International Charter

AoC's International Charter promotes the unique qualities and international reputation of UK colleges, enabling them to showcase their work to overseas governments, agencies, students and other stakeholders. The Charter gives UK colleges greater access to international opportunities. It is for colleges that have made a commitment to:

  • quality assurance;
  • an ethical approach in all areas of their international activity;
  • making the global agenda an ‘agenda for all’, including staff, students and the local communities served by the college.

The Charter recognises that colleges with the Charter Mark:

  • are involved in a variety of international activities, which also forms part of their business development planning;
  • aim to equip students, staff and local communities to meet the opportunities and challenges presented by global forces on their lives

The Charter is backed by support from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the British Council and the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). AoC is working closely with these and other national bodies to achieve its international recognition.

The Charter also demonstrates AoC's pride in the excellence and commitment colleges bring to their international work.

Benefits of the Charter

  1. significant added value for colleges via a widely recognised Charter Mark;
  2. blueprint for good practice to help colleges shape their international offer whilst benchmarking against high standards of practice for international provision;
  3. means to support strategic planning for international delivery;
  4. access to a community of colleges that prioritises excellence in their international delivery;
  5. a rigorous and comprehensive review;
  6. the opportunity to join AoC-led international events, such as study tours and inward delegations
  7. the opportunity to promote provision to international partners via AoC's International Charter website;
  8. preferential delegate rates for AoC international training and events;
  9. support and guidance from AoC's international team;
  10. capacity-building and peer support.


Contact the team

If you would like further information on the International Charter, please contact Ayesha Williams, 020 7034 9900.