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City of London

School for girls

International admissions

Several girls join us at City each year from overseas. International pupils bring an exciting dimension to school life here, and reflect the wide range of nationalities, backgrounds and languages represented at City in all year groups.

Application system

Please see the relevant age group entry section on the main Admissions menu for details of the admissions process. For overseas applicants, the following additional details will then also apply -

Sitting your entry assessment overseas

For year 3 entry, we unfortunately cannot arrange this overseas as the practical element of how girls interact with other pupils and staff is important. You will therefore need to be at City for the relevant assessment days in November and January.

For year 7 entry, pupils who are coming from overseas may be able to sit their assessment exam at a select number of British Council offices. CEM are drawing up a list of approved offices and we  hope to confirm the specific ones as soon as possible. Please note, however, that we cannot guarantee this provision for all overseas applicants.  

For year 12 entry, we can arrange for you to sit your entry exam overseas at a local British Council office. You simply need to let us know at the beginning of the admissions process, provide us with a contact name and email address at the British Council who will invigilate your exam, and we will then email the papers and details to them to  conduct the exam and send the completed papers back to us for marking afterwards.

Should you be successful in the assessments for year 7 or year 12 entry, we can then arrange for your interview to be held via Skype of Zoom if this is easier and more convenient than coming to City for an interview. Again, you just need to let us know and we will arrange for this to take place.

Visa applications

Successful applicants who wish to study at City will likely need a visa if they do not hold a British or European passport. You can check here if you will need one https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

In most cases, pupils will require a Tier 4 student visa (either Child or General) to study in the UK. They will not be permitted to study on a tourist visa. You can apply for a visa through City as we have HTS (Highly Trusted Sponsor) status and can sponsor your visa. The visa you receive is linked to your course at City. Generally speaking, if a pupil is under 18, they require a child visa. If  over 18, they will require a general visa. However, if a pupil is 16 or 17, they can be classed as either child or general. We will advise you of this during the admissions process.