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Under 18s Policy

We’re thrilled that you’re considering Hertfordshire International College (HIC). This is important information about the admission and registration process:

Regardless of age, we expect all students to take on adult responsibilities, live independently, and follow our community rules. 

To help keep minors safe, and ensure their wellbeing throughout their course, there are some key things to bear in mind.

  • Minors must have a UK Based Guardian. This can be a family member, friend or professional guardianship service
  • Minors must live either:
    • On campus
    • With their guardian
    • With a family member over the age of 25
  • All students must live within a 20-mile radius of the college
  • Minors must check in with a member of our Wellbeing Team at least every two weeks

There are some additional things to consider for minors:

Pre-Application Visit

We recommend individuals under 18 and their parents/guardians visit the University of Hertfordshire and HIC before applying or accepting an offer to familiarize themselves with our environment. You can book a campus tour here (link to simplybook page)

Medical Consent

Students under 18 may consent to medical treatment if they have sufficient understanding.

In emergencies, we act based on medical advice, prioritizing the student’s best interests.

Safety and Legal Compliance

Although not in loco parentis, we strive to provide a safe environment for all students, adhering to legal obligations and regulations.

Under 18s and Alcohol

No student under 18 may enter bars on campus to ensure legal compliance.

Any illegal incidents involving alcohol or tobacco by under 18s will lead to appropriate disciplinary action.

Care Arrangements

Parents/guardians of international students under 18 must ensure suitable care arrangements, including travel, reception, and living arrangements, in compliance with Home Office requirements.

Student Wellbeing Team

Claire Butcher is Head of College Services, working with Emma Louise, the Academic and Student Services Manager and Serene Henderson, the Student Services Officer. The wellbeing team are here to help and support you during your studies at Hertfordshire International College.

If you need to speak to the team for further assistance about wellbeing or finances please email us at or if you have accommodation queries please contact us on

Find out more about support and wellbeing
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