GEMS World Academy Switzerland: IB programme

A bright future with GEMS World Academy Switzerland

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At GEMS World Academy Switzerland (GWAS), we believe in educating the whole child and giving them the tools and confidence to follow their passions while contributing to the improvement of their local and global communities. [Contributed by GEMS World Academy Switzerland]

We prepare our students for their future by not only teaching them a rigorous academic programme, but also by teaching them to be independent, confident, flexible, creative and open-minded to cultures and to change.

To encourage students aged 12 to 18 with outstanding abilities and qualities in academics, arts, music, sports, technology or entrepreneurship, GWAS offers the possibility to obtain a scholarship. These merit-based scholarships cover a reduction in tuition fees ranging from 10 percent to 100 percent and are designed to help children excel.

The school is currently offering a range of scholarships for the IB Diploma Programme, running across two academic years starting in August 2017. The school encourages students wishing to study the IB Diploma Programme to apply before Monday, 13 March 2017.

IB Scholarships

The GWAS IB Diploma Programme gives 16- to 18-year-old students a unique opportunity to study in an international environment and be challenged academically, while focusing on their social, emotional and physical wellbeing. Like all the school’s IB programmes, it encourages students to learn independently, embrace responsibility and be more analytical and open-minded. The school believes this offers students the perfect grounding to become well-rounded, successful global citizens.

The IB Diploma is widely recognised by colleges and universities around the world as excellent preparation for students to succeed at post-secondary institutions.

“The aim of these scholarships is to reward and encourage excellence by developing outstanding achievement and potential,” says GWAS Head of School Catherine McKeever. “Scholarship students also help enrich the school by sharing their skills and achievements with the wider community. If a child demonstrates excellence or potential, we would be delighted to help nurture their talent and provide them with the ongoing support and training they need to flourish."

Applying for IB scholarships

To apply for an IB DP Scholarship, students must simply email a one-page letter of motivation and the last two years of school reports to by Monday, 13 March 2017.

The school will organise for applicants to take assessment tests. Based on the results, selected applicants will be invited for an interview with the scholarship committee. IB scholarship offers will be communicated by Friday, 24 March 2017.

Scholarships will only be awarded if we believe the candidate will also excel in promoting our school values and the values of the IB learner profile. Read more about the IB DP Scholarship Special Offer at the school’s website.

To discover more about scholarship opportunities for children aged 12–16 (Grades 6 to 10) at GEMS World Academy Switzerland, please contact the school Registrar by phone at 021 964 18 18 or email at

IB diploma scholarships

To further help our students plan their futures and understand the professional world, GWAS is organising a special Future You event on 22 March 2017, where students will attend workshops in the afternoon to discover different industries and career paths. The Future You Speaker Event will take place from 17:30 to 19:30. Everyone is welcome to join and listen to our two guest speakers:

“The long and winding road: Preparing our kids for an exciting, ever-changing future” —Presented by John Zimmer, international speaker, trainer and lawyer

“The modern challenges and (job) opportunities for preserving 'our' Living Planet”—Presented by Marco Lambertini, director general, WWF International

Entrance is free, but please do register as spaces are limited. 



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