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UWC Changshu China

UWC Changshu China

No. 88 Kunchenghuxi Road, Changshu, Jiangsu, 215500, China

+86 512 5298 2602



UWC Changshu China
School type Co-educational Boarding Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 2015
Status Private
Head of College Simon Head
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 15-19 years
Number of pupils 600
Two-year fee ¥740,000 (scholarships available)
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Christopher Hodachok
Associations IB


UWC Changshu China was founded in 2015 as the first UWC in the mainland of China for students in grades 10, 11 and 12. The college emphasizes a connection to its location and offers education focused on Chinese language and culture, innovation, youth leadership and environmental activism.

Learning at UWC Changshu China

The College defines learning as an iterative process in which we engage and inquire, reflect on the experience considering diverse perspectives, and intentionally apply what we learn to better ourselves, our communities, and the world. UWC Changshu China offers a Foundation Programme for grade 10 and the IB Diploma Programme for grades 11 and 12 with an emphasis on experiential learning to develop critical thinking skills and self-management skills, as well as focusing on community engagement, physical activities, service to others and creative pursuits. The Yunshan Academy on campus houses the Centre for Design and Innovation to support innovation and design thinking, as well as the Centre for Chinese Programmes to further learners' understanding of the essence of Chinese culture and language.

Outside the classroom

Students at UWC Changshu China engage in a wide range of cultural, sporting and social activities. The name of its Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme is Zhi Xing, which means 'learning by doing' as well as 'putting knowledge into action'. The extra-curricular Zhi Xing programme allows students to connect to the UWC mission and values through selecting to participate in one or more of its ten service streams, which are physical education; ecology and biodiversity; media and communication; design, innovation and engineering; outdoor education; peace and justice; the arts; education and research; culture; and diversity and identity.

Campus and facilities

The 24-acre campus is built on an island on the northwest side of Kuncheng Lake. In architectural design, the campus is reminiscent of a southern Chinese waterside village, where connections between all parts are seamless and unobstructed. The campus is comprised of cutting-edge technologies to enhance its sustainability. With an abundance of open spaces, modern facilities include a multi-function performing art space, STEM hub, wellbeing centre, swimming pool, athletics track and sporting facilities, residential houses for students and faculty, a dining hall and a library.


IBDP applicants apply through their UWC national committee or the UWC Global Selection Programme. Foundation Programme applicants need to contact the school directly.