Application

Online Application

To apply to BCIS, please complete the online application form in English and submit the supporting documents using the online application. All applications are facilitated via our online application process, which can be found at Apply Online.


School Tour

The Admissions Department conducts campus tours and information sessions weekly in both English and Chinese. We encourage all families residing in the Beijing area to tour our school, attend an information session, and make every effort to understand our academic program, mission, vision and philosophy before submitting an application and embarking on the admissions process.

To schedule a school tour, please please click 'School Tour' or contact us at 86 (10) 87717171 or by email: admissions@bcis.cn

Application Fee

A non-refundable, non-transferable application fee of RMB 2,000 is applicable and must be paid prior to an assessment or an interview is arranged. This fee covers the administration costs of the application process.

Supporting Documents

For applications to Early Childhood Center* (Toddler, Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten)

  1. (For Non-Chinese nationals) Copies of Student’s and Parents’ Passport information page and valid Chinese Visa page.
  2. (For Chinese nationals) Copies of Student's and Parents' Household Registration Hukou.
  3. School Reports or Assessment Reports for the last academic year (in English) if available.
  4. One completed Recommendation Form if the child is attending a program or school
  5. The completed Student Medical Form and vaccination records

* ECC students should submit the Kindergarten New Entry Students Health Check-up Form completed by a Doctor at any hospital or clinic within 3 months prior to enrollment.

For applications to Elementary School (Grade 1 – Grade 5)

  1. (For non-Chinese nationals) Copy of Student’s and Parents' Passport information page and valid Chinese visa page.
  2. (For Chinese nationals) Copies of Student's and Parents' Household Registration Hukou.
  3. School Reports for the past two academic years (in English)
  4. One completed Recommendation Form
  5. The completed Student Medical Form and vaccination records

    For applications to Secondary School (Grade 6 – Grade 11)

    1. (For non-Chinese nationals) Copies of Student’s and Parents' Passport information page and valid Chinese visa page.
    2. (For Chinese nationals) Copies of Student's and Parents' Household Registration Hukou.
    3. School Transcripts or Reports for the past two academic years (in English)
    4. The completed Student Essay in the Online Application
    5. Two completed Recommendation Forms, one of which should be completed by the current school’s English Language teacher
    6. The completed Student Medical Form and vaccination records
    7. SSAT scores
    8. For entry to Grade 11 or above, we may additionally require the TOEFL or IELTS scores

      Below you can find links to printable versions of the required forms.

      School Recommendation Form:

      School Recommendation Form PDF

      School Recommendation Form Word

      Please provide the School Recommendation Form to a teacher, counselor or the principal at your current school for completion. Recommendations are confidential and will be handled in strict confidence. The recommendation writer must email, fax or post (in a sealed envelope) the recommendation form directly to:

      Admissions Department
      Beijing City International School
      77 Baiziwan Nan Er Road
      Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022
      Fax: (86) 10 87717778
      Email: admissions@bcis.cn

      Student Medical Form:

      Student Medical Form (English) PDF

      Student Medical Form (English) Word

      Student Medical Form (Chinese) PDF

      Student Medical Form (Chinese) Word

      Parents may fill in the online version or download any one of the above versions of the Student Medical Form.

      Transport Application Form (if school bus is required):

      Transport Application Form (Optional)

      What to Expect in an Interview

      For applicants applying to the Early Childhood Center and Elementary School

      We are committed to considering each applicant very carefully and to making sure your child is comfortable during the process. We look to evaluate the child’s academic readiness, developmental readiness and fit within our classrooms by talking with both the parents and the child. While we do not expect young applicants to be fluent in English, we do consider an understanding of the English language by both the child and the parents to be an advantage. The admissions team and the Principals work together to get to know you and your child through the interview and admissions process. We observe the child’s interactions with both the interviewer as well as the parents.

      For applicants applying to the Secondary School

      During the interview for admissions to Grades 6-11, we are looking holistically at each applicant. We interview both the student and the parents separately. If the parents do not speak English they may need to bring an interpreter with them to the interview. We look to understand the child’s academic and extracurricular interests. We will review the transcripts, recommendations and previous academic testing before the interview and we will discuss aspects of the child’s history with them. The interview is also used as an opportunity to evaluate the child’s ability to speak and understand English.

      As English is the language of instruction it is essential that students demonstrate fluency in English before admission can be considered. If English is not the native or first language of the student, he/she would have to take the SSAT at a test center prior to interviewing for admissions. For students not being able to take the SSAT on the standard test dates, arrangements can be made to take the SSAT Flex test at BCIS. Please visit the SSAT website www.ssat.org for more information.

      Note to Parents

      Please understand that it is not an easy process to go through the evaluation for your child. Please know that we have carefully considered and designed our admissions process to be as fair as possible for each student. We do consider the fit of the family as part of our decision. We ask for your patience and please take the time to understand our mission, vision, philosophy and application process, and to ensure that you and your family fit with our educational philosophy and process. We appreciate how hard it is to wait for our decision and we thank you for considering BCIS.