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"The striking thing about the United World Colleges is that they embrace the entire world across all divides of race, history, culture, wealth, religion, economic status and political belief."
—Nelson Mandela, Honorary President, UWC movement

UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA) is a member of the UWC movement. UWC schools, colleges and programmes deliver a challenging and transformative educational experience to a diverse range of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. The UWC movement was founded in 1962 with the vision of bringing together young people whose experience was of the political conflict of the cold war era, offering an educational experience based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding so that the students would act as champions of peace. All members of the UWC movement remain committed to this goal today, but have expanded our reach to embrace the tensions and conflicts that exist within, as well as between, societies. 

UWC has 18 schools and colleges across five continents. All enrol students in Grades 11 and 12, and some offer a one-year pre-IB programme (similar to the Foundation IB year developed by UWCSEA) in addition to the two-year IB Diploma. Atlantic College, the first UWC college founded in 1962, was instrumental in the establishment of the IB Diploma as an internationally recognised pre-university qualification.

UWCSEA was the second member of the UWC movement, opened by Lee Kuan Yew as Singapore International School in 1971. SIS became the United World College of South East Asia in 1975 and gradually expanded to become the K–12 international school of over 5,400 students across two campuses that it is today.

The schools and colleges of the UWC movement are united by their common mission to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

For further information on the UWC movement, please visit


Locations of UWCSEA schools and colleges across five continents



UWC enrolment by school and college​

School Country Age range Number of students
UWC Adriatic Italy 16–19 182
UWC Atlantic United Kingdom 15–19 350
UWC Changshu China 15–18 443
UWC Costa Rica Costa Rica 16–19 175
UWC East Africa Moshi and Arusha, Tanzania 3–20 500
UWC Dilijan Armenia 16–18 219
UWC ISAK Japan Japan 15–19 175
Li Po Chun UWC  Hong Kong SAR, China 16–18 256
UWC Maastricht Netherlands 4–18 915
UWC Mahindra India 16–18 240
UWC in Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina 16–19 200
Pearson College UWC Canada 16–19 200
UWC Red Cross Nordic Norway 16–20 205
UWC Robert Bosch College Germany 16–19 200
UWC South East Asia Singapore 4–18 5,557
UWC Thailand Phuket, Thailand 2–18 460
UWC-USA New Mexico, USA 17–19 235
Waterford Kamhlaba UWC Swaziland 11–20 600



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