International Admissions

St George’s is proud to host students from all around the globe, positioning our UK boarding school as a leading international school.

International students form an important part of the St George's community, and we welcome girls from all over the world in all year groups from the age of 10 years.  

If you are interested in joining our school as an international student, please get in touch with our Admissions team for more information about how we can go through the admissions process with you remotely via conference call or in person at the school. 

Applicants are expected to complete entrance tests assessing English language and mathematical ability.

Candidates for whom English is a second or another language also sit an ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) assessment to ascertain whether their English is at a sufficient level for accessing the curriculum.  Places are allocated on the basis of performance in these assessments and evidence from a school report. 

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) teaching support is provided at a range of levels and individually and in small groups.

With our experience and expertise in teaching English to non-native speakers, St George’s is a popular choice for international students who want to improve their English and earn ESOL certification (IELTS) through living and studying in a friendly, home-from-home environment in the UK.

This programme is for International students who are 15 – 16 years old (Year 11) for whom English is not their first language, and who want to experience life in a highly regarded girls’ school in Edinburgh.

All international students with parents who live overseas require a UK resident guardian preferably living in the local area. The guardian acts on behalf of parents in the UK, looking after students during half term and weekend holidays. We must be able to contact the guardian in an emergency. We can provide details of reputable guardianship agencies. 

Due to UK visas and immigration regulations, students are required to show the school their passports. All pupils must fulfil UK visas and immigration regulations for study in the UK. We require all applications for visas to be made with Newland Chase(, a firm of immigration specialists. An additional cost will be incurred for this service.

Information about the UK Visa and Immigration website. 

If you’re from Hong Kong and are a British national (overseas) you and your family members can apply for a British National (Overseas) visa. This is known as a BNO visa. It allows you to live, work and study in the UK. For additional information on the cost and requirements of the BNO visa route, please refer to the UK Visa and Immigration website. 

Mandarin introduction to St George's pdf download

There are direct flights from Beijing to Edinburgh via Hainan Airlines.

Live and Study in Edinburgh

Many international families specifically choose Edinburgh as their destination for their children's education, seeking an English-speaking European country with excellent transport links. They are drawn to Edinburgh's reputation for safety, friendliness, and the exceptional quality of life it offers. 

Edinburgh is well connected for travel links. Edinburgh International Airport is one hour's flight from London.

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