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Frequently Asked Questions

What does AEGIS stand for?

The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students.

What does AEGIS do?

We accredit UK Guardianship Organisations through our rigorous inspection process to ensure international students studying at UK boarding schools receive quality guardianship during their stay.

Do I have to provide an Educational Guardian for my child whilst they study in the UK?

It is recommended that all international students have a UK based Educational Guardian who will act as the parents’ representative whilst their child is studying in the UK. The majority of independent schools make it a condition of admission to their school that any overseas student must have a UK based Educational Guardian.

What does a Guardianship Organisation do?

Guardianship Organisations provide overseas students with a guardian who will ensure that students have a secure, friendly and stable environment in which to live and study.

What will an Educational Guardian provide for my child?

A guardian acts on behalf of the parents, attending meetings with school staff and relaying comments to the parents. They help students adapt to their new life and school regulations, taking an active part in the student's school life. A guardian can give help and advice over examination choices and university selection, including assistance with the completion of application forms. They keep regular contact with the student during term time and assist with any problems that may arise. A guardian will organise suitable home stay accommodation with native speaking host families for exeat, half term breaks, or longer (holiday) periods. Guardians arrange flight reservations and tickets when asked and arrange collection and/or transport from school, host family or airport at the beginning and end of all holiday periods. A guardian will be available to both students and parents 24 hours a day in case of emergency.

Are there different requirements for students under 16 years of age who are studying in the UK?

If a student is under 16 years of age, not living in a boarding school with full time accommodation, and therefore staying with a host family full time, that family must be registered with the local Social Services as a Foster Family.  If the stay is under 28 consecutive days then the family does not have to be registered with Social Services.

We are a Guardianship Organisation, why should we join AEGIS?

Your AEGIS membership will demonstrate that your organisation offers legally compliant and best practice in all areas of guardianship. Your Guardianship Organisation will be able to work with the many schools who, as a result of DfE and Social Services recommendations, now only recommend the official AEGIS list of accredited Guardianship Organisations. You will have a voice in national policy relating to the care of international students through representations of the Advisory Committee. As a member, AEGIS will list and advertise your organisation on our website and in AEGIS literature for families seeking a guardian and schools recommending accredited Guardianship Organisations. Support and advice will be available through a network of colleagues and professionals and through AEGIS workshops and conferences. For more information please see our 'Guardianship' section.

We are a school/college, why should we join AEGIS?

Your membership subscription will support the work of AEGIS as an accreditation body for Guardianship Organisations, ensuring that international students studying at UK schools/colleges are safe and adequately provided for during their stay. By supporting AEGIS you are showing that you believe in best practice in the guardianship and hosting of all international students, thus ensuring that the welfare of your overseas students meets the UK Visa and Immigration Service recommendations. You will have a voice in national policy relating to the care of international students through representations of the Advisory Committee. As a member, your school profile will be listed and promoted on our website and in AEGIS literature, available for overseas families choosing a UK school/college. Support and advice will be available through a network of colleagues and professionals and through AEGIS workshops and conferences. For more information, please see our 'Schools/Colleges' section.