international school“At RIC I was able to take the Science subjects I needed in a short period of time. I got 4 grade As in a year from scratch and am now studying Biochemistry at my first choice university, Imperial College, London”
rebecca wong, ric class of 2009


RIC is more like an international school than a traditional British boarding school. There is no uniform and there are no old fashioned or petty rules. Students and  teachers are on first name terms. Unlike other independent sixth form colleges that offer accommodation all of RIC’s boarding is on campus. Students are closely supervised, the site is totally secure and there are resident staff based in each of the buildings. Unlike a traditional boarding  school RIC offers accelerated one year A level and GCSE courses as well as eighteen month and two year  programmes.

international applications

For overseas students unable to visit the College in person a letter or email giving as much information as possible about the prospective student, including the results of any public examinations already taken, should be sent to the Admissions Tutor together with all recent school reports and academic transcripts. A reference from either a Headteacher or Head of Year is also required. An offer of a place can be made based on this information.

It is always preferable for international students to visit the College for an informal interview. Where this is not possible Skype interviews can be arranged.


A very strong sense of cultural awareness exists in the college. Boarders from other countries are warmly welcomed and feel integrated and supported. Great care is taken to facilitate every student’s entry into the college and to ensure that they feel at ease with the community’s traditions and systems.
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The registration form is then returned together with the deposits. On receipt of satisfactory documentation and relevant fee payments an official confirmation of acceptance for studies is issued for visa purposes.





level of english

For international students joining RIC there are a range of routes available, depending on the level of English and academic background of the student. For one year A level courses a good record of academic achievement and sound English will be required.

RIC offers English language teaching support to overseas students on its GCSE and A level courses. We specialise in preparing students for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination necessary to secure entry to UK universities. As well as top A level results the best UK universities are looking for an IELTS score of 6.5 to 7.5.

It is possible to study English intensively at the College for a year before commencing A level or GCSE courses and for students to study the language over the summer in Rochester prior to starting academic programmes in September.

student visas and fees

Rochester Independent College is registered with the UK Border Agency as a Tier 4 Sponsor.


“Excellent systems ensure new boarders readily settle into the college. They say the induction process is informative and clear and overseas boarders commend the additional language support in place before the start of term.”  ofsted boarding inspection 2010


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boarding for international students

Please note that RIC’s boarding places fill up quickly each year and early application is advised.

As RIC’s boarding is for those aged 16+ and so half of the residential community is new  each year. It’s easy to make new and interesting friends. The atmosphere is more like a  university halls of  residence than a school. We don’t impose supervised  prep and our single  study bedrooms all have telephones and internet  connection. We do not teach on Saturdays.


international feeder schools

International students have joined the College in recent years from Spain, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Sierra Leone, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Lithuania, India, Bulgaria, Russia, Romania, Japan, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Germany, the USA, Canada, the UAE, Singapore and Iran.

Students have joined us from a range of international schools including the Classical Gymnasium of St Petersburg, United World College, Singapore, British School of Houston, the Dominican Convent School, Johannesburg, South Africa, the International School of Brussels, the Langston High School, Arlington, USA, Petaluma High School, California, USA, St George’s School, Montreux, Switzerland, Stuttgart Volkhochschule, Germany, the Waldorf Steiner School, Vilnius, Lithuania, School no 169, St Petersburg, Scots School, Australia, Scuola del’Aurelio Mistruzzi, Capri, Italy, Lady Elizabeth School, Alicante, Spain, the European School of Luxembourg, John Mackenzie High School, Botswana, Jerudong International School, Brunei, the British International School, Istanbul, Wellington International School, Dubai, Westmorland Secondary School, Grenada, West Indies and BIS and Atlantic Hall, Lagos, Nigeria.

“The promotion of equality and diversity is outstanding. The multi cultural mix of students is reflected in the staff team and the ethos of the college is inclusive. Cultural differences are actively celebrated. Individual customs and values are all given equal regard and additional support needs, arising from ethnic backgrounds and language barriers are actively provided for.”
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