IB Overview


The International School of Tianjin is a proud IB World School and the only international school in Tianjin fully authorized by the IB to deliver all three IB programs: the Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP), and Diploma Program (DP).

Note: Much of the following information has been obtained directly from the International Baccalaureate (IB).

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a not-for-profit educational foundation that offers three high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. There are currently more than 1,196,000 IB students at 3,820 schools in 147 countries. Schools seeking to teach any of the IB programs must undertake a rigorous process called Authorization. The process of Authorization normally takes two years for each IB program.


The International Baccalaureate (IB) was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1968. Its original purpose was to facilitate the international mobility of students, by providing schools with a curriculum and qualification recognized by universities around the world. What started as a single program (DP) has grown to be three programs available to students aged three to 19, spanning pre-school to pre-university.

The IB Primary Years Program (PYP), for students aged three to twelve, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

The IB Middle Years Program (MYP), for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connection between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.

The IB Diploma (DP), for students aged 16 to 19, is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and in life beyond.


Leading universities around the world welcome the unique characteristics of the IB Diploma Program and recognize the way in which the program helps to prepare students for university level educations. IB students routinely gain admission to some of the best known universities in the world. The IB maintains information about university recognition that is displayed on the Country information pages of its website and in the searchable University recognition directory.

IST understands that each student has different needs and expectations regarding university entrance. As such, it is the responsibility of both parents and students to investigate and understand the general university matriculation requirements of their home or other countries and to discuss these requirements with the administration when selecting courses of study in the final years prior to graduation.


More detailed information about the IB programs is available at their website International Baccalaureate. Further information about IST’s IB programs can be located in the Elementary and Secondary Program pages, as well as in the publication entitled “IST Curriculum Handbook”. You can pick up a hard copy from the school office or download a copy from ourdownloads page.


DP General Regulations: Parents considering enrolling their children in the IB Diploma Program (grades 11-12) must agree to the regulations listed here.

DP Regulations - Amendments: This document includes important amendments to conditions for DP candidates.

MYP General Regulations: Parents considering enrolling their children in the Middle Years Program (grades 6-10) must agree to the regulations listed here.

PYP General Regulations: Parents considering enrolling their children in the Primary Years Program (grades N-5) must agree to the regulations listed here.

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