University Acceptances Profile


United States of America

Hong Kong, China
Arizona State University Chinese University Hong Kong       
ArtCenter College of Design City University of Hong Kong
Auburn University Hong Kong Institute of Education
Bates College Hong Kong Polytechnic University       
Beloit College Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong       
Brigham Young University The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology       
Boston University University of Hong Kong             
Bowdoin College Denmark
Brown University Copenhagen Business School     
California College of the Arts France
California State University, Chico Institute National dés Sciences Appliquees 
California State University, Long Beach La Rochelle Business School                 
California State University, Los Angeles Sciences Po - Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris         
California State University, Sacramento Studium University                   
California State University, San Francisco The American School of Paris                             
California State University, San Jose Université Paris VI – Pierre & Marie Curie                 
Carnegie Mellon University Université Paris VII – Denis Diderot                                            
Cleveland Institute of Music Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier 
Colby-Sawyer College Vatel School - Nimes                       
College for Creative Studies Germany
Connecticut College Freie Universität Berlin                     
Cornell University International Berufsakademie
Delaware College of Art and Design Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Drexel University Technische Universität Munich
Eastern Michigan University University of Oldenburg
Emory University Wirtschaftsakademie Schleswig-Holstein Kiel
Florida State University Japan
Florida International University Keio University
Fordham University Kwansei University
Furman University Kyoto University
George Mason University Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
George Washington University Sophia University
Georgia Institute of Technology Tamagawa University
Golf Academy of America University of Sapporo
Grinnell College University of Tokyo - PEAK Honors Program
Hamilton College University of Tsukuba
Indiana State University Waseda University
Indiana University Bloomington Korea
Iowa State University Chungnam National University
Johns Hopkins University Ewha Women’s University
Kansas State University Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Lehigh University KAIST
Manhattan School of Music Konkuk University
Marquette University Korea University
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Kyung Hee University
Michigan State University Kyungbuk National University
New York University Pohang University of Science and Technology
Northeastern University Seoul National University
Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Sogang University
Oberlin College Sung Kyun Kwan University
Occidental College Yonsei University
Ohio State University Netherlands
Ohio State University Columbus Breda University of Applied Sciences
Ohio Wesleyan University Erasmus University Rotterdam
Oregon State University Fontys University
Otis College of Art & Design Hotelschool The Hague
Parsons The New School for Design InHolland University of Applied Sciences
Pennsylvania State University Leiden University
Pratt Institute NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Purdue University Radboud University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Saxion University
Rhode Island School of Design Tilburg University
Rochester Institute of Technology Twente University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey University of Amsterdam
Salwe Regina University University of Groningen
San Francisco State University Vrije University Amsterdam 
Sarah Lawrence College New Zealand
Savannah College of Art & Design University of Auckland
School of the Art Institute in Chicago (SAIC) University of Otago     
Skidmore College Singapore
State University of New York at Binghamton National University of Singapore
State University of New York at Buffalo Singapore Management University
State University of New York at at Stonybrook Spain
Syracuse University Flight Training Europe (FTE) Jerez
Texas A&M - College Station HTL International
University of Arizona Switzerland
University of California, Berkeley Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne
University of California, Davis Glion Institute of Higher Education
University of California, Irvine Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
University of California, Los Angeles United Kingdom
University of California, Riverside Anglia Ruskin University
University of California, San Diego Aston University, Birmingham
University of California, Santa Barbara BIMM Institute
University of Central Florida Brunel University London
University of Colorado, Boulder Chelsea College of Arts, UAL
University of Connecticut City University of London
University of Delaware Coventry University
University of Florida Durham University
University of Georgia Goldsmiths
University of Hawaii Heriot-Watt University
University of Houston Hult Business School
University of Illinois Imperial College London
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign King’s College London
University of Iowa Kingston University
University of Kansas Lancaster University
University of Kentucky London Metropolitan University
University of Maryland at Baltimore Manchester University
University of Massachusett Oxford Brookes University
University of Michigan Plymouth College of Art
University of Minnesota, Crookston Point Blank Music School
University of Minnesota, Morris Queen Mary University London
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Robert Gordon University
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Royal Holloway, University of London
University of Pennsylvania School of Oriental & African Studies London
University of Pittsburgh Solent University
University of Southern California St. Andrews University
University of Texas, Austin Swansea University
University of Tulsa University College of London
University of Virginia University for the Arts
University of Washington University of Aberdeen
University of Washington, Bothell University of Bath
University of Wisconsin University of Bedfordshire
University of Wyoming University of Birmingham
Utah State University Vanderbilt University University of Bradford
Virginia Commonwealth University Wayne State University University of Brighton
Virginia Tech University University of Bristol
Western Michigan University University of Cambridge
Australia University of Dundee
Griffith University  University of East Anglia
University of Melbourne University of East London
University of Queensland University of Edinburgh
University of Sydney University of Exeter
Victoria University University of Greenwich
Canada University of Hertfordshire
Carleton University University of Kent
McGill University University of Lancashire
McMaster University University of Leeds
Queen's University University of Liverpool
Ryerson University University of Loughborough
Simon Fraser University University of Manchester
Trent University University of Nottingham
University of Alberta University of Reading
University of British Columbia University of Sheffield
University of Calgary University of St. Andrews
University of New Brunswick University of Surrey
University of Toronto University of Warwick
University of Waterloo  
York University  
Nankai University  
NYU, Shanghai  
Tianjin University  
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University  
Zhejiang University  

The International School of Tianjin (IST) is a not-for-profit, college-preparatory day school for Nursery to 12th grade students of the international community in Tianjin. Tianjin is a major industrial and commercial city just 30 minutes south of Beijing, China, with a metropolitan population of over 10 million. Founded in 1994, IST currently has approximately 500 students from 33 different countries and regions, with American, Danish, French, German and Korean students making up the largest percentages.


The school is an IB World School authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12), the Middle Years Programme (Grades 6-10), and the Primary Years Programme (Grades NPK-5). IST is fully accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the USA and the Council of International Schools (CIS) in Europe. IST graduated its first class in 2005. The school year begins on August 13 and ends on June 7, with 180 student contact days. The school year is divided into two semesters. There are eight, 40-minute class periods per day with double periods in most academic subject areas.


There are 65 full-time and four part-time faculty members. All teachers have bachelor degrees and appropriate certification, with 31 of the faculty having advanced degrees. Teachers are supported by 27 Chinese teaching assistants, all of whom have university degrees. The faculty has previously taught at 163 different international schools around the world and has an average of 13 years teaching experience.


IST offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities, including drama, choir, strings, band, yearbook, chess, translation services, community and service, Model United Nations, and leadership conferences. Through the Student Council and other student-initiated activities, students have the opportunity to assume and develop leadership roles. IST is a competitive member of the Beijing-Tianjin ISAC Sports League, as well as a participant in the China-wide ACAMIS Sports, Culture, and Arts Leagues. Students also participate in ‘Week Without Walls’, a program that offers our students genuine and meaningful exposure to, engagement and interaction with, and appreciation of, our host country China.


The minimum expectations for an an IST Diploma are: Language A, 4 credits; Language B, 4 credits; Humanities, 4 credits; Science, 4 credits; Mathematics, 4 credits; Physical Education, 2 credit; Arts 2.5 credits; Technology, 2 credit; and Electives, 2 credits. We also give one credit each to TOK, CAS, Personal Project and Extended Essay (these are all required credits for IST graduates).

In total 32.5 credits are required by all students, with 17.5 required from studies in grades 9 and 10 and 15 credits required from grades 11 and 12. Each credit is a full year course.

The IB Middle Years Program curriculum provides a set schedule for all 6th-10th grade students with a full course of eight subjects per semester. English is the language of instruction, with French, German, Danish, Chinese and Korean also offered as mother-tongue courses. The majority of the students study Chinese as a second language.

All students are expected to commence the full IB Diploma at the beginning of Grade 11 (viz. 6 academic subjects of which 3 are SL and 3 are HL, Extended Essay, TOK and CAS). However, in certain circumstances individual needs may dictate that students would be better suited to the IB Certificate IST Diploma (viz. 4/5 SL courses and 2/1 HL courses, along with participation in TOK, CAS and a modified Extended Essay. All three IB Core components are internally assessed.) Note: At the end of Grade 11, student in either stream may be placed in a purely IST Diploma stream (i.e. no formal IB certificates and therefore no externally moderated examinations,) or in an IST/IB-Certificates Hybrid stream.

Grades 9 and 10   Grades 11 and 12      
Grade Descriptor Letter Descriptor Band GPA
7 Excellent performance A+ Exceptional 96-100 4.33
6 Very good performance A Excellent 86-95 4.0
5 Good performance B Good 71-85 3.0
4 Satisfactory performance C Satisfactory 56-70 2.0
3 Remediation Required D Remediation Required 46-55 1.0
2 Incomplete I Incomplete 0-45 0.0
1 Incomplete        
  • IST’s High School program has two different grading systems: Grades 9 and 10 use the IB – MYP grading system, with marks given out of 7, while Grades 11 and 12 use a letter grade as shown in the tables above. Please note that Grade 11 and 12 grades relate to work completed during a given semester and reflect the student’s current standard, relative to that expected of a student at this stage in their studies within the context of the IST Diploma. While these grades correlate with an IB Diploma student’s likely final performance on the IB Diploma 7-point scale, they do not formally predict it.
  • For the purposes of marking and calculating Grade Point Averages (GPAs) IB Diploma classes and non-IB Diploma classes are treated separately. IB Diploma classes receive weighted grades where IB High-Level courses count at 1.6, Standard Level are the base unit 1, and TOK is .67. Non-IBDP students receive unweighted grades and they do not factor into the rankings or averages for the IB Diploma classes. We do not provide a specific class ranking of our students.
  • IST graduates who have successfully completed the full IB Diploma have received final scores ranging from 24 to 44. IST has achieved an average 95% pass rate in the IB Diploma with IB diploma scores averaging 34 since our first graduating Diploma class in 2005. The world average is approximately 30.