The first step of the UWC Malawi selection process involves submitting the written application. Each year the national committee opens up an application which requires interested candidates to write an application essay answering a specific question and also a letter to for applicants to show their interest. Shortlisted applicants are invited for the next steps.
Candidates who are shortlisted based on the written application are invited to a selection day. On this day candidates will participate in a variety of team building activities that will help the selection team to get a better understanding of the candidate. Applicants also participate in a personal as well as a group interview. In these interviews, the candidate sits before a panel that includes UWC alumni and volunteers.