International Pupils

With around 350 pupils, of which 75% of are full boarding (7 days a week), Glenalmond College offers a vibrant learning environment for international pupils from around the world.

Some of our overseas pupils are British children whose parents live and work overseas while many others are internationals who come to us to improve their English and experience the excellent education offered by a leading British boarding school. Some join us in the lower forms while others will spend their Sixth Form years with us because they want to sit A Levels and prepare themselves for entry to a British university.

The percentage of international students at Glenalmond is around 30%, with only 14% from outside Europe. This gives the school a healthy balance of differing nationalities while making sure that those overseas pupils who do want to improve their English get the opportunity to fully integrate and mix and speak with UK children.

Set in 300 stunning acres of Perthshire (inlcuding our own golf course!), Glenalmond is just one hour's drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports. Glenalmond provides a natural, healthy environment in which children thrive, and offers an outstanding place to learn with the benefit of almost one acre per pupil. Most of our staff live on site, meaning our campus is a lively, bustling community seven days a week. To get a sense of what sets Glenalmond apart, you are very welcome to enjoy a visit to our school via our unique Virtual Glenalmond Experience. 

*Glenalmond is committed to meeting or exceeding the standards of the Boarding School Association's Covid-Safe Charter. More information on the steps we have put in place to ensure a healthy, safe environment for our pupils is detailed here Update for International Pupils (July 2020).

Our Guide for International Pupils is available to view here.

Let Your Story Begin

International pupils, Emma W, Desmond D and Cem B tell us their stories in English, German and Turkish. Listen to more pupils and staff tell their stories on our YouTube channel.

Read what OG Erica Tsoi said about life at Glenalmond College as an international pupil

Peer Tutoring

Glenalmond College has introduced an innovative programme of peer tutoring to ensure that its international pupils are able to integrate fully into the School.

This programme provides each of the overseas pupils with a UK pupil peer tutor, generally just a year or two older, aiming primarily to help them improve their English grammar and to understand the nuances of the language. However, the support provided by the pupil tutors in many cases extends further, including help both with the technical language of certain subjects and the subject matter.

English as An Additional Language

The College welcomes pupils from many nationalities and linguistic backgrounds and all international pupils thrive at Glenalmond supported, where necessary, by the EAL department.

Pupils are expected to have at least an Intermediate level of English on arrival and they should be able to manage the normal academic curriculum of the school. All pupils who have a native language other than English are given a diagnostic test by the EAL department upon arrival at Glenalmond. For more information please visit our English as an Additional Language page.

To apply for a place at Glenalmond College, please contact our Head of Admissions by emailing or calling +44 1738 842144.