High School Australian Capital Territory

Study abroad as a international student at a High School (7-10) or College(11-12) in Canberra, Australia's Capital

Canberra High Schools & Senior Colleges provide a comprehensive range of programs which offers all students a balanced curriculum suited to the needs and interests of the individual, the challenges of secondary studies and life as a productive and contributing member of the community. Each high school and college in Canberra produces a handbook which outlines curriculum and organisation, and members of staff are happy to discuss the needs of intending students with parents.

​Anyone interested in high school studies in Canberra or regional ACT is in the right place with us. We are the official registration office for high schools and colleges in Canberra. Our student exchange program in Canberra is supported by the relevant Ministries of Education in Australia, so we can offer international students a large number of state schools in Canberra. Our study abroad program lets you choose the school you want whether it be in or around Canberra or regional ACT. Our services are 100% free!

High Schools in Canberra
High School Australian Capital Territory

About Canberra

After becoming a Federation in 1901, Australia sought a place to put the capital, and Canberra was selected. Canberra, located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), is the capital city of Australia. It’s also Australia’s largest inland city, home to the Australian government and the site of Australia’s Parliament House. Planned and purposely designed in 1913. Canberra is a city of unspoilt nature reserves, contemporary and dynamic urban spaces, and bustling precincts with a seamless integration of developed and natural elements. It offers all the cosmopolitan benefits of being a modern, vibrant city, while exuding the relaxed and friendly ambiance of a larger country town. In many ways, living in Canberra is the best of both worlds. The city is ranked as having the highest quality of life in the world by Numbeo.com in the 2019 Quality of Life Index.

Canberra is a safe city with one of the lowest crime rates of any major Australian City. We are a global city with a multicultural population and we welcome students and world-class academics from around Australia and the world to our community.

Why study at a High School in Canberra?

  • Canberra is a safe and friendly place to study in.
  • The city offers access to high quality tuition at affordable rates.
  • There is a lot to see and do in Canberra. There are ample opportunities for recreation


Living Advantages

Canberra is the capital city of Australia located in the Australian Capital Territory, also known as the ACT. It is a relatively young city with just a brief history, being chosen to be the Australian capital as recently as 1908. Canberra is only 112 years old.

The city is modern and connected, offering big city amenities without the traffic, congestion or pollution. The median age is well below that of other states in Australia and provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded peers from all over the world. Higher than national average education levels mean that students in Canberra are part of a community that encourages them to learn and further their knowledge.

Canberra is a safe place to live, with one of the lowest crime rates of any major Australian city. Here students will find a unique learning environment conducive to study while also offering wide ranging options for recreation and socialising.


We’ve thought so for a long time, we were rated Top 3 globally in Lonely Planet's 2018 Best in Travel and for students, Canberra is rated the Top 25 “Best Student Cities” in the world by 2018 QS Best Student Cities rankings. , living and studying in Canberra means you’ll enjoy a high quality of life in a city with one of the best educated workforces and lowest unemployment in Australia.

Education Advantages

Canberra is named as the most educated city in Australia. We offer a world class education with a choice of 5 world class universities, vocational education and training institutions, and a high achieving school system and flexible pathways.

Students graduating from Canberra Government Schools are not required to sit for a major external examination. Our continuous assessment system enables Year 11 and Year 12 students to graduate from college with an ATAR result recognised by both the local universities and any other university worldwide.

The continuous assessment system reflects students’ true effort for the whole of their college studies. There are at least 60 subjects at each Canberra’s college for student to choose from. College students are only required to do 5 subjects and they may choose any subjects based on their interest and ability to do well. There are no compulsory subjects except English as Second Language (ESL) as English is foundation for a student’s ability to do well in every other subject. Canberra’s Education System focuses on students’ aptitude to enables them to explore their full potential and interest.

How to enrol in Canberra Government high school

The first step is make an initial enquiry to us for information about the programs available to you. We will inform you of all details including the fees, entry requirements and the application process.

Once the time come to complete the application form, we will assist you with the completion and collection or all necessary documents. Once completed we will send your application to the International Education Unit.

A letter of offer will be sent to us within a few weeks. You can then accept the offer by paying the applicable tuition fees together with the OSHC fees. We will then receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) together with a receipt for the fees and forward them onto you.

At this stage, the next step is to apply for the student visa. As part of our free service we help you apply for the visa and provide detailed advice to make sure that your application is approved.

If required we can also provide you with quotes for flights to Australia through our partner travel agency. Flight details are then provided to the International Education Unit. Student can choose either to be greeted by a Unit representative, the host family or family and friends on arrival.

High Schools in Canberra

Schooling System in Canberra

High Schools cater for students aged from about 12 to 16 in Years 7 to 10

A Year 10 Certificate and High School Record detailing programs undertaken by a student in Years 9 and 10 are issued at the end of Year 10.

Year 7 is an introductory year in which students are given the opportunity to sample many of their schools’ curriculum options to help them make informed choices in later years. They also commence their studies in the core area. Teachers and counsellors encourage students to make choices that will broaden their interests and help prepare them for a career or further education. Students’ subject choices are approved by their parents in consultation with the school.

College cater for students aged from Years 11 to 12

Secondary Colleges or High Schools in Canberra are not zoned so your child may attend any school of choice which offers subjects and facilities best suited to their needs. However many state schools and colleges have heavy enrolments, and the school Principal has discretionary rights to invoke zones when student numbers become too high. Then the school will only admit a student if that school is the zoned school or the closest school to the family’s place of residence. Places in these schools are then not available unless the child lives within the school zone. While most students attend their ‘local’ school, this is not compulsory, and parents are free to enroll their children at the school. Enrollment is carried out at the school. Certain schools specialize in different career paths. Excellence in those career paths may be reason for admittance to these schools regardless of zoning.

Further information about internationals’ eligibility to attend a state school, contact our team.

Programs for students with little English knowldege

English language bridging programs

These programs are available at several secondary colleges and high schools across Canberra and ACT.
Intensive English tuition combined with mainstream learning is one of the hallmarks of such programs.

The aim of such programs is to:

  • Provide intensive English language tuition
  • Expose students to Australian culture as much as possible
  • Provide opportunities for credit for past studies

High School Canberra FAQ

What is OSHC?
This is insurance cover for international students as required by the Australian government for health and medical care while studying in Australia.

Where can I stay as a school student?
The ACT Department of Education & Training has a list of home stay providers which is inspected and monitored by officers from the department.
Students over the age of 18 can make their own living arrangements if they do so wish.

How much money will I need?
It would normally be in the range of $100-$150 plus the home stay payment.

Can I work and study?
Part-time work may be allowed depending on the visa conditions. Students should also note that finding such work may be difficult.

Who do I see if I have a problem?
Normally, the International Student Coordinator would be the first point of call.
In addition, the International Education Unit is able to assist you with services such as:

  • Airport reception
  • Study counselling
  • Accommodation assistance
  • Career advice
  • Intensive language courses
  • Health & welfare advice
  • Library services

When can I start?
It is recommend that students start at the start of each term, however it is possible for students to enrol through us at anytime during the year. Contact us for more details.