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UWCSEA's bespoke Home Language Programme (HLP) is offered for students who want to maintain a language spoken at home but who do not study this language as part of the academic curriculum during the school day. 

Delivered by a qualified native-speaker teacher in small group classes after school, the lessons support students to maintain and develop their home language skills at age appropriate levels, taking into account the language learning benchmarks identified in the UWCSEA K-12 curriculum. 

In K1 to Grade 1, the focus in on maintaining or expanding a students exposure to their home language in an environment other than home.

From Grade 2, a particular focus on developing the literacy skills of reading and writing is introduced. For older students, the programme is intended to assist them maintain a level of proficiency that may allow them (if desired) to move into classes offered in the academic curriculum in Middle or High School, including the option of School Supported Self Taught Language courses from Grade 9. It may also assist students who aim to study for a bilingual IB Diploma to maintain a level of language learning to access a relevant IBDP course.

HLP classes are an additional cost. Although the intent of the programme is the same, there are slight differences by campus, including the languages on offer, as these are subject to community demand. For information on the language programme, including when some of these languages become available as part of the academic programme, please refer to our Languages at UWCSEA factsheet or contact Admissions.

Note: Mandarin Chinese is offered at home language (mother tongue) level through the academic curriculum from Grade 1.

Example languages 2019/2020 academic year
Dover Campus East Campus
  • Bahasa Indonesian
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Urdu
  • Bahasa Indonesian
  • Bengali
  • Cantonese
  • Dutch
  • Filipino
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Malay
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Tamil
  • Thai
  • Urdu