Good Enough for our Own Children

We provide AEGIS and BSA accredited guardianship throughout the UK and we pride ourselves on the quality of our hosts - we would trust them with our own children!

We work with schools to invite your parent body to share your internationalisation, broaden their own family's horizons and host an international student.

How we support schools

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Your host family provider in the UK

Academic Families works with dozens of host families all across the UK.

Our host families are:

  • selected for their skills and interests.
  • people who we would want to stay with ourselves and trust with our own children.
  • have a good understanding of British education.
  • have an international perspective.
  • want to help international students settle into their British educational experience.
  • have the highest credentials and police clearance.

UK-wide host families

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Our network of host families extends all across the UK and includes families living in cities, towns and rural areas.

Some of our hosts are grandparents, many are parents and others are couples who don't have any children of their own.

What do they all have in common? Each one understands the needs of international students and will ensure they balance their time between studies and enjoying quality relaxing breaks getting out and about to explore the UK while they are here.

“I have worked closely with Academic Families and have always been extremely impressed by the quality of service which the company provides.

Host families really do provide a warm and caring service for children of all ages, and a real bond is formed between them.

The company is extremely well organised, and parent and child satisfaction is always extremely high.

This is a company which really does go the extra mile on behalf of the children with which it works.”

Philip, Housemaster, Merchiston Castle School

Hear from some of our host families

Some of our host families have been welcoming international students into their homes for more than 10 years. Listen to a few of their stories below.

Partner with us

Partner with us

We work with more than 200 schools throughout the UK and we are always happy to support schools by recruiting students on your behalf or providing guardianship services.

Message us via the Live Chat feature on our site, or request a callback and one of our team members will contact you whenever you prefer.

From our blog

Visa and health info

Important visa and healthcare updates if your child is coming to study at a UK boarding school

Currently the UK government requires 14 days’ quarantine but it is not expected to be a requirement by mid August. EU / EEA / Swiss
Wellbeing

Well Being During Lockdown

We have all become quite used to lockdown but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a challenge – especially missing friends, exercise and school’s busy routine. 

Be a guest blogger!

Schools placement

Would you like to get your school's brand in front of our international audience of students and parents?

We invite our partner schools to submit articles to our blog - free of charge. 

Half term trips

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October Half-Term

Ski in Europe
February Half-Term

Adventure in Greece
May Half-Term

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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