UK university guardianship

our university guardianship programme for students under 18


Head Office Care Manager

A trustworthy service from an experienced team of professionals.


Bright World Buddy system

Our Local Coordinator who lives near your school.


24/7 emergency assistance

We will be there to help in an emergency on your behalf.

UK university guardianship

Bright World offers a programme which is unique to the needs of international students, studying at a UK University.

why do I need a guardian at university?

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Universities can and do accept students who are under 18. If an international student who is under 18 is here without their parents, they must nominate a responsible adult or a Guardianship Organisation and inform their university, usually before an offer is made. 

Our university guardianship programme has been running for well over a decade and we understand that university students' needs are very different from boarding school guardianship. We have therefore designed a programme for the under 18's that is flexible and which satisfies the UKVI and our strict safeguarding standards.  

We will need the name of the Hall of Residence where our students will live with their emergency contact prior to guardianship. We can offer guardianship for students in private accommodation but only if we are given the name of a supervising adult who will be responsible for their day to day care. 

a trustworthy service from an experienced team of professionals 

The Bright World team

Bright World offers a programme which is unique to the needs of international students, studying at a UK University.

Bright World was established in 2000 and has been dedicated to offering UK guardianship to international students ever since. Our staff are all expertly trained in Child Protection and Customer Service to create the optimum service for parents and to provide the support and mentoring that young children studying in the UK require.  

Committed to safeguarding your child - Bright World is accredited by AEGIS, the Association of Education Guardians for International Students since 2006.

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2022-23 fees and what is included

Option A - Basic guardianship inc VAT

Term 1 - £295 Term 2 - £220 Term 3 - £220

  • Your Personal Care Manager available to you at Head Office throughout the year Monday - Friday.

  • Your Bright World Buddy - available to you by phone and email throughout your programme.

  • Liaison with your university in unexpected situations.

  • 24/7 emergency phone service for students and parents

  • Privileged access to Blink our online Parent Platform - see reports and manage your account

Option B - Full guardianship inc VAT

Term 1 - £385 Term 2 - £220 Term 3 - £220

  • All the inclusive features of Option A

  • A visit from your Bright World Buddy in the first few weeks of term to ensure you are settling in followed by a report back to your parents.

  • In addition to the Term 1 Fees, we will invoice you £150 for a disbursements and emergency deposit to spend on travel for our Bright World Buddy to visit and emergencies. Any funds not spent will be fully refunded at the end of the programme.

Optional extras

Subject to additional costs on application.

  • Organisation of safe and efficient airport transfers and other travel within the UK.

  • Extra Bright World Buddy visits to the University £30 per hour plus 55 pence per mile.

  • All visits to the university by our Bright World Buddy travel charged at 55p per mile or receipted train fare

UK university placement

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For expert advice on UK and US university entry, Bright World has teamed up with Education Advisers Ltd, whose experienced consultants offer a full range of Higher Education services for international students. These range from complimentary advice on the best University Foundation courses, to bespoke Oxbridge and Medical School coaching and mentorship programmes. You can visit their websites at or call +44 1622 813870 for further information.