International Students

International Students

Welcome to International Students

A warm welcome to families from around the globe who are interested in finding out more about the St Hilda’s School community! We look forward to working with you and offering every assistance through the enrolment process. 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.

St Hilda’s families come from a wide range of backgrounds, countries and beliefs and we welcome international families and students who will enrich our school culturally. Our international girls hail from a large number of countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Japan, China and Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and New Caledonia. We welcome enquiries and applications for entry into all year levels.

Tours of the 14ha campus may be arranged from Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 4pm (boarding tours available until 3pm).

For full information on our International Students program please read the International Student Handbook and the International Student Policies and Procedures which can be found in the Links section on the right hand side of this page.

Enrolment Process

Please complete the International Student Application Form located in the Links section of this page and return it with supporting documentation:

  • Photocopy of Student’s Passport, Birth Certificate and Visa (if already issued)
  • Student’s last two school reports (translated into English and certified as a true copies)
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency
  • Application Fee of $275

Following registration, you and your daughter will be invited to participate in an enrolment interview (via skype if necessary). A formal letter of offer will be made following assessment of all documentation. To accept and reserve a place for your daughter in the nominated year level, we will ask you to sign an Enrolment Contract and pay a non-refundable Enrolment Confirmation Fee of $980.

The full Enrolment Application Process can be found in the International Student Prospectus located in the Links section of this page.

Tuition and Boarding Fees for International Students

Please consider the schedule of Tuition and Boarding Fees for International Students located in the Links section of this page.

Entry Criteria and Academic Requirements

St Hilda’s School accepts enrolments from International Students in the following CRICOS registered courses:

  • 086182M Primary Preparatory – Year 6
  • 086183K Secondary Junior Years 7 – 10
  • 004923B Secondary Senior Years 11 – 12 (Secondary Certificate of Education)

St Hilda’s School requires evidence that the applicant’s academic ability and English proficiency is sufficient to successfully meet the entry and curriculum demands of the intended course. This is a requirement under the 2018 National Code of Practice, Part B Standard 2.

Please see below table for minimum English Proficiency requirements based on proposed year level of entry.

Year Level AEAS Score IELTS Score (Overall) NLLIA Bandscale Edutest Score
4 35-45 4 4

Assessed individually


5 35-45 4 4
6 35-45 4 4
7 35-45 4 4
8 46-52 5 4
9 53-60 5.5 5
10 61-65 6 5
11 66+ 6 5


For further information, please refer to the St Hilda’s School Entry Requirement Policy.

PRIMARY (Prep to Year 6) CRICOS: 086182M

Junior School

St Hilda’s School accepts international student enrolments for direct entry into Prep – Year 3 in Junior School. Entry into Years 4 – 6, requires proof of English language proficiency as per St Hilda’s School’s Entry Requirements Policy. Year level of entry will be assessed based on the student’s age, current year level and education history including evidence of the student’s dedication to school work and age-appropriate achievement in literacy and numeracy areas of the curriculum.

Junior School Students’ English language skills will be assessed upon arrival in order to develop an appropriate EAL/D (English as an additional language/dialect) support program.

SECONDARY SENIOR (Years 10-12) CRICOS: 004923B

Middle and Senior School

Minimum academic requirements for students enrolling into Middle School and Senior School studies is a pass level or C Grade or better for the majority of core subjects, and evidence of the student’s dedication to school work. Students should provide evidence of their English language proficiency and may be required to attend an English language High School Preparation Course.

English Language High School Preparation Courses

Our partners, Griffith English Language Institute (GELI), Browns (Gold Coast Campus)  and Imagine Education are located in Southport and provide English Language High School Preparation courses for students from non-English speaking backgrounds. Browns offer a Primary School Preparation Course for girls enrolling into Junior School. If the student would benefit from extra tutoring in English in addition to the support the school will provide, St Hilda’s will assist in arranging extra tutoring at the parents’ expense. Where a student’s proficiency in the use of the English Language is insufficient to make it likely that she will succeed in the course for which she is seeking to enrol, the School will ask that she undertake a period of study at an ELICOS center before entering the School, in which case the School may issue a conditional offer of enrolment.

Course Outcomes

In Years Prep-10, assessment is criterion-based within School programs. In Years 11 and 12, assessment is also criterion-based, but within State-based guidelines. Queensland Studies Authority subjects in Years 11 and 12 studies lead to a Queensland Senior Certificate and Tertiary Entrance Statement at the end of Year 12. Years 11-12 students can also access vocational subjects which offer alternative pathways to further study or employment.


Students on a Student Visa are required to live with their parents, in the St Hilda’s Boarding House or in Approved Homestay Accommodation as a pathway to Boarding. For further information, please visit the school’s Welfare and Accommodation Policy (via the International Student Policies page which can be found in the Links section on the right hand side of this page). Please also visit our Boarding House webpages.

St Hilda’s School have a third party agreement with Australian Student Accommodation to provide homestay placements for International Students should a place in the Boarding School not be available. Please refer to the Links section of this page for St Hilda’s School Homestay Program and also visit their website at:

Safeguarding Students

To view St Hilda’s School’s commitment to the safety and well-being of all students, please visit our Safeguarding Students Policies page.

School Expectations

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 and an Effort Rating of at least ‘3’ in most subjects.

Students must abide by the School’s Behaviour and Code of Conduct 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 school until the last day of each term. Late commencement at the start or early departure at the end of each term may result in cancellation of enrolment and Student Visa. For full details on deferment, suspension and cancellation, please see the International Student Policies page.

It is a condition of the student visa program that your daughter meet our course progression and attendance expectations – please refer to our Course Progress and Attendance Policy found in the International Student Handbook and International Student Policies in the Links section of this page for further information.

International Student Policies

Parents and students should make themselves familiar with St Hilda’s Policies for International Students with regard to:

Click here to view all 2022 fees and policies for International Students.

Visa Requirements and Living in Australia

The Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs 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 for students considering study here.

Please visit the Department of Home Affairs 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 and they include the Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code 2018. Families and Students should make themselves familiar with this framework.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

It is a condition of your student visa that you purchase Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of your visa. You will need to buy Overseas Student Health Cover prior to coming to Australia. This is a necessary step to obtain your student visa from an Australian visa issue office and have health cover when you arrive.

To obtain your Student Visa from an Australian visa office you will need a Certificate of Insurance as proof of purchase of your Overseas Student Health Cover, together with enrolment documents as advised by the educational institution where you are enrolled. 

For more information on OSHC visit: 

or contact Allianz Care Australia: +61 7 3305 7064.

Information for Education Agents

In compliance with the ESOS Amendment Act (new subsection 21A) St Hilda’s School currently has Agent 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.

If you are an Education Agent and would like to be a registered agent with St Hilda’s School, please fill out the Agent Expression of Interest Form and return to

Agent Listing

Please find below our Agent lists for all countries:


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