Overseas School Group Visits to the UK

Many overseas schools visit the UK for a cultural or sports trip but why not add the Harry Potter experience and join a British boarding school for an immersion visit?

Students who have visited a boarding school are more likely to want to return for their schooling.

How we support agents

Director of Academic Families with Chinese group

School groups coming to the UK

Many British boarding schools have capacity to include a short stay immersion visit from an overseas school group.

Everyone wins as the British and international students learn from each other and it's much more fun to stay in a boarding school than a hotel!

Develop your relationship with your local schools and parents by offering different levels of British education experience - school group visits, and holiday short courses to build their confidence and independence.

The level of integration varies by school, however, all our UK partner schools provide a very warm welcome.

Academic Families can:

  • match your school group with boarding schools with capacity for an immersion stay.
  • arrange a cultural or sports trip alongside the school stay if required.

Contact our team to let us know about your schools' specific requirements.

Academic Families have always been friendly and efficient - very easy to work with.

Danny, Housemaster, Merchiston Castle School

Partner with us

Partner with us

We work with quality agents from around the world, supporting you with your placement selection, school visits and AEGIS/BSA accredited guardianship for your students. You may want support at every stage or only one - the choice is yours.

Our referral programme ensures long term partnerships and our non poaching agreement ensures your clients remain yours. We work with more than 450 schools throughout the UK and families from over 40 countries - make our network your network!

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

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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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