Backco-ed boarding school


School Name: UWCSEA
Location: Dover Campus: 1207 Dover Road, Singapore 139654; East Campus: 1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528704
Founded Year: 1971
Type: Co-ed
Boarding Age: 11-19
Year Group: Nursery - Year12
No. of Students: 4500
No. of Boarders: 230
School Facilities:
Entry Requirement:
Extracurricular Activities:

Contact Details
Director of Admissions:
Dover Campus:1207 Dover Road, Singapore 139654 East Campus: 1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528704
+65 6775 5344

The School

  • The United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) is an independent, international school in Singapore. The school has two campuses, Dover and East. UWCSEA East moved to its permanent campus in 2010, and will have expanded to full capacity in 2015. UWCSEA is the largest of the 13 United World College (UWC) schools.
  • Since its founding, UWCSEA has offered full secondary school education. In the late-1990s the school expanded and now also offers full primary education. Today the Dover Campus takes students from the age of four. The number of students on the Dover Campus (Kindergarten 1 - Grade 12) is over 2,900. Once the UWCSEA East Campus is at full capacity in 2015, the additional 2,500 available places will swell the number of students to 5,400.
  • UWCSEA is somewhat different from many of its sister colleges in the UWC movement, most of which are wholly boarding institutions which offer only a two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for mainly scholarship students of around 16–19 years of age. UWCSEA has always been a full secondary school taking in students from age 11, and has offered primary education since the late-1990s. While the majority of students are children of expatriates in Singapore, there are also around 200 boarders at the Dover campus, most of whom come from neighbouring countries in Asia or are children of expatriates living in the region.
  • UWCSEA has high annual pass rates for GCSE and IB examinations. The Good Schools Guide International's review of the school, states that: "This school has a deservedly good reputation academically but offers far more than exam success to its students. UWCSEA was named on Lifestyle Boutique's "Top 10 Schools In The World".


  • The school is selective, although it says that it does not just select academic high-flyers.
  • Pupils are asked for reports from their previous schools, and may be interviewed. Some, but not all, are given entrance tests.
  • Pupils must be able to speak English well enough to follow the curriculum. There is some provision for children with moderate learning difficulties.
  • New applications are considered every year, rather than there being a more lengthy waiting list, but, despite pupil numbers having expanded in recent years, competition for places remains fierce.

Boarding Houses

  • Boarders learn how to live, work and play together, sharing experiences with people of their own age from many different countries and cultural backgrounds. The school seeks to provide a caring "home away from home" for boarders, where they can enjoy happy and fulfilling lives as part of an international boarding community which has the feel of a large family.
  • Life in the boarding community is enriched by UWC National Committee scholars who are resident in the boarding houses. The UWC scholars contribute much to the rich and culturally diverse life in UWCSEA's international boarding family.

2012/13 Boarding Fees# (In SGD$) Per Year (3 Terms Per Year)


Remark: #Inclusive of tuition fees but exclusive of miscellaneous fees, such as uniform, extracurricular activities

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