International Schools Consortium

International Schools Consortium (iSC) is a nonprofit organization that, since 1986, has offered excellent academic programs to meet the intellectual, physical, and emotional needs of students. iSC has six schools in China — in Chengdu, Qingdao, Wuhan, Wuxi, Tianjin, and Yantai — one school in the UAE, and helps to support various other educational initiatives globally. iSC is a multi-school program, enabling students and teachers to participate in system-wide programs where they can interact with others outside of their immediate school. Students compete in basketball, volleyball and soccer tournaments, as well as music and choral festivals, and Model United Nations (MUN) conventions.


Qingdao has been my home since 2006 when I moved to China with my family. As a mother of two school age children, I believe that a high-quality education in a safe and inclusive environment is essential for children who live outside their home country. I know from personal experience that ISQ provides those important components, creating an environment where children can learn solid values and grow as true international citizens.

Thank you for your interest in the International School of Qingdao. Founded in 1996, ISQ is the oldest and the largest international school in Qingdao. ISQ is a multicultural, private, and non-profit day school offering an international curriculum guided by Western based values and principles. We are truly an international school with students ages 3-18 representing 17 countries and a professional staff of over 150 members from 11 countries.

The ISQ admissions team looks forward to hearing from you and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the school. If you are visiting Qingdao, please contact us in advance so we can arrange a personal tour of our campuses.

Once again, thank you for your interest in ISQ. I look forward to meeting you and your family soon.

Jenny Min
Admissions Director



There’s no better way to get a sense of what it’s like to be a part of the community than experiencing it first hand. Your visit to will include a Guided Campus Tour and an Admission Information Session led by an admissions staff member.

At all of our events, we talk about the full community. This helps set the stage for where you might find your fit globally, academically, and personally. We want you to leave campus with an understanding of the distinctive education experience that offers. Your ability to visit campus and learn more about the admissions process is sure to make a difference in your academic search.


In the interest of school security, visitors are required to check in with our school guards and our receptionist. You will receive a visitor’s badge from our receptionist to be worn while on school property.


Just about any day of the week, you can visit to meet with admissions staff and take a tour. Sessions take about two hours. Spots do fill up, so please register in advance.

Drop-in Policy: Our drop-in list opens 45 minutes before each session, but does not guarantee entry into the session. If space is available, we will accommodate a maximum of two total drop-ins per party.
Holiday Hours: The campus will be closed for all local holidays and does observe some western holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please see the campus calendar for a more extensive list of upcoming holidays.


Group tours are generally available when classes are in session. We do not conduct group tours during final exam periods, campus events, or academic breaks. Tours include an information session with an admissions official and a campus tour. For information about group tours please contact


You are welcome to visit classes. Please contact our Our Welcome Center to set up an appointment.



ISQ does not discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, race or ethnic origin in its admissions or in any school programs.


Students must meet the following admissions requirements:

  • Possess a foreign (non-PRC) passport
  • Demonstrate age-appropriate adequacy in the English language as determined by assessment
  • Have a basic level of educational aptitudes and skills as determined by interview, assessment, and educational records
  • All new students must have a doctor complete a 2018-2019 Physical Exam Form.
  • As per Chinese law, ISQ cannot admit children who are citizens of Mainland China



ISQ sets its high standard in accepting a student to its school. Each applicant should demonstrate age-appropriate adequacy in the English language, the necessary level of educational aptitudes and skills as determined by interview, assessment, and educational records.

Listening, Speaking, Writing Reading Comprehension Principal’s Interview Test time
FC – K - - 20-30 minutes
ES (G1-G2) - 50-60 minutes
ES (G3-G5) 2-3 hours
MS (G6-G8) 2-3 hours
HS (G9-G12)* 2-3 hours

*G12 applicants may undergo a special interview with the high school principal along with all the relevant tests and the educational records review.
Mathematics and Chinese level assessments
After being accepted to ISQ and during the orientation process, the student will be given a Mathematics and a Chinese test (unless the student needs ELL support) to determine which class level they will attend. Math test will be only given to the MS and HS students.

Parent’s Presence

ISQ does not offer boarding or homestay facilities for students. We believe that parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children. As such, cooperation between the school and the home is necessary to ensure that students reach their fullest potential. In the best interest of the student, ISQ has established the following guidelines concerning residency of parents:

  • One parent or guardian must have full-time residency in Qingdao.
  • Guardians are only permitted to function in lieu of parents in unusual circumstances with the permission of the school administration.
  • If both parents of a Grade 9-12 student must leave Qingdao during the school year but would prefer to leave their child(ren) in the school until the end of the semester, an appropriate guardian must be appointed and school approval must be obtained as soon as possible.
  • An ayi does not constitute an appropriate guardian for a child.
  • At least one parent or guardian must have full-time residency in Qingdao.ast one parent or guardian must have full-
Tuition & Fees

Tuition Payments and Refund Policy

ISQ determines tuition on an annual basis, which is assessed at the time of registration. It is payable in accordance with an approved payment plan. Late fees will be assessed where appropriate.

Parents may choose a payment plan in correspondence with the finance office. Parents must take all necessary measures to pay all school fees. If a student applies and is accepted into the school some time after the commencement of the school year, tuition will be charged for the full quarter of entry and all subsequent quarters.

Tuition payments for students who withdraw will only be refunded for quarters not attended. Once a quarter is started, full tuition for that quarter must be paid. Report cards, diplomas, and transcripts will not be released if payments are not complete. No portion of tuition shall be refunded for a student dismissed by expulsion or for disciplinary reasons.
No tuition payments can be transferred from one student to another.

Delinquent Accounts

A tuition account must be current to within sixty (60) days by the end of the semester in order for a child to continue in school the second semester. All tuition accounts must be paid in full before a child can re-enter the school. In the event that payment has not been received in full within sixty (60) days after the due date, the student(s) may be removed from the school. The terms and conditions for payment must be fully and promptly met.

For more details and a full payment schedule, please see the financial documents in the parents page.


Step 1: Application
A. Fill out the online application (See ‘How to Apply’ on the back of this sheet)
B. Email all required documents (both parents’ and the applying student’s passport and visa information and previous school report cards/transcripts) to or bring them to the Admissions Office.
Step 2: Admissions Assessment
A: Prospective student(s) complete our admissions assessment and interview
The assessment and interview results are analyzed. This step is crucial in identifying how ISQ will teach and support the student(s) academics and maturity.
Step 3: Admission
The Admissions Office contact the parents to inform them about the Admission results. An official Acceptance Letter along with the admissions packet will be sent to parents shortly thereafter.
Step 4: Enrollment
Before your child may begin, the following three parts of your admissions packet must be completed:

  1. Online PowerSchool Enrollment
  2. Submit the following ISQ medical information by email or deliver to the Admissions Office
    Physical Exam Form (completed by a medical physician)
    A photocopy of immunization records
  3. Payment of Registration, fees and the first installment of the tuition
    Once you make your payment, please send a confirmation email to the Finance office including a picture or scan of the bank slip
    Step 5: New Student Orientation
    ISQ Student Services Department will contact the parents for the Orientation Process.

Starting Dates:

At the beginning of a semester
Students applying for the beginning of the school year or at the beginning of second semester will be contacted by the Student Services Department with information about New Student Orientation to take place one day before school starts.

The time from acceptance to the first day of school is approximately 5 working days.
The Admissions office arranges for New Student Orientation with the Student Services Department. If there is a delay in submitting registration information or fees for any reason, the time between acceptance and the student’s first day may also be delayed.

  • Day 1: Acceptance email received
  • Days 1-3: Pay registration and any (lunch/transportation optional) fees. Send bank deposit slip to ISQ Admissions office ( The sooner this is received, the sooner the student can begin school.
  • Day 4: Prepare for student’s orientation
  • Day 5: Orientation for parents and student (half a day)
  • Day 6: First day of school

Some applicants who are minimally below our English proficiency standard may be accepted as an English Language Learner (ELL). These applicants may require further testing before receiving an admissions decision.

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