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Temporary residents

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Our Temporary Residents program helps students with a temporary resident visa to study at a Queensland Government primary school, high school or State Delivered Kindergarten.

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Students who are temporary resident visa holders, including dependants of international students, bridging visa holders and visitor or tourist visa holders can have different study experiences at a Queensland Government primary school, high school or State Delivered Kindergarten.

They will enjoy a rich learning experience and get a great foundation for further studies later, including at university. 

When a student finishes their studies in Queensland, before they go home they can ask that their school reports be validated by us. To find out more, read the Recognition of Queensland school reports fact sheet.

Additional information is available in the Temporary Residents Admissions policy and Temporary Residents Admissions procedure.

If you are not a temporary visa holder, your options for study in Queensland include our Primary School program or High School program, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma program for high achieving students.

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Key program facts

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4–18 years old
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Kindergarten, up to one year; primary school up to 7 years; high school up to 6 years
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As little as 13 weeks or up to the full program duration, depending on the conditions of the temporary visa
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You can select any Queensland state school. There may be some rules about going to a specific school – find out about school catchments.
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The Queensland school system begins in Prep for children 4–5 years old and ends in Year 12 when students are 17–18 years old. Find information for parents and carers.
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All students on temporary resident visas must live with their parent or legal custodian and under their care while they are enrolled.
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Program benefits

Our Temporary Resident program supports international students to learn in a world-class education system while living temporarily in Queensland.

  • Continue your study in Queensland, and have it recognised by your home country.
  • Receive English as an Additional Language (EAL/D) support in school or in class from specialist staff.
  • Use modern resources and facilities supporting innovation and 21st century learning.
  • Make friends for life at your school.
  • 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

Terms and conditions apply to your entry into and participation in our Temporary Visa Program. Please read the Temporary Resident Admissions terms and conditions of application.

Program fees

There are fees for our Temporary Resident program. These vary depending upon the course you enrol in.

You may also need to pay additional fees for school uniforms, homestay, excursions, textbooks and resources.

Read about the fees in these documents:

Refunds

Our refund process is explained in the Temporary Resident Admissions terms and conditions of application.

If you want to apply for a refund, please complete the Temporary Residents Admissions application for refund form and return it to us according to the instructions on the form.

Application and start dates

We accept Temporary Resident Admissions applications throughout the school year, depending on when you want to start studying in Queensland.

Read more about school terms and the application process.

For more information about the enrolment of temporary residents, read the Temporary Residents Admissions FAQ.

Find a school and apply

Once you have determined which Queensland state school you want to enrol in, fill in and submit an application form.

Find out more about the application process or get more information:

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Last updated 26 July 2022