The United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) is an independent international school in Singapore, and a member of the United World College (UWC) movement. The school provides a K–12 education consisting of five interlinking elements: academics, activities, outdoor education, personal and social education and service. The UWCSEA learning programme leads to the IGCSE in Grades 9 and 10 and the IB Diploma in Grades 11 and 12. The school has two campuses, with around 3,000 students at the Dover Campus and 2,500 at the East Campus. Most students are participate in the service programme, which can involve service to the school community, the Singaporean community, and overseas communities.
Opened in 1971 as Singapore International School by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, UWC South East Asia became a full member of the UWC movement in 1975. UWCSEA extends over two campuses: the Dover Campus, originally a secondary school, expanded in the 1990s to include primary students as young as 4 and in 2008, the East Campus opened adding an additional 2,500 students to the UWC community.
The site on which the Dover Campus now stands was previously occupied by St John’s School, run by the British Families Education Service for the families of British military personnel. Due the British military withdrawal from Singapore in 1971, the land was repurposed towards the creation of a private school for expatriates. The Singapore International School was officially opened in 1971 by Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. It was affiliated with the United World College movement, and formally became a member of the movement in 1975, changing its name to the United World College of South East Asia. Originally a secondary-only school, UWCSEA Dover today has a primary section which takes students as young as four. The total number of students on the Dover Campus (Kindergarten 1 – Grade 12) is now over 3,000. UWCSEA’s East Campus opened its doors on 1 September 2008 in a transitional campus in Ang Mo Kio. The East Infant School moved to its permanent home at the Tampines campus in 2010. Today both campuses have a combined student population of 5,561 students.
The campus is one of a few remaining structures in Singapore that was constructed with bricks from the old Alexandra Brick Works, located at the current PSA building. This was confirmed by a student in 2013 during the demolition of the old “English” block, where hundreds of bricks stamped with “Alexandra” were found.
At least one popular international school here has closed its doors to Singaporeans, as more parents explore options beyond the mainstream local schools.
The United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) has told parents that it is no longer accepting applications from locals, as the number of Singaporeans in the college had “reached a significant level”.
School Fees for the First Year
Based on the fees published for academic year 2020/2021
|Type of Fee||Term of Fee||Price (SGD)|
|Enrollment Fee||One-Time Fee||SGD $4,900|
|Application Fee||One-Time Fee||SGD $615|
|Development Levy – First year||One-Time Fee||SGD $8,334|
|Tuition Fee||Annual||SGD $32,100|
One-time fees when signing up SGD $13,849
Yearly fees SGD $32,100
Total first year fees SGD $45,949
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