Guardianship of International Students


The majority of UK boarding schools require parents of international students to appoint a UK-based guardian. Some overseas parents have friends or relatives in the UK who are happy to undertake this responsibility, others have no-one to help them. There are many Guardianship companies available that provide students with a secure and caring environment during their stay in the UK. It is beneficial to appoint a guardian who is located close to the school that the child is going to attend. The Guardian will accept legal responsibility for the child, and provides the child with a place to live during school holidays or periods of illness. In addition to this:

  • They should be a 24hr point of contact in an emergency

  • They should be available to accomodate pupils during school holidays, if required

  • Liaise with the school over pastoral matters and keep regular contact with parents

  • Arrange transport from the airport and assist with visa applications if required

  • Manage student's personal allowance and arrange payment of any additional school expenses
AEGIS is the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students. It brings together schools and guardianship organisations to promote the welfare of international students. For more information visit the AEGIS Website

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Looking for a Guardianship company? Please see below



: Rebecca Duggan, Marketing Manager
Area Covered
: UK
Tel. +44(0)1274 679710
6 Carr Lane
Low Moor
BD12 0QS

Study Links is a well established guardianship organisation. We act as guardian to international students studying in the UK, arranging accommodation with caring English homestay families whilst they are studying in the UK.
We are devoted to the progression of our students, and are passionate about their care and education. At Study Links, we understand that there are many routes to success, and so we offer an array of high-quality services, throughout the UK, ensuring that we always meet your particular needs. We speak 8 languages, and having provided education consultancy and services for students of all abilities and nationalities, we are equipped and willing to handle all requests.


: Ben Hughes
Area Covered
: England
WR13 6PL
Tel. +44(0)1684 252757

Pippa's Guardians
Pippa's Guardians provides a high quality Guardianship service for students who attend boarding schools in the UK and whose parents live overseas. Over 17 years, and as a family run company, we have built a reputation for offering a personalised service by taking a genuine interest in the welfare of our students through our regular visits and reports back home. Pippa's Guardians also has a network of caring host families throughout the UK, who provide a warm welcome and a safe environment for our students when they need a 'home away from home' during their term breaks.
Pippa Hughes has owned and operated Pippa's Guardians since 1997, recently she has partnered with her son Ben and they are assisted by professional and caring Area Managers who live locally to the schools we work with. Pippa's Guardians is registered and accredited by the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS), of which Ben is a committee member, which is the regulatory body for guardianship companies in the UK.
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: Dawn Kettle, Finance Director
Area Covered
: England & Wales
Tel. +44(0)203 515 8880
Suite 11 Penhurst House
352-356 Battersea Park Road
SW11 3BY

Academic Guardians
Academic Guardians UK offers a professional personalised guardianship service to international students attending boarding schools in the UK.
We have 25 years experience of assisting & looking after the well-being of overseas students. We have formed strong relationships with schools, host families students and parents. Our role as guardians is to provide students and their families with a professional, accessible service, ensuring the student is making the best possible progress academically.


: Amanda McHale
Area Covered
: South West UK
Tel. +44(0)1275 843156
Rose Cottage
Weston in Gordano
North Somerset
BS20 8PU

guardians etc.
guardians etc. are a well established guardianship agency (formerly Bristol Guardianship). Trustworthiness and attention to detail form the cornerstones of our values, backed by a caring ethos, professional approach and knowledge of the local schools. We provide a "home from home" environment for all our students, ensuring their emotional, academic and development needs are being met in a safe but fun and stimulating environment.
We also offer a school selection service as well as support and advice for university selection and applications.


: Ms. Irene Lee, Director
Area Covered
: England
Building 3
North London Business Park
Oakleigh Road South
N11 1GN
Tel. +44(0)203 697 2599

James Lee Consultancy
James-Lee Consultancy provides a wide range of services including: UK guardianship services, student accommodation, homestay placement, summer programmes, English language programme, UK secondary school integration and immersion programmes and tutoring. Their guardianship services is accredited by AEGIS and they are corporate members of English UK.