Duke of Edinburgh Award for international students


As today we mourn the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, we are reminded of the fantastic work he did in his lifetime, in particular one of his legacies: the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

International students who come to study in the UK have the opportunity to take part in this prestigious award, and we always encourage them to!


Tony is one of our students from China.  He successfully completed the Gold Award during his A-level studies at Ackworth School.   Tony had this to say:


The award started me on doing community service, which gave me a very inspiring experience and really changed my career choice.


Angela Fan (his Study Links guardian) attended the ceremony with him at Buckingham Palace, to collect his certificate from the royal family.

Tony with his certificate (4th from left) ; Angela – guardian (3rd from left)


Ailie Fan, Managing Director of Study Links, completed the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award during GCSEs, and Gold Award during A-levels.  She commented:


The DofE award is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends. Some of the skills I learnt, especially around team work, leadership, and expedition skills have been valuable throughout my life.

I am an advocate of the award programme and as guardian to students, Study Links always highly recommends all of our international students participate in the DofE Awards.

Universities and employers value this certificate, but more than that, getting involved in the activities instils confidence and creates memories for a lifetime!



For more guidance about extra curricular activities for international students studying in the UK, contact Study Links.