Application process and criteria

Wellington College International Hangzhou is currently accepting applications for entry into Years 1-9 during the 2020-2021 academic year, or applications into Years 1-10 in the 2021-22 academic year.

Applications can be submitted all year round. Spaces are subject to availability.

Application Process and Criteria

Admissions Criteria

In line with the admissions regulations for international schools in China, Wellington College International Hangzhou can only accept applications for pupils who meet certain criteria:

  • The child holds a foreign passport
  • The child holds a valid foreign permanent residency (green card)
  • The child holds Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macau residency

There are other circumstances in which a child may be eligible, such as a parent holding a foreign passport or valid foreign permanent residency (green card). In certain cases, approval from the Hangzhou Education Bureau is required before a pupil can be admitted. To check if your child is eligible for admissions, please contact the Admissions team directly via the contact information provided below.

(+86-571) 8239 6366 

Wellington College International Hangzhou is a selective school which, in line with our holistic educational philosophy, aims to admit boys and girls with a wide range of skills and capabilities including those who can demonstrate academic ability, an enthusiasm for arts, music, sports and service.

Other important characteristics are:

  • An international outlook and a desire to be a global citizen of the future
  • A willingness to work hard with a positive attitude towards learning
  • A desire to develop all Wellington Identities, to take full advantage of the opportunities on offer at Wellington and a commitment to making a positive contribution to the wider Wellington community
  • An aspiration to fulfill and live by the Wellington Values

The admissions process varies across the College and generally consists of an age appropriate academic evaluation; an assessment of cognitive ability; consideration of past school reports and references; review of co-curricular achievements; and an interview during which the pupil should be able to demonstrate a desire to attend Wellington and a willingness to participate in College life.

We do our upmost to make this process as welcoming and comfortable as possible and appropriate for our youngest and our older applicants.


Admissions Process

We use OpenApply admissions management to ensure that the admissions process is as smooth, friendly and easy as possible. Our admissions process consists of several clear steps.


Step 1:  Attend the College for a campus tour and introduction

We encourage all parents applying to our school to visit the campus for a short tour and introduction to the College. This gives us a valuable opportunity to get to know our community members more, and allows parents to gain a deeper insight into Wellington Values and Identity, our vision and mission, and our commitment to a holistic education. If you are unable to attend in person, due to researching the College from abroad, we can arrange a Skype chat, telephone introduction, or a tour once you arrive in Hangzhou.

If you would like to schedule a campus tour, please complete an Enquiry form and a member of the admissions team will contact you to schedule an appointment. Alternatively please email the admissions team at


Step 2: Submit an application by completing the Application form in OpenApply

Submit an application and create an OpenApply parent account by clicking ‘Apply Now’.

If you have already created an OpenApply account: Log back into the OpenApply account you created by clicking ‘Parent Portal Login’.


Step 3: Submit the required Application documents and pay the RMB 2,000 non-refundable Application Fee

Once you have submitted an application, the next step is to submit all of the required documents. A checklist of required documents can be found in your OpenApply parent account. Details of fees required are available in the OpenApply portal.


Step 4: Admissions Assessment

Once you have completed the previous steps, a member of the Admissions team will assist you with the rest of the enrolment process, including any required admissions assessments. Details of the admissions assessments we require can be found in the Applying to Wellington booklet.

If at any stage in this process you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Department on (+86-571) 8239-6366 or via email at


Guide to Year Groups

The chart below provides an overview of the Year Groups at Wellington College International Hangzhou, and the age equivalents for other established international education systems;

Tuition Fees

Year Group Annual Fee Michaelmas Term Lent Term Summer Term
Years 1-6 RMB 268,000 RMB 112,560 RMB 84,420 RMB 84,420
Years 7-9 RMB 281,000 RMB 118,020 RMB 88,515 RMB 88,515
Years 10-13 RMB 299,000 RMB 125,580 RMB 94,185 RMB 94,185

The above fees will cover day-to-day tuition, the use of text and library books, public examination fees, basic stationery and general educational materials, appropriate to the particular year group. They also cover sports, physical education, attending compulsory field trips and educational visits and participating in the vast majority of the co-curricular activities (with the exception of a small number of activities for which there is a nominal charge). The tuition fee does not include the costs of school lunches, uniform or transportation. The following will also be charged separately:

  • individual music instrumental tuition; and
  • trips and events where participation is voluntary.

Extended Founding Family Discount

All pupils who enrol at or prior to the start of the 2021-2022 academic year are eligible for the 10% Extended Founding Family Discount.

  • Tuition should be paid on an annual basis, and fee payments must be made by the due date as indicated on the fee invoice
  • The discount will remain in place for the duration of the pupil’s time at the College
  • The pupil must be enrolled and start school on the first day of the 2021-2022 academic year or earlier

Sibling Discount

We offer a sibling discount of 5% for the third child and 10% for the fourth child.

Other Fees

Application Fee: RMB 2,000

The application fee is non-refundable and only valid for the academic year of the initial application. The fee is payable when the pupil’s application is submitted and is required prior to the sitting of the entrance tests and interview.

Resource Fee: RMB 18,000

The resource fee is a supplementary fee payable on acceptance to the College to support the initial investment of educational resources. The resource fee for 2020–21 is RMB 18,000. This fee is held by the College to ensure that College property including: books, reference materials, IT equipment, science equipment and other academic and co-curricular resources are duly returned to the College in a satisfactory condition. The resource fee will be refunded to parents/guardians after the return of College property and deduction of any reimbursement due to damage to the College property and deduction of any outstanding tuition fees payable to the College. However, if parents don’t follow the withdrawal policy and give the inadequate notice to school, the resource fee shall be used to offset part of that debt.


Other Fees

Meal Fee

All pupils are required to eat school lunches, except for those who have special exceptions, such as religious or medical reasons.

Lunch is provided by an external catering company, currently Sodexo, who collect lunch fees directly (and issue a fapiao).

Year Group Breakfast * Lunch Dinner *
Years 1-6 RMB 15 – RMB 17 RMB 31 RMB 31
Years 7-13 RMB 16 – RMB 18 RMB 31 RMB 31

* Breakfast and Dinner fees are for boarding pupils only

Final meal fees will be determined by and paid directly to the catering company.

College Bus Service: RMB 19,000 per year

The College bus service is optional. The annual bus fee is RMB 19,000 payable to the College. Annual payment enjoys a 5% discounted rate compared with fees paid termly. Termly fees are as follows:

Annual Fee Michaelmas Term Lent Term Summer Term
RMB 19,000 RMB 7,980 RMB 5,985 RMB 5,985

A detailed list of current routes can be obtained from the College website: Please note that the bus fee is non-refundable for the remainder of the term once the school bus service has commenced.

College Uniform: RMB 3,500 per full set (Approximate cost) 

All pupils are expected to be smart, tidy and business-like in their College attire. The cost of a full set of uniform is approximately RMB 3,500. Items can be purchased separately throughout the year. All uniform items and accessories are available for purchase at the school shop, payment is made directly to the uniform provider (with the fapiao also being issued by them). The uniform lists for the different sections of the College can be obtained from the College website: