International Students

Studying at a Queensland independent school provides students with a unique opportunity to further their education while learning about Australian life and culture.

Queensland independent schools welcome international students to study in a range of individual and group programs. Students can enrol in registered schools for periods of longer than three months on a full time basis. Many independent schools also offer short-term study programs of less than three months.


Fact Sheets

Information about visas, study programs including learning English, accommodation and life in Queensland:

Learning English (ELICOS)
Living in Queensland
Welfare and Accommodation
Long Term Study
Short Term Study
Student Visas
Student Pathways

A quality education

In order to enrol international students, schools must meet stringent standards set by the Australian government to ensure the quality of education programs, facilities and student support services. Schools that meet these requirements are listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). List of CRICOS registered independent schools

Choice and diversity

Over 1,200 overseas students were enrolled at Queensland independent schools in 2015.

Queensland independent schools are a vital part of Australia's education system. Together they educate more than 116,000 students, or 15 per cent of Queensland's school enrolments.

Independent schools offer parents a wide variety of schools and school programs including:

  • Co-educational or single sex schools
  • Boarding schools
  • Schools with homestay programs
  • Schools affiliated with religions
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Montessori, Steiner, Indigenous schools
  • Schools that offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma

Parents in Australia and around the world choose independent schools for:

  • High educational standards
  • Moral and spiritual values
  • Pastoral care and discipline
  • Programs to meet the needs and interests of individual students
  • Strong home-school partnerships
  • A wide variety of extra- and co-curricular activities

Contact Us

For more information about studying at Queensland independent schools, email us at

Alternatively you can complete the Long Term Study Enquiry Form or the Short Term Study Enquiry Form and email it to