Welcome from the Admissions Team
A very warm welcome from Admissions Team as you explore Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong with us! We are so excited that you have chosen to learn more about Dulwich Pudong as a possible destination for yourself (if you are a student) or for your child or children.
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 organizations.
Eligibility Requirements on Identity and Admissions Criteria
To comply with policies made by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (SMEC), please review the categories below before starting applications:
- Parent is a foreign passport holder with the work permit and residence permit issued in Shanghai.
- Parent is from Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan or Macau SAR legally working and residing in Shanghai.
- Both Parents are PRC passport holders and at least one parent is working and residing in Shanghai. Student was born overseas and has a foreign birth certificate.
- Working parent is a PRC passport holder, married to a non-working, holding legal entry visa or resident visa and non-PRC passport holder. Student is a PRC passport holder.
- Working parent is a PRC passport holder and has a foreign permanent residence permit. Student has a foreign passport and holds a valid residence permit issued in Shanghai.
- Both Parents and student are PRC passport holders with foreign permanent residence permit. Student has over two-year studying experience in the country where he gets the permanent residence permit. Parent is working in Shanghai.
Please click here to view the application checklist required by each category.
In the meantime, in keeping with our vision and core values, we seek to build a diverse student community that represents a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Therefore, we seek for students who can embrace the opportunities offered by the College and also are subject to the admissions criteria set out below.
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 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.
Frequently asked questions
We understand that navigating a new school can sometimes be a stressful experience. This page has the answers to some of the most asked questions. If you would like any other information regarding enrolling your child at Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong, please contact our friendly Admissions Team by submitting our online Enquiry.
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 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 or through the Online Uniform Shop.
Please refer to the Admissions Booklet for more information.
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 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.
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.
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.