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International Applications

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Studying in another country is a massive adventure. Like all adventures, it can also be daunting.

If your son joins Merchiston from overseas, he will not be alone. We welcome boys from all over the world, every year, into each year group. Your son will be joining a global community where roughly 20% of the school are international pupils from over 20 different countries.

We will help him every step of the way, practically and emotionally: to settle in, to make friends, to explore cultures and to really make the most of his international adventure.

How to Apply

  • Talk to the Admissions team about your son
  • Complete the registration form and return it with £100 non refundable registration fee, a copy of your son’s birth certificate and passport, and his most recent school reports
  • Assessment at Merchiston or papers sent to your son’s current school (or a recruitment agency or British Council offices)
  • Papers sent to Merchiston for marking
  • Offer made if entry requirements met
  • Accept offer and pay £5000 deposit (refunded when your son leaves Merchiston, less any extra charges from his final term)
  • Commence Visa application if necessary

Entry requirements

As well as sitting a Maths paper, your son will have to demonstrate that he meets our requirements in English. If he wishes to join our Sixth Form, your son will have to show that his English is of a good enough level to access his chosen A Level subjects. He will also be tested on his chosen A Level subjects.

If your son wishes to be considered for the honour of an academic scholarship, we can arrange for him to sit the relevant papers. Practical assessment will also be required if he wishes to apply for other Scholarships such as Music, Art or Sport.

Support with English

The better your son’s grasp of English, the better his experience and achievements will be. However good his English already is, we will screen him when he joins us so that we can put together an individual English language programme for him. This will ensure he gets the very best out of his time with us.


We require your son to have an educational guardian who is over 25 years of age and living in the UK. A guardian acts on your behalf as parents, looks after your son during half term holidays and is the emergency contact. You may have family or friends nearby in the UK who can fulfil this role. If not, we can provide a list of accredited Guardianship agencies.


If your son is resident outside the UK he must have a valid passport. He may also require a UKVI (Visas and Immigration) Tier 4 student visa. If he does, we will issue a CAS code (Confirmation of Acceptance for Study) once you have accepted your son’s offer and paid the international deposit. This will enable you to progress his visa application. When your son arrives in the UK, we will help him complete the remaining immigration steps such as registering with the police.