Australian high schools for international students

Study Abroad as an international exchange student at a high school in Australia. Stay for an entire academic year, semester or just a few weeks in the summer - whatever you desire! Are you a student who's out for fun and adventure and want to speak, live and learn in a safe, fun-filled, relaxed and educational way? Participate in real school activities, experience a new world around you and create memories that last a lifetime.

You get to experience the 'Real Australia' through outdoor school activities such as excursions. Visit Australia's major tourist attractions including fun, theme and adventure parks and be part of exciting action-packed adventure camps and exploring untouched Australian nature such as rainforests or a dynamic beach ecosystem.

Why Study abroad at a high school in Australia?

Australia has so much to offer to international students

Australia is a multicultural country and welcomes students from all parts of the world. The school system enjoys a high reputation which is proven by excellent results in the PISA. Australia made it among the top 10 countries in the world and is ranked as one of the most popular study destinations for international students.

Australia is a popular study destination for high school students from over 40 nationalities due to its international reputation for producing high-quality learning outcomes. Even Britain’s future king, Prince Charles studied here and since then Australia has become a magnet for international students.

Australian high schools are well-equipped with creative learning. Every high school in Australia offers more than 30 subjects, so you can study a wide range of courses and subjects i.e sports, languages ​​and art. You can even study subjects such as marine biology or photography! Outside of school hours you can participate in sports and music programs. Many schools also offer excursions within Australia to visit some amazing places.

Kangaroos and koalas, rainforests and outback – who doesn't want to get to know the unique flora and fauna of Australia? In almost all regions, kangaroos, in particular, can be experienced in wild.

The climate in Australia is pleasant all year-round. So you can enjoy swimming and surfing whenever you like!

The places where international students can go to high school in Australia have a high standard of living and European infrastructure. Healthcare, energy and security are at the highest level. Australia is a very safe country. The crime rate is very low and the wealth of the population is very high.

Why a High School in Australia?

High School Programs in Australia for International Students

High School Programs in Australia for International Students

Our Australian high schools have a range of programs specifically designed to meet the needs of international students with the ability to individually tailor student programs. Depending on your preferred duration and destination, we send you a list of the high schools that meet your requirements. You can then choose whichever high school you prefer.

As part of our Australian high school program you can chose to live with a supportive homestay family, in a boarding school, or with family relatives.

Study Abroad at a High School in Australia

The classic school exchange, where students attend a high school of between 3 and 12 months in Australia. The Study Abroad program offers international students the opportunity to attend a public or private high school in Australia. International students take part in normal school life and are fully integrated into Australian school life.

Study Abroad at a Regional High School in Australia

Exchange students attend high schools outside major cities for 3 – 12 months. If you don’t move to the city, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia can also visit dreamlike destinations and excellent schools in Australia outside major cities. These high schools are grouped together in Australia to form the Regional Study Abroad program.

Australian High School Certificate

As an international student, you have the opportunity to earn an internationally recognized high school degree similar to the high school diploma or the Matura (Germany). Please check the recognition in your home country beforehand. You need about 2 years to get you high school certificate so get started in 11th grade (at the latest) and be in at least 8th grade.

Each state and territory in Australia has a different system designed for the final 2 years of school (known as senior secondary).

However, in all states you take exams in various subjects at the end of the 2 years. Your exams are carefully reviewed by a selected group of markers and, after the marking process, you are given a score. This score, places you in a ranking system, compared to every other year 12 student in the state.

When you apply to study at university, you score plays an important role in your admission. For example, university courses such as law, medicine, and engineering require higher scores.

Names of Year 12 qualification

  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT) ACT Year 12 Certificate
  • New South Wales (NSW) Higher Education Certificate (HSC)
  • Northern Territory (NT) Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
  • Queensland (QLD) Senior Certificate
  • South Australia (SA) South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmania (TAS) Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Victoria (VIC) Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
  • Western Australia (WA) WA Certificate of Education

Special Australian High School Programs

Elite Program: Some Australian high schools have special priority programs-especially in sports and music-that go beyond the usual scale and involve particularly intense training.
International Baccalaureate: Selected high schools in Australia offer this internationally recognised school degree. You can find out more here.

Surfing at a high school in Australia
Australian high school offer extensive music programs

Where can I study abroad at an Australian High School?



Information for students and parents

High School Terms and Fees

There are four school terms during the year in Australia but the exact school term dates vary from state to state, this is because individual states in Australia manages their own education system.

The tuition costs and living expenses in Australia are considerably low compared to countries such as USA and the UK. However, the cost usually vary according to where you are located and it depends also on your own personal living style.

Tuition fees in public schools usually vary between $12,000* to $22,500* a year and the cost for homestay is usually between $260* and $370* per week including 3 daily meals.

So, as a secondary school international student, you may expect to spend around $20,000* for the year (tuition fee and living costs included). This is only an estimated cost, the actual cost may be different from person to person according to your own personal lifestyle and where you live in Australia.

Here you can find out about the costs and term dates of the high schools in Australia.

We are the High School Australia Experts

High School Australia

We know choosing the right high School in Australia is an important decision

That's why we work in close cooperation with the Australia Department of Education, which offers junior and senior high school students from around, the world the opportunity to visit Australia. This is an experience of a lifetime for any student wanting to learn more about Australia and all the wonderful adventures that we have here waiting for young explorers to experience.

We are with you all the way - before, during and after your high school abroad in Australia. All our international student services are free! Australian institutions have nominated us as education advisers.

We help you apply

Apply directly to the Education department can be more time consuming and stressful since you need to be the one doing the research, the paper work and the chasing!  You can reduce your stress and contact one of our friendly staff at AA Education. We will be able to provide you with all the necessary information and support needed, we will be able to process your papers and do all the chasing for you!

You can apply any time during the year, however we recommend you apply as early as possible so that we have sufficient time to process your application.

We know a high school study abroad placement in Australia is a new experience for your child

It means new beginnings and the second half of their schooling journey. This is also the most important part of a students learning journey, as it is when they will be starting to think of who they are, who they want to be and what they want to do with their lives. Studying at High School in Australia is the stepping stones for a future career.

Most parents want to find the perfect Australian High School for their child, as it is when you are serious about your child's education. Australia has many options available in terms of class sizes, subject choices and further study opportunities for those wanting to study a vocational or high education course in Australia after finishing school.

Our FREE service includes the following

  • Detailed advice about Australian school system through AA Education Network
  • Recommendation and suggestion to choose a suitable high school and subjects
  • Liaison with high schools in Australia to discuss possible placements, subjects and questions regarding your application and stay (if necessary)
  • Provision of all necessary application forms and support to apply for a high school placement
  • Check of all documents and submission of your correct application
  • Organisation of stay at an Australian family who will act as your guardian (you have your own room including meals while you stay in Australia)
  • Comprehensive Student visa application support including provision of all necessary documents
  • Information helping you to organise convenient flights to and from Australia (if required)
  • Information and support to help you get set-up in Australia (Health Insurance etc.)
  • On-Arrival Service (airport pickup and transport to your accommodation) (if required)
  • Emergency Phone Number
  • Pastoral Care through International Department of school and local contact person
  • Continuous contact with parents through AA Education Network while student is studying at high school
  • Certificate for your high school year
  • Dedicated personal contact during your stay in Australia

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