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About Us

UWCSEA is a united, welcoming community, spread across two campuses that embrace students and their families.
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Guiding Statements

Our Guiding Statements help to ensure that our students are equipped to enact the mission throughout their lives. 
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Learning

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Learning.

A UWCSEA education is values-based and holistic, developing young people who will build a more peaceful and sustainable world. Learn more.

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K–12 Concept-Based Curriculum.

Our curriculum is designed to help students develop knowledge, skills and understanding through five elements of our learning programme. Learn more.

Community

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Students

The passion and energy of our diverse community of students is what makes our campuses come to life. Learn more.

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Scholars

Our scholars come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring unique perspectives and experience to our community. Learn more.

Our Big Ideas

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Our Big Ideas

As a learning community, we engage with the world of ideas to connect concepts and put ideas into action. Learn more.

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Singapore as a Nation State: Past, Present and Future.

By Mr Janadas Devan, Director of the Institute of Policy Studies at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS

Discover the fascinating evolution of 'Singapore as a Nation State, Past Present and Future' with Mr. Janadas Devan and our panel of UWCSEA students, connecting Singapore's historical roots and its present circumstances. View here

Admissions

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Welcome

A welcome from our Director of Admissions and introduction to our process. Learn more.

UWCSEA runs an annual application cycle

Applications for 2024/2025

Applications for the 2024/2025 school year will open on 1 September 2023 Learn more.

Careers

CAREERS

If you are as inspired by our mission to make education a force to unite people...Learn more.

Working at UWCSEA

We welcome applications from prospective colleagues who will contribute to our diverse community…Learn more.

Support Us

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Support us

The UWCSEA culture of giving and service is central to our identity as a mission-aligned community. Learn more.

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Impact of Giving

The generosity of our community has had a significant impact on individuals and groups in Singapore, the region and globally. Learn more.

Languages at UWCSEA

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At UWCSEA we value and celebrate linguistic diversity. Our community is made up of students and families from around 90 countries and with more than 80 languages spoken as a first language. 

Our language offerings are designed to provide our students with exposure to other cultures as well as to acquire skill in a language other than English. If your child's first language is not English, we support them to retain and develop skills in their home language (mother tongue) wherever possible. 

Factsheet: UWCSEA Languages Programme

English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Students who do not speak English as their mother tongue are admitted from K1 to Grade 11 on both campuses, although the EAL programme differs slightly by campus. In addition to English as an Additional Language lessons, almost all students take a Language other than English (LOTE) class as part of the academic timetable. The languages offered depend on the grade and campus. Learn more

Home Languages Programme (HLP)
In addition to the languages offered via the academic timetable, we also offer a comprehensive Home Languages Programme for students who wish to maintain a level of academic exposure to a mother tongue (home) language which they do not study during the school day. The HLP is part of our Activities offering and classes are an additional cost. Learn more

First language courses - Advanced
To support our multilingual students, we offer a range of advanced language classes in the academic timetable. To be placed in any first language course, students need to have had previous academic study of the language, and it must also be their home language. 

When these classes form part of the academic programme we call them ‘advanced’ courses and classes generally take place during the school day. This is different from our Home Language Programme which is for students not able to take their first language during the school timetable. 

Foreign language courses - Beginner
For students wishing to learn a foreign language for the first time (or with limited prior exposure), there are beginner language courses available for  K1–Grade 8, and Grade 11. New and existing students have the opportunity to join the offered beginner language class from the start of each school year.

If no beginner language course is available for a student joining UWCSEA in Grade 9 or 10, we are able to discuss alternative subject options. These students will then join a beginner course for Grade 11 and 12.

Beginner language offerings differ by campus and grade, and are offered subject to demand. Beginner courses are available in at least one of Chinese, Spanish or French. Details by campus are on the factsheet at the top of this page.

Foreign language courses - Continuation
These courses are available for students joining the College in K1–Grade 11 and require students to have had at least a year of prior academic study in the language.

Continuation courses are available for Chinese, English, French and Spanish, although there are some variations, dependant on the grade. For example, in Grade 11, as an alternative to Language A, the Dover Campus also offers Language B in Japanese and German. 

Most students joining the College are tested to ensure they are placed in a course that matches their previous experience and attainment with the UWCSEA language course.

Language options differ by campus and are subject to demand. Details by campus are on the factsheet at the top of this page.

 

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