Applying to Dulwich International High School Suzhou
Dulwich International High School Suzhou opened in 2012 and moved to a new purpose-built campus in 2015, which it shares with its sister school, Dulwich College Suzhou. Dulwich International High school is a co-educational day and boarding school for Chinese and international students aged 14 to 19, and about 75% of our students board. We also offer special preparation classes to prospective students.
Our school is academically selective and provides three or four year university preparatory courses leading to the IGCSE and A-Level examinations.
Our students achieve excellent results and gain entry to some of the world’s most prestigious universities including Cambridge, Oxford and other Russell Group universities in the UK, Ivy League universities in the US, and leading institutions in Canada and around the world.
The primary language of instruction is English and our students become fluent and confident communicators with many opportunities to develop their public speaking skills.
Our co-curricular programme offers our students a rich and varied range of activities to develop their interests and skills outside the classroom. Leading universities accept students who have more to offer than academic success.
The close collaboration among Dulwich College International schools, and with our founding school, Dulwich College, gives our students unique opportunities to participate in group-wide events, benefit from the group's relationships with leading educational and artistic organisations, and be part of a growing international alumni network.
Please download our prospectus for further information.
Our Admissions staff will welcome you, show you around and give you information about how to apply. They will also give you an honest and confidential assessment of your child’s chance of gaining admission and can advise you about the best course for your child.
Online applications are accepted after the first open day of the new school year. The new academic year begins in late August and we do not accept transfer students once the semester has begun.
All candidates need to pass an entrance examination organised by the school. Applicants are tested in English, Mathematics and Science. We also interview all candidates to see if they are suitable to join our school. Many candidates just require additional support. We especially welcome students who are academically gifted，ambitious, hard-working and well-motivated.
If you have any questions about the application process, please download our Admissions Booklet for further information or contact our Admissions team at email@example.com or call +86 0512 67875003 / 67875023.
IGCSEs are the leading international qualification for students aged 14 to 16 years old. The programme lasts one or two years, depending upon the qualifications of the student.
Compulsory subjects in the two-year IGCSE course are Mathematics, English, Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and Chinese. Students can choose two electives from Art, Geography, Music, Economics, Computer Science and Spanish.
Compulsory subjects in the one-year IGCSE course are Mathematics, English, Chemistry, Physics and Economics. There are no elective courses. The pace of the one-year programme is fast. Students only have from admission until May to prepare for their global IGCSE examinations, and there is limited time for co-curricular activities.
Students must have very strong ability in English, Physics, and Chemistry to embark on the one-year programme, and not everyone is eligible. We assign the students to the programmes based on their entrance exam scores. Students in the one-year programme can change to the two-year programme, but not vice versa.
Please refer to our Admissions Booklet for fee information.
Frequently asked questions
Below are a number of questions that families often ask members of our admissions team.
What qualifications do your teachers have?
Our teachers are carefully selected on the basis of their teaching experience and skills. All foreign teachers have a bachelor degree or higher and a high school teacher qualification certificate with an average of 10 years teaching experience. They have graduated from well-known foreign universities, including Oxford, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Berkeley College of Music, The University of Minnesota, The University of Edinburgh, King's College London, University of Warwick, Durham University , University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham, California State Polytechnic University , Hong Kong University and the National University of Singapore to name a few.
This academic year in our school, we have 118 staff in total. The proportion of foreign teachers accounts for 89% of the total teaching staff. The teacher to student ratio is about 1: 9. Chinese and foreign staff work together with the support and cooperation of parents, and help students continue to progress and realize their dreams.
Our school admissions is based on a comprehensive, broad, and rigorous appraisal system. Students will need to achieve the set standard in each criteria of the test and admissions process to successfully achieve entry into the school. The school will not release information on students’ performance in the entrance exams; instead, students will only be told if they were successful in meeting the entrance requirements; if they were unsuccessful; or if they need to take a re-sit test.
The average enrolment rate is between 30% and 35%, but this changes from test to test. In 2018, the school plans to recruit approximately 250 students, with the vast majority of those students going into the four-year programme. All of the entrance tests adopt a preferential admission, so if you take part in a later exam, there is a chance that there will be no available spaces. After each test, students and their families will be notified of the results by email within five working days. If a student is successful and a place offered, then payment must be made by the deadline in order to guarantee their space; the payment deadline is usually within one month of the offer being made, except for the last entry exam.
What curriculum and subjects do you offer?
* IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education): one year program (IG1) or two year program (Y10 and Y11). There are more than 100 countries around the world that provide the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). Education institutions and employers from many countries regard this certificate highly because of the high level academic ability it represents.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education program encourages student-centered teaching and question-learning, places emphasis on developing students’ creative thinking and problem-solving skills, and prepare students for A Level and universities’ study.
* A Level Cambridge Advanced International Certificate Course: Two years (AS and A2) Mathematics and English are compulsory. Students then select three subjects from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Art, Music, Geography, Economics, Computer Science and Psychology. The A Level is widely recognized and valued by universities and companies around the world. Some US universities award students who get a high score in their A Level examinations up to a year's credit for that course in recognition of the academic rigour of the qualifications.
Do students need to attend IETLS, TOEFL and SAT training classes outside of school?
No, our school students are different from other students in any school in Suzhou, because our school is a full four-year English learning environment (other than Chinese and Spanish). If students take full advantage of the opportunity to learn English in school, they should not need to spend additional money on a cram school. In addition, our school’s English curriculum covers TOEFL and IELTS and other examination requirements and content; therefore parents are not required to add any extra training courses for their children. Students lay the foundation of English through our school English classes. when they need to take a TOEFL or IELTS examination, they register online for the test.
when applying for college, do you need to seek help from intermediaries?
No, our school has a professional university counselling department. Counsellors will help to guide students with their university choices and applications. A large number of universities from different countries hold lectures in our school every year and communicate with our students face to face. After three or four years of learning within the school, students should have clear goals and direction in terms of the country, university and major to choose in the future. Our school will always guide students on how best to prepare and apply for college, making the use of an intermediary unnecessary.