Chatsworth believes in a student-centered approach with the college/university process. Students are expected to take control of searching for universities, completing and submitting applications by posted deadlines, paying application fees, making decisions driving the process forward, signing up for standardised tests, and ultimately making an acceptance choice. Oftentimes the family will play a role in decision making; however, the process will enable students to develop a sense of autonomy and responsibility.
There are many variables to consider which are more important, such as size, location, costs, and course offerings and more importantly, if they will literally fit in. They should also consider what exactly they need and want out of a post-secondary education. Chatsworth has a University Advisor who will guide, counsel, probe, refer, suggest, and inform students so that they can better make a more informed decision when searching and applying to universities.
|Year 11||Year 12||Year 13|
August - May
IBDP Course Selection
August - May
February - March
March - May
May - June
June - August
Consider unique opportunities such as volunteering, internships, university visits, academic/enrichment programmes, travel, and quality time with family.
Complete your UCAS personal statement draft; Common App essay draft.
Plan ahead for any standardised testing. Research the deadlines and register online for all required standardised testing (e.g. SAT, ACT, IELTS, UK entrance exams).
August - September
August - October
Application Deadline For Cambridge Applicants hoping to be Interviewed in Singapore.
Hong Kong Applicants
November - December
USA Passport and Green Card Holders Can Begin FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
August - September (after you've graduated)
Chatsworth students apply to universities worldwide. This is a general timeline and is not inclusive of all possible dates and deadlines. Specific dates for seminars, upcoming uni visits, etc. will be shared with students through this site and our Daily Chatter.
Requests for transcripts, recommendations, etc. need to be submitted at least three weeks before the deadline.
We share information of upcoming university visits and education fairs either on campus or at specific locations in Singapore through the students' University Advising Google Classroom and Cialfo, our online university research and application platform
Virtual and on-campus visits are usually scheduled during lunch. Off-campus visits are held at other international schools, convention centres, or institutions. Chatsworth does not endorse any particular college or university. We welcome visits from around the world to share their programmes. Most visits, in fact, are initiated by the university and are scheduled based on availability. We believe students at Chatsworth will be able to make well-informed decisions as they explore specific universities, the programmes universities offer, and the countries these universities represent; all this is in addition to their independent research.
|Australia||Continental Europe||Hong Kong|
|Australian Education Network||Erasmus Programme||Study in Hong Kong|
|IDP Education||Study in Denmark|
|Study in Finland||Japan|
|Canada||Campus France||Study in Japan|
|Maclean's Guide||Study in Germany|
|EduCanada||Study in Italy||United Kingdom|
|Canada's Higher Education and Careers||Study in Lithuania||UCAS|
|Study in the Netherlands||The Complete University Guide|
|China||Study in Spain||Which University?|
|Study in China||Study in Sweden|
|Study in Switzerland||United States of America|
|Big Future by College Board|
For forms relating to university advising, login to download.
Registering, paying, and completing all required tests are the responsibility of the student. When researching universities, note which specific tests are part of the application process. Register early as spaces may fill up quickly.
Take one or the other. Most USA universities accept either.
If you are starting university in September 2016, then take the old SAT test; if starting university in September 2017, then you may take the old or new SAT test. If you do not want to be a guinea pig, then simply take the ACT, which many schools are encouraging. Pick a copy of SAT and SAT Subject Tests info booklets outside the IB Office.
SAT Test Dates
Did you know Khan Academy has a free tutorial for the old and new SAT?
ACT Test Dates
Some countries may require you to take an English proficiency test. Check with your university as to which test they prefer.
IELTS at the British Council
TOEFL by ETS
Here are some important websites you will visit regularly during the university application process.
UCAS is for UK universities only. Upon first time registration, the buzzword to connect with Chatsworth is ‘enlighten’.
Common App is mostly for USA universities, and you must link your Common App account to to Cialfo.
Foreign students usually require a student visa in order to study overseas. The links provided offer information on how to obtain a student visa at some of the more common study destinations.
In April and May 2020 the Singapore Ministry of Education required schools to switch to distance learning as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.