Parents of international students

As parents of an international students, your support in the decision-making process is essential. By studying overseas, students learn about a different culture, improve their language skills, discover different perspectives and improve their career prospects.

With students from over 80 countries, Aston University is a popular choice for international students.We recognise and welcome the academic contribution and cultural diversity your son or daughter will bring to our university environment.

For more information, including entry requirements, finance issues, support and accommodation, please visit our pages for international students.

What to do if you are concerned

The University will take your concerns seriously. Whilst we cannot discuss a student’s situation/circumstances (without their permission), or even confirm whether they are attending the University, we can contact students and offer appropriate help even if we cannot guarantee that they will choose to take advantage of the support and advice.

Please contact Jackie Edwards, PA to the Director of Student Services, 0121 204 4579 or email

Out of working hours please contact Aston University Security 0121 359 2922 or email

Confidentiality in an emergency

Should there be an emergency, a decision to contact the next of kin is taken on a case by case basis. Students are asked to nominate and keep details of their next of kin up to date on the University system known as My Aston Portal. We pass next of kin contact details to a hospital only in a medical emergency and if specifically asked to by the hospital.

Hospitals have similar data protection procedures and do not routinely notify Aston University about a student who is in hospital unless the student asks them to do so. It is up to students themselves to inform the University that they are in hospital; some choose not to. If we do have contact with a student in hospital, we suggest that they let their family know, although we cannot do this for them without their permission.