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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
College/Uni Visits 
Attend university representative lunch visits. 

Discover your strengths with Cialfo's self-assessment tasks.

IBDP Course Selection
Select classes while considering what you may want to study in university. If you are unsure of your major, that's OK too.

August - May
College/Uni Visits 
Attend university representative lunch visits. 

Post Secondary Packet 
Complete UCAS, resume/CV, and Post Secondary Form.

February - March
Meet with your university advisor to discuss post-secondary plans and Post Secondary Form must be completed prior to scheduled meeting. 

March - May
Attend all uni seminars during Year 12 advisory or pastoral.

May - June
Letter of Recommendation
Approach leaving teachers and ask if they would be willing to write a university recommendation.

June - August
Summer Work
Thoroughly research universities and post secondary options (application timelines, requirements, majors, course offerings, etc.) going beyond ranking and name.

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
Attend all uni seminars during Year 13 advisory or pastoral. 

Meet with your university advisor to discuss options for university, gap year, etc.; review requirements, deadlines, and review safety, target, and reach 

Standardised Testing
Research the deadlines and register online for all required standardised testing (e.g. SAT, ACT, IELTS, UK entrance exams). Check your university application requirements. 

August - October
Personal Statement & Essay
Meet with your university advisor to get feedback on your personal statement or essay. 

Teacher Recommendation Requests Due for USA Early Decision (ED I/II), Early Acceptance (EA), and Priority Applicants 
Speak with the teacher in person. Pick up a Recommendation Form from your university advisor. See your university advisor for his signature, and submit the form to the teacher writing your letter.

Application Deadline For Cambridge Applicants hoping to be Interviewed in Singapore. 

IB Predicted Grades Available 
Discuss with your university advisor how they may or may not change your current post secondary plans. 

UCAS Deadline
15 October is the deadline for Oxford and Cambridge's (UK) medical and veterinary programmes. 

Australian Applicants (Internationals)
Applications open which are submitted directly to the university, using your predicted grades and hoping for conditional offers. 

Hong Kong Applicants
Open enrolment begins. Double check for exact due dates.

Singapore Applicants
Open enrolment begins. Double check for exact due dates.

USA Deadlines
Early Decision I, Early Acceptance, Priority, and University of California, University of Washington applications due. Students MUST send standardised test scores before the university application deadline.

Transcript Requests Due
High School Transcript request form due for all universities with deadlines through January (Canada, Hong Kong, KAIST & SNU, USA). 

November - December
Standardised Test Scores
Student requests to send official copies of standardised test scores via CollegeBoard, ACT, IELTS, and TOEFL.

Canadian Applicants
Open enrolment begins. Double check for exact due dates.

USA Deadline
Early Decision II

USA Passport and Green Card Holders Can Begin FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
This application is required to be considered for financial aid. 

UCAS Deadline
15 January is the deadline for all remaining programmes, except for art and design courses.

Mid Year Reports
Requests for updated transcript (mid year report) with 1st semester grades to be sent to Canadian, Hong Kong, USA and other universities which students have currently applied.

Stay Strong!
Take a deep breath and focus on your schoolwork to maintain your grades, and focus on IB exams. Don't forget to stay committed to all your co-curricular activities too. 

Update admissions decisions/notifications in Cialfo for ALL applications and share the news with your university advisor. 

UCAS Deadline
24 March is the deadline for art and design courses.

Korean, Japanese, and Indian University Applicants
Submit a High School Transcript Request Form. Also, provide the teacher and/or university advisor with the university-specific forms when available. 

Deadline to submit deposit to USA university acceptance of your choice.

All UK universities should have replied to you by now.

Final deadline to choose firm and insurance choices.


IB Scores
Officially issued by IBO. Results will be sent to the universities you indicated before the school year ended.

August - September (after you've graduated)
Australian Deadlines
Double check for exact Australian application due dates, which are submitted directly to the university or via regional admissions centres for a typical February semester one start. Offers will be announced around late November. 

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.

University Visits and Fairs

We endeavour to share on this page information of upcoming university visits and education fairs either on campus or at specific locations in Singapore. 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.


IDP Roadshow

17 January 2020

Main Hall

Bukit Timah Campus

12 Universities: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland & the United Kingdom

DP1 students will attend this in place of their regular TOK lesson.

The University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University

7 Janaury 2020

Room E105
13:10 - 13:30
Bukit Timah Campus

The University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University have established a Joint Institute in Shanghai with a commitment to build a world-class academic research and educational institution. Both universities are top ranked globally. The Joint Institute was founded in April 2006 with strong support from both partner universities and the Chinese government.  It models itself after the world-class US research universities in terms of academic environment, faculty expectations, graduate program research, and undergraduate curriculum. Instruction is in English. The students are among China’s best. 

University of St. Andrews

3 December 2019

Room E105
13:10 - 13:30
Bukit Timah Campus

Teaching quality

The University of St Andrews secured a Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) based on the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience. 

The TEF panel judged that St Andrews, "delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK." 

The University was named UK University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. It was also rated first in Scotland and second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

High student satisfaction

According to the Complete University Guide 2020, students at the University of St Andrews are the most satisfied in the UK. Based on the quality of teaching, St Andrews scored 4.26 out of a maximum score of 5.00. 

Nagoya University of Commerce and Business

Tuesday 19 November 2019

Room E105
13:10 - 13:40
Bukit Timah Campus

Our main campus, Nisshin Nagakute, is set in the beautiful Nisshin countryside just outside of Nagoya City where we have almost 3,000 students and over 100 faculty. We are the only university in Japan to offer a BBA degree taught 100% in English. We also have a downtown campus located within walking distance from Nagoya station where we teach solely using the Case Method

EU Business School

19 November 2019

Room E105
13:10 - 13:30
Bukit Timah Campus

Established in 1973, EU Business School (EU) is an international, professionally accredited, high-ranking business school with campuses in Barcelona, Geneva, Montreux, Munich and online.

We offer English-taught foundation, bachelor’s, master’s and MBA programs. These include business administration, communication & public relations, international business, digital business, sports management, marketing, finance and enterprise, among others.

Paris College of Art

Paris College of Art

18 November 2019

Room E105
13:10 - 13:30
Bukit Timah Campus

Paris College of Art is an international college with US degree-granting authority and accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Undergraduate Areas of Study:

Communication Design
Fashion Design
Film Arts
Fine Arts
Interior Design

ie University

15 November 2019

Room E105
13:10 - 13:30
Bukit Timah Campus



12 November 2019

Room E105
13:10 - 13:30
Bukit Timah Campus

IÉSEG School of Management is one of the top Business Schools in France, ranked 7th in France and 31st overall in the Financial Times Masters in Management 2017 ranking.


Ontario College of Art and Design University

Founded in 1876, OCAD U is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD U continuously builds on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, members of the OCAD U community are uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life.

Our programs and research bridge fields of digital media and design, sustainability, health and wellness, cultural diversity and indigenous cultures.

23 October 2019
Room E105
13:10 - 13:40
Bukit Timah Campus

Maryland Institute College of Art

8 October 2019
Room E105
13:10 - 13:40
Bukit Timah Campus

Acknowledged nationally as a premier leader in art and design education, MICA is deliberately cultivating a new generation of artist – one that is capable of seamlessly integrating innovation, entrepreneurship and creative citizenship with contemporary approaches to art, design and media.

AEO Tour

AEO Tour

Please note that many top universities are traveling with AEO. For instance, both University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Diego are visiting. UC Berkeley was ranked last year as the #1 state university, both by Forbes and US News. UC Berkeley was also ranked by US News Global Universities as the #4 public university in the world. UC San Diego was ranked #5 in 2018. 

Here are the universities that will be visiting Chatsworth:

  • Ball State University
  • Columbia College
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Foothill & De Anza Colleges
  • Georgetown University Qatar
  • Knox College
  • Marietta College
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Miami University 
  • Michigan State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Stony Brook University, SUNY
  • University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Iowa
  • Western Virginia University

30 September 2019
Main Hall
10:45 - 11:30
Bukit Timah Campus

Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is proudly located in Halifax, Nova Scotia which is ranked one of the friendliest cities in the world. Founded in 1818, we're one of Canada’s oldest universities, attracting more than 19,000 students from around the world. We make a lasting impact by blending transformative academic programs with pioneering research on Canada’s East Coast.

24 September 2019
Room E105
10:50 - 11:10
Bukit Timah Campus

Cardiff University

We are an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. Our world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact. We provide an educationally outstanding experience for our students.

23 September 2019
Room E105
13:10 - 13:40
Bukit Timah Campus

Durham University

19 September 2019
Room E105
10:50 - 11:10
Bukit Timah Campus

The UK-based Durham University is a public research university situated in the North East of England, UK, founded in 1832. Durham is the joint 78th best university in the world according to the QS World University Rankings® 2018 and ranks among the top 10 universities in the world for: 

  • Theology, divinity and religious studies 
  • Archaeology 
  • Geography 

Bryant University

For more than a century and a half, Bryant’s real-world curriculum has prepared students to succeed as leaders in an ever-changing world. Today, Bryant delivers a path-breaking experience in a student-centered environment that integrates business, the arts and sciences, global perspectives, and technology. Our graduates excel and are in high demand by organizations around the world

18 September 2019
Room E105
13:10 - 13:40
Bukit Timah Campus

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University is ranked at 24 in the QS Global World University Rankings.


17 September 2019
Room E105
13:10 - 13:40
Bukit Timah Campus

Savannah College of Art and Design

10 September 2019
Room E105
Bukit Timah Campus

SIM Global Education

5 September 2019
Room E105
13:10 - 13:40
Bukit Timah Campus

University of British Columbia

3 September 2019
Room E105
Bukit Timah Campus

Other Useful Information


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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



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.  

Australia: online
Canada: videoonline
United Kingdom: videoonline
United States of America: videoonline