UWC South East Asia at a glance
Languages spoken on UWC South East Asia campuses
UWCSEA graduates that have received Davis UWC need-based scholarships to study at USA universities
Activity events take place across both campuses each week
A global body of students aged 4-18 years, from 99 countries on both UWC South East Asia campuses in 2017
A global network of UWC South East Asia alumni
“I am much more open to listening and interacting with people who have different views to mine. UWC taught me how to think broadly and try to answer the question: What impact do my actions and words have in my community? UWC made me believe that the world is my oyster – I find myself taking more risks and thinking of the world as a community…”
Waruiru Mburu, (Kenya, UWC South East Asia 2007-2009)
Technical Advisor for National Cancer Institute and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
UWCSEA was opened by then Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, in 1971 under the name Singapore International School, created to provide education for the children of expatriates in Singapore. It was affiliated with UWC from the start and formalised the link in 1975 when it became UWC of South East Asia. In the 1990s, UWCSEA gradually expanded its age range from a secondary-only school (age 11-18) into primary and kindergarten.
Dover Campus occupies 11 hectares in Clementi, west of the central business district and next to the National University of Singapore. The East Campus is set on 5.5 hectares in Tampines, a fast-developing North-eastern hub near Changi Airport.
Campus and Facilities
Dover Campus was established in the existing St John’s Army School in 1971, and features many mature trees and plenty of open spaces. While the campus was transformed over a five-year refurbishment project, completed in January 2017, the Tent Plaza remains the social heart of the campus. There are two boarding houses, Kurt Hahn House and Nelson Mandela House, which are home away from home to 192 boarding students in Grades 8 to 12.
Opened in August 2011, the East Campus is a purpose-built facility that, in keeping with UWC’s sustainability goal, set global benchmarks in design, innovation, accessibility and environmental impact for schools. Tampines House is a multi-story boarding house that overlooks the campus and is home to 160 boarding students in Grades 8 to 12.
Outside the Classroom
Being a city-based school on the island of Singapore, many of the activities and service opportunities reflect this diverse society. A total of 1,872 different activities were offered to students in the 2015/2016 academic year. This included 132 opportunities in visual and performing arts, 1,172 different sports, fitness and wellness activities, 106 leadership development opportunities, 246 special interest clubs and 216 enrichment options.
In addition, there were 349 different expeditions to 32 different countries around the world. Students were also involved in numerous service activities, on the campuses, in the Singapore community and as part of Global Concerns, which partner with grassroots NGOs in countries outside Singapore. The College also has exclusive access to a centre on a Malaysian Island for camping, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, mountain biking and orienteering and where the Malaysian government and UWC South East Asia help to maintain a turtle breeding sanctuary.
In the Classroom
UWC South East Asia has developed a concept based K-12 academic programme; each curriculum area (or subject) has standards, which identify key concepts that underpin that curriculum area for all students. These standards are applied to all grade levels, building naturally in complexity as students progress through the College.
UWC South East Asia offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) curriculum for Grade 11 and 12. Students joining the College in Grade 9 complete a two-year (I) GCSE programme, while a Foundation IB course is offered to students joining the College in Grade 10. Alongside standard courses, UWC South East Asia offers Hindi Literature, Indonesian Literature, Japanese Literature, Korean Literature, Chinese, Mandarin, Design Technology, Computer Science, Dance, Film and Theatre.
The majority of students are admitted via a direct admissions process that takes into account the UWC mission by deliberately recruiting students who are committed to the mission and vision of the School from a diverse array of backgrounds, nationalities and life experiences. Scholarship students are in most cases selected via the UWC national committee system. Most of them join for the two-year IBDP, however a smaller number of students join on 5 or 3-year scholarships (in Grade 8 or Grade 10) to be granted appropriate preparation for the IBDP. For more information, visit: https://www.uwcsea.edu.sg/admissions
Meet some of the staff members here.
Meet the Head of School here.
The Initiative for Peace (IfP) was founded in 2001 by a group of students and staff to promote peace in global, national and regional conflicts. The annual conferences (currently held in Singapore, Timor-Leste and Thailand) follow a year of preparation by Grade 11 students. Students from both campuses receive training from specialists in the fields of public administration, conflict resolution and negotiation, and historical perspectives in order to facilitate events for youth leaders from the host country.