UWC of South East Asia
Location: Singapore; student profile: 3,400 students aged 4-19; founded: 1971
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.
Campus and facilities
UWCSEA Dover Campus has over 2,900 students from more than 60 nationalities and educates students from Kindergarten 1 to Grade 12 (ages 4 to 18). Admissions. The newly opened UWCSEA East Campus currently has 400 primary school places, and will expand its grade range to include K1 – Grade 12 by 2012.
Dover Campus is set on 11 hectares (27 acres) in a central area of Singapore and has extensive new facilities. There are 265 full- and part- time teachers from 25 nationalities. UWCSEA offers boarding facilities for over 190 students aged 11 to 18. A new, purpose-designed facility being built in Tampines for the East Campus will accommodate over 2,500 students from Kindergarten 1 to Grade 12, including 120 boarders, by 2015.
Beyond the classroom
UWC of South East Asia provides a challenging, holistic education with an emphasis on academic achievement, service to others, teamwork and leadership. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities which include sports, music, drama and social service options. All IB students join one of more than 30 Singapore-based social service projects, visiting every week for at least one academic year. Students visit residential homes and day care centres for the elderly or physically and intellectually disabled.
The Global Concerns programme educates students about global issues and through it students are introduced to concepts of leadership and organization and are encouraged to establish their own initiatives. Students’ efforts have resulted in the building of schools in Swaziland, Nepal and Aceh, Indonesia.
Students develop character and learning through challenges, both in and outside of the classroom. From Grade 3 on, all students participate in class expeditions outside Singapore.
Seventeen years since I left UWCSEA and still, there's a flame that burns within. There, I learnt who I needed to be; today I am.
Anita Kapoor (UWC of South East Asia, graduated 1989)
UWC South East Asia allows direct applications as well accepting some applications through the national committee system for the IB Diploma. All students aged 4-16 apply directly to the college. Contact the college for more information on applying directly.