International Admissions

Students from overseas have been an important part of Monkton for many years. At present, we have students from about 15 different countries. Students settle into boarding really quickly with the help of their Houseparents, their Tutors and their 'buddies' - a pupil who will show them the ropes and support them in those first few weeks when everything is so unfamiliar.

The friendships made across the different cultures are one of the great strengths of being a boarder here at Monkton. Overseas students can join the International Committee of Monkton which provides a social focus for all the students in the school who wish to share their international perspective. The committee organises cultural events and trips to some wonderful locations in the UK and also invites visiting speakers.

International Agent Representatives

Monkton has appointed a number of agency representatives in different countries to provide information, advice and to assist with all aspects of the application process for international students.  Please contact the Admissions Team for further information.

International Applicants

Entrance requirements 

Along with many other top independent schools in the UK, Monkton Combe School uses an entrance test called UKiset – the UK Independent Schools’ Entry Test for international students. UKiset is an adaptive online test taken in English, which has been designed to support admission into the UK independent education system. 

UKiset tests a child’s underlying academic abilities through four principal reasoning areas – non-verbal reasoning, spatial ability, verbal reasoning, and quantitative ability – together with a creative writing piece. There is an additional English Placement Test for candidates whose first language is not English. In total, the test takes approximately two and a half hours. 

If you wish your child to be considered for a place at Monkton Combe School, please register for UKiset on the UKiset website: Please list Monkton Combe School on the form and provide as much information as possible – this will be sent to us as part of your child’s UKiset Profile Package and used in conjunction with their UKiset results to assess their application to Monkton. 

Once you have registered please complete the Student Profile Form. When you have completed the forms a member of the UKiset Team will contact you with details of your closest Test Centre and the next available test date. After your child has taken the test and we have received their UKiset Profile Package we will make a decision as to whether or not we wish to take their application further. If we are happy to pursue the application we will, at that point, require our registration fee to be paid and seek the relevant school references, reports and any additional information relevant to your child’s application. 

For further information please visit If your child has already taken UKiset and you would like their results to be sent to Monkton Combe School please complete the School Selection Form on the UKiset website.

Visa arrangements

Monkton Combe School is a licensed sponsor for the UKVI for international students applying for a child student visa which applies to international students wishing to come to the UK to study. When the offer of a place at Monkton has been accepted and the deposit paid, the School will provide the student with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) letter.  A Child Student Visa Compliance charge of £125 will be added to the termly fee invoice for all students who are sponsored by the School for child student visa purposes.

Further information regarding applications for child student visas can be found at or by contacting the school's nominated immigration specialist partner Sable International.Sable is our trusted partner for all child students and UK Immigration applications. The company has been providing immigration services for over 30 years and is regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner. We have retained Sable’s services to ensure all UK immigration applications are prepared in compliance with UKVI requirements.


The School requires that all students from overseas have a guardian resident in the UK and that they notify the School of the name and address of the guardian before they arrive. Guardians receive a letter outlining the School’s expectations of the guardian’s role.