Your AEGIS and BSA guardianship partner

We're recognised by AEGIS and the BSA for our excellent support of international families - ensuring the safety, wellbeing, success and happiness of students whilst they study in the UK.

Partnering with us ensures you provide continued quality support for your families.

How we support agents

Lorna Clayton, Director of Academic Families

Keeping students safe in the UK

When international students come to the UK, they need someone on the ground locally to help ensure they are safe, happy and successful while studying.

By choosing us as your guardianship partner, you can relax knowing that we will be there in an instant to help out in any situation that may arise.

You can think of Academic Families as the UK-based link between you, your students and their parents, your student's boarding school and their staff, and the host families students stay with during school breaks and holidays.

Academic Families provides UK-wide care and support for international students who are studying at boarding schools and universities, whether it be for a few weeks or a few years.

Like you, we want to ensure everything goes smoothly while they're living and studying in the UK.

Partner with a top UK AEGIS Guardianship Provider

Our extensive experience and personalised service has made Academic Families the preferred guardianship provider for hundreds of international students at UK boarding schools.

  • Based in the UK and connected with boarding schools throughout the country, we’re here on the ground to resolve situations immediately.
  • We have enough experience to know how to manage any situation, and we can still treat each student individually – no one gets lost in the shuffle.
  • Our dedicated staff of employees treat each student as if they were our own.
  • We’re the only Scottish provider that is fully accredited by AEGIS (Association for the Education and Guardianship of Internal Students) and the BSA (Boarding Schools' Association).
  • Referral programme with non poaching agreement.

Guardianship requirements for international students


Most UK boarding schools require all their international students, including 18 year olds, to have an appointed guardian. Universities require international students to have a guardian until their 18th birthday.

We offer a wide variety of services to handle everything a student needs.

We have the experience to know how to manage any situation and we treat each student individually – no one gets lost in the shuffle.

Multiple levels of guardianship support for international students in the UK

Academic Families offers a variety of support levels based on the needs of each international student. We’ve worked in international education for many years and we have the experience, know-how and qualifications to handle any situation that comes our way.

Despite meticulous planning, things can suddenly take a turn for the worse or catch a student by surprise. We’ve resolved all kinds of issues from expired passports to medical emergencies.

Whatever the situation is, we’re there in a flash.

Full Support

Basic Coverage

Emergency Care

Emergency guardianship in the UK

We all like to plan ahead, but sometimes the unexpected happens.

When it comes to looking after children and teens during their stay in the UK, a lot can go wrong.

Have your students ever had any of these problems?

  • Stuck in the airport
  • Run out of cash or mobile credit
  • Trouble settling into boarding school
  • Difficulties adjusting academically
  • Behavioural issues
  • Homesick
  • Nowhere to go at the weekend
  • Not happy with their host family
  • No school half-term trip

At Academic Families, we deal with these kinds of problems every day. But we don’t just deal with them. We fix them!

If you’re sending children and teens to study at boarding schools in the UK, then you need to be partnering with a guardianship provider you can trust... that's us!

"We are very lucky to have chosen Academic Families as our guardian. They are very responsive and responsible.

Although we are thousands of miles away from the school and from our son, we feel very assured. They have worked very hard to match us with a good host with a similar background to our family so that our son feels quite at home, which eases his nerves and makes his days in the UK a lot easier and happier.

The team are experienced and always think ahead. Any of our requests are well addressed and they are very capable of handling problems. I strongly recommend Academic Families as your guardian for children in UK schools."

Jing, parent of 15 year old son, China

UK-wide guardianship support

Sometimes parents think that boarding school staff, host families or friends living nearby can act as a guardian, but as you know, there are many situations that require a professional.

Academic Families has local staff across the UK and are on-hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year so we can quickly fix problems such as getting stuck in the airport or even simply running out of cash while a student in town or on a school trip.

As guardian, we're also here to make sure each child settles well into boarding school life and adjusts academically. From attending school Parents' Meetings, to acquiring tutors, we can take care of everything and anything an international students needs while they are here in the UK.

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Have a question?

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We support international students across the UK and have a network of over 450 schools throughout the country. We'd be happy to speak with you about our top quality guardianship service.

Message us on Live Chat or complete our enquiry form and one of our team will contact you soon.

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Quality you can trust

Academic Families has personal and professional experience with boarding schools. Many of our staff attended boarding schools themselves when they were young or have worked in them. We have all lived overseas and most of us are mothers, so we understand how important it is to find the very best education for every child no matter where that might be in the world.

From our headquarters in Edinburgh to our local staff across the UK, our team regularly visits hundreds of British schools. Our excellent knowledge of the UK education system, accreditation by the Boarding School Association (BSA) and certification from the British Council means we understand UK boarding education from the inside and out, and know how to ensure the best education for each child.

In addition, our guardianship service has been Gold accredited by AEGIS (the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) since 2016 and also by the BSA, so you know, with Academic Families, you're guaranteed to have the best local support anywhere in the UK.

Moreover, our team are trained MHFA Mental Health First Aiders so we are qualified to support our students with any wellbeing and mental health concerns.

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