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International Pupils

International Pupils

Cheltenham College is home to over 100 international students from over 30 countries. Its popularity is a reflection of our ability to provide an English education with an international outlook. It is also a reflection of the strength of the structures we have in place to make sure our pupils from overseas can thrive.  

For example, our House structure provides a warm, family environment and base for each child.  

We have a specialist English as an Additional Language department, to ensure each child can achieve their full potential.

We have an International Pupil Committee, which gives international pupils their own voice and helps to raise their profile within the student body as a whole. Each year, the committee organises a number of events that celebrate the cultural diversity of our community and also ensures key festivals and national days are recognised.  

It should also be remembered that aside from our many international pupils, many more have come from across the UK to be at Cheltenham College, something that creates a very supportive and understanding atmosphere for all.  


The application process for international pupils joining The Prep

If you live overseas and wish to apply for a place at The Prep for your child (aged 7 and above), he or she will need to:  

  • attend a Taster Day and sleepover at The Prep. Your child will be buddied up with another pupil who will be their guide throughout their stay. They will attend a day’s lessons and activities before having a sleepover in our Boarding House.
  • sit our entrance assessments for their age group. 

In some instances, you will need to provide a Tier 4 Student Visa for your child. Once a place has been formally accepted, Cheltenham College is happy to provide a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) to enable you to do this.  


The application process for international pupils at 13+ and 14+  

If you live overseas and wish to apply for a place at Cheltenham College for your child at 13+ and 14+, he or she will need to:  

  • take papers in English as an Additional Language, Maths and Science  
  • provide supporting references  
  • undertake an interview either at College or via Skype with a member of College staff.  

In some instances, you will need to provide a Tier 4 Student Visa for your child. Once a place has been formally accepted, Cheltenham College is happy to provide a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) to enable you to do this.  


The application process for international pupils at 16+  

If you live overseas and wish to apply for a place at Cheltenham College for your child at 16+, he or she will need to:  

  • take papers in English as an Additional Language, plus papers in the subjects to be taken at A Level 
  • provide supporting references  
  • undertake an interview either at College or via Skype with a member of College staff.  

In some instances, you will need to provide a Tier 4 Student Visa for your child. Once a place has been formally accepted Cheltenham College is happy to provide a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) to enable you to do this.  

Your child’s offer may also be conditional upon achieving a minimum of five B grades at GCSE (or the equivalent examinations). 

For full details of what Cheltenham College has to offer international pupils, please see our Welcoming International Pupils guide (PDF 3.71MB).

If you have any questions about your child coming to Cheltenham College as an international pupil, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office by telephone on 00 44 1242 265 600 or by email.