Tianjin Foreign Languages School Affiliated to Tianjin Foreign Studies University (TFLS) was founded in 1964, as one of the first batch of foreign languages schools under the supervision of then-Premier Zhou Enlai, and was named asTianjinForeignLanguagesSchool, inscribed by Guo Moruo. In 1978,TianjinForeign Languages School was assigned to the administration of Tianjin Foreign Studies Institute, and thus was renamedTianjinForeign Languages School Affiliated to Tianjin Foreign Studies Institute. In 2010, when Tianjin Foreign Studies Institute was promoted, adopting the name “TianjinForeignStudiesUniversity”, the school was officially renamed as Tianjin Foreign Languages School Affiliated toTianjinForeignStudiesUniversity.
As one of the key public schools under the direct supervision of Tianjin Education Committee, the first batch of Model Middle Schools and the members in the Council of Foreign Languages Schools, with its principal as the Vice Director of the Council, TFLS currently covers an area of more than 13 acres, with the total construction area of about 50,000 square meters, which is made up of junior department, senior department and international department. Five language courses are offered: English, Japanese, German, French and Spanish. There are 50 classes, more than 2,200 students and 242 faculty members.
Adhering to its educational philosophy “Merging Chinese and Western Cultures; Cultivating International Talents”, insisting on the guiding characteristics of “open education”, TFLS has fostered numerous talents for the country, with more than a hundred working in the field of intercultural communication and diplomacy, 18 of whom work as ambassadors. Every year, more than a hundred students are admitted to the best universities inChinasuch asTsinghuaUniversity,PekingUniversity, etc. With the increasing number of students admitted to overseas universities and colleges annually, and the remarkable achievement in National College Entrance Examination, TFLS has realized the diversity of talents cultivation and has made outstanding contributions toChina's economic construction and international image. Hence, TFLS has won the approval of the people inTianjinand gained a sobriquet “Xiaowai” from its adoring fans.