Bright World offers a unique University Guardianship programme for international students across the UK. But what exactly is University Guardianship, and who needs it?
We wouldn't blame you for thinking that nobody at University would require guardianship, as surely all students are at least 18 years old, right? Well, that's no longer the case. It's becoming increasingly common for Universities to grant places to international students who are just sixteen or seventeen years old. This is due to factors such as fast-track courses, accelerated academic development, and simple differences in the longitude of international schooling. While these students are under the age of 18 the University insist that a guardian is appointed. To put it simply: if you are an international student and you are under the age of 18, you will require university guardianship.
But what is a guardian, you may be asking, and why do you need one if you or your child is under 18 at the point of entry at a UK University? Well, in order to satisfy guidelines which are assumed to Universities when they become a tier 4 visa sponsor, all such UK Universities will now insist that students under the age of 18 must either have a parent who resides in the UK. Or, if the parent resides outside of the UK, the student and their parents must appoint a UK Guardian.
To satisfy their own internal safeguarding policies most Universities will also apply these rules to all their international children, regardless of whether they are here on a Tier 4 visa or not.
If you do not know someone in the UK who can act as a UK Guardian, then the University will direct you to an AEGIS (Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) company like Bright World.
Since we were founded in 2000, we have provided guardianship to hundreds of students at Universities all over the UK. We understand that our partner universities can and do accept students who are under 18 but that if they are here without their parents, they must give the name of their UK based guardian. We also understand that the needs of university students are often very different to the needs of those enrolled on our boarding school guardianship programme.
Based on this, we devised our unique programme, meaning we can gladly offer two different options:
Basic guardianship is our lower cost option which provides minimal cover.
Full guardianship includes an arrival orientation visit with our Local Representative.
No matter which package you choose, one of our Local Coordinators will always be nearby to help with anything, should you need them. All students also have access to our 24/7 emergency phone, which is manned by a member of our Head Office staff.
For more information about the programme and fees, please see our University Guardianship brochure and fees sheet, below. If you would like to arrange an online meeting to find out more, then please get in touch and we will arrange a suitable date and time.
Posted on September 5th, 2018 @ 4:47 PM