Language learning

Language learning is an important part of our learning philosophy at Dulwich. We believe that learning a language is essential to understanding the world and to appreciate the subtleties of cultural differences.

Dulwich College International schools have developed a strong Mandarin programme. At Dulwich College in Shanghai Mandarin is taught as a native language, second language and foreign language. Our progressive learning model includes a Dual Language approach in DUCKS. Throughout the College, Mandarin is taught daily and is streamed according to ability, from native speaker to absolute beginner. Student learning goes beyond speaking, listening, reading and writing to involve workshops and activities that immerse students in the richness of the Chinese culture.

In addition to our Mandarin programme, Senior School students can choose to learn French or Spanish. Budding linguists can continue to study their chosen languages as part of their IGCSE and IB course.

Students come from a wide range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds, with over 40 different nationalities represented in our diverse student body. We are able to support a percentage of students who are non-native English speakers. Students who require additional English language teaching to access the curriculum are provided with English as an Additional Language (EAL) support. Working closely with the class and subject teachers, our language specialists help students develop the skills necessary to complete their school work in English and benefit fully from all the College has to offer.

Our Student Nationality


  • DCS MAIN CAMPUS
  • 266 Lan An Rd, Jin Qiao, Pudong, 201206

  • 主校区
  • 上海市浦东金桥蓝桉路266号 201206
  • DUCKS CAMPUS
  • 425 Lan An Rd, Jin Qiao, Pudong, 201206

  • 幼儿园校区
  • 上海市浦东金桥蓝桉路425号 201206

Our Heritage

Dulwich College is one of the UK's oldest independent schools, founded in South London as a boys’ school in 1619.

Our Facilities

The College campus is an expression of our learning philosophy. We offer an educational environment designed to nurture the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of our students.

Our Approach to Learning

Our approach to learning nurtures confidence and intellectual curiosity in our students, preparing them for success in further education and life beyond.

Language Learning in the College

Language learning is an important part of our learning philosophy at Dulwich. We believe that learning a language is essential to understanding the world and to appreciate the subtleties of cultural differences.

Join the Dulwich Family

Dulwich College Shanghai opened in 2003 and is recognised as a leading international school in the city. We encourage students and parents to visit our campus to learn more about the College.

Friends of Dulwich

Friends of Dulwich is an integral and supportive part of our community. All parents are members of the Friends of Dulwich and many parents choose to become active in the organisation. 

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