About NSW Government Schools

We offer international students academic excellence in a safe and welcoming environment. Our experienced and university-trained teachers help students to achieve their potential, and our qualifications are internationally recognised.

Student visa holders will need to apply to DE International to enrol. Holders of other visa types may be eligible to enrol under the Temporary Residents Program.


Australian students attend school for 13 years
Primary school Kindergarten to year 6 7 years
High school (junior) Years 7 to 10 4 years
High School (senior) Years 11 and 12 2 years

Class hours are usually from 9.00am to 3.30pm, five days a week; some schools have slightly different class hours. Find out about school terms via our Calendar

Why choose a NSW Government School?

In our schools, international students are well cared for and supported in a safe, fun and positive learning environment.

Listen to school principals talk about having international students in their schools
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Principal Belinda Kelly from Riverside Girls High School

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Principal Denise Lofts from Ulladulla High School

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Principal Peter Marsh from Gymea Technology High School

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Principal Stephanie McConnell from Turramurra High School

Download Belinda Kelly's video file
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Download Denise Lofts' video file
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Download Peter Marsh' video file
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Download Stephanie McConnell's video file
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Our schools offer a wide range of subjects such as English, mathematics, science, technology, languages, creative arts and humanities. Extracurricular activities such as drama, dance, sport and debating are also popular. Students with a particular flair for performing arts, technology, languages or sport may apply to high schools which specialise in these activities.

At our schools, the focus is on each child's academic progress, social development, physical safety and well being. Every school has a dedicated welfare team, including the international students coordinator, school counsellor, English language support teachers and a careers advisor.

Our teachers are fully qualified and university-trained, including specialist EAL/ ESL teachers (English as an Additional Language / English as a Second Language). Class sizes are usually between 10 and 30 pupils.

Our government schools are well equipped with excellent libraries, auditoriums, gymnasiums, computer rooms and science laboratories. Laptops are available for students in years 9, 10 and 11 for educational use.

Most schools have spacious landscaped gardens and playgrounds with lots of trees to provide shade. There are also playing fields and ovals for sport and other outdoor activities.

The following programs of study are available to student visa holders:

NSW Government Schools' CRICOS provider code is 00588M. All our programs offered to international students are also registered on CRICOS.

Important information

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

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