International Students

Hurst encourages Sixth Form applications from international students and as Hurst is located a short 20-minute drive from Gatwick airport and five minutes from train stations which connect directly to London, it is an ideal location.

Please note that Hurst does not offer full boarding and require international pupils to have at least one parent resident in the UK.

Entry requirements and process

Students wishing to consider Hurst as a Sixth Form option are requested to register by completing and returning a registration form together with payment of the £100 registration fee (which can also be paid online from the Fees and online payments page), a copy of their passport and recent school report.

Once the registration documentation is received, students will be asked to sit entry tests in English and Maths and attend an interview. If a student is unable to attend an interview at Hurst, we are happy to arrange a Skype interview.


Based upon the results of the tests and interview performance an offer of a place may be made and a deposit, currently £2,000 for EU students and £11,500 for non-EU students, is requested to secure the place.

Students for whom English is a second language will require ESL tuition. This is standard to ensure that international students can access the curriculum as quickly as possible, however this will incur an additional fee. Students are prepared for the IELTS examination.

A Sixth Form social evening is held in June of the year of entry and is a useful opportunity to meet students joining the Sixth Form, as well as to meet houseparents.

Study Visas

Students from outside the EU require a visa to study in the UK and Hurst will sponsor a student who has accepted a place in order for them to obtain one.

Hurst will apply to the UK Visa and Immigration Office for the necessary CAS which will be forwarded to parents once received. Parents should then contact their local British Embassy or Consulate to obtain a visa.

Students entering the UK on a Tier 4 study visa are required to register with the Police on arrival. Hurst will assist with this.

The UK Home Office has increased the number of countries from which tuberculosis (TB) testing is a requirement for UK visa applications. Students from these countries who wish to apply for a visa to come to the UK for more than six months must now provide a valid TB certificate from an approved TB testing clinic. Further information about this as well as a full list of the countries subject to this requirement is available at the UK Government website.