International Students Admission at St George's School

Boarding during Covid pandemic

A great deal of work is being done in our boarding house, Houldsworth, to create an environment for our boarders when they return that embraces social distancing and all necessary safety requirements while keeping the warmth and home-from-home spirit. In planning how Houldsworth House is run, we are being guided by the Government and Care Inspectorate recommendations. We are a member of the International Boarding Schools Association (BSA) and have adopted the BSA Covid-Safe Charter which confirms that we are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our boarders. Download the BSA Covid-Safe Charter.

Application Process for International Students 

>Admissions Application Form for International Students

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. They bring with them a diverse range of cultures, which greatly enhances the overall culture of the school.

We have a limited number of places for entry in August 2022. Please get in touch with our Admissions team for more information about how we can go through the admissions process with you remotely.

Prospective families who are not able to visit the school are contacted via a Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams conversation.

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 offered at an extra cost of £900.00 per term (based on 7 lessons of 40 minutes per week).

Contact admissions for more information. T: + 44 (0) 131 311 8088 E:

UK Resident Guardians

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

Student Visas for International Pupils

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 the Newland Chase (, a firm of immigration specialists. An additional cost will be incurred for this service.

Information about the UK’s points-based immigration system.

BNO Visa Route 

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

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

Contact admissions for more information. T: + 44 (0) 131 311 8088 E:

"Being in Houldsworth has been an amazing experience for us both. Because there is such a variety of nationalities here we have had the opportunity to meet and befriend girls from every corner of the globe. The small and family-like community we have in Houldsworth allows us to bond and really get to know one another, no matter what our age or background. Boarding has also taught us how to be more responsible and caring of others. Similarly, we have always felt completely supported by one another throughout our time here."

Anna and Eilidh, U5. Read more comments about boarding.