AIBC Thailand provides a range of ancillary services
designed to meet the wide-ranging needs of students and families
Entrance Test Invigilation
The vast majority of international students applying to study in the U.K. need to sit entrance tests before they can receive an offer. In most cases and subject to the entry year level, applicants are tested in two or three subject areas; English, Maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR). AIBC Thailand can arrange for applicants to sit the tests at the AIBC Office, under strict exam conditions, and then scan/send the results back to the partner school for marking.
U.K. Guardianship Appointment
All boarding schools in the U.K. now make it a condition of admission that any overseas student must have a U.K. based educational guardian in place. A guardian is an adult or company tasked with acting on behalf of the student’s parents and ensuring they are provided with a secure, friendly and stable environment in which to live and study. AIBC Thailand has partnered with Living Learning English Guardians (LLEG) to oversee guardianship matters for all our students. LLEG is accredited by the Association for the Education & Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS), an independent organisation providing a forum for best practice and carries out inspections in accordance with a strict Code of Practice and current child care legislation. LLEG’s responsibilities cover the sourcing and appointment of qualified host families, co-ordinating logistical arrangements over exeat weekends/half-term or full-term holiday breaks, undertaking in-person visits every term, attending parent-teacher interviews upon request and keeping AIBC Thailand staff updated on each and every student’s welfare at all times. LLEG’s top priority is to ensure that students are safe, happy and making good personal and academic progress.
For a nominal fee, AIBC Thailand offers a Thai Guardianship package for students and their families at the ‘home’ end each term. The package is designed to support families and complements our many years of experience. The range of services includes the translation of school reports into Thai, co-ordinating flight bookings and airport transfer arrangements (half-term and end of term), acting as a liaison between the school, U.K. guardian and family on academic and welfare matters, advising on GCSE and A Level subject choices and assisting with university applications.
We are always pleased to organise school visit itineraries for prospective families keen to see a typical UK Boarding School in action. Introductory meetings with the Head of School, Admissions Team and Boarding House staff can also be arranged. A list of pertinent questions to ask during each school visit can be provided to ensure that families are fully equipped when they reach the decision-making stage.
AIBC Thailand offers complimentary coaching sessions for students preparing to enter top-tier schools that require applicants to attend in-person interviews. The sessions cover a wide range of topics and also include body language, posture and tips on how to respond to challenging questions. Recently, we have successfully assisted Thai students with their interview preparation go on to receive offers to CharterHouse, Cheltenham Ladies College, St Edwards Oxford, Tonbridge, Malvern College and Brentwood School.
Visa Processing Service
Applying for a visa to travel or study in the United Kingdom is a comprehensive and time-consuming undertaking. Our experienced and professional staff are on hand to assist with completing and submitting applications, translating the copious number of supporting documents (from Thai to English), facilitating visa appointments, accompanying applicants to their interviews, tracking applications and collecting and safely returning passports.
Based on first-hand experience, we can provide recommendations and make bookings on behalf of clients at Hotels, Serviced Apartments, Bed & Breakfast Lodgings in London and elsewhere across England and Scotland.
We are in a position to book flights and seats on preferred airlines as well as offer advice on how to streamline your travel experience.
AIBC Thailand works in partnership with a London-based company that employs drivers with impeccable safety records and Thai language skills for transferring clients to/from the airport. One or multi-day bookings can be accommodated for those wanting a hassle-free travel experience while enjoying all that the United Kingdom has to offer. Extended trips for sightseeing to the likes of Scotland, Wales and the dramatic landscapes of the West Country can also be arranged.
Property Rentals and Purchasing
Upon establishment of a long-term study plan for their child or children, many families look to either purchase property in the U.K. or enter into a long-term rental agreement. Whether it be for investment purposes or simply to save on accommodation costs when undertaking multiple visits each year, there’s no denying that having a ‘home away from home’ can make life significantly more convenient. AIBC Thailand has partnered with a London-based property agency that can help with nationwide market research, shortlisting, price negotiation, sales progression (including solicitor appointment) and after-sales service.
We are committed to guiding families
through the decision making process and utilising our extensive experience to ensure that only the most suitable of matches are proposed. Each and every partner recommended, whether it be a boarding school, English language centre or holiday course provider, has been visited by an AIBC representative and ascertained to be of a quality and standard that meets our own high set of expectations.