2024/2026 IST
Scholarship Program

The International School of Tianjin is proud to announce its scholarship program for students in their final two years of school.


The purpose of the scholarship program at IST is twofold: first, it provides an outstanding educational opportunity each year for a limited number of current IST students of exceptional talent who are experiencing clearly-demonstrated financial need; and second, it provides that same opportunity to a limited number of non-IST students of exceptional talent in order to enrich the overall quality of both our student population and our IB Diploma Programme. This latter group may or may not have financial need.

The IST scholarships are awarded for a period of up to two years to students about to enter 11th grade.
The following scholarships are offered:


  • Full scholarships: equivalent to the cost of all tuition (components A & B) for grades 11 and 12.
  • Tuition scholarships: equivalent to the cost of tuition only (component B) for grades 11 and 12.
  • Bursaries: equivalent to half the cost of tuition (half of component B) for grades 11 and 12.

IST scholarship students will benefit from an outstanding education in their final two years of school. Students who successfully complete the two-year programme will be awarded the IST High School Diploma. IST is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, and students have the opportunity to earn the full IB Diploma, which is highly regarded by competitive universities worldwide as an entrance qualification.

A maximum of three IST scholarships or bursaries may be awarded every year to current-IST-student candidates. A similar number will be awarded to students outside of the IST community. The selection process will include examinations, a formal interview, and a final selection by the IST Scholarship Committee of the IST School Board of Governors.


In making its recommendations, the IST Scholarship Committee will give consideration to:

  1. Candidates who demonstrate a high level of academic potential:
    • IST candidates must have achieved honors/high honors or equivalent in at least 2 of the previous three semesters.
    • IST candidates must also include an outline of how they intend to contribute to the school culture and demonstrate the IST philosophy in their application statement.
    • Other candidates must be in the top 25 percent of their school class
  2. Candidates who have the ability to make a significant contribution to the life of the school:
    • through heavy involvement in CAS activities
    • through active promotion of the IB Diploma programme
    • through active leadership within the school community
  3. Specifically for current IST students, candidates who have a demonstrated need for financial assistance.

Students of all nationalities are invited to apply for an IST scholarship. Current students at IST with demonstrable financial difficulty are welcome to apply. A strong command of written and spoken English is essential. It is the policy of the school that a family cannot receive more than 1 full scholarship at any given time. Students with other family members currently receiving scholarships may not be offered scholarships for the full two years of the award.

All candidates should contact the school to receive an application package. The closing date for applications is no later than 12 p.m. Thursday, February 1st, 2024. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. The scholarship examinations will be held on Saturday, February 24th from 9:00am to 2:30pm. Interviews with qualified candidates will be held on or about March 6th. Scholarship awards will be announced by early April.

Incomplete applications or applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

Candidates can download the required documents:

Scholarship Annoucements 2024-2026
Scholarship Opportunity 2024-2026
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