AEGIS Accredited

The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS) rigorously inspects and accredits guardianship organisations throughout the UK.


Promoting the safety, welfare and education of international students aged 18 or under

AEGIS was founded in 1994 by a group of established guardianship organisations and UK boarding schools to promote universally high standards of guardianship for international students studying in the UK.

The importance of accreditation

An AEGIS accredited guardianship organisation will offer you peace of mind that safeguarding procedures and standards are being met.

In order to remain in good standing with AEGIS, each accredited guardianship organisation must be re-inspected every four years.

Academic Families is fully AEGIS accredited to their highest Gold standard.


High quality guardians in the UK

Our accreditation ensures that we maintain the highest standards of care, safety and supervision in respect of the pastoral, social, cultural and educational welfare and wellbeing of international students while studying in the UK.

Academic Families' AEGIS accreditation provides proof that:

  • Academic Families strives to be a market leader in all aspects of our business and demonstrates best practice, providing a child centred-focus at all times.
  • Academic Families has clear processes and policies in place that fully meet the standards and requirements of current safeguarding and child protection legislation.
  • Safeguarding and safety recruitment checks have been performed on members of Academic Families staff, volunteers and host families.
  • AEGIS has visited the Academic Families office and many of our partner schools and homestay families where they conducted interviews with the staff, students and hosts.
  • AEGIS has received direct, positive feedback from schools, parents and students who have been under the service and care of Academic Families.

Academic Families has experience working with international student recruitment agents and parents of many different nationalities and languages including Chinese and Russian. Our comprehensive support ensures that each family or partner we work with is well informed and receives a fast and efficient response to any questions at all times.

Why do you need a guardian?

Reduce risk

We provide peace of mind and manage any travel-related risks (e.g. airport transfers). Plus, our taxi drivers and host families are all security checked.

Don't take chances

We ensure each students’ wellbeing from the moment they touch down in the UK to the moment they return home.

Always here for you

From the plane door to the boarding school door and everywhere in between – we’re here when you can’t be.

Not just for kids

If your child enters university in the UK before he or she turns 18, you'll need a guardian too.

Types of guardianship we provide

Full support
Emergency Unit

What other quality marks does Academic Families have?

Academic Families opened our doors back in 2012 and achieved our AEGIS accreditation in 2016 and BSA accreditation in 2020 at the scheme launch. We are BSA agents and guardians so are recognised as a quality partner through all aspects of a child's schooling.

In addition, our staff has excellent first-hand knowledge of the UK education system and our British Council qualifications means that we are certified to support parents to educate their children in the UK.

We are also an English UK partner agency, which means that we are recognised for our quality service placing students on English language courses in the UK.

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


How does Academic Families help?

Before you arrive

Video calls
Parent & child handbooks

When you arrive

Meet & greet
Welcome pack
Shopping support

In an emergency

24/7 support
Whenever is required!
Matching a host


Matching a host
Arranging homestays

Airport assistance

Unaccompanied minor service
UK Transfers

At school

Termly visits
Pastoral & academic support,
Attending meetings

Extra support

Communication in your language. Support from birthdays to banking

Fully accredited

by The Association for the Education & Guardianship of International Students

Why should you choose Academic Families?

“Academic Families provide a guardianship service of the highest calibre for students and their families. Their knowledgeable and experienced staff provide exemplary pastoral and academic support to help ensure that students are extremely well looked after, and achieve to the best of their ability.”

Jacqueline Scotney
AEGIS Lead Inspector


Free consultation

Get in touch and we will contact you to discuss your child's needs and explain how we can help you year-round

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