“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

The 6th Form team at Wellington College International Tianjin, as you would expect, takes the task of university applications extremely seriously. Mrs Sabio (Head of 6th Form) and Mr Batey (Deputy Head of 6th Form) have over 45 years of teaching experience between them, and through this time have guided hundreds of young people to their dream university destinations. The addition of Ms Luyi Feng to the team has added further wealth of experience, providing a specific focus on US and Canadian applications as well as an invaluable point of contact for parents and pupils who prefer to discuss their plans in Chinese. Mrs Hannah Kim provides first-class support to our applicants to Korean universities.

In addition, each pupil has a dedicated form tutor who will be a passionate advocate for their progression to the next stage of their educational journey. The tutor is a regular point of contact for support in the process of researching universities, preparing personal statements and advising on study and revision programmes. Tutors are critical in helping to build a young person with the experiences and resilience which not only make for a strong application, but also prepares them for independent study when they leave Wellington.

At Wellington, we use BridgeU as our central online platform for researching courses and universities.  Pupils use BridgeU from year 9 upwards to help them to build up a profile over the years before they apply to university. BridgeU is designed to be simple to use and it offers an end-to-end platform covering a full range of needs, from personalised course recommendations to enabling teacher collaboration and submitting global applications. BridgeU can be accessed by all involved in the process – including parents. In fact, building a sense of parental engagement has been key to our work over the past two years and we aim to provide regular opportunities for parents to meet and discuss university applications. Parents are both welcomed and encouraged to come in to school to meet with any of the 6th Form team.

Finally, our International University Fair is growing every year. As more and more excellent young Wellingtonians venture forth into the world, the best global universities are seeing Tianjin as a desirable stop on their travels. Our September event attracts a huge range of universities, art schools and hospitality and business management schools. Throughout the year, there is also a steady stream of international educational representatives visiting the College to advise and inform our pupils and parents of the opportunities that exist across the globe.

All these elements provide our 6th Form pupils with a level of preparation which rivals that of any school in the world. There is, though, one more piece of the jigsaw which helps our young people to achieve admittance to the best universities and colleges. At Wellington Tianjin we care deeply, both professionally and personally for every pupil who entrusts us with helping them on to their next educational milestone. Once they have left us, we like to keep in touch with them and it’s always a pleasure to have former pupils visiting the College and hearing about their wonderful experiences. We are able to do so because of our unique platform Wellington Connect which is a network that provides wonderful opportunities for all its members; re-connecting with former classmates, making new connections, finding jobs and signing up to a rich and varied programme of events and activities. This also enables us to strengthen the ties that we have with our sister school in the UK.

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.

2015-2019 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.


  • Aberystwyth University
  • Architectural Association School of Architecture
  • Bath Spa
  • Bournemouth University
  • Bristol UWE
  • Brunel University London
  • Cardiff University
  • Central St Martins University of the Arts
  • City University London
  • Coventry University
  • Coventry University London
  • Durham University
  • Imperial College London
  • Instituto Marangoni London
  • Kingston University
  • King’s College London
  • Lancaster University
  • Leeds Art University
  • London College of Fashion
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Loughborough University
  • Newcastle University
  • Nottingham Trent
  • Northumbria University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Ravensbourne School of Design
  • Royal Holloway University of London
  • Salford University
  • St George’s University of London
  • University of the Arts London Camberwell College
  • UAL London College of Communication
  • University College London
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • University of Abertay Dundee
  • University of Bangor
  • University of Bath
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bolton
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Dundee
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of East London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Kent
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Northampton
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Southampton
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Swansea
  • University of the Arts London
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Winchester


  • Academy of Art University of San Francisco
  • Bard College
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Brown University
  • California College of Art
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cornell University
  • Denison University
  • Fashion Institute of Design Management
  • Fordham University
  • Hamilton College
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Los Angeles College of Music
  • Michigan State University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • OTIS College of Art & Design
  • Parsons School of Design at the New School
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pratt Institute of Design
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rutgers University the State University of New Jersey
  • School of the Art Institute Chicago
  • School of Visual Arts New York
  • St Olaf College
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas A&M University
  • The George Washington University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • University of California Davis
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of California Santa Cruz
  • University of Columbus
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne
  • University of Iowa
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vanderbilt University (WL)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


  • McGill University
  • Queens University at Kingston
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Victoria


  • Peking University
  • Nankai University
  • City University Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design Hong Kong


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


  • Chung Ang University
  • Dankook University
  • Dongduk Women’s University
  • Gyeonggi University
  • HanYang Erica University
  • Hongik University
  • InHa University
  • JoongAng University
  • Kacheon University
  • Korea University
  • Kyung Hee University
  • Seoul National University
  • Sogang University
  • Soongsil University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Sungshin Women’s University
  • Yonsei University


  • Parsons Paris


  • Media Design School Auckland
* 2019 destination offers are in bold.



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