University and Career Counselling

Our personalised approach to university counselling means helping students take a long-term view of their lives. Rather than simply focusing on getting them into a university, we help them conceptualize what long-term success means to them. We put students in the driver's seat to take ownership of their learning journey as it continues to university and beyond.

Our #BestFit Philosophy

Though we applaud our graduates for receiving offers from top universities, colleges and specialty programmes across the world, we place more importance on the fact that through our unique and extensive University Counselling programme, our students are able to attend the colleges and universities that best fit their interests and goals, irrespective of rankings.

Our graduates go on to a wide range of specialist programmes around the world including medicine, law, arts and design, music, business, the sciences, engineering, maths and economics just to name a few.

UCC in action

Our Approach

University counselling at Dulwich Pudong is built on five pillars:

  1. Agency
    Students have the knowledge and skills to take charge of their own application and matriculation journey.
     
  2. Decision-making
    Students understand decision-making frameworks and strategies.
     
  3. Leadership & Initiative
    Students are empowered to take initiative on their own behalf.
     
  4. Values & Impact
    Students understand their own values and the impact they want to have on the world.
     
  5. Advocacy & Guidance
    UCC counselors act as advocates for students both internally within the College and externally with admissions offices.

In addition, our UCC Department provides ongoing communication with the entire community  of students, staff, and parents) about the latest trends in post-secondary admissions through comprehensive information and resources that are easily accessible both online and in person.

Our UCC departments also builds and enhances close partnerships with post-secondary institutions around the world through attending conferences, hosting university fairs and visits, and much more. They also create connections for students to the world of work by facilitating partnerships with businesses as well as leveraging our vast Worldwise Alumni Network (WAN).

Read more about our global alumni network right here.

graduating

Our approach to university counselling is project-based, values-based, and student-led. Our engagement with Senior School students starts in Year 9 and proceeds in an orchestrated step-by-step manner.

  • In Year 9 we introduce the overall university pathway to students as part of the I/GCSE options process.
     
  • In Year 10 the theme is “World of Work” where students are encouraged to be reflective of themselves.
     
  • Year 11 is all about decision-making, exemplified by the “reverse university fair” where students are challenged to put themselves into the shoes of university admissions officers.
     
  • In Year 12 students are placed firmly in driver’s seat of the applications process.
     
  • Year 13 is go-time to reap the rewards of years of preparation.

Meet Our University and Career Counselling Team

Luke Devlin

Luke Devlin, Director of UCC

Originally from the United States, Mr. Devlin is a contributing member of numerous professional groups including International ACAC (Association for College Admission Counseling) where he serves on the Communications Committee, as well as NACAC (US-based National Association for College Admission Counseling), and APCDA (Asia-Pacific Career Development Association).

Mr. Devlin received his College Counseling certificate from UCLA and serves as an external applications reader for UCLA where he reads hundreds of applications every year. He has extensive experience working with A-levels and IB as well as working in schools that have demographic majorities of Chinese, Korean, British, and American students.

Rorie Macdonald, UCC Counselor

Originally from the UK, Mr. Macdonald graduated from Cambridge University. He started his education career as a teacher of history at an international school in Shanghai where, in 2016, he also set up and ran their first UCC department. During that time he supported students to places in universities all over the world.

He is a regular attendee at EARCOS-CIS (East Asia Regional Council of Schools – Council of International Schools) institutes on international admission and guidance, as well as member of International ACAC.

Julia Ju, UCC Coordinator

Ms. Ju has been with Dulwich Pudong for 10 years and was the first standalone hire for our UCC department. Over the last decade she has built an incredibly wide network of contacts with universities all over the world. In addition to assisting graduates who are interested in applying to Chinese universities, she is always up to date about the latest admissions policy wrinkles no matter how small. She is a member of International ACAC and China ICAC.

Our students not only receive personalised guidance from our university counsellors at the College, but also benefit from support that comes from having experienced counsellors with diverse backgrounds and area-specialties sharing best practice throughout the Dulwich College International network of schools. Many of our counsellors serve on the International ACAC (Association for College Admission Counseling), working on committees alongside university representatives and admissions officers. Through this our university counsellors are able to leverage the Dulwich name and network to lead global sessions for professional learning and development around the world.

Our 100% Guarantee

We are proud that 100% of the graduating class of 2021 were accepted at their first-choice university. A remarkable achievement! Even though that may not be the case every year, we do have a 100% guarantee:

100% guarantee

In the last 10 years, all of our students who make applications during term and intend to pursue university immediately following their high school careers have had a programme acceptance after graduation.

University Destinations

Here is a selection of university destinations for our recent graduates.

Uni destinations

Meet Some of Our Recent Graduates

Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Stephanie T image
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Stephanie T
This STEM standout is pursuing a career in biomedicine
Read her story
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Clodagh O image
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Clodagh O
This graduate has made an impact through creativity and service
Read her story
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Jonathan O image
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Jonathan O
How a talent for music became a passion for economics
Read his story
Meet the Class of 2022: Selina S image
Meet the Class of 2022: Selina S
This graduate intends to make a difference through medicine
Read her story
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Scaria C image
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Scaria C
This graduate is preparing to take flight into a career in aeronautical engineering
Read his story
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Serena L image
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Serena L
From a local Chinese school to Computer Science at the University of Southern California
Read her story
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Angie R image
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Angie R
This Global Citizen is aiming for a future in marketing
Read her story
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Serapion L image
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Serapion L
Discovering and pursuing a passion for animal welfare
Read her story
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Christiana T image
Meet Class of 2022 Graduate: Christiana T
Pursuing her interest in sustainable business
Read her story
Meet 2021 Graduate: Yoran B image
Meet 2021 Graduate: Yoran B
This graduate has made a big impact in just a few short years
Read his story
Meet Class of 2021 Graduate: Derek F image
Meet Class of 2021 Graduate: Derek F
Looking back at 15 amazing years spent at Dulwich Pudong
Read his story
Meet Class of 2020 Graduate: William Lui image
Meet Class of 2020 Graduate: William Lui
A musician pursuing a degree in Cello Performance at Guildhall
Read his story
Meet Class of 2020 Graduate: Fredric K image
Meet Class of 2020 Graduate: Fredric K
Meet a student who did a Master's at MIT before then being accepted as an undergraduate AND into the PhD programme at MIT
Read his story
Meet Class of 2020 Graduate: Catherine D image
Meet Class of 2020 Graduate: Catherine D
This graduate is making waves at Tsinghua University
Read her story
Meet Class of 2020 Graduate: Natasha T image
Meet Class of 2020 Graduate: Natasha T
Pursuing her dream to sing solo soprano in the opera
Read her story
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