QAA guidance: Supporting and enhancing the experience of international students in the UK

Date:Mar 2023
Topic(s): Student experience, We are international
Type(s): Surveys and reports

QAA has published revised guidance for UK higher education providers on how best to support and enhance the experience of international students, in line with our #WeAreInternational Student Charter.

Developed through a sector-led approach, it offers practical advice and reflective questions structured around key stages of the international student journey. These include:

  • Information: Pre-arrival and arrival 
  • Induction, transition, integration and beyond  
  • Provider requirements and external compliance 
  • Academic support and skills 
  • Professional services and non-academic support 
  • Belonging, integration and inclusivity 
  • Careers and employability

The guidance explores critical elements of the support higher education providers should offer international students studying in the UK, to safeguard and enhance their experience. By doing this, it aims to help facilitate a sense of belonging for international students as active participants in the UK academic community.