Applying to Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong

Applications to join Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong during the current 2019-2020 academic year are received all year round on a rolling basis, pending availability in the year level that the student is applying to. Please contact our Admissions Team or call +86 21 3896 1200 

Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong opened in 2003 and was the first in the Dulwich College International family of schools. It is recognised as a leading international school in the city.

Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong is a co-educational day school for students from Toddler to Year 13 (ages 2 to 18). Our College is academically selective and follows an enhanced British curriculum adapted for the needs of our international student body. Students follow the IGCSE curriculum in Years 10 and 11, and then the IB Diploma Programme in Years 12 and 13. The strong academic curriculum is complemented by a rich co-curricular programme.

Continuing the tradition of excellence of our founding school, our graduates go on to study at leading universities in the UK, USA and around the world.

The primary teaching language is English, with a dual language approach in Mandarin and English in DUCKS (ages 2 to 7). To ensure our students will thrive, we assess the English level of non-native speakers before making an offer. Our Mandarin programme is streamed and caters to all abilities.

The close collaboration among our colleges, in both Shanghai and the Dulwich College International family, gives our students unique opportunities to participate in network events and benefit from the group's relationships with leading educational and artistic organisations.

How to Apply

Please note that selected forms will open in a separate and secured Dulwich College International website.

If you wish to apply for your child, please download the application form from here, complete it and return to our Admissions Office To check which year level your child would be applying for, please refer to the August 2020/2021 Year Level Age Requirements Chart. To contact our Admissions team with questions about the application process or to schedule a school visit, please call +86 21 3896 1200 or email

If you are unable to visit our College, please enjoy a virtual tour.

Admissions Criteria

Students wishing to enrol in the College must comply with the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission requirements, detailed below:

  • Parent is a foreign passport holder with an alien employment permit issued in Shanghai.
  • Parent is a PRC passport holder but student has a foreign birth certificate.
  • All family members are PRC passport holders with foreign permanent residence. permits, and the applicant has obtained a waiver letter from the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission allowing him or her to apply Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong.
  • The family is from Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan and is working in Shanghai.

Families who are unsure about their eligibility to attend an international school should request a copy of the Admissions Policy, released by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (SMEC).

In addition to providing the application form and supporting documents, all students wishing to enrol are subject to the Admissions criteria set out below. To determine which year to apply for, please refer to our age placement guide. As a general rule, students should have reached the age indicated in the table below before 1st September of the year of application.

Our continued success and high demand for school-places means that it is not always possible to accept all applicants into Early Years. Consequently admissions are based upon certain priorities and enrolment requirements. Applications are accepted from the year before admission and places are offered according to the date of application and our enrolment criteria. Our processes help to determine the match between a child’s needs/potential and the resources available at the College.

Students applying for entry in the Early Years must submit current/prior school records and a teacher comment report from their current teacher if the student has had previous education. Parents will also need to complete a report. Students and Parents will be invited in for an Early Year Assessment before The Admissions Committee reviews the application or a place is offered. Students entering Nursery and Reception must be toilet trained. 

Children applying for entry into Year 1 and Year 2 must submit current and prior school records. A teacher comment report from the class teacher or Principal is also required. Once the report is submitted, the child will be assessed by the Head or Deputy Head of DUCKS before the Admissions Committee reviews the application or a place is offered.

Students applying for entry into Year 3 to Year 6 must submit current and prior school records. A teacher comment report from their class teacher or Principal is also required. Students undertake assessments to ensure they can access the curriculum. Candidates whose first language is English will complete a 30-minute writing assignment. Candidates whose first language is not English will take an “English as an Additional Language” assessment.

Students applying for entry into Year 7 to Year 13 must submit current and prior school records. A confidential report from the class teacher or Principal is required. Students undertake assessments to ensure they can access the curriculum. Candidates whose first language is something other than English will take an “English as an Additional Language” assessment. Students will need to provide their option choices for review as part of the admissions review. Candidates for the IGCSE and the IB Diploma will be interviewed by the Head or Deputy Head of Senior School.

Applications for enrolment into Year 11 are considered on a case by case basis and are typically not considered for Term 2 and 3, as current students will be on study leave for mock and final exams for a large portion of this period.

Candidates applying for a place in Year 12 will be interviewed by the Head or Deputy Head of Senior School.

The College will very rarely consider applicants for entry into Year 13. To be considered, students must be applying from a nearly identical IB Diploma Programme. Applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Special arrangements can be made for the entrance assessments to be administered at the candidate’s current school.

If a candidate cannot be interviewed, a provisional place may be offered, which can be withdrawn if the College later determines it cannot support the child’s needs, or if  a concern arises  that was not previously known.

Once all items have been received, the Admission Committee will review the student’s application materials and inform parents about the admission decision. As Dulwich College Shanghai is a selective school, and not all students who apply will be offered a place. We select only those students who appear to be most likely to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.


Below are our school fees for the 2020/2021 academic year.


An application fee of RMB 3,500 is non-refundable and valid for the year of application.

You can also download the full fee schedule at the useful documents section at the bottom of the webpage.


Fees may be paid as follows:

  • RMB cash. We regret that the College is only able to accept cash payments in RMB.
  • Cheques in RMB.
  • Bank Transfers in RMB or U.S. Dollars. Bank account details are printed on all invoices and are available from the Finance Department.

When paying by bank transfer in U.S. Dollars, the amount received will be determined by the applicable rate on the funds arrival date. The prevailing RMB/USD rate used by school is published at the website by Bank of China. Any shortfall in amounts received by the College, for any reason, will be due on demand or carried forward to the next invoice at the College’s discretion.

Examination fees for IGCSE and IB programmes are included in our tuition fees. Fees for compulsory school trips are also covered in our tuition fees, while optional school trip expenses are borne by the parents or guardians.

The cost of school lunches is not included in our tuition fees. School lunches are catered by Aden.

Please read the Admissions Booklet and Terms and Conditions below for more information.

Frequently asked questions

Below are a number of questions that families often ask our Admissions Team.

Do you have a waiting list?

Where there are more qualified candidates than places available, we establish a waiting list and offer placements to students as and when they become available 

If so, how are admissions prioritised?

We enrol students who have met the entry requirements in accordance with the spaces available in the appropriate year level. If there are no available places, or the application is for a future academic year, students are placed on a waiting list. Priority will be given to the siblings of currently enrolled students, a returning Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong student and children transferring from another Dulwich College International school.

Please request details of the College Policy for further information.

Do you asses all children before admission?

Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong is a selective school. Children applying for Years 1 and 2 are required to provide a Teacher Comment report (to be completed by the class teacher) and will be invited in for an interview assessment or EAL assessment.

Students applying for Years 3 to 12 are required to undertake an entrance assessment to ensure that they can access the curriculum. The Admissions Committee will review test results, previous school records and the Teacher Comment Report. In some cases applicants will be required to have an interview. Students who are found to require English as an Additional Language support will have additional assessments if deemed necessary.

What kind of test is it?

Applicants are required to take the Cognitive Ability Test (CAT), consisting of verbal, quantitative and non-verbal assessments and a written English Assessment.

How long does it take?

It will take around three hours, including breaks between each assessment.

I do not plan to visit Shanghai before we move. Where can my child be tested?

Assessments can be carried out in the student’s current school.

Can my child eat lunch at school?


Who are your caterers?

Aden is the catering provider at Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong. 

How much do lunches cost?

A set lunch menu is offered in DUCKS for  27 RMB per day. The price of a set lunch for Junior School students is 28.50 RMB. Senior School students can enjoy a variety of a la carte dishes with prices ranging from  20 to  30 RMB.

Do you accommodate children with food allergies?

We pay special attention to children with food allergies. All offered dishes are labelled clearly. Furthermore, special food content labels are used in DUCKS and Junior School restaurants to make it easier for the children to recognise the food products offered. We require parents and staff to refrain from taking food containing nuts into school.

Can my child bring lunch to school?



Do Dulwich students wear a uniform?

Yes, all students at the College, excluding toddler children, are required to wear a school uniform. The school uniform will vary at certain Key Stages and is different for warm and cold weather. 

What does it look like?

Where can I buy it?

Uniforms can be purchased at the College Uniform Shop, which is located on the first floor in the Senior School Building

Please read the Admissions Booklet for more information.

What are your school hours?

Children in Toddler, Nursery and Reception are expected to be in school for registration at 8.30am. Toddlers can go home at 11.30am (half day) or 3.00pm (full day). Children in Years 1 and 2 begin the school day at 8.15am and finish at 3.00pm. Students in Year 3 and above start the school day at 8.15am and finish at 3.30pm.

Do you offer bus service?


What if my child stays at school late for activities? Can he or she still get a bus home?

The core CCAs will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For DUCKS children, we are unable to provide buses at 4pm so we ask that you to make alternative arrangements for your child. For Junior and Senior School students, buses will depart from the College at 4.40pm on these afternoons.

How much are the bus fees?

Click here to download our bus information booklet.


Do I require identification to enter the College?

Yes. All those who wish to have access to the College will need a security card for entrance. To prepare the cards, families should upload individual photos to Dulwich College Shanghai Security Card Application Form using .jpeg or .png files only. A family group can be set up on the application form, and may include your ayi, your driver or anyone that you completely trust to come onto the College grounds to collect your child(ren).

We will provide the first two cards free of charge, with each subsequent card costing 30RMB. This fee can be paid at the Student Support Service office when you collect your finished cards.

Other than on Student Orientation Day, everyone apart from students in uniform will need to swipe their personal cards for access. Other visitors must sign in with the guards and wear visitor badges to gain entrance. Temporary school badges must be handed back to the guards on leaving the site. 

At Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong, we appreciate the cultural diversity that non-native English speakers bring to our school and we are able to support a percentage of students who are non-native English speakers. Applicants who speak languages other than English should be able to demonstrate age-appropriate academic proficiency in their native tongue. Our admissions team may request that students be assessed on their ability to handle the academic challenges of English before an admissions decision is made.

We only enrol students whom we know we can support. We enrol students with learning challenges when the information available indicates that the student’s learning needs can be met by the services we provide.

Our team will consult students and parents to conduct all necessary assessments and review copies of all previous reports and records. We request that parents provide all information available to enable our admissions review team to make an accurate decision about learning support services and admission.