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Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

The QAA's job is to uphold quality and standards in UK universities and colleges. It is also the designated Educational Oversight Body for independent higher education colleges that recruit international (Tier 4 visa) students.
www.qaa.ac.uk

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)

ISI is the agency responsible for the inspection of schools in membership of the Associations of the Independent Schools Council (ISC). It is also the designated Educational Oversight Body for independent further education colleges and English language schools that recruit international (Tier 4 visa) students.
www.isi.net

British Accreditation Council (BAC)

Since 1984 BAC has operated the UK's leading institutional accreditation scheme for independent further and higher education colleges.
www.the-bac.org

British Council

The British Council is the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.
www.britishcouncil.org

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Department website - www.bis.gov.uk

Education UK

Information and advice on all aspects of studying in the UK.
www.educationuk.org

English UK

The national association for British Council accredited English language teaching centres.
www.englishuk.com

HEFCE register

The Higher Education Funding Council for England maintains a register of higher education providers with access to student loans.

www.hefce.ac.uk/reg/register/

Immigration, visas and work permits

Official advice from the UK government department responsible for immigration control and visa applications.
UK Visas and Immigration website

List of organisations licensed to sponsor international students for visas under Tier 4 of the Points-Based System.
Register of licensed sponsors

Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation)

The government regulator for qualifications, examinations and awarding bodies in England and Northern Ireland.
www.ofqual.gov.uk

StudyWorld

English UK's annual international student recruitment workshop.
www.studyworldfair.com

TVET UK

The UK partnership of technical and vocational education suppliers.
www.tvetuk.org

UKCISA

UK Council for International Student Affairs
www.ukcisa.org.uk

UK NARIC

The body that assesses overseas qualifications for their equivalence in the UK.
www.naric.org.uk