“To me, since becoming a Senior School student at Wellington, ‘school’ no longer means school, at least in the general perception of the world. It is not only a place for learning, in a fixed, ‘classroom’ way, it is a place where you start to prepare for your dreams.”

Annabel, Year 9 (Stanley)

Joining Wellington

Wellington College International, Shanghai is an independent co-educational day and boarding school and follows the National Curriculum of England, adapted to suit the needs of our international pupils. Our pupils are aged between 2 and 18 years of age with the school divided into Pre-Prep (2-6 years), Prep (7-12 years) and Senior (13-18 years) Schools. The College is part of Wellington College China and is in partnership with Wellington College, England. At Wellington College we share a curriculum that is vibrant, demanding and progressive for our youngest pupils through to IGCSE and our IB Diploma Programme for our eldest pupils. In addition, we are very happy to offer our boarding house for pupils from the age of 9 at our college boarding house, The Hill.

The Wellington College International Shanghai Prospectus can be downloaded here.

Full details of how to apply to Wellington College International Shanghai are set out in our helpful guide. A full copy can be downloaded here.

If, after reading the Applying to Wellington handbook, you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on (+86-21) 5185-3885 or by email at

A copy of the application form can be downloaded here.

Please submit all of the documents listed below to register your child. Applications will not be processed until all documents and the application fee have been received.


Families must meet the criteria in one of the four categories set out below as determined by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (SHMEC). Please choose the appropriate category and submit all relevant documentation in support of your application.

A Children of foreign citizen(s)
B PRC citizen parents – B1 child born overseas, B2 child born in Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan
C Children of Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan residents
D SHMEC waiver letter holders

Wellington College International Shanghai documents (Please tick)
Completed and signed application form
RMB 3,000 non-refundable application fee (payable in cash or by bank transfer, bank details overleaf )
Official School Reports for the past two years in English (translated if required)
Supporting documents for any special learning needs (if applicable)
SHMEC Government-mandated documents (Please tick)
Passport copy for pupil and both parents
Birth certificate of the child (with notarized translation for Type B)
Residence permit/visa issued in Shanghai for all non-PRC pupil and parents B1
Mainland Travel Permit (回乡证) and Permanent ID card (永久性居民身份证) for HK/Macau residents,or Mainland Travel Permit (台胞证) for Taiwan residents B2
Shanghai Hukouben (上海户口本) or 12 months Shanghai personal tax payment records (一年以上上海个人纳税清单), for at least one parent
Shanghai work permit: Foreign Experts Certificate (外国专家证) or Alien Employment Permit (外国人就业证),for at least one parent
Employment certification letter and business license of the company based in Shanghai*
Proof of residence in Shanghai: Either Hukouben (上海户口本) or rental agreement or certificate of real estate ownership, for at least one parent
Waiver letter from the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission


  • If a family has parents with different nationalities, they can choose which application route to follow. Each family must complete all requirements of one column.
  • All government documentation is required for families already living in Shanghai to start the application process.
  • If a family is living overseas they must produce the residency permit and proof of residence in Shanghai within 30 days of their pupil starting at the College.
  • The College requires all pupils who are foreign passport holders to have a valid long term visa to stay in China.
  • Please note that the College follows the eligibility criteria set by SHMEC which may be subject to change.


* The employment certification letter is required for at least one parent and must include: employee name, date of birth and position, period of employment, registered company name, address, and telephone number. The certification letter needs be signed by department head and stamped with company chop on letterhead.

Click here to download the Application Checklist





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