Here’s some useful information for anyone looking to join our vibrant international
student community here at the Stephen Perse Sixth Form.
Every year, we welcome new Sixth Form students from all over the world. Currently, we have students from over 30 nationalities studying with us, most of whom live in our excellent boarding houses in the heart of Cambridge.
As an international student, you’ll get the same experience at the Stephen Perse Sixth Form as a UK student. The only thing that might be different is your route to taking A Levels or the IB Diploma - you may get there through our IGCSE or Pre-Programme courses.
"Besides amazing exam results, the best thing about Stephen Perse is the welcoming atmosphere, the sense of community and the teachers."“
An overseas applicant to our Sixth Form is defined as anyone who meets one or more of the
- any student who requires a visa (e.g. Tier 1) to reside in the country
- any student who requires a visa to attend the college (e.g. Tier 4)
- any student whose parents/guardians live overseas
- any student not studying the conventional route of GCSE or IGCSE (including UK students returning from abroad) and for whom a standard offer based on GCSE or IGCSE examination performance would not be possible
Our academic requirements differ depending on the course being studied. We are looking for
academic potential above all else, and we don’t discriminate based on educational background.
We want young people who love to learn - our creative teachers, inspiring learning environment and welcoming community will do the rest.
(IELTS) academic writing by the time they join us. You may also need to sit our CEPT English Entrance Test. These can be taken at either the British Council or an Agent’s office in your own country, or in the UK at our Sixth Form.
essential for any visa application sponsored by our Sixth Form (see ‘Visa requirements’ section on this page for more details).
assessment days in Cambridge. Honorary scholarships may also be awarded to overseas
students who are unable to attend the assessments. These will be based on performance in written aptitude tests and interviews.
Parents of students in our Sixth Form who are resident outside the UK currently need to appoint an education guardian for their child in the UK. An education guardian may be a family member, a family friend, a guardianship agency, or another responsible adult based in the UK.
Most overseas parents use a guardianship agency to act as education guardian. The responsibility for choosing an appropriate education guardian rests solely with the parents.On acceptance of an offer of a place in our Sixth Form, parents residing outside the UK must complete an education guardianship form, which provides us with full details of the appointed guardian and the responsibilities they are undertaking.
AEGIS is the authoritative association for inspecting and accrediting guardianship agencies in the UK.
Our Sixth Form is authorised to recruit students under the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) Tier 4 (Child Student Visa) Points Based System.
What you need to do:
1. Apply for your Student Visa under the Tier 4 (Child) category
2. Provide your Certificate of Acceptance to Study (CAS) number, issued by the Stephen
Perse Foundation if you are offered a place
3. Provide evidence of your ability to pay for your studies, and to cover living expenses
whilst in the UK
4. Provide a letter of permission from your parent or legal guardian, with certified,
documented proof of their relationship to you
For full details of how to apply for a visa, please refer to the UKVI website.
For help on visa applications please see this guide written in Mandarin, published by the UK Border Agency.
If you have any questions, please contact our Admissions team.
We know how difficult it is to live away from home for the first time, especially when you’re in a new country. So what can you expect when you live and board in Cambridge as a Stephen Perse Sixth Form student?