Information and Advice

Why Board in the UK?

This section offers Information and advice about the world-class education on offer at the UK's boarding schools.

English Language Teaching

Boarding schools and colleges have a great deal of experience of helping students improve their English language skills. The kind of English language support provided for students varies…

Preparatory Schools

Advice on which preparatory school to pick for your child and what it will be like once they start boarding there.

UK Qualifications

A detailed look at the UK’s boarding schools, colleges and international study centres. Students come from all over the world to study for the UK’s widely known and respected GCSE…

About The UK

Read about all the different regions of the UK and their own unique culture and heritage, including travel links, famous inhabitants and what to see and do.

Schools and Colleges

With hundreds of independent boarding schools and colleges to choose from, you’re bound to find one that suits your needs

Boarding in the UK

The country’s boarding schools are safe, happy places for maximum achievement and personal development. There has never been a better time to become a boarder at a British boarding school. Standards in education and in pastoral care have never been higher!

Choosing a School

The UK is home to some of the finest independent schools in the world and, with careful research, you will find the right school to provide your children with an educational experience that they will cherish for the rest of their lives – whatever their age

Using a Consultant

One of the options open to prospective international boarders and their parents is to use the services of an educational consultant

International Study Centres

Find more about these centres, which offer intensive courses to prepare international students for life at a UK boarding school.

Single Sex Education

The most appropriate school will be the school with the ethos and the environment that will be most conducive. Girls and boys do have particular needs, and it therefore remains important to recognise that these are well met to ensure that the individual’s potential is truly fulfilled.

Senior Schools

Advice on what to look for when choosing an independent senior school and what to expect once you start boarding.

Getting Ready

Information and advice applying to a UK boarding school, appointing a guardian, preparing for the UK boarding experience, and holiday courses held at UK boarding schools.

The Application Process

When you have selected the right UK boarding school for your child, it’s time to start the application process. The application process covers a number of steps, ideally taken over a period of two or more years…

Coming To The UK

Unless your child is a national of one of the European Economic Area, they will need a student visa to enter the UK. The UK has long welcomed students from overseas…

Preparing for Boarding Life

Boarding school staff are very experienced at helping students from overseas to settle into life as a boarder. How easy is it for students from overseas to get used to boarding school life?

Life As A Boarder

Information and advice for students about how being a boarder differs from being a day pupil, and how you can adjust to the boarding way of life

Extracurricular Activities

As a boarder in the UK, you’ll have a world-class facilities at your disposal and a huge range of activities to choose from

UK Guardians

Guardians act on behalf of international pupils’ parents while their children are in the UK during school holidays and exeat weekends

Iain’s Boarding Blog

Hello! My name is Iain, and I am a boarder at Dollar Academy. Here’s my blog about my final year at the School…

Sporting Advantage

Information about sporting facilities and opportunities at British boarding schools including hockey, cricket, swimming, tennis, football, netball and many more.

Boarding Life

Find out about boarding life and what to expect when you start boarding at an independent school.

Planning The Fees

Learn about how to successfully plan for the boarding school fees and what systems and processes you can put in place to save for the fees.

Getting the measure of a school

League tables are often important tools for parents when considering boarding schools – but how useful and accurate are they as a means of establishing a school’s worth? League tables can be an important tool for overseas parents who might not necessarily have local knowledge, a source of useful word of mouth or the ability


Organisations that can provide you with further information and advice about studying at a UK boarding school.

The British Council

The British Council is useful source of information and advice for parents and students living outside the UK

Useful Addresses

Contact details for a selection of organisations that will be able to provide you with further information about boarding schools, and about studying and living in the UK