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Information for International Students


At Kent College we welcome international students and provide for the educational and cultural needs of girls from all over the world. For the benefit of all students, the school has a policy to maintain a good balance of British and international students in classes and boarding houses.

Overseas students at Kent College are well motivated and keen to learn. They come from professional families world wide and go on to study at top universities in the UK and abroad after obtaining excellent GCSE and A-level results at Kent College. The KC community embraces the rich cultural diversity of its students and regularly celebrates this with special International Days.

Click here for our Boarding Prospectus.

Click here to find out more about our International Study Programme

Year Groups

Girls join the senior school from age 11. The year groups are as follows:

Year 7 Aged 11-12  
Year 8 Aged 12-13  
Year 9 Aged 13-14  
Year 10 Aged 14-15 First Year of GCSE courses
Year 11 Aged 15-16 Final Year of GCSE courses
Lower Sixth Aged 16-17 First Year of A level courses
Upper Sixth Aged 17-18 Final Year of A level courses

Students may join the school in Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 or Year 12. We only recommend that students with a very good level of English join in Year 10 as we prefer them to have time to settle in and to improve their English before they start working towards GCSE examinations.


Years 7-9: British National Curriculum

We follow the 'British National Curriculum' and all overseas students take part in lessons with our British students. All lessons are conducted in English so overseas students need to have at least a reasonable level of written and spoken English.

Years 10 and 11: GCSE

Students take the 'General Certificate of Secondary Education' (GCSE), studying a total of between 7 - 9 subjects, some of which are compulsory and some are optional subjects, working towards public examinations at the end of the second year. Students are also required to complete coursework, (not under examination conditions) which is marked and the grades count towards their overall mark.

Upper and Lower Sixth: A level

In the Sixth Form, students take 'A level courses' which are required for entry to University. Most students take four subjects in the first year (AS) and continue with three of these subjects in the second year (A2), so that they leave with three A levels and one AS level. Students can choose which combination of subjects they wish to study and the school's professional careers' co-ordinator provides advice on which combination of subjects are required for specific university courses. There are public examinations at the end of the Lower and Upper Sixth, and 100% of A level students progress to universities and art colleges in the UK and abroad.

Learning Support

Our Learning Development Department co-ordinates the programme of extra English lessons for our international students. An experienced teacher of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) provides tuition on a one-to-one basis or in small groups of two or three students, depending on ability. Upon joining the school, the English ability of each overseas student is assessed so that an individual programme of EAP lessons is devised, and this is monitored regularly so that lessons can be increased or reduced accordingly. Parents are advised of the costs once their daughter has been assessed. Private lessons in spoken English are also available to girls who wish to improve their pronunciation.

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We can arrange for international students to take additional tuition in their own language such as Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and some girls will take GCSE and A-level examinations in these subjects.


All parents based overseas need a UK guardian for their daughter. The guardian acts 'in loco parentis' in emergencies and will be responsible for care and accommodation during the holidays and exeats whilst your daughter is in the UK. We recommend that parents use one of the guardianship agencies accredited by AEGIS (The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students). Details are available at:


The school has a full-time Nursing Sister who takes care of the medical needs of all boarding students whilst at school, including supervising visits to medical professionals for dental treatment, eye testing and illness whilst at school.

Becoming a Boarder

Once the application procedure is complete, we require you to return the Entrance Form with appropriate deposit to confirm acceptance of your place.

Upon receiving this we will send you a 'Joining Instructions' pack which will answer most of the questions you may have. It will also include a number of medical and parental permission forms which parents are required to complete.

Students in Years 7-11 (not Sixth Form) are required to wear uniform which is purchased through the online School Uniform shop and a uniform list will be included in your pack. Click here for further information about uniform. All bed linen and duvets are provided although students are welcome to bring their own. Upon arrival all boarders are given a 'Boarders Handbook'. All new boarders are assigned a 'shadow' to look after them. An induction programme in the first week helps new boarders quickly settle into boarding and school life at Kent College.




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