International Students Admission at St George's School

Return to boarding, working with Covid-19

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.

'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.

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.

Application Process for International Students 

We have a limited number of places for entry in August 2021. 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 £882.00 per term (based on 7 lessons of 35 minutes per week) 8

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

Students from outside EEA 

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.

  • From 5 October 2020, the Student route will replace the Tier 4 route.
  • The Student route, which falls under the UK's new points-based immigration system, improves on the previous Tier 4 route making for a more streamlined experience for both sponsoring institutions and students.
  • Visas that have been issued through the Tier 4 route are still valid .
  • More information about the UK’s new points-based immigration system can be found here. Further guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss students, who from 1 January will need to comply with the new system can be found here.
  • EU, EEA and Swiss citizens resident in the UK before 31 December should apply to the EU settlement scheme.    

EU, EEA and Swiss students resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.

EU, EEA and Swiss students resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 should not apply for a Student visa through the new points-based immigration system. They, and their family members, are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Those resident here by 31 December 2020 have until 30 June 2021 to do so. More information on the EU Settlement Scheme can be found here.

BNO Visa Route Now Open

If you’re from Hong Kong and are a British national (overseas) you and your family members can now 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.

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