Hosting with British Study Centres
British Study Centres is a well-established group of English language centres based across the country. We welcome students from all over the world to come and improve their English with us, and also to experience life in the UK.
Our students are typically university leavers looking to improve their English for their future careers. They are usually well-educated, polite and considerate. The average length of stay is six weeks – some come for only one or two weeks, some come for much longer. The majority are from western European countries, but we also have students from the Far East, the Middle East and South America.
60% of students that come to our school stay in homestay accommodation, 30% in our student houses and 10% in their own private accommodation.
We have an extensive network of hosts, but we are always looking to widen this network. Hosts find the experience very rewarding, not only financially, but culturally and socially too. We pride ourselves on the level of service we offer our students, and we expect the same from our host families.
If you would like to speak to any of our existing hosts to find out more about what hosting international students is like, please do not hesitate to let us know.
As a quality language school, we are inspected by the British Council Accreditation UK scheme and are members of the national body English UK. Members of English UK are required to offer the above conditions to all students. We must ensure that all students are guaranteed these standards as a minimum.
We are committed to the Safeguarding and Welfare of all our students.
Outline of Requirements
- Table or desk for private study (either in the student's bedroom, or in a quiet area of the property).
- Adequate hanging and drawer space for clothes.
- Adequate heating and lighting.
- Sufficient washing facilities with access to a bathroom with baths or showers available daily.
- A proper bed (futons/bunk beds are not acceptable).
- Appropriate privacy from members of the opposite sex.
- Open access to communal areas (e.g. living room, bathroom) as a member of the household.
- Bed linen and towels should be changed weekly and an adequate supply of duvets or blankets provided.
- A proper state of cleanliness and repair in the home.
- Meals should be balanced nutritionally and substantial. Hosts should eat their evening meal with the student as often as possible (at least 5 times per week).
- If the student should wish for a hot or cold drink at some time other than meals, this should be made available.
- One washing machine load of the student's laundry should be provided once a week, or alternatively the student should be offered the opportunity to do their own washing.
- All students (18+) must be given their own front door key.
- No two students of the same mother tongue should be in the same house unless the school has advised otherwise and confirmed this in writing.
- No more than four students should be hosted with any host at one time (including from other schools).
Become a Host
Please email the relevant contact below for further information and an application form.
Please read the following as it is applicable for all applicants.
- British Study Centres is committed to valuing diversity. In keeping with our equal opportunities policy, we welcome applicants from all sections of the community.
- British Study Centres accepts students under the age of 18. The law classifies these young people as children, as a consequence British Study Centres has implemented a number of safeguarding systems and procedures during the recruitment process, and in general.
- British Study Centres requires all applicants have a general knowledge of safeguarding issues and good practice, particularly relating to professional obligations on safeguarding the welfare of each child (and avoiding guarantees of confidentiality in any disclosure). Also, the ability to create effective rapport and a sound relationship with pupils, earning their respect and trust but maintaining proper professional boundaries (by not deliberately courting popularity or friendship). Please ensure that you read the Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy. Questions based on this policy will be asked at interview stage.
- Reference requests will ask specifically whether there is any reason that they should not be employed in situations where they have responsibility for, or substantial access to, persons under 18.
- Appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will be required prior to confirmation of appointment and applicants should be aware that providing any false information is a criminal offence. Applicants will also be checked against the Barring List (if a current transferrable DBS is not available) and the Prohibited List for Life.
- All gaps in CVs must be explained satisfactorily.
- Police certificate of good conduct will be required from all countries where you have resided for three months or more. For more information please see here.
- Proof of identity and qualifications will be required.
- All references will be followed up.