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Application process

Step 1: Research the school and choose a campus

Step 2: Contact Admissions and visit the campus(es)

Step 3: Apply online

Step 4: Admission evaluation

Step 5: Offers and accepting a place

Step 1: Research the school and choose a campus

Review the information on our website, speak to other parents and teachers at your current school.

Its important that you do your research on the campus location, as once you accept a place on one campus its not possible to transfer between them. Day student applicants who would be genuinely happy with either campus can make a 'dual campus' application. 

There are many excellent sources of information on moving to Singapore. However, to assist families who are considering which campus to apply to prior to their move to Singapore, we’ve listed the key residential locations near each of our campuses.

Location of the campuses

While Singapore is comparatively small, it is worth considering the location of the campus in relation to your home and checking on the service and estimated travel times. The school bus operator provides transport to most locations around the island, but it is not guaranteed. 

Dover Campus

 

 

Location: the campus is in an area also referred to as Dover (District 5). The majority of Dover Campus families live in Districts 10, 5 and 9. 

Transport: refer to this overview of bus services (Dover | East) provided by our transport operator for estimated travel times and costs from the different locations they service.

East Campus

 

 

Location: the campus is in District 18 (Far East – Tampines), very close to Changi Airport and Bedok Reservoir. The three most popular residential districts for East Campus families are Districts 15 and 16 on the East Coast and centrally located District 10, as traffic to the campus goes against the commuter flow.

Transport: refer to this overview of bus services provided by our transport operator for estimated travel times and costs from the different locations they service.

If you are considering applying to both campuses, equidistant residential districts to consider include Districts 11, 12 or 13. 

Step 2: Contact Admissions and visit the campus(es)

Please contact Admissions to arrange a tour and clarify any questions you have. An individual tailored tour will take about an hour. A group tour, which hosts up to three families who are looking at the same school section, can be around 1.5 hours.

If possible, visit while school is in session, as this provides a far greater insight into the quality of our programme and the vibrancy of our community.

Tours are offered Monday–Friday between 9am and 2pm. It is essential to book a campus tour in advance, as we are rarely able to provide a comprehensive tour at short notice. Due to child safeguarding, safety and security, self-guided tours are not possible.

We also have virtual tours of many parts of both Dover and East Campus.

The Admissions team also visits countries around Asia and Europe each year—click here to see a list of locations and dates.

Step 3: Apply online

You can apply online or register your interest in joining us in future. 

If applications are already open for the academic year you are interested in, submit the online application, which will include submitting supporting documentation and paying a non-refundable application fee(s). If you would be happy with either campus, you are able to apply to both using a single application form, by indicating you are making a dual application and paying two application fees.

The availability of places in some grades is not the same at both campuses. Before you make your selection as to which campus to apply to, please contact Admissions for information.

If applications for the year you are interested in having your child join the College are not yet open, register your interest and we will be in touch to let you know when applications open. We will also let you know about open days and other events relevant for families who are looking to join our community.

UWCSEA Nominee Programme (UNP) applicants

The Admissions Department can pre-screen UNP nominees at the request of subscribing corporations. It is important to note that applicants need either nominate as candidate via the UNP or apply via the general application process in any given year; if a standard application is unsuccessful, students cannot, regardless of meeting the entrance criteria, then be nominated as a UNP candidate for the same academic year.

Potential UNP nominees should contact Jon Parr, Director of Corporate Relations, prior to submitting an online application to discuss the process. Please also review the information on the UNP before submitting an application.

Step 4: Admission evaluation

During this step, Admissions looks at your child’s application to assess their eligibility to be considered for a place. They will be in touch to confirm or clarify details, and may request further information.

Some applicants are asked to come to the College for an assessment. This is generally to ascertain whether any specific support might be required or to ensure the applicant has the necessary level of English to progress well in our programme. All eligible High School applicants are asked to to participate in an immersion day, which includes interactive activities, assessments and an interview. This takes place on campus if you are in Singapore, or during one of our overseas outreach visits.

Once an application has been evaluated, parents are advised of their child's eligibility to be considered for a place. Once we are sure that an applicant meets our entrance criteria, they are placed in a pool of eligible applicants, from which we then select students for offers. We also contact parents of applicants who are not eligible to join the pool of eligible applicants.

Please refer to our Q&A section for detailed information. 

Step 5: Offers and accepting a place

Eligible applicants are considered for places in the next academic year during our offer periods, which run in phases between November and May - click here for an outline of our timeline.

Eligible applicants to K1–Grade 8 who are not offered a place for the start of the academic year may be invited to remain in the application pool for an immediate entry place, should a student leave the College after the start of the academic year. These offers are made at any time up to the beginning of Term 2 in January.

Please refer to our Q&A section for more specific information.