Contact Details

UWC Changshu China,

Head: Mr Robert Clarence

No. 88 Kun-Cheng-Hu-Xi Road,



China 215500

+86 512 5298 2500

UWC Changshu China at a Glance


Percentage of UWC Changshu China’s 400 IB Diploma Programme students on full or partial need-based scholarships


Nationalities represented by students at UWC Changshu China during the 2016-2017 academic year


Global body of students educated annually from over 100 nationalities and cultures aged between 15-18


UWC Changshu China was founded in 2015 as the first UWC in the mainland of China and the 15th in the world on the initiative of a UWC alumnus, Mark Jiapeng Wang. Since its opening, the College has grown considerably and is today home to 443 students. UWC Changshu China consists of Grades 10, 11 and 12 with most international students attending UWC Changshu for Grades 11 and 12. UWC Changshu China offers a challenging and transformative educational experience in a multicultural environment.

Three Unique Features about UWC Changshu China

  • Chinese Culture – Every student will take at least one Chinese course, be it language, literature, or culture, creating an immersive environment of Mandarin Chinese as well as a rich Chinese cultural context to support teaching and learning. Meanwhile, the Zhi Xing programme (“learning by doing”) enables the exploration of the Chinese culture through interactions with the wider community.
  • Youth Leadership – Many of the Zhi Xing activities have student leaders, who use their knowledge and experience to help their classmates to excel in these activities, acting as positive role models for their peers while also challenging themselves.
  • Environmental Stewardship – Students participate in activities such as recycling, organic farming, and wetland protection, making a positive impact in the community.

Geographic Setting

UWC Changshu China is located on the shores of Kucheng Lake, Suzhou, 110 kilometres West of Shanghai, in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta. Changshu is a county city under the jurisdiction of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. The 3000-year-old city of Changshu is recognized for its rich cultural heritage. The areas also benefit from the mild climate of the Yangtze Delta.

Campus and Facilities

Designed by Mo Ping, the protégé of I.M. Pei, the 24-acre campus is built on an island to the North West side of Kuncheng Lake. In architectural design, the campus is a reminiscent of a southern Chinese waterside village, where connections between all parts are seamless and unobstructed. The campus is also comprised of several cutting-edge technologies to enhance its sustainability and environmental friendliness, such as a geothermal heating system, rooftop solar panels, hybrid solar panel and windmill street lamps and other features.

Campus facilities include: a multi-function performing arts centre with a 600-seat theatre, a black box theatre, many music rooms and a recording studio, a sports centre with a heated swimming pool, a basketball court, an indoor running track, a full cardio gym, a full weightlifting gym, a dance studio and an indoor climbing wall, a n outdoor running track with associated basketball, football, tennis and volleyball grounds, a two-story library with 6 independent study rooms, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) centre with ten laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and Biology curriculum, two well-equipped, modern academic buildings, three student residence buildings capable of accommodating 500 students comfortably, a multi-function conference centre; residential houses for all students and faculty and a dining hall.

Outside the Classroom

Project Week provides a focus for non-academic development away from the classroom. It is a core component of the school’s Co-curricular Programme and enables students to pursue the school’s mission outside the classroom.  During Project Week, students design and implement projects they have designed themselves.

In the Classroom

UWC Changshu China offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB Diploma Programme) curriculum, and a Pre-IBDP Programme for Grade 10 students.

The Pre-IBDP Programme aims at allowing students to acquire the skills and knowledge needed for successful entry into the IBDP programme.

Within the IB Diploma Programme curriculum, alongside standard courses, UWC Changshu offers foundation Chinese language programmes (for international students), Geography, Economics, Philosophy, Global Perspectives, Chinese Studies, Theatre, Visual Arts, Spanish, French and German.


IB Diploma Programme applicants apply through their UWC national committee. Direct applications are accepted from Chinese citizens, residents of mainland China, and non-Chinese citizens who do not meet their own UWC national committee’s eligibility criteria. Pre-IB Diploma Programme applicants need to contact the College directly. For more information, visit:

Meet some of the staff members here.

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