The UWC movement makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. UWCSEA aims to educate individuals to embrace challenge and take responsibility for shaping a better future. UWCSEA wishes to provide a challenging, holistic values based education with an emphasis on academics, service and environmental stewardship.

The UWCSEA Gap Year programme gives students opportunities to embrace challenge in order to maximise their potential and provide service to others in a meaningful and perhaps challenging “real world” situation. Through a gap year students can display their commitment to care, develop resilience and take responsibility for their actions and their impact on others. Students will develop independence and be required to manage their own time and set realistic goals. It is expected that challenges will arise during their gap year and students will need to show patience, creativity and collaboration in order to achieve their goals.

Students will have the opportunity to take the ideals they have learned at UWCSEA and apply them in a wider community.

Go Make a Difference (GoMAD) offer funding to UWCSEA graduates who want to get involved in community service when they graduate from UWC. They offer grants of up to GBP 1000. Find out more here. The closing date for GoMAD grant applications is 31 January.

British Council ELT Course

This course is taught jointly by UWCSEA teachers and trainers from The British Council. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of volunteers who wish to undertake teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language. This introductory course is designed to give participants basic training in the key skills and methodologies in ELT and provide them with examples of good practice from past and present UWCSEA gap-year projects. The course can be taught in ten 90 minute sessions after school with two Saturday morning sessions or as an intensive course after graduation from UWCSEA.

There are three sessions: 

1) August to December (Grade 11 and 12 students) 

2) Chinese New Year to the end of the school year (Grade 11 students only)

3) An intensive course which runs for 10 half days at the beginning of June (graduated students only)

The cost is S$200 for the after school courses and $500-700 (depending on numbers) for the intensive session. Participating students will receive a Certificate of Attendance validated by the British Council. For more details contact

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Contact us

 Wan Hui Ong
 Gap Year Office
 Dover Campus