Under 18?

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The University of Hertfordshire is committed to providing a safe and secure environment to study in. However, we are required by law to take additional steps to meet the needs of our students who are under the age of 18.

If you are under 18, there are a number of steps that you are required to meet prior to being given permission to be admitted to the University. Please read this information clearly and carefully.

Making an application

You will be able to make an application for the University of Hertfordshire. However, as part of this form, you must inform that you will be under the age of 18 at the commencement of your programme.

If you fail to declare this on your initial form and upon further checks you are under the age of 18, it will delay your application and may result in your application being withdrawn.

Parental consent

As a parent or legal guardian, you should be aware that the majority of University facilities are intended for use by adults (aged 18 and over). As such, parents/legal guardians are required to accept responsibility for this and ensure that students under the age of 18 years understand and comply with arrangements for younger students. Before a student under the age of 18 joins their course, their parent or legal guardian must complete the consent form which can be downloaded using the link below.

Download policy and consent form.

This can be submitted as part of your application process to the International Office. If you have any further queries or wish to submit a completed form, please email international@herts.ac.uk.

UK Legal guardian requirement

Students who are under the age of 18 but do not have a parent or legal guardian based in the UK are required to inform the University of a UK based guardian.

The UK based guardian will be their point of contact in the UK should an emergency situation arise. This guardian can be a nominated relative or friend living in the UK. Alternatively, a guardian can be appointed through an organisation offering legal guardianship services.

If you would like contact details for organisations that are able to act as a legal guardian for you within the UK, please see below for some examples. These guardianship organisations have been accredited by the Association of Educational Guardians for International Students (AEGIS) who inspect guardians to ensure they meet the required standards.

It is a requirement that a legal guardian based in the UK is registered by all under 18 students enrolling with us. Should one not be available, this may delay and ultimately prevent enrolment.

If you have any further queries about this, please contact the International Office via email at international@herts.ac.uk.