"The University application is a process of self-assessment, which required me to explore my strengths, evaluate my achievements and carefully research the courses that I was interested in. This process pushed me to explore more about Economics (my chosen subject), such as doing some extra reading and carrying out work experience. I made improvements in my writing by re-drafting my personal statement again and again with Mrs Sabio.  All of my hard work paid off when I received an offer from the London School of Economics. I am really looking forward to the next chapter in my life and I feel that Wellington has fully-prepared me for life in an ever-changing, unpredictable world."

Lotus Wang (Graduate 2017)

University Guidance

Our careers and university programme at Wellington College International Tianjin has but one aim: to get your child into the best university or college for them, studying the courses they wish to study so that they can fulfil their potential and be successful and happy in whatever they do.  We help our students to build upon their positive experiences at Wellington College International Tianjin in order to gain admissions to colleges and universities all over the world.  Applying to colleges and universities is an exciting and revealing experience which gives young people a chance to look at who they are, what they value and what they want to do with their lives.

To do this we have developed a thorough and detailed programme that is very much tailored to the needs of the individual student. We hold regular events when we invite universities from all over the world to speak to our students about the myriad of options available to them in order for them to make the best informed decisions. Good information is the key to making good decisions!  Therefore, the broader the range of universities that our students are introduced to, the better decisions they can make.  In the last 12 months we have had representatives from many of the top universities in the UK, the USA, Canada, Korea, Australia, Hong Kong / China in the school.

Students are encouraged to speak to as many different universities and colleges as possible.  Initially, they may not think that they are interested in studying there, however, it is very often the case that when they hear what a certain university has to offer they realise that it is a good fit for them.  Please don’t be surprised if your son or daughter comes home raving about the opportunities at some hitherto un-thought of university.

Our excellent pastoral system allows us to advise students on a predominantly one-to-one basis.  This means their essays and personal statements are exactly that: personal.  This is something that university admission tutors around the world tell us time and again is really important to them.  Similarly, the references we write are individually tailored to each student, showing to the prospective university or college that we really know our students. This allows us to showcase their individual talents and attributes of our students in the best way possible.  Again, this is something we are repeatedly told universities and colleges value highly.

We start to build awareness of college admissions and the importance of making good decisions in Year 9 as students make their IGCSE option choices.  This is their first opportunity to personalise the school curriculum to suit them.

Year 12 is where the idea of college or university really starts looms large for our students. Firstly, we offer guidance on their option choices. These can be very important and it is at this point that their choices can start to direct their feet down certain career paths. In the Lent term they will have one-to-one interviews with the Head of VIth Form to analyse their plans, direct their research and develop an individual timeline for their applications to ensure that everything is completed in good time and so that it is manageable and does not disrupt their academic studies.

Finally, in Year 13 much time is spent honing and crafting applications to ensure that they are not just good but as near to perfect as can be managed.  We also spend considerable time preparing those students who will be interviewed and putting together portfolios of work for those who will need that.

In addition to our expert teachers, we also have access to a range of networks and contacts both here in China and through our sister schools: Wellington College in the UK and Wellington College International Shanghai. This is an invaluable source of contacts to provide further opportunities for our students.  We also offer testing opportunities that meet both US and UK admission requirements including: UKCA, BMAT and SATs. We also have a very comprehensive programme to prepare our students for IELTS exams.

Applying to colleges and universities is as stressful a process for families as it is for the students and we welcome and encourage parents to make appointments to discuss their child’s future with the Head of VIth Form and University Admissions;  If you have questions, then please do ask. We also hold regular meetings with groups of parents at various points in the application cycle to explain the admissions process in a range of countries.

Below are some guides to the application process.  These should address some of the more common questions that you may have.  If you would like to discuss any matter related to the university application process in more detail then please do not hesitate to contact me at or by telephone to arrange an appointment.

2015-2017 University Offers

The school expects nearly all of the students of these highly academic courses to go on to well recognised universities or colleges in Britain, USA, other European Union Countries, Canada, Australia or Asia. Every year the school expects some students to gain admission to some of the most competitive universities around the world.


  • Cornell University
  • UC Berkeley
  • UCLA
  • University of Virginia
  • Carnegie-Melon
  • University of Rochester
  • New York University
  • UC Irvine
  • San Diego
  • UC Davis
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne
  • Penn State University
  • The George Washington University
  • University of Connecticut
  • Syracuse University
  • Fordham College
  • Rutgers University
  • Virginia Tech
  • University of Iowa

Liberal Arts College

  • Computer Science & Biology, Hamilton College
  • Bard College
  • Mathematics, St. Olaf College
  • Denison

Art College

  • Parsons School of Art and Design
  • Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • SVA (School of Visual Arts New York)


  • St Andrew’s University
  • Durham University
  • Imperial College
  • University College London
  • Warwick University
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Lancaster University
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Bath
  • University of Leeds
  • Birmingham University
  • Bristol University
  • Sheffield University
  • King’s College‍ London
  • University of Glasgow
  • Manchester University
  • Royal Holloway university of London
  • Edinburgh University
  • Liverpool University
  • Queen Mary University London
  • Stirling University
  • Coventry University
  • Brighton University
  • Brunel University
  • Bournemouth University
  • Northumbria University
  • Southampton University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Central Saint Martins University of London (Art)
  • University of Westminster
  • London College of Fashion
  • St. George’s University London
  • Camberwell College of Arts


  • University of Toronto
  • University British Columbia


  • Peking University
  • University of Hong Kong
  • Nankai University
  • Nottingham Ningbo


  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Queensland
  • Monash   University
  • Bond University
  • University of Melbourne


  • Korea University
  • SungKyunKwan University
  • Sogang University
  • KyungHee University
  • Chung Ang University
  • HongIk University
  • HanKuk University of Foreign Studies
  • DanKook University
  • SoongSil University
  • InHa University

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