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South Australian Government Schools

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

Primary school programs for studying abroad in South Australia

Primary School Student

South Australian Government Schools are accredited to deliver quality international student programs to primary school students studying abroad in South Australia. Study in a South Australian government school and you will learn English, receive a good education and live in a friendly community. Choose to study in a South Australian government school and you will receive the care and support you need to succeed in your studies.


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 5 to 12 years of age
1 to 4 terms Primary School Study Abroad Program
Academic program with the intention of graduating primary school in South Australia 5 to 12 years of age
Over 1 year, up to 8 years
Primary School Program
I am a high school student 13 to 18 years of age From 1 term, up to 5 years High School

Please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

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 will 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. 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 for enrolling in a South Australian government school.
The enrolment process may differ slightly for some countries.

Step 1: Contact an education agent if you would like assistance with your 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 a 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.

Living in Adelaide

As a young primary school student you will travel to South Australia and live with your parent or nominated relative. 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 are over 12 years of age and you nominate to live with a family friend or a 'non-blood' relative, South Australian Government Schools requires that they be over 25 years of age and accredited as a nominated homestay.

South Australian Government Schools support all parents and guardians of international primary school students with information sessions and social networking events.

To find accommodation in South Australia near your school, and are a good place to start.

Age entry conditions

If you are 5 years of age, you can commence your studies in the:

  • Primary School Program, if you are listed on your parent's guardian visa (subclass 580) or if your parent is studying English on an ELICOS visa (subclass 570)
  • Primary School Study Abroad Program, if you have a tourist visa 
If you are 6 years of age or older, you will need to apply for a student visa (subclass 571).

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

    Fees and start dates

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

    About our primary school system in South Australia:

    Year levels Academic year School hours Uniform

    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 1
    Year 2
    Year 3 
    Year 4 
    Year 5 
    Year 6 
    Year 7 

    A typical school day in a South Australian government primary school

    8.30am: Arrive at school. Home group for attendance and daily notices
    8.45am – 10.45am: Lessons such as English and Physical Education
    10.45am: Recess (a short break for a drink and snack)
    11.00am – 12.45pm: Lessons such as Art and Mathematics
    12.45pm: Lunch (time to eat lunch and play with your friends)
    1.30pm – 3.15pm: Lessons such as Music and Science
    3.15pm: School finishes. Some students are involved in after school sports.

    Studying abroad in South Australian Government Schools will help you achieve your academic and personal aspirations.

    Study abroad in South Australia

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