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Study at high school

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​​​​​​​Queensland Government high schools offer international students looking to study abroad a wide choice of academic, creative and sports programs delivered by highly qualified and professional Australian teachers.

High school in Queensland starts in Year 7 and finishes at the end of Year 12.

By study at a Queensland Government hig​h school, you get to practise English in so many different situations, experience the Aussie culture and finish with a globally recognised qualification.

Our programs​

High School Preparation (​intensive English program)

A highly developed program, ​​the High School Preparation pro​gram is for students who need to improve their English skills so they can join a mainstream high school class.

Program length: 10 to 40 weeks (depending on your English level)

Age range: 12 to 18 years

School years: Years 7 to 12

Application dates: at the beginning of any school term (January, April, July, October). An extra Term 5 is also available for High School Preparation.

Virtual High School Preparation (online)

An online intensive English program for students to study and learn English in their home country.

Program length: 10 to 40 weeks (depending on your English level)

Age range: 12 to 18 years

School years: Years 7 to 12

Application dates: at the beginning of any school term (January, April, July, October). An extra Term 5 is also available for High School Preparation.​

Study high school in Queensland

The high school program​ is designed for students seeking to graduate high school in Queensland and qualify for university or further study in Australia or abroad.

Students can choose from over 70 schools located throughout Queensland. Each school offers a wide choice of academic, creative and sports programs.

Students who complete Years 11 and 12 receive the internationally-recognised Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and may be eligible for university admission.

Program length: 2 to 6 years

Age range: 12 to 18 years

School years: Years 7 to 12

Application dates:

  • at the beginning of any school term in Years 7 to 10 (January, April, July, October)
  • at the beginning of Term 1 in Year 11.

EQI Virtual High School – Year​ 10 (online)

Our Virtual High School – Year 10​ offers the same encouragement, motivation and support from Queensland teachers that you would experience if you were here with us.

Program length: 1 semester or 1 year

Age range: 15 to 17 years (age eligible for Year 10)

School years: Year 10

Application dates: at the beginning of Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 only.

High school (st​​udy abroad)

Some students might have limited time for their Queensland education experience, so they can choose from the 3, 6, 9 or 12-month options of our study abroad program​. There is still the daily opportunities to practise English ​as well as experiencing the great Australian culture.

Program length: 3, 6, 9 or 12 months

Age range: 12–18 years

School years: Years 7–12

Application dates: at the beginning of any school term (January, April, July, October), however, commencement in Terms 3 and 4 (July and October) in Year 12 is subject to approval due to end of year exams.

Regional high school (study abroad)

​An exciting opportunity for Year 9 to 12 students to study and experience Australian life and culture with the regional high school (study abroad) program. Students can choose from the outback, rainforest, beach or reef regions and receive the same quality education while developing their English skills and making new friends for life. Choosing a combination regional and city destination is also available to create the most flexible study experience available.

Program length: 3, 6, 9 or 12 months

Age range: 12–18 years

School years: Year 9 to 12 students

Application dates: at the beginning of any school term (January, April, July, October), however, commencement in Terms 3 and 4 (July and October) in Year 12 is subject to approval due to end of year exams.

Ready to apply?

It is an easy process – choose one of the options below:

  1. Online is fast and secure and can be done at any time of the day or night. There is no application fee to apply online.
  2. Complete the EQI international student application form and return it by email to EQInternational@qed.qld.gov.au.
  3. Find an agent who will provide advice, support selecting the right study program and complete the application process.
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Last updated 12 November 2021