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Australian High School agents help students & parents with free counselling about studying at Australian High Schools. Entry requirements can vary between schools throughout Australia. Academic performance and ability is taken into consideration during the selection process. Apply now or visit our Australian High School profiles first!

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High School in Australia

High School in AustraliaVisiting a High School 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 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.

High School Study Abroad Australia

Experience daily life in a high school in Australia. Study Abroad as an exchange student in a Australian high school and live as a family member in a host community, enrolling in a local high school for an entire academic year, semester or just a few weeks in the summer - whatever you desire!  

A high school year in Australia definitely gives you great memories that last for a lifetime. Of course, AA Education Network/Study Travel Work Australia is with you all the way - before, during and after your high school year in Australia. 

Imagine studying at High School in Australia!

AA Education Network/Study Travel Work Australia in close cooperation with the Australia Department of Education offers junior and senior high school students from around the world the opportunity to visit Australia.

Are you an adventurous, fun loving student? Do you want to speak, live and learn English in a safe, fun filled, relaxed and educational way. Participate in real school activities and experience a new world around you!

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 in Australia for young explorers to experience.

Lifestyle of International High School Students in Australia

Lifestyle of International High School Students in AustraliaThe 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. 

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. 

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 1000% committed to studies. 

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.

Australia High School Education

Proficiency in English language is must for high schools in Australia even if you do not take up English language as your main subject. There are many benchmarking tests which carefully assess the English language ability of the student.

Secondary Education 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 royaly. 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.

Courses and qualifications at High Schools in Australia

Australia’s national educational delivery standards are worldclass. Australia always maintains high standards of delivery. The systems of education may vary by degrees from state to state, bu the curriculum conforms to high national benchmarks that is the norm in every state throughout Australia. Australia's numerous international schools are accredited on the basis of providing specialist English course in Australia to international students.

Name of Year 12 qualification

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

Schools in Australia may differ in their choice of elective subjects or in their choice of specialisation but they provide tuition in the key learning areas as follows :

English, mathematics, society and the environment (SOSE), arts, economics, science & technology, and health and physical education.

If you are also interested in social and recreational programs that schools have to offer, then you would do well to research the possible opportunities before arriving at a decision.

For further information on senior secondary qualifications in Australia, please contact us!

Average tuition costs
• $A6 000–$A13 000 per year*

Entry requirements for High Schools in Australia

Australian schools have different entry requirements and this varies state by state. Most applicants are judged on academic merit and their proven capability to bring forth solid results. 

Other factors such as sporting prowess and extracurricular achievements may also come into play during selection.


Further study in Australia

Satisfactory completion of senior secondary schooling could open the door to Australian university study or further Australia education. But students are advised that competition for places is fierce and many students meet out. 


Vocational training in schools

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.

 

Australian High School Requirements

Entry requirements can vary between schools throughout Australia. Academic performance and ability is 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 extra curricular 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:

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.

Vocational Education at your High School in Australia

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.

Australian High School Qualifications for International Students

All students in Australia who want to pass matriculation have to attend high school. Australia divides its high school year into four terms (exception Tasmania: 3 terms). A high school year in Australia runs from January to December.

There are short vacations between terms, the 4 th term ends with longer summer vacations. School starts at 9 am and finishes approx. at 3.30 pm.

International Baccalaureate

Especially international students attending a High School in Australia, but also Australian students, can decide on passing the International Baccalaureate, which is internationally recognised.

There are two versions of the International Baccalaureate:

That is a five-year program for students aged between 11 and 16. It follows the Primary Years Programme while offering an alternative educational approach to traditional school subjects. Moreover, it is an excellent preparation for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) is a two-year pre-university program for students aged between 16 and 19 years of age. It is especially designed for international students who wish to graduate from a High School in Australia with an internationally recognized degree.

The International Baccalaureate enables students to study at all international universities. Ivy League institutions such as Harvard, Oxford, Princeton or Cambridge even prefer students with high scores in their IB courses.

In Australia, the last two years of secondary school (Year 11 and 12) are devoted to the preparation for university studies and graduation from high school.

In the final senior secondary year all students have to undertake a State Government administered program which will qualify them for admission to an Australian university.

Matriculation

In grade 12 Australian high school students get prepared for their high school graduation or matriculation, which grants them access to the universities and colleges in Australia.

Each state or territory has its own name for the Year 12 matriculation certificate (high school graduation):

  • Australian Capital Territory: ACT Year 12 Certificate
  • New South Wales: Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • Northern Territories: Senior Secondary Studies Certificate
  • Queensland: Queensland Senior Certificate (QSC)
  • South Australia: South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmania: Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Victoria: Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Western Australia: Certificate of Secondary Education

While the successful passing of the Year 12 exam (high school graduation) qualifies a student for university entry, it does not automatically guarantee a place. Entry into most Australian courses is on a competitive basis for overseas and local students alike.

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.

High School Australia - Free Infos for prospective international students.

So, why are Australian High Schools great? 

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. 

Quality teachers

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. 


Effective teaching and learning style

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.

Curriculum

All Australian schools, both public and private, follow the national curriculum framework which includes eight key learning areas, and they are: 

English; 
Mathematics; 
Arts; 
Science; 
Technology; 
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. 


Lifestyle 

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. 


Full immersion 

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 $135* and $240* 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!


Value

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 $6,000* to $13,500* a year and the cost for homestay is usually between $135* and $240* per week including most 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 involvement 

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. 


Extra curricula activities 

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. 


Support

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! 

*all estimated prices written are calculated in Australian dollars.

International High School students FAQs

What is great about studying in Australia?

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!


Do I need to enrol in High School Preparation (HSP)?

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.


Can I take part?

Are you adventurous and open-minded? Are you mature, in good health, flexible and has a positive attitude? Have you successfully obtained passes in all core subjects that you have studied at school in the past two years? If you have answered yes to all of the above questions, then we believe that you have what it takes! Why wait? Contact us now to confirm your eligibility!


Where and how long can I study in Australia?

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.
  

What are the school terms like?

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 27/01/09 to 09/04/09, term two from 20/04/09 to 26/06/09, term three from 13/07/09 to 18/09/09 and term four from 05/10/09 to 11/12/09. 


When should I apply? And how do I apply?  

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! 
  

Do I need a visa? And where can I get it? 

In order to join any international student programs in Australia, you will need to get  a student visa (sub class 571). 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.  
   

Will my Australian qualifications be recognised in my home country? 

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. 
  

How much will it cost me?

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. 
 

Can arrangements be made for me to be picked up and dropped off at the airport at the beginning and at the end of my program? 

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. 
 

What types of accommodations are available to me?

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. 
 

Can I study and work at the same time 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.
 

Where do I look for help and support when I need them? 

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!

Australian High School Testimonials
Australian High School Testimonials

Australia High School Testimonial

Adventure of a lifetime - By Monika Biedak
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.”

Why international students go to High School in Australia

Australia has the third largest number of international students for an English-speaking country. The high standard of tuition, the favourable living costs and the great Aussie lifestyle are just some of the reasons why international students choose to study in Australia.

Other advantages include the relative proximity to Asia and opportunities to work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during semester and full-time during vacations as an international student. 

Australia Voluntary Programs

It is quite common for high school students from Australia to participate in voluntary programs, especially during their semester breaks or holidays. The camps are generally fun-filled yet educational where students learn a lot of things which they otherwise would not be able to imbibe in a natural school environment.

High School Education for Australians

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
bursary.

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.

 

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