Entry requirements

​​​Standard 2.1(a) of the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students (‘National Code’) states that prior to accepting a student for enrolment in a course, Education Queensland International (EQI) must provide current and accurate information regarding the requirements for acceptance into a course, including:

  • the minimum level of English language proficiency;

  • educational qualifications or work experience required; and

  • whether course credit may be applicable.

For information about course credit, please see EQI’s course credit procedure.

This procedure outlines the requirements for acceptance into an EQI course, including:

  • academic requirements; and

  • English language proficiency requirements;


Academic Req​​​​uirements

Pr​​e​​p​

Applicants are eligible to attend full-time Prep from the beginning of the school year in which they will reach 5 years of age by 30 June. Prep applicants are not required to provide evidence of previous schooling when applying.

Years 1 – ​​12

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate that they have passed all core subjects in their previous two years’ of schooling.

Generally, an applicant will not be progressed beyond their level of achievement. For example, if a student has completed Semester 1 of the equivalent of Year 10, they should be enrolled in Semester 2 Year 10 in Queensland. Students may be offered placement in a lower year level if satisfactory academic progress is not achieved during their enrolment in the High School Preparation (HSP) program.

More flexibility is available in the placement of primary and junior secondary (years 7 – 10) students. If a student has good to excellent results it is possible to promote the student for a maximum of one term to accommodate the mismatch of academic programs between countries.

This flexibility is usually not applied to senior secondary (years 11 – 12) students, as the academic requirements for these students are more critical, particularly when a student is looking to undertake tertiary studies. Senior secondary students require results in at least three school semesters in Queensland in order to be accepted into most universities.

Queensla​​​nd Academies

Entry to the Queensland Academies is via a selective entry process. All applicants need to sit the Higher Ability Selection Test supplied by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Please refer to the Q​A website for more information

High School (Study Abroa​d) program

In addition to the requirement above for Years 1 – 12 applicants, High School (Study Abroad) applicants must achieve satisfactory results in English, which must be demonstrated by their school reports for the previous two years.


English Language Proficiency R​​equirements

Applicants for prim​ary school (Prep – Year 6)

Applicants for Primary School are not required to demonstrate English language proficiency in order to be eligible to study in a Queensland state school, as English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) support is provided at school.

Applicants for high scho​ol (Years 7 – 12)

To be eligible to study in a Queensland state school, applicants for high school (years 7 – 12) must have successfully completed at least one of the following:

  • High School Preparation (HSP) in a Queensland state school;

  • Secondary studies conducted in English for a minimum of two years;

  • Minimum IELTS (International English language Testing System) score of 4.0 for Years 7-8 or 4.5 for Year 9 or 5.0 for Year 10 or 5.5 for Year 11 or equivalent results in another approved English language test (including TOEFL, TOEFL Junior, AEAS and STEP Eiken).

Applicants for High School (S​​tudy Abroad) and Regional High School (Study Abroad)

In addition to the requirement above for Years 7 - 12 applicants, High School (Study Abroad) applicants must achieve satisfactory results in English, which must be demon​​strated by their school reports for the previous two years.  

Direct Entry – High School and International Baccal​​aureate

Applicants seeking direct entry into High School (including the International Baccalaureate) are required to demonstrate the following English language proficiency levels:

​Test Type​Year Level
7​8​9​10​11​12
​General IELTS (Overall)​4​4​4.5​5​5.5​6
​AEAS​46-52​46-52​46-52​53-60​61-65​70+
​ISLP​R (4 skills at)​1+​​1+​1+​2​2+​3
​TOEFL (ibt)​31​31​32​35​46​60
​EIKEN​3​3​3​Pre-2​2​2(A)
​Bandscales (4 scores at)​4​4​4+​5​5+​6
​​CEF​R​B1​B1​B1+​B1+​B2​B2+

Applicants can demonstrate their English language proficiency by submitting a valid English test result with their EQI application form. This requirement may be waived if the main language of instruction at the student’s current school is English.

Direct ​​Entry – Queensland Academies

Applicants seeking direct entry into a Queensland Academy are required to demonstrate the following English language proficiency levels if the applicant’s current language of instruction at school is not English:

  • IELTS Academic score of 5.5 or

  • at least an IELTS General Score of 6; or

  • equivalent language test score /equivalent skills.


​​English Language Preparation Courses

High School Prepara​​tion Program (HSP)

If an applicant does not meet the requirements, outlined above, for direct entry into high school, EQI will ask the student to undertake two terms of HSP at a Queensland state school prior to commencing high school.

Entry into high school is subject to the student achieving satisfactory progress throughout their HSP program. If a student does not demonstrate satisfactory progress throughout their HSP enrolment, they may be required to enrol in an additional term of HSP, they may be offered placement in a lower year level or their enrolment may be cancelled.

EL​ICOS Pathway Providers

International students not residing in the Brisbane area may undertake English preparation courses with one of EQI’s pathway provide​rs.​

Entry into high school is subject to the student achieving satisfactory progress throughout their preparation course. If a student does not demonstrate satisfactory progress throughout their preparation course, they may be required to undertake an additional preparation course, they may be offered placement in a lower year level or their enrolment may be cancelled.​

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Last reviewed 09 May 2016
Last updated 07 September 2016