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Approved agents and guardians

We recruit some international students directly, most apply through an approved agent.  All approved agents are subject to quality checks and work to agreed contractual standards.

We use a number of agents in a variety of countries.  Our aim is to create long term relationships with professional agents  who have excellent reputations and place the needs of the student first.

We have a list of agents we can refer you to, please contact

Agent Presenting

Agent Presenting

Minimum standards expected of all agents

Appointing a Guardian

Moving to another country to study provides you with fascinating and exciting opportunities, as well as some challenges.

The college provides outstanding support for students outside the classroom, including their Personal Tutor, an experienced Lead Tutor, student buddies, and a caring host family. Boarding students should appoint a qualified 'Guardian' who will be available in the UK to help and support you. This can be a family member in the UK.

A good guardian will talk to students and parents regularly, is always available to help guide and support you, and will support you in emergency situations such as flight delays or health problems. Your appointed guardian would also receive your academic reports, have access to your college attendance record, and would be the person who would give authorisation for you to go on college trips or organised weekend visits to other parts of the UK.

Below are a few of the guardianship companies operating in the UK you might like to consider. If you decide to appoint a guardian please remember to (i) confirm their details with the college and (ii) only appoint a guardian who is a member of AEGIS (The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students). AEGIS checks all members to ensure their service helps ‘To promote the safety, welfare and education in the United Kingdom of International Students aged 18 or under’. A statement we completely support and work to help achieve.

When deciding which guardianship company to appoint we recommend you consider the following points. 

  • Does the guardian appear professional and reliable?
  • Does the guardian speak fluently in English and your first language? 
  • Does the guardian have full professional indemnity insurance to cover all their responsibilities?
  • Does the guardian offer twenty-four-hour support?
  • How would the guardian help you in a crisis such as a medical emergency?
  • Can the guardian provide references from satisfied students?
  • What additional services can the guardian offer (eg respite hosting, making travel arrangements, helping with bank accounts and mobile 'phone contracts...)

Guardianship companies

We recommend that you consider using a guardianship company that is approved by AEGIS (The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students)

Local Guardianship companies include

There are many more to consider through AEGIS




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•A*-C rate: 82.9%, significantly above the national average of 76.8%


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