About the Study Abroad program

Our Study Abroad program is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to study in a NSW government school, stay with a family in a ‘homestay’ and experience a unique Australian lifestyle. You can choose a school in a coastal, rural or urban setting and study from 3 months to 1 year.

Visit this link for a list of schools with the Study Abroad program.

Applying for the Study Abroad program

Step 1 – Submit your application

You will need to complete an application form, ensuring that all questions are answered. You must provide a residential address and email address for your parents.

Attach the following documents to your application:

  • a certified and translated copy of your passport or birth certificate
  • the relevant welfare requirement form:
  1. If you are requesting a homestay placement
    • complete a Homestay Information for Parents form
  2. If you are nominating a direct relative as carer – complete a Direct Relative Nomination form – provide a certified copy of the carer’s passport or visa if they do not have an Australian passport
  3. If you are nominating a distant relative or close family friend for approval as carer
    • complete a Parent Nomination for Homestay form
      • provide a certified copy of the carer’s passport or visa if they do not have an Australian passport
  4. If your parent will be your carer on a guardian visa
    • complete a Parent Declaration for Guardian Visa Applicants form
      • provide a certified copy of your parent’s passport
  • a certified copy of your school reports for the last two years showing good passing grades in your main academic subjects. If these are not in English then please also provide certified English translations.
  • evidence of appropriate English language skills for entry into high school: 

Students are encouraged to submit applications through an education agent registered with DE International who can assist with preparing your documents for application and the complex visa application process. Some students may be required by DE International to submit their application through one of these agents.

You will need to complete an application form, ensuring that all questions are answered. You must provide a residential address and email  address for your parents.

Step 2 – DE International assesses your application

Your application will be assessed against eligibility  requirements for the level of schooling you have applied for:

  • Age appropriateness
  • Good passing grades in the main academic  subjects
  • Living arrangements and nominated carer
  • English language skills.

Academic requirements

  • Germany - you will  be currently studying at a Gymnasium (students from a Realschule or Hauptschule  may also be accepted) and have, at minimum, satisfactory results in the main  academic subjects of English, mathematics, science, history and geography. Note:  the program does not accept students in their final year of school - you  should be intending to return to your school in Germany after completing this  program.
  • Czech Republic,  Denmark, France, Italy, Poland, Slovak Republic and Switzerland – you will have  a minimum of a pass mark of 60% or above in the main academic subjects of  English, mathematics, science, history and geography.
  • Brazil and Mexico –  you will have a minimum pass mark (6-10) in the main academic subjects of  English, mathematics, science, history and geography.
  • Other countries: if  your country is not listed above please contact us to discuss.

Genuine Temporary Entrant
DE International will also assess your application against the  Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement, which is set by the Department of  Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). This is an integrity measure used by  DIBP in its assessment of student visa applications to ensure that the visa  will be used for study purposes only and to verify a genuine intention to stay  in Australia temporarily.

If all required documentation and information have been  provided and you have met all eligibility requirements DE International will  contact your nominated school and its associated IEC (if required) to confirm  your placement.

Step 3 – Issue of offer letter

Once your school and IEC have been confirmed, DE International issues a letter of offer, confirming:

  • the school and IEC you have been accepted at
  • the course dates
  • total course fees
  • conditions of offer
  • the expiry date for the offer.

You will also receive an invoice for fees required on your  first instalment payment including fees for:

  • IEC (if applicable)
  • school tuition
  • homestay placement and airport transfer (if  applicable)
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (optional).

If you have requested a close friend or distant  relative to be approved as carer then DE International will arrange for a  registered homestay company to contact your nominated carer to begin police screening and home inspection procedures.

Eligibility requirements

Step 4 – Accept your offer

You and your parents will need to:

  • Sign the offer acceptance page of your offer letter
  • Return all pages of the offer letter, including the offer acceptance page, to DE International
  • Make payment of fees outlined in the invoice you received with your offer letter.

Step 5 – Confirmation of Enrolment issued

DE International issue a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), for the courses you have accepted. If you have requested a homestay placement or for a distant relative or close family friend to be approved as carer then a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) form will also be issued to you.

Your homestay placement request will also be referred to a homestay company to begin finding a suitable family for you. The homestay company will ask you to indicate any preferences and allergies you may have, which they will do their best to accommodate.

NOTE: A CoE and CAAW will not be issued until your distant relative or close family friend has passed DE International’s police screening and home inspection requirements.

Step 6 – Apply for your visa

Apply online for your student visa through the DIBP website using your CoE and CAAW. Full details on student visa application requirements can be found at www.border.gov.au.

An education agent is highly recommended for this process as it is very complex and applications from certain countries require substantially more documentation and background checks.

During peak periods DIBP may take up to 3 months to process your visa application. You will also need to have been issued a student visa before you can enrol at school so make sure to allow for visa processing times when planning your visa application.

It’s time to start preparing!

Step 7 – Get ready for your adventure!

You’ve received your visa and booked your flights. Your homestay details have also been sent to you. It’s time to start preparing!

Your education agent will help you to understand:

  • the NSW climate and the types of clothing you will need to bring with you
  • cultural differences
  • how the NSW government school system differs from your own
  • things to do during your stay.

A mobile app will soon be available for download and this application will cover:

  • things to pack
  • arriving at Sydney international airport
  • things to do in NSW
  • living with an Australian family
  • your first week at school.

NSW Government Schools want each and every student to have a rewarding Australian study experience. We will include a link to download from the mobile app stores which will provide students and parents with important and helpful information.

Start dates

Students may apply for enrolment at the beginning of a school term

Primary school

Primary school applicants can enrol from Term 1 to Term 4.

Junior school

High school applicants for Years 7-10 can enrol from Term 1 to Term 4.

Senior high school

Senior high school applicants for Year 11 must enrol in Term 1 or Term 2 only. It is our recommendation to enrol in Year 11 in January to ensure you have the most amount of time to learn the Preliminary HSC curriculum.

Intensive English Centre

Students applying for a package commencing with an enrolment in an Intensive English Centre can enrol from Term 1 to Term 4.

School Locations

You can choose from schools located throughout NSW including Sydney and other regional centres.

For more information about the regions of NSW, please visit the Tourism NSW website.

Explore your study location options with our interactive Find a School map.

Accommodation Options

Students can stay in homestay accommodation with an Australian family, in single or double placements. This allows students to experience daily life in Australia, and helps them practise their English with their homestay family.

Note: all meals and school transfers are included for homestay. Single or double placement is not guaranteed.

Read more about Accommodation Options >

Visa and immigration requirements

After an offer of placement has been accepted by the student and payment of fees received, DE International will issue a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), which is used to apply for a student visa.

Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criteria

The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement is an integrity measure used by the Department of Home Affairs in its assessment of student visa applicants to ensure that the visa will be used for study purposes only and to verify a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily.

To comply with student visa regulations, DE International will assess all applications against the GTE requirements.

In some cases applicants will be asked to apply through an education agent registered with DE International who will assist with the visa application, including GTE assessment.

Students must hold a valid student visa in order to enrol in a NSW government school under this program.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

As part of the student visa application students need to demonstrate that they have purchased compulsory Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as insurance to cover the duration of their stay in Australia.

OSHC provides partial reimbursement to students for medical expenses including doctors, specialists and various hospital services.

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Fees

International students must pay an application fee when submitting an application. A statement of fees is issued by DE International with a letter of offer, stating fees that must be paid in order to accept the offer and to receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

Students may choose to pay more than 50% of their tuition fees before the course commences.

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Responsibilities of international students

International students must meet student visa requirements, including:

  • Maintaining a minimum of 80% attendance of all classes
  • Meeting course progress requirements
  • Maintaining approved living arrangements
  • Abiding by Australian laws.

Further information on these conditions and other processes for requesting leave, requesting a change to living arrangements or making a complaint or appeal can be found in our Information for International Students handout.

Support for overseas students during their stay

Our schools provide a range of support services to ensure our students settle in, are well supported and achieve their best. These include:

  • student support team consisting of an international student coordinator, year advisor, counsellor and careers counsellor
  • English language support
  • homework centre.

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How to apply

Apply now to secure your place in a NSW government school and begin your study journey.

Students are encouraged to apply through an education agent registered with DE International, who will be able to provide in-depth advice about our schools, application process and assist with the difficult student visa application process.

Application process >

The Australian Government is committed to providing international students with a safe, enjoyable and rewarding study experience in Australia.

Learn more about the ESOS framework

We are a proud representative of Australian Government Schools International (AGSI), a collaborative association of government schools with international student programs.