Recruit UK-based students to your institution


Boarding schools in the British Isles are home to thousands of international students from around the world with globally-minded families.

This sector is ripe for international universities looking to diversify their student populations.

As a former boarding school teacher and now working with students and counsellors at schools across the UK, founder David Hawkins is deeply embedded in this sector.

The University Guys run a number of small-group recruitment tours to UK boarding schools each year as well as more targeted events to particular locations or for university consortia.

We can also provide bespoke itineraries targeting particular regions or schools based on your institution’s needs and profile.


British Isles school tours for international universities

Several times a year, The University Guys take non-UK universities on tour to visit selected international secondary schools and boarding schools. Tours are grouped according to regions such as:
  • London and commuter regions
  • Channel Islands
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Great Western
  • Heart of England
  • Southwest England
  • Wales and the Borders

Tours take place over 3 to 5 days and you’ll visit 2 or 3 schools each day.

The University Guys will provide ground transportation to each venue, accommodation, most meals and evening networking opportunities. We can also assist with the delivery of your presentation materials to each school.


1) The Commuter London Tour: 19th – 23rd September
Planned to run into USA College Day for those attending, this four-night / three-and-a-half-day roadshow will focus on London, Sussex and Kent. Confirmed visits include MPW, Charterhouse, King’s Canterbury and Woldingham School.

Cost to attend: £3,975 plus VAT

2) Heart of England Roadshow: 26th – 30th September
Continuing, we will cover the Heart of England for five full days. Commencing in Essex we will visit schools across the midlands and home counties. Confirmed visits include St Clare’s Oxford, Oundle, Repton, Bedford School, Downe House and Uppingham School.
Cost to attend: £3,975 plus VAT

3) The South West England Tour: 7th – 9th November
Following the CIS Forum in Madrid, we will host a three-day trip to the West of England, visiting schools in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset. Commencing in Bath and finishing in Salisbury, this tour will see us return to schools in the beautiful West Country of England. Confirmed visits include St Mary’s Calne, Bryanston, King’s Bruton and Canford School.
Cost to attend: £3,285 plus VAT


COBIS Higher Education Week, 3rd – 7th October

This year, The University Guys in collaboration with COBIS (Council of British International Schools) will be extending and developing the traditional fair model to a larger virtual event, permitting students, advisers and families to have more opportunities to engage with participating institutions. We will have informative webinars over three days, speed-networking meetings with teachers and advisors, and an open fair.

Participation per webinar will be kept at the low cost of £50 per university (plus VAT), participating in the speed-dating will be charged at £50 per university (plus VAT) and attending the fair will be £225 per university (plus VAT).

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