Category: UK High School United Kingdom

Programme Overview

Our State College with Homestay is ideal for those who want the full exchange experience. Studying alongside local students, making friends, improving English in a natural way and living with a typically British family.

Available to all nationalities, this programme provides students with an array of academic opportunities, impressive facilities and good academic standards.

The homestay aspect of this programme means that students achieve the full British experience by living in a normal family environment. Students will be fully integrated into family life, they will have access to house facilities, their own room, full board Mondays-Fridays and warm, friendly surroundings.

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Options & Criteria

Age 16 - 18
Programme Durations 1, 2 or 3 terms +
Academic Background Average or better
English Level Upper intermediate
Eligibility All international students

State College Features:

  • A wide range of academic and vocational subjects
  • 15 – 20 hours of class time (5 – 6 hours per A Level subject)
  • Emphasis placed on self-study skills
  • Varied and extensive extra-curricular opportunities
  • Large student population (1,500+ students)
  • Medium class sizes (20 – 30 students per teacher)
  • Mostly non-religious and co-educational colleges
  • Local host families

State colleges in the UK are schools which specialise in the final two years of high school. They provide a modern and mature environment for students of all levels and provide among the best facilities and range of options available in the UK.

All HSI partner colleges are in or near medium size cities which offer a safe living environment whilst providing students with plenty of facilities and entertainment for evenings and weekends.

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British and international exchange high school students relaxing outside of a UK state college in England

Benefits of a State College:


  • Make connections with local British students from a broad range of backgrounds.
  • Learn to be a mature, independent thinker and develop self-study skills which are essential for success at university.
  • Improve your English language fluency and learn to speak like a local.
  • Achieve an internationally recognised high school diploma*.
  • Enable your application to a British or Irish university*.

*2-year programmes only

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British and international high school students in a lecture in a UK state college in England

Benefits of living with a host family:


  • Make connections for life with a home away from home
  • Experience different cultural norms, cuisines and perspectives
  • Perfect your natural language skills
  • Immerse yourself in British family life
  • Take advantage of your host family’s knowledge of the local area, enabling you to make the most of your experience



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Inclusions on a HSI UK state college programme

Standard inclusions for all HSI programmes

  • Selection of a suitable school
  • Standard tuition fees
  • Placement & registration in a selected UK school
  • Final school transcripts and British Ministry of Education documentation

Our support services include

  • Assistance and support of your HSI Advisor
  • Progress reports (2-3 per term)
  • Local orientation upon arrival
  • Emergency telephone contact 24/7
  • First and final transfers
  • Assistance with other transfers
  • Accommodation in a carefully selected host family (excluding Christmas and Easter holidays)

Our homestay accommodation includes

  • Single room family accommodation
  • Monday – Friday, half board (lunch not included)
  • Saturday & Sunday, full board
  • Access to all house facilities
  • A warm, friendly environment


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Education Agencies

If you are an education agency based outside of the UK and you are interested in being able to offer your students a place at one of our state colleges, then you can contact us to register as a trusted partner of High Schools International

Partners already registered with us can download materials, fees and application forms from our Online Partner Resource Centre.


If you are a student who is thinking of studying in the United Kingdom and would like to learn which of our colleges are most suitable for you, then contact us and we will connect you with your local representative of our programmes.

What to know more?

take a look at our HSI Insights feature on Galina Tckour, a Russian student at one of our State Colleges.

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