“One excellent example of specific support for international students is putting final year students in touch with alumni who are currently at the universities the student might be considering”
As parents know, selecting a university is about more than accessing the latest subject and university rankings. The challenge is even harder for parents who may be several thousand miles away, writes Pat Moores, director and co-founder of UK Education Guide.
Therefore, the responsibility for helping international students find the right university often relies on the diligence of boarding schools.
Some schools offer the same support for international students as they do for UK students, but it is hard not to think that they need more, recognising the lack of direct parental input.
As Caroline Nixon, General Secretary of BAISIS comments: “International students need greater support than UK pupils, not the same…parents don’t understand the process and are remote.”
“University websites make it quite difficult to find basic information, as the focus is on a detailed examination of facilities themselves”
Some schools argue that if their pupils are prepared properly, it is right that they lead the process, not the school or parents.