Dear Parents and Students

We have certainly hit the ground running, and after only 4 weeks into the new academic year, students have been busy on all fronts. Year 13 students especially have been very proactive during this most important time of their journey towards life after school.

In this email: 

Year 13 – Getting ready!

During their first HE session of the year, students had the valuable opportunity of speaking to recently graduated DC students and to alum currently studying in various universities across the world. 

Students were also reminded about the important university deadlines coming up and the timeline that the HEO has created in order for applications to be submitted in a timely and effective manner.

Please note that we have some important deadlines coming up:
Cambridge and Oxford - Monday 25 September
Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry - Monday 25 September


University / Country

Submit to HEO by:

University of Oxford

24 September 2017, 23:59 (Sun)

University of Cambridge

24 September 2017, 23:59 (Sun)

UK / UCAS for Medicine, Dentistry, Vet Science

24 September 2017, 23:59 (Sun)

US Early Action / Early Decision

8 October 2017, 23:59 (Sun)

HKU / CUHK - Fast Track

8 October 2017, 23:59 (Sun)

University of California System

27 October 2017, 09:00 (Fri)


24 November 2017, 09:00(Fri)

US Regular Action

24 November 2017, 09:00 (Fri)


24 November 2017, 09:00 (Fri)


24 November 2017, 09:00 (Fri)

HKU / CUHK - Regular Decision

24 November 2017, 09:00 (Fri)


8 December 2017, 09:00 (Fri)


21 January 2018, 23:59 (Sun)


21 January 2018, 23:59 (Sun)

Australia (Feb / Mar 2017 intake)

After IB results released

Coffee Corner for Year 13 parents

Parents are always an important part of the university process, and in order to keep you updated on what is happening in terms of deadlines, university essays and interviews, and to offer advice on how to best support students during this important time, the HEO ran their first Coffee Corner of the academic year last Thursday, 7 September.

For a copy of this presentation, please click HERE.  

Year 12 – Getting proactive!

Although the HEO will be focusing mainly on Year 13 students this first term with the aim of submitting the majority of their university applications by 16 December 2017, we are always very happy to meet with Year 12 students new to DC, and those who still have questions over their IB subject selection.

The HEO will run a total of 10 large group sessions with Year 12 this academic year, focusing on explaining major university admissions systems, and helping them explore the vast and complex array of options that are available to them.

Year 10 & 11 – Starting to explore!

Students have been very proactive in attending university visits this term and impressing reps with their thoughtful questions. A huge pat on the back to all of you - and please keep attending these visits - research is the most important element of this whole process and so by by time you reach Year 12, you will be extremely well prepared.

Upcoming events

PSAT - Wednesday 11 October

The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT, and even the ACT. Although the PSAT is a practice test and scores are not used in university admissions, the PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships.

Students will have received a booklet giving them more information and advice about how to prepare. For more information, please click HERE

DC University Fair
Thursday 21 September

We are very excited to be organizing our fourth university fair here at DC. With over 120 institutions exhibiting from around the world, it promises to be another successful event.

Please note that all Years 10-13 students will be attending the fair at different times during the morning.

For a copy of full programme, please click HERE.

For a copy of the schedule, please click HERE.

For a list of universities attending, please click HERE.

Please take the time to look through this information with you child and target those institutions which will be of potential interest.  There is a list of sample questions that students should be asking the university reps and so they should be well prepared by next week.

University Visits

As always, we have a wealth of exciting university visits in the coming weeks and months. Ranging from general admissions presentations to academic taster lectures in different fields, there is something for everyone and all students are encouraged to take advantage of these valuable opportunities.

For a calendar of upcoming HE events both here and around Hong Kong, please click HERE

Keeping in touch and communicating with the HEO

As always, our door is open to meet  with students and parents at any time.  You can make an appointment to see either counsellor by clicking on these links:

Alternatively you can telephone or pop into the office in person to make an appointment.

We have excellent resources on DING, and please find a copy of our handbook HERE.


HEO feature:

Getting it right together – How parents can help pick the right university.

This recent article in the Guardian newspaper makes interesting reading and highlights the important role that parents play in the whole process. Happy reading!

We look forward to seeing you at our University Fair on 21st September and wishing you a productive and happy term.

Kind Regards,
Ms. Susie Blomfield & Mrs. Marisa Jackson

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