“There is a growing awareness that UKI students have unique needs that are not necessarily being met by support that is focused on either purely ‘international’ or ‘domestic’ students”

Every year the UK welcomes over 29,000 international students to come and study in UK Boarding schools (UKI students).

Many will then want to stay in the UK for their higher education and indeed this is the goal for many international parents-pay for a great Boarding school education to secure a place at a world renowned UK University.

However, the higher education path for ‘UKI students’ is sometimes not straightforward, says Pat Moores of UK Education Guide.

Students from the UK often rely very heavily on their school for advice, but also can expect the active support of parents and family friends based in the UK who can take them to visit multiple universities and may well have been to University themselves and so know the application process.

Contrast this with an international pupil whose parents may be based several thousand miles away, may not speak English as a first or even second language and who may not understand the Higher education application process at all.

So, it is vital that Boarding schools & Universities work together to offer extra support to UKI pupils, to guide them every step of the way as they transition to higher education.

In partnership with the BSA/BAISIS and the Universities of Exeter and Sheffield, UK Education Guide has set up the UKI Student & School Forum –to help universities provide more active support to the UKI market-both schools and pupils.

The first major event the Forum is hosting is the International Student University Fair aimed exclusively at UKI pupils, on September 29.

Some 23 universities will attend the first event and the participating institutions include Russell Group and Post 92 Universities, as requested by schools at a ‘taster’ event held earlier this year. The International Student University Fair will also offer pupils: 1:1 support with Personal Statement development, IELTS information, general university advice and a Q&A session with international students already studying at UK universities.  There will also be a range of speakers talking throughout the day.

Through the Forum, and the research it is undertaking at each event it hosts, there is a growing awareness that UKI students have unique needs that are not necessarily being met by support that is focused on either purely ‘international’ or ‘domestic’ students.

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