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International Students

Every year we welcome students from across the globe to Ampleforth. Many join us for seven years from the Junior House through to the Sixth Form, others opt to study a particular course either GCSE or A-level. Our international students benefit from the many opportunities available to them here in the Valley, often learning new skills they would not have experienced elsewhere. As a result of their Ampleforth education, many choose to stay and apply to UK universities. Others return to their home country or travel further afield and find that their education here opens many doors into further education and the workplace across the globe. We have a warm and inclusive ethos and our UK students welcome their international peers, flourishing in the broad cultural heritage and diversity of our community. 


To apply from overseas, students are asked to send a recent school report and a copy of their passport to the Admissions office. An interview with the Registrar will be arranged and following this, students will be asked to complete assessments in Maths and English. Successful outcomes will result in the publication of an offer letter. This will be an unconditional offer required for the visa application. 

Visas - Right to Study in the UK

Ampleforth College is licensed as a Child Student sponsor by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to sponsor pupils who require visas to study in the United Kingdom. Subject to certain requirements being met, we will issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number to a pupil requiring a visa if they have been offered and accepted a place to study at Ampleforth. This usually happens in May, ahead of enrolment in September. 

The CAS is used by the family to apply for the Child Student visa on behalf of the student. European families will typically be able to complete the application online and will receive an e-digital security clearance once accepted by the Home Office. Students from outside of Europe will typically be asked to attend an appointment at a Biometric Testing Centre in their home country and a British Residency Permit (BRP) will be sent by post to be collected at Ampleforth College upon their arrival. 

Please contact our Registrar, Rebecca Steinebach, on for further details. There is useful information on the website about how you can apply to come to, or remain, in the UK as a Child Student.

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