The UK has always been a popular destination with international students and continues to be the number one choice for many. While they study here, many universities and pathway colleges insist that students under the age of eighteen appoint a UK based guardian. Guardians are required to provide a support system for each young adult, acting as an emergency contact; communicating with college and university staff and parents or agent; managing consent requirements and any other matters in the absence of the parents.
What we provide
College Guardians provides guardianship for international students studying at university or undertaking a university pathway course. Generally, this is only required for students under the age of 18 however we also provide a service for students into their mid-twenties when their parents believe they need an additional level of support. We recognise that many of the young people within our care wish to have a certain level of independence and our team understand that there is a fine balance between independence and support. With this in mind, we are here to help and guild students as they move to become young adults.
Students will have a number of opportunities to meet with their allocated guardian, who are able to support them settling into university/college life and assisting them with any issues that may arise. Guardians are selected before each student arrives in the UK so they will have time to familiarise themselves with what is available to them and who to go to for support, well before they commence their studies.
Each student will be send a guardianship handbook, this gives details of who they can contact in addition to lots of useful information about life in the UK about what to expect and hopefully answers lots of questions that the students may have.
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Guardians are also able to:
provide 24-hour on call service during term time
liaise with students and their parents for health and wellbeing matters as required
liaise with college or university staff for pastoral or academic matters as required
exercise discretion and sign consent forms for social and college activities
provide any additional visits at a parent or students request
If you would like to discuss guardianship while you study at university or take an access course, please contact us. We will be happy to provide you with a number of services to support you while you study in the UK.
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Start your registration online now. Our team look forward to hearing from you.
“Thank you again for your ongoing support (if only we could clone you for overseeing all of our students!)„
“I am writing to thank you for the exceptional care that Georgie has experienced in your hands. She says she feels extremely happy, secure and safe. Thanks for your support and advice.„
“Clara made it home safely last night. Your drivers quick thinking a dedication made the mission impossible trip home possible. Thanks Carl.„
“Your email just put a huge smile on our faces - I am so glad that we have peace of mind knowing you are taking care of him.„
“Covid 19 situation has allowed your team to demonstrate such capabilities, keep communication and follow up dynamically to help our students.„
We appreciate that when you are arranging for your child to come to study in the UK there are lots of questions that you will want answers to. Please see our frequently asked questions below.
If there is something that you are still unsure on, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Why do I need a guardian?
To comply with visa regulations it is necessary that all students under the age of 18 attending boarding school, a pathway college or university appoint a guardian that is resident in the UK to care for them. Many schools insist that students have a guardian until they complete their education even once they are over the age of 18.
Who will be my child’s guardian?
College Guardians has a team covering the UK and depending on where your child is at school or college will determine who their local contact is.
Can you help my child apply for a visa?
We are unable to get directly involved in applying for visa, however we can suggest a number of agencies that you can work with.
Can I work whilst I am studying in the UK?
This will depend on your visa, please ask if you are unsure
Can you help my child get a mobile phone?
Yes – we suggest a pay as you go sim card and can help with the best coverage depending on where in the UK you are living.
Do I need a UK bank account?
To open a bank account in the UK, you will need a letter from the college or school where you are studying.
If you are studying at a pathway college or university, ask for this from the student services team. They will also be able to suggest which bank to contact, although they will not recommend one over another.
Many students choose not to open a UK account but use a card from their home country. If you are going to do this, make sure you know if there will be any costs involved.
Do I have to register with a doctor?
Yes – if you are at boarding school the staff at school should help you do this.
If you are at a pathway college or university, they will either give you a link to register or you will need to find a surgery close to your accommodation and go in person to register. You do not have to pay to register with an NHS doctor.
How often will you visit my child?
This will depend on the level of service that you choose for your child, in the majority of cases your child will be visited at least once a term, but generally more often than this.
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