Can international students apply to universities in the UK if they are under 18?

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The simple answer is yes, students under the age of 18 can apply to most universities in the UK providing they have the correct qualifications. However, if accepted onto a university course, there are a few restrictions to keep in mind:   Am I classed as an adult if I’m under 18? In the UK, anyone aged 18 or over is classed as an adult. Therefore, if you are under the age of 18 you will be seen as a minor, even if you are living in the UK alone and attending university.   Will I be treated differently at…

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University Guardian in the UK

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If you are applying to study at a university in the UK but you will be under the age of 18 when you start, most universities will require you to have an appointed guardian based in the UK.   Why do I need a guardian? Although you may already feel like an adult, especially if you are applying to universities in another country, you are still classed as a ‘child’ under British law. Therefore, most universities ask for the details of an appointed guardian who will be responsible for the student and that they can contact in case of emergencies….

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How to adapt to boarding school or university life in the UK

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Moving to a new country to study can be a very difficult experience. Having been through this myself, I know how hard it can be to adapt to a new life somewhere where you do not know anyone, don’t speak the language fluently and find some things about the new culture you’re trying to become a part of really odd. If you are struggling to settle into your new life in the UK, here are some useful tips I’ve learnt:   1. It’s okay not to be okay Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be happy all the…

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Temporary Student Guardianship in the UK

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Students under the age of 18 who are studying in a school, college or university are legally required to have an appointed guardian in the UK if their families are living overseas. The appointed guardian can be a family member, a responsible friend, a guardianship organisation and in some cases the school can act as a guardian. Students usually have a long-term guardianship solution (termly or yearly) but there may be situations where a temporary guardian is needed.   Guardianship during school holidays and exeat weekends If the school has offered to act as a guardian for you/your child, you…

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UK Education System – State and Public Schools

With traditions of academic excellence dating back hundreds of years and world renowned institutions in every corner, it comes as no surprise that the UK has become one of the top destinations to study. This article will explain key points related to the education system in the UK; however, please note that some practices differ in Scotland.   National Curriculum: Key stages The National Curriculum was established in 1988, provides a framework for education in England and Wales for students between the ages of 5 and 18. While the National Curriculum is followed by most state schools, some private schools…

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Dedicated UK Guardianship Administration Officer

If you book educational guardianship services with UKGuardianship, the first thing we will do is appoint you with a dedicated AO (Administration Officer). Your AO will be your main point of contact before and during your time in the UK. This means that you will always speak to the same person if you have any questions or problems while you are studying in the UK.   What is the role of my UK guardian? Your UK guardian (Administration Officer) will look after you while you are in the UK. They will not be in the school with you but you…

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What to Expect from a School Guardian

It is becoming more and more common for international students to study in day and boarding schools in the UK; however, studying and living in another country can be a daunting and scary experience. Therefore, it is important that there is someone in the UK that the student trusts and can turn to if they are not happy or if they have a problem.   Do I need a guardian to study in the UK? If you are travelling to the UK without your parents, your housemaster will usually look after your guardianship needs while you are at school. However,…

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Day and boarding schools for guardianship students in the UK

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Choosing which school to go to or send your children to is an extremely difficult decision, especially if the schools are in a different country. The first thing you need to decide is whether you would like a boarding school or a day school, but do you know the difference between these two types of schools?   What is a boarding school? If you choose a boarding school, you/your child will study and live at the school. During term time, the school provides accommodation, meals and extra activities in addition to full-time education.   What is a day school? If…

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Guardianship for overseas students in the UK

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What is a guardian? Many students aged under 18 choose to study at boarding schools or day schools in the UK and it is often not practical for their parents to travel with them. In these cases, a UK-based guardian is usually appointed to act as the parents’ representative and take care of the student’s welfare and educational needs while in the UK. The guardian is sometimes a friend or family member; however, as this is a big responsibility, guardianship organisations are often used.   Do I need a guardian if I want to study in the UK? It is…

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