We’re not just a school. We’re a family.
Residential life is one of the cornerstones of the UWC program, as we believe that many of the most important learning experiences for students occur outside the classroom.
By living with peers from a variety of countries and backgrounds, you will develop an understanding and appreciation for diversity, as you strengthen your own identity and re-examine your ideas and beliefs.
You will live with 12 to 20 other students of the same gender, and share a two-person or four-person bedroom. Your “house” will also include a spacious living room/lounge area, as well as a small kitchenette and washing machines. In nearly all cases, we pair up roommates from different countries and backgrounds, giving you the chance to learn about other cultures and perspectives on a daily basis. Additionally, you and your housemates are in charge of developing and implementing your own systems for house management, providing you an opportunity to develop your leadership, problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills.
UWC ISAK Japan has a strong commitment to the welfare, development and support of our students, individually and collectively. Pastoral care plays a vital role in our community. As part of our commitment to deliberate diversity, we bring diverse students together from across the world and seek to support them as they face challenges that include relocation from home, language acquisition, a rigorous academic program, and much more.
Our campus staff include nurses, counselors, a psychologist, peer supporters, and advisory leaders. Students also have access to healthcare on campus and through the excellent Japanese health care system. Our student support team members meet regularly to ensure that they are all working towards creating a healthy community for living, learning and working together. There is always a team of faculty members that are on duty in the evenings to ensure that students are looked after and safe. Many faculty members live on campus, so students are well supported by caring adults as they develop their independence and life management skills.
It is also important for students to take time to reflect on their role within the school. At UWC ISAK, we teach and encourage the practice of mindfulness as a tool for students to become more reflective of their experiences, more able to learn from their mistakes and more aware of the needs and challenges of those around them. Our goal is to work together to create a community where all members feel safe, included, accepted and supported, and from this standpoint can challenge themselves to achieve greater things.
Spotlight: Interfaith Dialogue Group
How do students of different faiths live together at one small school? With respect. The Interfaith Dialogue Group was created as a forum for students to learn more about different religions while exploring their own personal beliefs. The group meets weekly and focuses their discussions on exploring different themes through the lens of religious traditions (including atheism) as experienced by the participants. It is open to students of all faiths and those who do not have a faith. The group also supports believers of certain religions on campus in their effort to practice what is meaningful to them.