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University and Career Counselling Programme


University and careers counselling in the European Section aims to help our senior students make informed choices as they consider the academic and career pathways available to them when they graduate from GESS. Counselling activities include:

  • A Careers Information Exchange in Grade 11
  • Guidance on writing CVs and application documents both for university and for employment opportunities
  • Support and guidance throughout the application process to universities in the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Germany and other academic destinations
  • University interview practice
  • Advice for dealing with the transition between school and university

The university and careers counselling programme is integrated within the curriculum for students in Grades 11 and 12. The programme gives students an idea of their post-GESS options, which include undergraduate studies at university, an apprenticeship, employment or a gap year.

Grade 11 students will receive specific guidance on the university application process. They will be introduced to the central university admissions systems and entrance tests used in the US, the UK and the Netherlands, and they will familiarise themselves with these application systems.

The counsellor works closely with students in Grade 12 to finalise their university applications or gap year plans. In the second semester, the focus during counselling classes shifts to the post-application stage of the process: guidance relating to university offers and acceptances is a key part of the programme. In addition, the more practical aspects of leaving home and attending university – such as finding accommodation and managing finances – are covered in the second year of the course.


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CPE registration number: S72SS0010G
Registration period: 22 June, 2017 – 21 June, 2023

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IB Curriculum

The English speaking European Section of GESS is a fully fledged International Baccalaureate World School, and one of the few in the world who are authorised to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Since opening in 2005, the European Section has grown rapidly to become a school with a reputation for quality education with a strong community feel. We now have over 600 students. The vast majority of our students are European passport holders, for whom GESS represents a vital connection with home. Students are thus provided with a safe, friendly and familiar environment in which they are challenged to thrive as they grow into independent and responsible global citizens.

Our academic and pastoral programmes are designed to support this demographic and ultimately to prepare our students for returning to Europe or for entry into European universities. To this end we endeavor to support mother tongue language acquisition so that our students do not lose this vital connection with their home culture. Fortunately, given the high entry requirements into European schools and colleges, this also means that our students are especially well prepared for study all over the world, particularly North America, the UK and Australia.

The Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age.


German Curriculum

Since the school was founded in 1971, the school has evolved into a school with two sections. As an accredited “Excellent German School Abroad”, the German Section of the German European School Singapore (GESS) offers all major German school leaving certificates. The European Section is an authorized IB World School offering education in English across all three IB programmes.

The German Section supports the students to develop their German roots. We give them wings for the linguistic demands of a globalized world through our differentiated English programme from grade 1 onwards. In secondary school some subjects are taught in English. Our students are benefitting from numerous bonding activities and have additional space to enjoy the internationality of the school.

Our Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age. 

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