UWC South East Asia

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Location: Singapore
Profile: 4,400 students from 4 to 19 years
Founded: 1971


UWCSEA-students with laptop


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 educates students from Kindergarten 1 to Grade 12 (ages 4 to 18). The new UWCSEA East Campus will expand its grade range from primary 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. UWCSEA offers boarding facilities for over 190 students aged 11 to 18. A new, purpose-designed facility 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 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.


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 school.  Contact the school for more information on applying directly.

Costs and Fees

Tuition and Board

Please refer to the following link for up-to-date information on College fees — College Fees (school fees are charged in Singapore Dollar).

Medical Assistance

Medical insurance including Group Personal Accident and Group Hospital and Surgical insurance is provided. Please review the details of the cover provided to determine if additional cover may be required.

Ancillary Expenses

The following costs are NOT included in the current value of the scholarship:

  • Travel to and from the College.
  • Pocket Money.
  • Project Week and overseas school trips.
  • Exam Fees.
  • Winter Break: mid-December to mid-January (4 weeks).
  • Visa applications and Passport renewals.
  • Uniform.
  • Amenities fund for boarding students.
  • Any tests for American Universities (SAT) and University application fees.

Educational costs (books and teaching) are included in the scholarship, although students must buy their own stationary.