Ms Louise Lewis
Head of Admissions
Welcome to St Hilda's School
Part of the experience of studying in another country is to join in the culture of the host country, as well as experiencing your own personal journey. Our St Hilda’s families come from a wide range of backgrounds, countries and beliefs and we welcome international families and students who will culturally enrich our school. We offer a warm, caring, environment rich in diversity with students from countries including Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Russia, and New Caledonia.
To discover more about the possibilities of your daughter’s international experience at St Hilda’s please download our Prospectus.
St Hilda's has a strong academic program and a broad and progressive curriculum designed to prepare students for tertiary studies and careers in the 21st century in the areas of business, the arts, engineering, music, medicine and law. Over 95% of our graduates will go onto further study. Our overseas students are encouraged to follow their interests whether in sport, art or music and to participate fully in the academic, co-curricular and cultural life of the school and cultural life of Australia. We provide comprehensive programs in music, art, drama, debating and public speaking as part of our co-curricular program.
A strong pastoral care team supports our International Students including the Director of Admissions, the Deputy Principal, the Director of Curriculum & Learning and the Head of Boarding.
Application for Enrolment
If you are considering enrolling your daughter for entry this year, or during the next two years, I encourage you to contact me, prior to lodging an application, to ensure there is a place available.
To discover more about the possibilities of your daughter’s learning experience at St Hilda’s, please provide your details here and an Application and Prospectus will be emailed or posted to you.
Alternatively, please download the Application for International Students for completion and return, together with your supporting documentation:
● Photocopy of Student's Passport and Visa (if already issued)
● Student’s last two (2) school reports, (translated into English and certified as a true copies)
● Evidence of English Language proficiency
● Application Fee of $275
Tuition and Boarding Fees for International Students
Please review the 2013 Tuition and Boarding Fees.
Entry Criteria and Academic Requirements
St Hilda's School accepts enrolments from International Students in the following CRICOS registered courses:
● 063025C Primary Years Preparatory to Year 5
● 009424C Primary Years 6 to 7
● 004922C Secondary Years 8 to 10
● 004923B Secondary Senior Years 11 and 12 (Secondary Certificate of Education)
Junior School (Prep to Year 6)
In Junior School (Preparatory to Year 6) St Hilda's School accepts international student enrolments for direct entry into Junior School. Year level of entry will be assessed based on the student's age, current year level and education history.
Junior School Students' English language skills will be assessed upon arrival in order to develop an appropriate ESL (English as a Second Laugauge) support program.
Middle and Senior Schooling (Years 6 to 12)
Students enrolling into Middle School and Senior School studies should provide evidence of their English language proficiency and may be required to attend an English language High School Preparation Course.
Imagine Education provides English language, High School preparation courses for students from non-English speaking backgrounds wishing to study Middle or Senior Schooling at St Hilda's School.
If the student would benefit from extra tutoring in Engloish in addition to the support the School will provide, St Hilda's will assist in arranging extra tutoring at the parents' expense.
Students on a Student Visa are required to live with their parents, or to live in the School's Boarding House. For further information please visit our Boarding House webpage.
The School does not offer homestay accommodation for International Students, except during school holidays when homestay arrangements can be made for those students who do not wish to return to their own home.
The School makes every effort to ensure that international students will have a reasonable chance of success in the courses they are undertaking. It is expected that a student should demonstrate continuing progress or achieve a C average or above, in most subjects.
Students must abide by the School's Behaviour and Code of Ethics policy and are expected to attend all applicable lessons, classes, tests and examinations during a course as well as submitting all assignments that are applicable to their chosen subjects.
Students are required to commence on the first day of each term and remain at the School until the last day of each term. Late commencement at the beginning, or early departure at the end of each term may result in cancellation of enrolment and Student Visa.
International Student Policies
Parents and students should make themselves familiar with St Hilda's Policies for Overseas Students with regard to:
● Behaviour and Code of Ethics
● Course Progress and Attendance
● Welfare and Accommodation
● Transfer between Registered Providers
● Complaints and Appeals
● Deferment, Suspension and Cancellation
Visa Requirements and Living in Australia
The Australian Government, Department Immigration and Citizenship Living in Australia web pages contain information and publications about life in Australia, and links to government settlement services including help learning English. These pages also provide information about Australian values and the cultural diversity of Australia’s people. Study Gold Coast is also a useful website www.studygoldcoast.org.au for students considering study here.
Please visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website for information about Student Visa applications and requirements. Students must comply with the requirements of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in regard to regulations governing international student entry to Australia.
The ESOS Framework
The Australian Government wants International students in Australia to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding place to study. Australia’s laws promote quality education and consumer protection for international students. These laws are known as the ESOS framework (www.aei.gov.au) and they include the Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code 2007. Families and Students should make themselves familiar with this framework.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
It will be a condition of your daughter’s student visa that she maintains private health insurance for the duration of her stay in Australia. St Hilda’s School can arrange private health insurance for her through its nominated health insurance provider, Allianz Global Assistance, if you wish.
For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and OSHC, please visit their website.
Overseas Students Handbook
The Overseas Student Handbook has been designed to help students in their transition to life in Australia. Some of the subjects covered in this Handbook are school life at St Hilda’s and in Australia; our culture and customs; our International Student policies; and some useful, practical information.
Our list of Frequently Asked Questions may also assist students.
Information for Education Agents
Education Agents may wish to contact our International student consultants, Australian Boarding Schools International (ABSI) who can act as the school's representative in international student recruitment. Contact is welcomed either directly to the School, or through ABSI at www.australianboardingschools.com.au
In compliance with the ESOS Amendment Act (new subsection 21A) St Hilda’s School currently has Agent’s Agreements with these Education Agents to represent and act on our behalf in dealing with international students or intending international students. Enquiries from other Agencies are welcome.
Please note that the accuracy of information about St Hilda’s School provided by Agencies other than those listed, cannot be guaranteed by the School and may be out of date.