Varsity College

Download video (right click "Save as…") MP4 format
Download transcript (right click "Save as…") TXT format

Apply now to Study in a Queensland Government School, Australia.

Principal's Welcome

​​At Varsity College we value the ideals of an International education. Our International Programs foster cultural understanding and personal development for our visitors and for our school community. Through our programs, we provide opportunities for students and staff to form life-long global networks.

Varsity College welcomes visitors from overseas destinations on both short-term and long-term programs. Our school community values the cultural heritage of other nations and is very interested in developing global networks of friendship, education and business.

We host study tours every year and welcome many International students. These students choose to study with us because of our diverse and innovative curriculum, as well as a school culture that is second to none.

Our Graduate program students find that our host families friendly and supportive, whilst their welfare is with the school. What does it mean to be under Varsity College’s welfare? It means as the Executive Principal, I am your legal guardian for the duration of your study at Varsity College.

I welcome you to become part of our International Family. We know that this will be a mutual rewarding experience that results in you achieving your desired goals.

Three reasons to choose Varsity College

  1. A warm and supportive environment where your child can flourish in confidence
  2. A focused curriculum and extracurricular activities that develop students to their maximum potential
  3. Exceptional teachers who are committed to excellence in the learning and teaching process

School Information

Year established:
Number of students:

At Varsity College we are one of the largest schools in Queensland, with over 3000 students enrolled in four sub-schools on two campuses.

Led by the executive principal, each sub-school has a head of school and deputy heads of school who are accountable for the achievement outcomes of the students in their sub-school.

We provide a school where your child can succeed on a daily basis.

To accomplish this, we build on our four pillars of success: academic, cultural, sporting and community.

Contact details


Homestay* enables EQI students to truly experience Australia's famous lifestyle.

By living with an Australian host family international students become part of the local community and have a fantastic opportunity to practise their English in a safe and caring home environment. International students often develop lasting friendships with their homestay families.

  • Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities
  • Host families are carefully selected from within the school community and undergo a police check as required by Queensland law

Standard Homestay fees have been set and these are listed on the EQI program fees page.

Read more about accommodation and welfare.

* Students enrolled in Primary School must live with a parent or close relative as defined by the Australian Immigration Regulations.

University or vocational pathways

  • Direct entry to TAFE Queensland Gold Coast diploma courses
  • Griffith University (GU) scholarship program
  • TAFE Queensland — diploma courses
  • Bond University, GU and Southern Cross University (SCU) Student for a Semester

School facilities

  • 21st Century MakerSpace
  • Film and television editing suite
  • Stage sound and lighting
  • Sports courts, two ovals (opposite the school), gym
  • Digital learning centre
  • Mobile pen-based tablets class sets (Prep to Year 3)
  • Interactive whiteboards (Prep to Year 6)
  • State-of-the-art senior learning centre
  • Specialised science laboratories and workshops

Extracurricular activities

  • Interschool sport
  • Debating
  • New inventors
  • Robotics
  • F1 Racing in SchoolTM
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) support team
  • Book club
  • Maker Space
  • Band Jams
  • Dance squad
  • 2D Art, Photoshop 101: Digital Art
  • Futsal, Rugby league and Australian Rules football, Running Girls
  • Varsity sailing
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
  • World Challenge program

Holiday adventure programs

EQI Holiday Adventure Programs are an exciting and safe way for International Students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

There's an EQI adventure to suit every taste - from visiting city landmarks and riding camels on an unforgettable Australian 'outback' adventure, to exploring ancient rainforests and swimming with turtles off Queensland's pristine white sand beaches.

All EQI Holiday Adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified Queensland Government teachers and staff to ensure student safety. These programs are open to international students enrolled in an EQI high school, and additional fees apply. To find out more visit the holiday programs page


  • ​Chinese (Mandarin) Prep to Year 12
  • Chinese immersion program (Years 7 to 10)

Special programs

  • Academy of Mathematics and Science
  • English and Social Science Academy
  • Orchestra, strings, stage band, choir, concert band
  • Music ​Excellence program
  • Athlete Development program
  • Basketball, Rowing, Football and Australian
  • Rules Football excellence programs
  • Chinese Immersion
  • Aspire Excellence programs – for high-achieving students (Years 4–10)
  • Diploma of Business
  • One2One computer program (Years 4–12)
  • Ambassador leadership program
  • ​Overseas Sister School partnerships


The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:

  • a particular subject, sport, program or extracurricular activity offered by an EQI school; or
  • particular school facilities;

please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.

Thank you! We appreciate your feedback.

Rate this page

How useful was the information on this page?

Other feedback (optional)
Last updated 06 November 2018