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Overseas Students

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to undertake a review of the accreditation arrangements for institutions wishing to bring international students to the UK. (301083)

[holding answer 24 November 2009]: Each of our approved accreditation bodies was initially approved for a period of two years. Accreditation UK, British Accreditation Council (BAC) and Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC) are now due for re-approval. All accreditation bodies are subject to ongoing monitoring to ensure that they meet our requirements throughout the period of approval.

We have been reviewing, with Ofsted, our approval criteria. While we finalise the framework against which the three accreditation bodies will be re-assessed for approval, UKBA continues to work with each of its approved accreditation bodies to ensure standards are maintained.