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.
At UWC ISAK Japan, you will share a two-person or four-person bedroom in a house for 12 to 18 students. Each house includes a spacious living room/lounge area, as well as a small kitchenette and free laundry facilities. In nearly all cases, we will assign you 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 with an opportunity to develop your leadership, problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills. In addition to the Residential Advisors (RAs) — students elected by their peers to keep the house operating smoothly and resolve minor issues — your house will be overseen by a House Mentor, a faculty member whose role is to support you in your residential setting.
While most of the houses are single-gender houses, in 2018, we are opening our first blended house, which accommodates 24 students of all genders. Within the blended house, rooms are assigned by self-identified gender, and students have access to gender-neutral toilets and showers, as well as single-sex showers. Each year, students have the option of requesting placement in a single-gender house or the blended house.
UWC ISAK Japan has a strong commitment to the welfare, development, and support of our students, and pastoral care plays a vital role in our community. Our program brings together young people from across the globe, and students face challenges such as relocation from home, language acquisition, a rigorous academic program, and much more. We are firmly committed to supporting students, individually and collectively, as they navigate their UWC experience.
Our campus staff includes nurses, counselors, a psychologist, peer supporters, and advisory leaders. Students also have access to health care 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. Additionally, house mentors and duty mentors work with specific houses to ensure that students are looked after and safe at all times. 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 Japan, 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, so they 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.