International Admissions

Our Step-by-Step guide covers the general process for Admissions to Cobham Hall.  Here are a few additional details you may find useful if you are joining us from outside the UK.

Entrance Assessments

All overseas students have the choice of sitting Cobham Hall’s own entrance assessments or to apply via UKiset.

To sit Cobham Hall’s own Entrance Assessments, please contact our Registrar Mrs Julie Shelley, or her Assistant Mrs Hilary Standen, on +44 (0)1474 823371 or via  For overseas students who are unable to attend for Entrance Assessments or scholarship papers, arrangements can usually be made for assessment at their current schools.  Skype and phone interviews will also be arranged.

Alternatively, we do accept applications via UKiset – the UK Independent Schools’ entry test.  Please visit the UKiset website for full details of this entry route, or to register for this test.

UK Visa Requirements

Cobham Hall is a Licensed Tier 4 Sponsor.  If your daughter is joining us from overseas, we are able to sponsor her visa for the duration of her study at Cobham Hall.  However, we do not manage the visa application process.  We strongly advise all prospective students and their parents to be aware of the visa application process and read the information on the UK Government website.  You may also want to check these ‘Top Tips’ to ensure a smooth arrival through UK Border Control when you travel here to begin your studies.

EFL Provision

If your daughter’s first language is not English, we have an excellent English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Department.  They will provide her with language support lessons and offer help, support and advice for girls adapting to life at a British Boarding School. You can find out more about our EFL Department by clicking here.


All students whose parents reside overseas must have a Guardian residing in the UK.  This may be a relative, a friend of the family or someone appointed through an agency.  To find agencies that offer Guardianship services for overseas students, and are accredited by AEGIS (Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students), please visit  Parents should contact the agencies directly.  Guardianship arrangements are the responsibility of parents.  Cobham Hall takes no responsibility for appointing Guardians or for payment for Guardianship fees.

Guardians will be your daughter’s emergency contact, and must make holiday arrangements, including travel to and from School for the beginning and end of term.

Guardians will be sent copies of all school mailings and are encouraged to attend Parents’ Meetings and other school events.

NHS and Medical Information

If your daughter has been previously registered with a doctor under the National Health Service, she must bring her Medical Card to school on entry.  If the card has been lost, the name and address of the doctor with whom she was previously registered must be sent to us.  If your daughter has not been previously registered and will be at the School for a year or more, we will register her name with the School Doctor.  Short stay students will be registered if there is a need.  Our School doctor is based at Meopham Medical Centre.

Parents of girls who are resident in countries for which free hospital treatment in the UK is not available are advised to be adequately insured.

Exeats, Holidays and Weekends

Exeats are mid-term weekend breaks.  On these weekends, students are encouraged to leave Cobham Hall on Friday evening, between 4.30pm and 6pm, to spend some time away from school with family, friends or guardians.  Students must return to school between 6pm and 9pm on Sunday.  Although it is advisable for students to leave school for Exeat weekends, it is not always possible for parents to make such arrangements and so students may remain at school.  During Exeat weekends, all students move to one Boarding House, where supervision is provided.

At half terms, students may leave school from 4.30pm on Friday and return between 6pm and 9pm on the Sunday before school resumes.  There are no facilities for students to stay in school over half term.  Housemistresses must have full details of all arrangements including travel and where the student will be staying during the holiday period.

On all other weekends an afternoon programme of activities is organised and boarders remain under the supervision of the School.  Parents are of course welcome to visit students at weekends.  Written notice must be given to facilitate arrangements.

Please visit our Term dates webpage for details of exeat weekends and holidays for current and forthcoming academic years.

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