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South Australian Government Schools

Government of South Australia Department of Education and Children's Services

High school programs for studying abroad in South Australia

High School Student

South Australian Government Schools are accredited to deliver quality international student programs to high school students studying abroad in South Australia. Study in a South Australian government school and you will improve your English language skills and have access to the latest science, technology, music and sporting facilities. You will also receive the care and support you need to succeed in your studies and prepare for your bright future ahead.

 Choose the best international program for you:

What is your focus?
What age group are you?
How long do you want to study for?
Select your program!
Cultural experience in metropolitan Adelaide 13 to 18 years of age
1 to 4 terms High School Study Abroad Program
Cultural experience in regional South Australia
13 to 18 years of age
1 to 4 terms
Regional Study Abroad Program
Academic program with the intention of graduating high school in South Australia
13 to 18 years of age
Over 1 year, up to 5 years
High School Graduate Program
I am a primary school student
5 to 12 years of age
From 1 term, up to 7 years
Primary School

Please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

Student visas

Obtaining a visa can be a difficult process. If your visa application is rejected we may not be able to offer you a place at one of our schools. To give your student application the best chance of success, we request you contact an accredited education agent to help you through the visa application process. They will also assist you with completing your student application and will help you to select a school.  

Are you an international tertiary student studying in South Australia with school-aged children?

If you are an international tertiary student or scholarship holder wishing to study in South Australia and have school-aged children, you will need to enrol them as Dependants. Please be aware that due to some schools being at capacity, they may be unable to accept your enrolment and alternative schools may be suggested.

Are you a 457 visa holder with school-aged children?

If you are a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa holder (subclass 457) and have school-aged children, you can enrol them directly at your local school subject to capacity. You may be required to pay a contribution fee towards the education of your children in a South Australian government school.

Program enrolment process

Please use the following as a guide to enrolling in a South Australian government school.
The enrolment process may differ slightly for some countries.

Step 1: Contact an education agent if you require assistance with your student application and visa application.

Step 2: Submit the student application form in English and provide the required documentation.

Step 3: Your application will be assessed and if accepted, you will be sent a Letter of Offer.

Step 4: Return the Acceptance of Offer form and arrange payment of fees as indicated in your Letter of Offer.

Step 5: You will be sent a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE), Letter of Confirmation and Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) letter. Students on a Tourist Visa do not require a COE or CAAW letter.

Step 6: Lodge your visa application with the Australian Embassy in your home country.

Step 7: Book your flights to Adelaide, South Australia and advise us of your flight details. You will receive a Pre-Departure Pack to help prepare for your trip.

Step 8: On arrival in Adelaide, you will be met at Adelaide Airport and introduced to your homestay family. Your agent or parents will be notified of your safe arrival.


South Australian Government Schools will arrange homestay accommodation for you unless you nominate to live with a relative or family friend. You can stay in homestay accommodation if you are 12 years of age or over.

Homestay families are accredited and carefully selected by South Australian Government Schools to match your individual needs. Living with a supportive homestay family will help you in your studies and enrich your Australian experience.

Your homestay family will provide you with:

  • furnished bedroom
  • three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • laundry
  • use of shared household facilities and items such as television, internet, and iron
  • help in getting to and from school when you first arrive
  • help in catching public transport
  • help in opening a bank account

If you nominate to live with a relative, please ensure that they are a 'blood' relative as defined by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). A 'blood' relative is a parent, sibling, step-sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, step-grandparent, step-aunt or step-uncle. South Australian Government Schools requires that your nominated relative be over 25 years of age.

If you nominate to live with a family friend or 'non-blood' relative, South Australian Government Schools requires that they be over 25 years of age and accredited as a nominated homestay.

Support services

South Australian Government Schools want to help you succeed in your studies and enjoy your life in South Australia. We will assist you with ongoing support, including:

  • orientation program providing information about:
    • living in South Australia
    • expectations of the International Student Program
    • school procedures
    • student visa conditions
    • student health cover
  • ongoing English as a Second Language (ESL) support
  • regular communication with your agent/parents
  • monitoring of your homestay experience
  • monitoring of your educational progress
  • personal, subject and pathway counselling
  • 24 hour emergency phone service

Fees and start dates

You can chose the year you plan to commence your studies and the costs involved by viewing the program fees and start dates.

About our high school system in South Australia:

Year levels Academic year School hours Uniform
Year 8

Late January to mid December

Semester 1: terms 1 and 2
Semester 2: terms 3 and 4

Approximately 10 weeks in each term followed by holidays

Monday to Friday

8.30am to 3.30pm in most schools

Each school has their own uniform requirements.
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12

A typical school day in a South Australian government high school

8.30am: Arrive at school. Home group for attendance and daily notices.
8.30am - 10.45am: Lessons such as English and Information Technology
10.45am: Recess (a short break for a drink and snack)
11.00am - 12.45pm: Lessons such as Geography and Mathematics
12.45pm: Lunch (time to eat lunch with your friends, attend activity clubs, music lessons or sport practice)
1.30pm - 3.30pm: Lesson such as Home Economics and Science
3.30pm: School finishes. Many students are involved in after school sports or music bands.

Studying abroad in a South Australian government school will help you achieve your academic and personal aspirations.


Apply now to study abroad in a South Australian high school


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