Princess Ariane of The Netherlands will attend United World College Adriatic in Italy
It’s a school beloved by royals which has been dubbed Hippy Hogwarts due to its location in a 12th century Welsh castle.
But while a number of royals have attended the United World College of the Atlantic, Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, 16, is set to study at the sister school, United World College of the Adriatic, in Italy, according to Royal Central.
Ariane will become the latest in a long list of royal alumni at the colleges, including her father King Willem-Alexander. Princess Elisabeth, heir to the throne of Belgium, who graduated from UWC Atlantic in 2020, as well as Princesses Leonor and Sofia of Spain.
Much like its 12th century Welsh equivalent, the school in Duino was founded by German educationalist Kurt Hahn in 1926.
School fees for the two-year course cost a whopping £40,000 and include Serbian, World Arts and Cultures and Environmental Systems.
Princess Ariane of the Netherlands is set to study at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, the palace announced yesterday
Ariane will become the latest in a long list of royal alumni at the colleges, including Princess Elisabeth, heir to the throne of Belgium, who graduated in 2020, Princesses Leonor and Sofia of Spain, and her father King Willem-Alexander
Much like its 12th century Welsh equivalent, the school in Duino (pictured) was founded by German educationalist Kurt Hahn
Kurt Hahn, he believed his approach to education, for pupils aged 16-19, could lead to a quicker resolution of international conflict, an ethos that is still carried by the establishment, which aims to ‘promote mutual understanding’.
The United World College Movement includes 18 schools around the world, and takes students from around 150 countries.
The school counts Queen Noor of Jordan as its president and encourages international cooperation from students of all background.
A number of royals have attended the United World Colleges Movement.
King Willem-Alexander, the King of the Netherlands, studied at the Welsh College from 1983 to 1985 and graduated with an International Baccalaureate before undertaking his military service and moving on to study History at Leiden University from 1987 onwards.
Princess Leonor of Spain pictured at UWC Atlantic College at St Donat’s Castle in Wales
Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, the daughter of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, enrolled in 2018 but had to cut her time at the college short due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and continued her studies online from home.
Meanwhile Princess Raiyah of Jordan, the daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and Queen Noor also attended her institution as a teen before studying Japanese as an undergraduate at The University of Edinburgh.
In 2018, The Times reported that pupils were discouraged from showcasing their wealth with expensive gadgets, and were as likely to rub shoulders with ‘refugees from west Africa’ and ‘California hippies.’
Former student Louise Callaghan previously revealed how Princess Elisabeth of Belgium would to be ‘the most normal person there’ and would not get any ‘special treatment’ despite her royal credentials.
Unlike a conventional full school day of teaching, lessons at UWC begin at 8am and are finished in time for lunch.
Activities on offer at the college including sailing and kayaking around the Italian coast on which the college is perched
Unlike a conventional full school day of teaching, lessons at UWC begin at 8am and are finished in time for lunch
Who is UWC’s founder Kurt Hahn?
Kurt Matthias Robert Martin Hahn CBE was a German educator.
He founded several schools in Germany and the UK, including Prince Charles’ former boarding school Gordonstoun, and the United World Colleges.
Hahn’s educational philosophy was based on respect for adolescents, whom he believed to possess an innate decency and moral sense, but who were, he believed, corrupted by society as they aged. He believed that education could prevent this corruption, if students were given opportunities for personal leadership and to see the results of their own actions. This is one reason for the focus on outdoor adventure in his philosophy.
Hahn founded the institutions as a practical response to the search for new and peaceful solutions in a post-war world riven by political, racial and economic divisions.
Hahn had been invited to address the NATO Defence College, where he saw former enemies from several nations working together towards a common goal.
With a number of colleagues Hahn realised how much more could be done to overcome the hostility of the Cold War if young people from different nations could be brought together in a similar way.
He envisaged a college for students who were already grounded in their own cultures but impressionable enough to learn from others.
Drawn from all nations, the students would be selected purely on merit and potential, regardless of race, religion, nationality and background.
The school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) curriculum.
Core basics at the school include Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English Literature, Geography, History, Mathematics and Physics.
Meanwhile there are also a wide selection of optional courses to choose from, including Arabic, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian, World Arts and Cultures, Environmental Systems, and Art.
Alongside their academics, pupils are expected to undertake a minimum of two hours of community service, two hours of physical activity and a further two hours of creative activity each week. Sessions take place in the afternoons, evenings and weekends.
The school seeks to ‘inspire changemakers’ who want to work for the common good with its lessons.
It looks for students who ‘can navigate the complexity of life and (reach) beyond easy answers’, the school’s website said.
The school, which is located in the Italian village of Duino, seeks to ‘inspire changemakers’ who want to work for the common good with its lessons
It looks for students who ‘can navigate the complexity of life and (reach) beyond easy answers’, the school’s website said
Among their options for extra-curricular activities, pupils can take up a Tai Chi lesson or rock climbing (pictured)
Pupils are encouraged to be ’empowered’ to take ‘authentic responsibility to make their own decisions and actions’.
According to the website, the programme also focuses on a ‘lifelong commitment to service in the community, to collaborative work and social engagement’.
It describes developing ‘in young people a sense of personal initiative and the skills of leadership.’
Students are ‘placed into positions of trust, authentic responsibility and decision making’ and required to ‘demonstrate a commitment to making a positive difference in the world’.
They are also ‘continuously exposed to the richness and diversity of Italy’s cultural heritage’ and encouraged to integrate into the local community.
Among their options for extra-curricular activities, pupils can take up a Tai Chi lesson or rock climbing.
Music plays a major role at UWC Adriatic thanks to the presence of an in-house music academy which aims to explore the full range of musical genres and styles from around the world.
They also bring in professional musicians to the college for masterclasses and performances.