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What is UKCISA?

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK’s national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them.

Our aims

  • To increase support for international education and raise awareness of its values and benefits
  • To promote opportunities for - and identify and work to reduce obstacles and barriers to - greater student mobility
  • To encourage best practice, professional development and the highest quality of institutional support for international students throughout the education sector.


We achieve our aims by:

  • Monitoring and influencing government and education sector policy through close contact with senior officials, policy makers, MPs, partner organisations and sector bodies throughout the UK.
  • Producing regular electronic and print publications which keep members and students up to date on current legislation, regulations and resources.
  • Delivering high quality advice line services (for both members and students/members of the public) and training which both assist with immediate areas of difficulty and contribute to greater professional expertise.
  • Supporting, sustaining and expanding a network of members committed to the ideals of international education and the highest standards of international student support.
  • Initiating and encouraging research which helps to identify key issues and areas for future investigation and development.
  • Working indirectly and in partnership with others to encourage greater mobility from, as well as to, the UK.
  • Ensuring, through support from Trustees, its specialist staff and effectively managed resources, that it delivers highly valued services for members and other stake-holders.

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Charity and company information

UKCISA is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (Company Number: 4507287) and a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Charity Number: 1095294). Its registered office is at 9–17 St Albans Place London N1 0NX.

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