiency do you accept?

To ensure that students are prepared for the rigorous curriculum they will encounter at the University, we recommend that all students whose first language is not English submit TOEFL results; however, we evaluate a variety of factors when considering waiving this requirement, and we look for consistency in these factors across a student's application. For full details, see our English Proficiency Policy.

Optional Duolingo English Test

Candidates may choose to provide additional information about their English ability by submitting a score on the Duolingo English Test (DET). This is an optional supplement that may assist us in evaluating your application. As a UWC Scholar, you qualify to take the DET for free. Please ask your college counselor for details. Note: TOEFL is still required unless another measure of proficiency is met according to our policy.

Can I speak with a current UWC Scholar to learn more about Richmond?

Yes! Exclusively for prospective UWC scholars, we offer virtual Skype visits (we call them "Spider Chats" after our famous mascot) that give you the opportunity to speak to two individuals; an admission officer to answer any questions you may have about the application process and financial aid, and a current UWC scholar who can speak to the student experience and adjusting to life at UR. Spider Chats are structured as an informal conversation to discuss your interests, as well as our academic and co-curricular offerings. They are non-evaluative and are an optional component to the admission process, but a great way to get to know Richmond!

To request a Spider Chat, please fill out this brief, two-minute form.

Am I eligible for an application fee waiver?

Absolutely! To waive your $50 application fee, please follow the instructions under "Richmond Awarded Fee Waiver" on our fee waiver Webpage.

UWC Campus Liaison

Beth Anne Spacht
Senior Assistant Director of Admission