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Primary School program

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Our Primary School program is a great start to learning for young international students. It helps develop and improve English skills, make new friends, and experience the living in Queensland.

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Our Primary School program is a fun way to start schooling in Queensland. If you don’t speak English as a first language, we teach special English lessons to make sure you have the skills you need for classroom and other school activities.

Our Primary School program includes all areas of early learning, such as reading, writing and numbers, as well as sports and other activities. It is a helpful start if you who want to go on to study high school in Queensland.

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Key program facts

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6–12 years old
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Up to 7 years—the preparatory school year (Prep) and Year 1 to 6
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As little as one semester (20 weeks teaching), or the full 7-year program
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Choose from over 25 primary schools in many locations including cities, country, outback and by the beach.
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Our schools teach all areas of early learning, including reading, writing and numbers, sports and creative activities like music and art.
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You must live with your parents, a legal guardian or close relative. Read about your accommodation options.
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Program benefits

Our Primary School program is designed to give you a strong start to learningnot just academic learning, but also things like investigating and problem solving. We want to give you skills you can use for the rest of your life.

  • Special English lessons for non-English speaking students.
  • Kind teachers who help every student do their best.
  • Lots of hands-on and active learning.
  • Enjoy many different outdoor Queensland activities all year.
  • Study in Australia, where in 2022 the quality of life was rated 5th on the world scale*.

*Numbeo Quality of Life Index by Country and Australian cities 2022

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Hear about the great experiences of past students

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Entry requirements

There are no minimum English requirements for overseas students joining primary school in Queensland. We will give special English lessons to make sure all overseas students have the English level they need for their classroom activities, and other school activities.

  • If you are starting Prep or Year 1 in Queensland, there are no minimum requirements for academics.
  • If you are starting in Years 2 to 6 in Queensland, you must have passed your main school subjects for the past two years.

For more details please refer to the entry requirements standard (PDF, 630KB).

Program fees

Fees apply to our Primary School program. You may also need to pay additional fees for school uniforms, homestay, excursions and tours.

Read more about fees.

Application and start dates

Different application cut-off dates apply, depending on when you want to start studying in Queensland. You must apply before these cut-off dates for your application to be considered. Check the cut-off dates in EQI application cut-off dates by country.

Different school start dates also apply:

  • For Prep to Year 5: Start at the beginning of any school term (January, April, July, and October)
  • For Year 6: Start at the beginning of terms 1 or 2 (January or April). Students may have to get special permission from the school to start in terms 3 or 4, because that is when important exams are held.

Read more about school terms.

Find a school and apply

  1. Decide what area of Queensland you’d like to study in. This might depend on the types of activities you like to do, like going to the beach, or taking care of farm animals.
  2. Use our search tool to find a school in the area* you want to live.
  3. Find an agent to get advice and help preparing your application or submit your application directly with us.

* There might be some rules about going to a specific school close to the student’s home address in Queenslandthis is called a catchment area. Find out more about school catchments.

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Young children find it easier to learn languages, so with the help of our qualified teachers, they will be reading, speaking and understanding English very well, very quickly. Read more about EAL/D.
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Three ways to apply

Read more about the application process and information before you apply.

CRICOS course codes: Primary school 082519A.

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Last updated 29 July 2022