High School Australia
Study Abroad at a High School in Australia
Australia is ranked as one of the most popular study destinations for international students from around the world. It currently hosts almost as many international students as that of the United States and the United Kingdom. The number of international students studying and applying to study in Australia is still increasing steadily. Australian high schools are well-equipped with creative learning. As part of your Australian high school program you will get to live with a supportive homestay family.
High School Australia Free Services
Our Service includes:
- 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
All this 100% FREE!
Study Abroad High School Experience in Australia
Why a High School in Australia?
The school system in Australia enjoys a high reputation which is proven by excellent results in the PISA. Australia made it among the top 10 countries in the world. Choosing the right High School is not easy given the large selection of state schools, private schools and boarding schools. Australia is a multicultural country and welcomes students from all parts of the world.
Every high school in Australia offers more than 30 subjects, therefore, International students can choose from a wide range of courses and subjects. Countless sports, languages and art subjects are available to international students. Even subjects such as marine biology or photography can be chosen. Students can also choose from sports and music program outside of school hours. Many schools offer excursions within Australia to visit some amazing places.
Kangaroos and koalas, rainforests and outback – who does not want to get to know this unique flora and fauna of Australia? In almost all regions, kangaroos, in particular, can also be experienced outside the zoos in the wild. Australia has a pleasant climate year-round. In northern Australia, it has a pleasant 20 ° even in winter. Swimming and surfing are, therefore, possible almost all year round.
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.
Take a look at steps you must do to apply successful to an Australian High School.
Please note: All our international student services are free! Australian institutions have nominated us as education advisers. Please check here the requirements for studying in Australia!
You should begin the application process about 12 months before you hope to enrol. If you are awaiting final examination results, most institutions will grant provisional acceptance based on your past academic performance. Provisional acceptance will also be granted pending acceptable English language proficiency.
High School Abroad 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 the duration and destination, the right school program is chosen for you.
High School Study Abroad
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.
High School Study Abroad Regional
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 school degree similar to the high school diploma or the Matur. You must check the recognition in your home country beforehand. You need at least 1.5 years to complete a degree, get started in 11th grade at the latest and be in at least 8th grade.
Special 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.
High School Australia Application
1 Fill out our form and one of our agents will get back to you within 48 hours.
2 Your agent will send you the application forms for your chosen school and assist with document preparations.
3 Once completed your agent will send off all required documents to the school.
4 Your agent will guide you through the student visa application and provide answers to any questions you may have.
5 Your agent will help you prepare all other parts of your school studies in Australia including accommodation, flights and insurance.
6 Come to Australia and start you school studies! Your agent will always be at your disposal throughout your entire stay in Australia!
Australian High School agents help students & parents with free counselling to study abroad at an Australian High School. Apply Here!
High School Education System in Australia
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. Literally, the Australia education system is designed for royalty. Even Britain’s future king, Prince Charles studied at a Victorian school and since then Australia has become a magnet for international students planning to study in Australia.
Where are you heading for your high school years? Different high schools in Australia offer different opportunities and have impact on what post school choices are available, after the final day of term.
High School education in Australia starts in Year 5 or 8 and continues until year 12. The current leaving age for each state differs: 16 yrs for Western Australia, 15 yrs for the Northern Territory, 15 yrs for New South Wales, 16 yrs for Tasmania, 16 yrs for Victoria, 15 yrs for Queensland and 16 yrs for South Australia.
Students wanting to sit their final exams in year 12 if they want to continue into higher education, such as University.
Public (State) High schools are free and places are typically given to the children that live in the same or surrounding suburbs as the school.
Private high schools are categorized either by religion: Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran etc. or are academic schools: Boys/Girls’ Grammar. There is also a range of other co-education and boarding schools available Australia wide.
Private high school fees range from 2000$AU per year to 15 000$AU. To ensure a place at a private school, it is important to put your name on the waiting list early. Some children are signed up for their high schools at birth! The private schools do have their own criteria when allocating places, for example the family being members of the parish/or of the same religion as the school.
Scholarship places are offered, some are an exam, and others are on merit or talent. Beware! In some cases there are yearly exams which need to be passed each year to secure the continued scholarship
Both state and private schools do offer fairly similar subjects however, some schools do tend to lean toward academic learning whilst others offer more vocational and practical classes. Second languages are typically Asian languages.
- How do they work toward each child reaching his/her own potential?
- Most Australian high schools aim to cater for all types of learners and abilities.
- Discipline and strictness varies, some schools are by definition the ‘tough’ high schools.
What differentiate schools are the unique cultures, philosophies, learning environments and facilities, especially sports and computer facilities.
Typically there is a tendency for schools to rely on parent participation: help with tuck shop, excursions and fund raising, in some cases, for even some basics equipment such as air conditioning.
Parents also do need to equip their children with uniforms, sports kits, books and lunch.
Australian High Schools are typically resourceful and can point you in the right direction if your children have adjustment difficulties, learning difficulties, behavioural adjustment issues or you need more family help.
It is compulsory for all students in Australia to study up to secondary education schooling up to Year 10. After this, students may study further before going to a college or university. They study Year 11 and Year 12, which is known as the high school education.
Here are some common features of a typical high school in Australia:
- The sessions run from January to December.
- There are 4 terms — Term 1 is from the end of January to the beginning of April
- Term 2 is from the end of April to the end of June.
- Term 3 is from the mid-July to the mid-September.
- Term 4 is from the beginning of October to the beginning of December.
- Students must have an IELTS score of 5 to study in Year 11.
- Students are awarded a Senior Secondary Education Certificate after successfully completing the course.
- Students are trained to enrol to colleges for further studies or start entry-level jobs after completion.
- Some high schools have a two-year pre-university program that has international recognition. The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) is offered to interested students that will help them to study at any global university.
High schools have homestay facilities where international students stay with the host family. High school graduates are qualified to seek admission to tertiary institutes.
Each state and territory in Australia has a different high school system designed for the final 2 years of school.
However, what they all have in common in that at the end of two years, students are required to sit exams and in some subjects, additional physical or performance exams.
After all the exams are completed, each one is carefully reviewed by a selected group of markers. After the marking process, students are given an ENTER score. This score, usually comprising of 2 digits and 2 decimal points, places them in a ranking system, compared to every other year 12 student in their state.
When applying to universities, these scores pay an important role in judging who is admitted and who is not. University courses such as law, medicine, and engineering require quite high ENTER scores, admitting a very small number of the students eligible for the course.
Name 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
In Australian high schools, there are job-specific courses which cater to the needs of the industrial sector. The teen students are provided with hands-on learning so that they find better employment opportunities and career pathways in Australia.
Vocational training has increasingly become prevalent in Australian schools. Many schools have realised the potential that vocational training can bring to students lives.
Such courses provide students with useful work skills and at the same time give them a holistic education that will benefit them in times to come.
What will I do after completing my HSC?
The final two year’s at school are the most difficult and stressful. There are vital and important decisions to be made during these two year’s that will affect your future career aspirations. It is necessary to choose the most important and relevant subject choices in year ten to ensure your success at entering the career path of your choice at university, college, apprenticeship or further training. You should be thinking of an area of work that interests you now, and will interest you for a couple of years, or even a lifetime. The next step is to decide what training or further study do I need to undertake, to succeed in my career aspirations?
Further Study and Training
The following organisations or agencies will help and aid you when inquiring about your chosen career, providing the necessary information and support that you will need to succeed in completing further study and training in your chosen career path.
Technical and Further Education courses are provided by this organisation, set up to help and benefit school leavers, who want to gain a necessary diploma, cert, advanced cert or apprenticeship in their chosen career interest. These courses prepare students with the vital training that is required in relation to working within a business or organisation; to working as a builder or electrician, or beauty and therapy. Courses vary from a few month’s to three- four years.
Further information on courses and TAFE is available from our team!
There are various university degree and post degree programmes available for school leavers to attend relating to their specific field of interest. Programme degrees are designed to develop a student’s aptitude in a chosen career path, for example, Batchelor Arts Degree in Maths and French will lead to H-Dip in Education and finally a teaching position in a high-school.
Other professions included as degree or post degree are for example, medicine, law, philosophy, architecture, art and design, business, accountancy, journalism, agriculture etc.
The best ways to find out more information about what degree you would like to apply for are available from your career teacher at school, career office at school, open days for universities, university websites and brochures.
When deciding to complete an apprenticeship, there are various different agencies set up to provide necessary information and relevant work placements for your career choice:
CES Job Centres
Approach an employer directly
Contact ACTU (Council of Trade Unions)
Each agency mentioned above will provide you with information regarding to starting an apprenticeship directly after school, or by helping you to enrol for a qualification in a specific trade or interest that will eventually lead to working with a prospective employer.
You should attend and research as much as you can about your particular career path now, so that you are confident that this is the right path for you. During the summer or at weekends, try and gain some valuable work experience in that chosen field, as this will undoubtedly prove to you if it is the right career or you. Also consult your career teachers, librarians, local council and government organisations, youth access centers in relation to your career aspirations.
Benefits of the High School System in Australia
Australia is devoted to maintaining and improving their international position as a renowned quality education provider. Australia manages this by only appointing qualified and registered teachers in Australian schools. The teaching staff are also provided with ongoing professional development to enhance their skills. Furthermore, the Australian government ensures its high standard of teachers, teaching materials, curricula and school facilities by conducting rigorous and ongoing quality checks on all schools in Australia.
Australia’s national educational delivery standards are world class. Australia always maintains high standards of delivery. The systems of education may vary by degrees from state to state, but the curriculum conforms to high national benchmarks that are the norm in every state throughout Australia. Australia’s numerous international schools are accredited on the basis of providing specialist English courses in Australia to international students.
The teaching and learning style is highly interactive in Australian schools. Students are encouraged to develop their confidence and to develop their communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills. Students learn about self discipline and how to respect themselves, others and the society. Students are active participants in the learning process because students interact and receive regular feedback from their teachers about their progress, needs and their in-class behaviour.
All Australian schools, both public and private, follow the national curriculum framework which includes eight key learning areas, and they are:
Society and Environment studies;
Languages other than English (LOTE); and
Personal development, health and physical education.
In addition to the eight key learning areas as described, all students will also receive education in the area of cultural and linguistic diversity. In these studies, students will begin to understand the value and the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity not only in the Australian society but also in other parts of the world.
On top of all the compulsory subjects as described above, students also have other specialised subjects available to them for selection. The subjects available may differ according to the particular school and state of which you are at. However, you can usually expect subjects such as drama, computing and graphic design etc.
As well as classes, students are usually required to participate in study periods, physical education classes, sex education and development classes, chapel services (if the school has a religious influence), and interschool sporting competitions.
Australia is a young, vibrant and safe place to be. Australia has low crime rates and it is also a harmonious and multicultural society where cultural and linguistic diversity is celebrated. Australians are very friendly and helpful people with a great sense of humour. Australians are also very dedicated to preserving their natural resources. So, since most of Australia is sunny all year round, it is therefore an everyday occurrence to see many Australians enjoying outdoor activities such as surfing, biking and fishing in the clean and beautiful mountains, rivers, forest and oceans all across Australia.
The lifestyle of an Australian high school student, especially in the last few years of study, is an even mix of challenging schoolwork, extra-curricular responsibilities, part time work, and an active social life.
Australian students attend school from Monday to Friday every week; the school day usually starts around 8.20am and finishes at 3.30pm.
During the weekend, most Australian students usually have a healthy social and family life. Most weekends include birthday parties or social functions, as well as more casual social outings including going to the movies, cafes, and the beach with friends. During the final year of high school, most Australian students turn 18, which is considered quite a milestone in Australia as being 18 years old allows you to obtain a drivers license, legally drink alcohol, and vote. For these reasons, students usually choose to have 18th birthday celebrations on weekends, which is seen by many as a highlight to the final year of their schooling, and a refreshing comparison to the demanding school work hours they have every week.
While students are able to interact with their Australian and international peers at school, they are also able to become fully immersed in Australian life by living with their host family in Australia. Students are usually offered a shared or private room with their host family and it can cost anywhere between $260* and $370* per week including most meals.
All host families/ homestays are screened, so only families who are understanding of cultural and linguistic diversity may be selected. Your host family understands and they are there to support you, to help you learn English and to help you learn more about Australia. Through interacting, communicating and participating in activities with your host family, you will begin to really ‘live’ like an Australian!
The living costs and the tuition fees in Australia are relatively low and more affordable compared to the United Kingdom and the United States. 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.
Parents of all students attending Australian schools have open access to information regarding the well-being and progress of their child. This may come in forms of either quarterly or annually reports on their childs’ academic performance, and some can even provide comparison of the childs’ results against national standards.
A high school study abroad placement in Australia is a new experience for any 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 your future career.
Most parents want to find the perfect Australian High School for their child, as it is when they are most serious about their child’s education. Australia has many options available in terms of class sizes, subject choices, university entry classes towards Year 11 and 12 and of course more industry related classes for those wanting to enter the work force straight after finishing school.
Some students will choose to participate in extra curricular activities, which is a good way to take a break from study. Extra curricular activities can include sport teams, such as Australian rules, basketball, swimming teams, soccer and netball. In year 10 and 11, some students will choose to take on part time work on a weekend or after school to earn extra money. However, a school generally does not encourage part time work during year 12, as the school prefers students to be 100% committed to studies.
The Australian school curriculum offers a wide range of cultural, artistic and sporting opportunities. We recommend that you communicate with us what your prefered extra curriculum activities are so that we can try our best to select and place you in a school that already offer them.
However, if you did not notify us prior to placement or if you have just discovered a new activity that you would like to take part in while you are at your host school, you can still communicate this to your host school because arrangements can usually be made for you to do the activity outside of school.
Private tuition and elite programs may also be arranged through your host school should you be interested.
There are many different support systems in place for international students. Most schools provide orientation programs and usually will provide arrival and departure services if required. During your stay, special English programs designed to support mainstream studies are provided as part of your program.
You will also have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week support from your host schools’ International Students Coordinator and/ or the Homestay Coordinator. Other supports available to you include support from your host family, other school staff and from the team at AA Education.
Please keep in mind that there is a lot of support for you out there during your stay in Australia, so don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need them!
High school options
- High School entry option in year 7 at age of 11 or 12. Students can legally leave school at the age of 15 or remain on till year 10 or year 12.
Australia’s public high schools
- local comprehensive high schools
- specialist high schools
- language high schools
Entry requirements for so-called selective schools may vary and may include additional tests or auditions. The selection process is extremely competitive and students are selected on the basis of high academic achievement.
Are you a student who’s out for fun and adventure?
- Experience the ‘Real Australia’ through outdoor school activities such as excursions.
- Visit Australia’s major tourist attractions including fun, theme and adventure parks.
- Be part of an exciting action-packed eco/adventure camp by exploring an untouched rainforest or a dynamic beach ecosystem.
If you want to enrol into a High School in Australia, please contact us.
Entry requirements can vary between schools throughout Australia. Academic performance and ability is taken into consideration during the selection process. Knowledge of the English language is is the most requested entry requirements
High School Australia Entry requirements
Entry requirements can vary between schools throughout Australia. Academic performance and ability are taken into consideration during the selection process.
Some high schools in Australia are more selective in their student intake and place more importance on academic or sporting excellence.
Australian High School enrolments may be limited simply because of the availability. Parents should also consider the culture and extracurricular activities of each school-as they differ widely, particularly in the private sector.
There is one more thing that you need to know before you decide on Senior Secondary Education in Australia:
Proficiency in the English language is a must for high schools in Australia even if you do not take up the English language as your main subject. There are many benchmarking tests which carefully assess the English language ability of the student.
If you come from a non-English speaking country where English is not the language of instruction, you will need to show proof of proficiency in English before beginning your studies.
You can either take an English course within the school that you have chosen or join one of the English schools around Australia.
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To most teenagers, travelling halfway across the world to be immersed in a foreign culture may seem like a daunting prospect. But, for German born Hanna Koch, when the opportunity arose to do just that, she jumped on it without hesitation.
“It didn’t take me long to make my decision,” says Hanna.
“When I found out about the possibility of going abroad, it didn’t take me more than a minute to realise that I really wanted to do something adventurous.
“Of course learning English also played a part in the decision making process – I just wanted to experience something that was different from my usual life.”
She says the decision to choose Australia came from a long held interest in the country.
“I had the choice to go to England or Australia, so I chose Australia. Its distance as well as the climate enticed me. Australia had always fascinated me, not just the beautiful beaches, but also the people living there and their mentality.”
Looking back on her experiences as a student in Australia, Hanna is full of fond memories.
While spending the majority of her time in Brisbane, Queensland, the grade 12 student says she was also fortunate enough to get a glimpse of other parts of the country – including Sydney, Noosa, Fraser Island, Cairns and the Gold Coast.
Although unable to pinpoint her most memorable experience during her six-month stay, Hanna says what she valued most was the opportunity to experience Australia from a different point of view.
“I didn’t feel like a tourist at all. As a student, I got the chance to view things from a totally unique perspective.
“If I had the chance to do it all over again, I would.”
High Schools or secondary schools in Australia or New Zealand form the last segment of the compulsory education requirement for school age children which is normally up to the age of 15 or 16.
Some technical and vocational providers also provide secondary school courses for those wishing to improve their results to enter university.
Imagine spending a year Downunder!
AA Education Network Exchange Program in close cooperation with High Schools in Australia and New Zealand offers junior and senior high school students from around the world the opportunity to visit high schools in Australia or high schools in New Zealand.
You will get to spend up to 1 year with an approved selected host family, participate in daily school activities and excursions.
This is an experience of a lifetime for any student wanting to learn more about Australia and New Zealand and all the wonderful adventures that we have here waiting Downunder for young explorers to experience.
We invite you to explore our web site and send us an email if you have any questions about our student exchange programs. All our programs are fully supervised and comply with Australian and New Zealand laws.
Due to the popularity and demand for some of some of our programs such as the Queensland high school program we have limited vacancies available, booking confirmations are essential to secure your place in any of our programs.
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High School Australia FAQ
Australia is considered to be a provider of one of the world’s best education systems. So, studying in Australia will not only give you the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognised qualification, but you will also have the opportunity to learn English in a safe and friendly environment, you will make new friends from around the world and you will also have the opportunity to develop strengths, skills and personal qualities that you can benefit from for life!
High School Preparation (HSP) is a course designed to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge needed in order to be able to study comfortably in any Australian schools. It runs for 2 school terms (approx. 20 weeks) and it is compulsory for all international students unless if the student is able to provide certified documents (e.g. ISLPR or IELTS results) as proof of English proficiency.
You are able to stay in Australia for various lengths of time. You can choose to stay from one school term (3 months) to as long as 5 years. It is flexible, so contact us with your preferences and we can discuss what options are out there for you.
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. Nevertheless, we will give you a rough idea of what it is like. For example, in Queensland state schools, you may expect term one to run from 27/01/19 to 09/04/19, term two from 20/04/19 to 26/06/19, term three from 13/07/19 to 18/09/19 and term four from 05/10/19 to 11/12/19.
In order to join any international student programs in Australia, you will need to get a student visa (sub class 500). You usually are able to obtain your student visa once you have a Confirmation of Enrolment from an Australian school which will serve as an indication of your confirmed application and fee payment. However, you will need to contact the Australian embassy in your home country to get more details regarding your visa application.
Australian qualifications are usually recognised internationally. However, we would recommend that you double check this with your home institution just so that you can be certain regarding this matter.
You are able to apply any time during the year, however we recommend that you apply as early as possible so that we can have sufficient time to process your application.
You are able to enquire and may be able to apply directly to the Education department of your chosen state, this can be more time consuming and can sometimes be stressful since you need to be the one doing the research, the paper work and the chasing! However, there is another alternative, you can reduce your stress and contact one of our friendly staff at AA Education and 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 for free!
There are various people and services that you can go to when you need help. You are usually able to look for personal and school related support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the International Student Coordinator and/ or the homestay Coordinator at your host school. However, please also keep in mind that the teachers at your host school, your host family, and the staff at AA Education are also here to provide you with the support and assistance when needed.
So, please do not hesitate to seek help when you need them!
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.
You will receive the ‘Arrival Details’ form after the confirmation of your application. You will need to complete this form if you wish to be picked up from the airport when you arrive in Australia.
As you leave Australia, your host family or new friends that you have made in Australia are usually the ones to drop you and see you off at the airport. However, if this arrangement cannot be made, AA Education will be more than happy to help, all you need to do is contact us either by phone or email to make an inquiry.
Regardless of your age, if you are enroled in an Australian High School International Student program, you are required to live with either a parent, a homestay or an approved close relative during your stay in Australia.
You are required to consult school staff at your host school in order to obtain permission to work, because the school needs to assess and ensure that your academic performances will not be hindered.
If you have obtained approval to work and if you are under 16 years of age, you can usually work for up to 12 hours per week during school time and up to 20 hours per week during the holiday periods.