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School spotlight: UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA)

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Snapshot: UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA)

Year founded: 1971
Public or private: Private school
Profit/Not for profit: Profit
Day or boarding: Day & Boarding
Segregation type: Co-Educational
Religious affiliation: None
Curriculum: IB DP
Instructional language: English
Alternate instructional language: None
Start grade: Kindergarten
End grade: 12


About: UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA)

UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA) is a united, welcoming community that embraces students and their families from around 100 different nations.

The second member of the UWC Movement, the College was opened by Lee Kuan Yew as Singapore International School (SIS) in 1971. SIS became the United World College of South East Asia in 1975 and has gradually expanded to become the K–12 international school of over 5,600 students across two campuses that it is today.

UWCSEA’s community, while large, celebrates and builds on the success of individuals, with an aim to create a wider impact through its Mission. UWCSEA embodies everything the UWC Movement stands for: concern and compassion for others, the willingness to accept responsibility, and tenacity in pursuit of the truth.

The intentional diversity in UWCSEA’s community created by its student admissions and staff recruitment policies adds so much to the learning environment and outcomes for its students: increasing the richness of ideas, creating an internationalist mindset and, most importantly, it building deep understanding and respect for others.

UWCSEA students and staff are encouraged to investigate and value their own different histories and talents, as well as those of other people and cultures.


Ethos: UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA)

The learning programme at UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA) consists of five interlinking elements: academics, activities, outdoor education, personal and social education, and service. While students do not spend an equal amount of time on each of the elements (for much of the year, the academic element takes up most of their day), UWCSEA places equal value on them.

The programme strives to give each student age-appropriate opportunities to develop qualities and skills that we have identified as necessary for them to fulfil UWCSEA’s educational goal and mission.

What also distinguishes UWCSEA’s students is how much they give service to others: their compassion and commitment are writ large in the many hundreds of hours of impactful service the College bears witness to every year, across a hugely diverse range of activities, and which UWCSEA celebrate as much as academic achievements.


Facilities: UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA)

UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA) campuses offer exceptional facilities suited to its hands-on and technologically integrated learning programme. From classrooms, resource centres and libraries equipped with state-of-the-art technology and tools, to professionally equipped performance spaces, to outstanding sporting facilities, both campuses provide an environment to support all five elements of the school’s learning programme.

Dover Campus

Located west of the CBD, near the National University of Singapore the spacious Dover Campus has recently completed a multi-year redevelopment plan and is now recognised for sustainable design.

Occupying 11 hectares (27 acres), the Dover Campus opened in 1971. In the past decade, the campus has undergone a rejuvenation which included the construction of two new buildings, refurbishment of several others and the enhancement of already extensive sports and performing arts facilities. Facilities include a dedicated Primary School, extensive indoor and outdoor sports facilities and an array of play and performance spaces which are available to all students.

Awarded for its sustainable design features, universal accessibility features such as interconnecting, off-ground walkways to facilitate traffic between buildings on campus have been incorporated to facilitate student access to the facilities that support the learning programme.

East Campus

Founded in 2008, the East Campus is located in Tampines, a fast-developing northeastern hub near Changi Airport. The purpose-built campus is globally recognised for sustainable and universal school design.

Set on 5.5 hectares (13.5 acres), the East Campus opened in 2011. The campus set a global benchmark in design and innovation in international schools. The distinctive new facility challenged traditional notions of school design and is entirely suited to the unique UWCSEA ethos and educational style.

The campus is structured to support student collaboration and community as they explore extensive curriculum offerings in specialist facilities such as the Design and Technology centre, the Arts block and extensive sports facilities.

The self-contained Infant Block allows UWCSEA’s youngest students to flourish in an age-appropriate space with access to dedicated specialist facilities, while still maintaining links to their older peers.


Location: UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA)

Nestled at the crossroads of Asia, Singapore is a city-state that seamlessly blends tradition and modernity. This dynamic metropolis is a melting pot of cultures, where towering skyscrapers stand in harmony with colourful neighbourhoods like Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam.

The iconic Marina Bay Sands and the futuristic Gardens by the Bay showcase Singapore’s commitment to architectural innovation and sustainable urban development. Beyond the gleaming cityscape, Singapore is a culinary paradise, offering a delectable array of dishes from hawker centers to Michelin-starred restaurants.

The city-state’s commitment to cleanliness and efficiency is evident in its well-maintained public spaces and an excellent public transportation system. Singapore is not just a global financial hub; it’s a vibrant tapestry of diverse traditions, a testament to its rich history and forward-looking spirit.


Benefits: UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA)

Number of Contract Days: 185 days.

Accommodation: $31,000 USD in cash (Assuming Single Teacher).

Bonus: Annual Service Gratuity (Assuming Expats).

Moving Allowance: Amount varies based on country of domicile.

Medical: Fully paid.

Other: Professional development.


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