College life

The time of your life

The time that you spend at college is one of the best times of your life, and StudyChoice works with some of the best colleges in the UK – giving you access to fantastic facilities, expert tutors and vibrant student communities!

College is about far more than just studying: it’s about developing new interests, making new friends and having fun. Alongside your course, you will have the opportunity to join clubs that you’re interested in or take part in extra curricular activities that you’ve always wanted to try! You’ll make friends for life at college – it’s a time for self-discovery.

Our colleges offer a wide range of sports and activities – so whether you want to go sailing or play chess, we can help you find a college which suits your interests. Equally, if enjoy playing sport to a high level, we can cater for that as well – some of our colleges have sports academies and you can receive coaching alongside your classes!

Academic life at college is very flexible. Each day can be different, depending on your subjects and your schedule. Some days, you might just have one class, whereas the next day you might have four in a row. When you’re not in class, there are plenty of facilities at the college such as study rooms and libraries where you can study independently.

There are so many exciting activities and opportunities at college – so make sure to head out and see what’s happening on campus!

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A world of opportunities!


Events will be regularly organised by the college for students to attend. These events will include things like film nights, music performances, guest lecturers, plays, motivational speakers, and sporting events. And the best part of this is that most of these are free!

Follow your college on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – so that you can keep up to date with what events are on. Alternatively, you can take a look at your college’s website to find out more.

Students' union

Your college might have a students’ union, which will be part of the National Union of Students (NUS) – one of the largest student organisations in the world, which represents over five million students in the UK. By getting involved with the students’ union, you can have the opportunity to get involved in student representation at the college.

The Student Union is also the base for a lot of the activities, clubs and events that form an important part of college life!


Great opportunities to get involved in college life

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is unique to the UK. It’s a programme where you can develop new skills, train for and complete an expedition, become fitter, and help the local community.

During the course of achieving your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, you will develop your resilience, problem-solving, team-work and communication. This achievement also looks really good on your CV and on university or job applications, and is highly respected by employers.

Audition for a play!

Your school might offer acting groups and theatre productions, and while Performing Arts students might be offered the opportunity first, there may be other productions which are open to students that are new to acting. Alternatively, if you prefer to work behind the scenes, you can look into becoming part of the stage crew.

If you enjoy singing or you play an instrument, you might be able to join a band – take advantage of the opportunities that your college offers!
Check out our Performing Arts courses!

Cafe & restaurant

Every college has an on-site café where you’ll be able to buy your lunch or study snacks – and if you are studying a Cookery and Catering course this can offer you a great opportunity for some extra work experience! You could work or volunteer at the college café, learning more about the hospitality business as you go, serving food and drink, taking payments and interacting with customers.

Art gallery

Many of our colleges have galleries and facilities to display art created by their students. There will be opportunities to hear artists and designers speak about their careers and offer advice. If you are studying an Art and design course, then a college with these facilities could be perfect for you – you will be able to build up and showcase your portfolio.

Sports and exercise

Joining a sports team gives you the opportunity to meet new people and to keep fit at the same time. Whether you’re interested in football, rugby, handball or something else entirely – you can keep up your sport at college. Exercise keeps you healthy and boosts your mood – and it also helps to sharpen your memory. So take a look at what sports clubs you could join!

Many of our colleges also have onsite gyms or discounted access to local leisure facilities – so there are plenty of opportunities to stay in shape!

Check out our Sport courses!

Student organisations

There are so many different types of student organisations – whatever your interest, there will be a society for you! The options can range from academic and cultural groups to outdoor and environmental societies. So whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or a martial arts enthusiast – or anything in between – there will be a club for you. And if there isn’t one, you can normally create one!

As well as helping you to meet new people and share your interests, joining a society can look great on your CV – especially if you get involved with the leadership and organisation of the club.

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High School - FAQ

Yes – if you choose the High School Select programme, then you can choose not only the area that you will be in, but also the school or college you will study at! We want you to be able to study where and what you want – so you can tell us in your application if you have a preference. Take a look at our High School Select page to find out more about this.

Yes – if you choose the High School Academic programme you can choose your subjects!

Yes – but this might depend on your academic performance, and the subjects that you choose to study. At the end of your time in the UK, you should obtain a report card from your school or college, and this will demonstrate your experience and qualifications.
If you are interested in sitting exams, then you should tell us this when you apply, so that we can make sure your subjects will allow you to obtain a recognised qualification.

As soon as your placement is confirmed, we will notify you of the details of where you will be studying. The process of matching you with the perfect school or college (and host family, if you choose to stay with one) takes time and can be complex, and we want to make sure we find you the best match. We’ll aim to let you know your destination a few months before you depart.

It’s different for every student depending on your lifestyle, and it also depends on whether you stay with a host family or in student accommodation, and how you travel to school! The average monthly expenditure is usually between £100-£150 if you’re staying with a host family.

On our application form, there is a section asking you for some information about yourself – this includes whether you would be happy living with pets, whether you would prefer a non-smoking family, and if you have any other special requirements or allergies, among other questions. You should give us as much information as you can on here, and this will enable us to match you to the most suitable family!

This depends and can be different depending on the school and the host family! There will probably be other exchange students at your school. Host families can choose to host one or two students, so you might have another student within your host family.

If you have a problem with your host family, then you can talk to your Local Support Coordinator. They will help you to talk about the problem and find a solution. If the problem is serious and can’t be resolved, there can be the option of changing host family.

All of our students and their parents will have a contact person before, during and after their stay. During the programme, our students are supported by various levels of support – our Head Office team, their school and (depending on what type of programme you have chosen) a Local Support Coordinator. We also have an emergency number for emergencies out of office hours. StudyChoice will keep in touch with you while you’re here in the UK, and we can offer support, guidance and advice.

Yes – StudyChoice organises tours and trips every term that you will be able to take part in! Independent travel is also possible, but you will have to get permission from StudyChoice, as well as your natural parents (and host family, if you’re staying with one!).

Yes – there will be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in sports and activities while you are in the UK! You can join a club or play sports through your school or college, and if you’re staying with a host family, they will be able to help you get involved in activities in the local area.

Yes – you can ask for an extension of your programme.

If you aren’t sure if you will need a visa, take a look at the UK government website:
This will tell you what kind of visa you need to apply for, what fees are involved, and what the requirements are. The earliest you can apply for a visa is three months before you start your course.

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