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Study at High School

South Australian government high schools are well-equipped with creative learning spaces that include technology labs, performance centres and hospitality, vocational learning and specialist sporting facilities.

You can choose a school that is near the beach, close to the city centre or in the country.

As part of your high school program you will live with a supportive homestay family or you can nominate to live with a relative or family friend.

Program Fees

Program Fees

Fees are in Australian dollars (AUD) and may be subject to change without notice. Fees may include 1, 2, 3 or 4 terms of Intensive Secondary English Course.

Download fee schedule for program fees, inclusions and additional school and living expenses. Fees do not include travel expenses to and from Australia or visa costs.

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Our Programs

Our Programs: 13 – 18 years of age

Compare and choose from our three high school programs.

High School Graduate ProgramHigh School Study Abroad ProgramRegional Study Abroad Program
Study for over 1 year, up to 5 yearsStudy for 1-4 termsStudy for 1-4 terms
Academic achievement and completion of South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)Education and cultural experienceEducation and cultural experience
Metropolitan or regional locationMetropolitan locationRegional location
Intensive Secondary English Course and ongoing English language supportIntensive Secondary English Course and ongoing English language supportEnglish language support
Curriculum and qualification
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School Term and Application Dates

School Term and Application Dates

2023School term datesLast date to apply
Term 130 January - 14 April28 October 2022
Term 21 May - 7 July31 January 2023
Term 324 July - 29 September27 April 2023
Term 416 October - 15 December20 July 2023
2024School term datesLast date to apply
Term 129 January - 12 April31 October 2023
Term 229 April - 5 July30 January 2024
Term 322 July - 27 September23 April 2024
Term 414 October - 13 December16 July 2024
2025School term datesLast date to apply
Term 128 January - 11 April30 October 2024
Term 228 April- 4 July28 January 2025
Term 321 July - 26 September22 April 2025
Term 413 October - 12 December15 July 2025
About our High Schools

About our High Schools

Our accredited high schools delivering the International Student Program are located across metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia. Their large open spaces and natural environments provide a clean, quiet and beautiful area to learn in.

High schoolYear levelsStudent age
Junior high schoolYears 7 - 913 - 15 years
Senior high schoolYears 10 - 1216 - 18 years

Academic year

The academic year is made up of 4 terms (2 semesters) and starts in late January and ends mid-December.

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

There are approximately 10 weeks in each term followed by holidays.

A typical school day

Students attend school Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 3.30pm.

Lessons take place in a range of school locations including classrooms, science laboratories, specialist workshop and studio spaces, gymnasiums and outdoor sports fields. Some aspects of study may take place a work-place environment.

8.30amArrive at school. Home group for attendance and daily notices.
8.45amLessons such as English and Information Technology
10.45amRecess (a short break for a drink and snack)
11.00amLessons such as Geography and Mathematics
12.45pmLunch (time to eat lunch with your friends, attend activity clubs, music lessons or play sport)
1.30pmLessons such as Home Economics and Science
3.30pmSchool finishes. Many students participate in after school sports or music practice.

School uniform

Each school has its own uniform which includes a summer, winter and sports uniform.

Curriculum and Qualification

Curriculum and Qualification

The Australian curriculum is designed to cater to the specific academic needs and interests of students and guide them towards their ideal future pathway.

The core learning areas are English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, Languages, Health and Physical Education, Technologies and Work Studies. Schools offer a broad range of specialised subjects and special interest programs within the core learning areas which challenge students to develop essential skills and capabilities.

Specialised subjects include marine biology, hospitality, surfing, outdoor education, dance, music and photography. If you want to try a new subject, you should consider this when choosing your school.

Special interest programs are available to students with a talent or passion in a particular subject area such as languages, music, performing arts and sport. Entry into these programs may require evidence of student aptitude, an audition or try-out prior to acceptance. Additional fees may apply.

Students can also participate in a range of co-curricular activities including sport, music bands, engineering design competitions, debating and drama productions.

South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)

The SACE is an internationally recognised qualification awarded to students who successfully complete Years 11 and 12 in a South Australian high school. The SACE is divided into Stage 1 and Stage 2. In planning your senior secondary study, you will complete a Personal Learning Plan in Year 10 or when you start Year 11. You need to get 200 credits to achieve the SACE, through a mixture of compulsory and free-choice subjects and courses. Credit towards the SACE may be given to students who have successfully completed Year 11 in their own country. Visit the SACE website for more information.

Students receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) based on their academic results. The ATAR is recognised for entry into Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions, and is used by many universities around the world to select students for degree courses.

School versus Foundation Studies

South Australian Government Schools do not offer Foundation Studies.

Schools offer a broader range of subjects and greater in-depth study which will provide more options for your university studies. Importantly, most students in Year 12 study the subject English as an Additional Language (EAL) to prepare them for the rigours of university study and enable them to enter without an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score.

Our schools also provide the personalised care and support to help you succeed in your studies including in-class support and personal, subject and pathway counselling. Every school has an International Student Program manager dedicated to your success, safety and wellbeing.