The Red Cross Nordic United World College (RCNUWC), founded in 1995, is the ninth member of the family of United World Colleges. Queen Sonja of Norway is one of the patrons of the college and the movement. Students are selected from 135 nations by National Committees or selection contacts on merit and many receive full scholarships. Students at the college are eligible, after graduation, to participate in the Shelby Davis Scholarship programme, which funds undergraduate study (based on need) for UWC students at universities, such as Harvard University, Princeton University or Columbia University.
RCNUWC is located on the remote shores of Flekke Fjord in the municipality of Fjaler, Western Coastal Norway. The college enrols 200 students from more than 80 different nations, including pupils from SOS Children's Villages and refugees. After the two year education following the guidelines of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students usually go on to higher education. The school does not only focus on academics but also seeks to find a balance between studies, community services and activities.
Activities that are offered at the college include climbing, kayaking and hiking, debating- and environmental groups and musical activities. The college also raises political awareness through weekly presentations on political issues which are open to the whole college and the surrounding community. Further, the college participates in aid projects and works very closely together with the local and national Red Cross. Many staff and all students offer a range of activities to youngsters from many Norwegian schools during one week courses during spring, summer and autumn. This is organised through the college Leirskule (Camp School) which is led by staff with the additional support of EVS volunteers.