International Admissions

Dover College is home to a significant number of international students from over 15 different countries all fully integrated into our caring, family-type environment where kindness and thought for others is key. A traditionally English education with an international outlook our pupils learn valuable skills enable them to thrive and become confident global citizens.

With under 300 pupils across the College everyone is an individual. We have an exceptional International Study Centre (ISC), which focuses on teaching pupils English whilst they are integrated fully into day-to-day lessons. No pupil will be taught in classes bigger than 15 pupils which we believe makes an enormous difference to a child’s education.

We have a creative curriculum and flexible academic provision that, unlike other schools, focuses on encouraging pupils to think differently through discussion and debate. Whilst academic excellence is important to us, so too is talent in other areas such as art, performing arts and sport. Pupils are encouraged by our experienced teachers to achieve their full potential in all fields.

To gain a snapshot of what daily life is like as an international boarder at the College which highlights the warmth, creativity and exceptional educational standards that we offer, please click the below link to explore further:

A Wide Range of Exam Courses

In addition to a full offering of GCSE, BTEC and A Level courses for international pupils, we offer a three year A Level course and a one-year Fifth Form course leading to IGCSE.

All pupils who have EAL lessons take Cambridge International Exams (CIE). During the year they prepare for the international KET, PET and First Certificate qualifications which they sit in the summer.

In the Fifth Form, pupils take IGCSE in English as a Second Language (ESOL).

In  the Upper Sixth, pupils study for the IELTS exam which is required for entry into a UK university and is an internationally recognised qualification showing a level of proficiency in English.  They attend extra Saturday sessions to help prepare them for this difficult exam.

During the year pupils are also regularly tested within the ISC and goals are set to help them progress quickly in English. Overseas pupils also have the opportunity to attend lessons in their own language after school to prepare them for external exams such as IGCSE and A Level in those languages.

The International Application Process

If you wish to apply for a place, you should complete the application form and send this with the registration fee and other supporting documents to the College by email to or by post to the address on the form.

Once all the relevant registration forms have been received, pupils may be asked to sit relevant assessments or tests at the college and attend an interview, either in person or by SKYPE.

In addition to the information gathered during the application, upon arrival each international pupil’s English is tested before an individual programme of studies can be put in place.  Pupils are integrated immediately into regular lessons whilst being given both one-to-one and class based EAL lessons.

Agent Information

Dover College works with a number of educational agents all over the world to ensure our international pupils come from a wide range of countries.

If you are interested in working with Dover College, please contact us giving two referees; these should be schools with which you have worked as an agent. We will then prepare an Agency Agreement between us.

For the well-being and safety of its overseas pupils, Dover College has a Guardianship Policy and we recommend the sole use of AEGIS registered guardians.

Tier 4 Sponsor

Dover College has been granted a Tier 4 Sponsor licence by the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) so we are able to provide all offered candidates with the required CAS to apply for a Points Based System Tier 4 visa.

Our Sponsor licence is important to us so we rely on the professionalism of the educational consultants with whom we work alongside.

We strongly advise all our agents to be aware of the regular changes to the visa application process and read the information on the following website:


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