International Education

Catholic schools in Queensland welcome overseas students to study in a safe, caring and supportive environment. Catholic schools educate about one in five of Queensland students with more than 3,900 students studying on a visa including 267 overseas students across 47 schools.
Queensland Catholic schools are accredited by the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board and implement national and state curriculum documentation and fulfil all government reporting and accountability requirements.

CRICOS registered schools

The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) is the official Australian Government website that lists all Australian education providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas and the courses offered. Schools registered on the CRICOS list are able to enrol international students entering Australia on a student visa (subclass 571) to study full-time in registered courses for periods of longer than 3 months.

Study options

Overseas students can:

  • study in primary or secondary schools
  • learn English in a school setting
  • gain entry to university or further studies in Australia or overseas if secondary school studies are successfully completed
  • have an overseas education and cultural experience
  • have welfare and accommodation provided.

Students under 18 years of age studying in Australia have the following accommodation options:

  • living with a parent, legal custodian or approved relative
  • living in home-stay
  • living in a boarding school.

If not living with a parent, legal custodian or approved relative, a student under 18 years of age applying for a student visa must provide a letter from their education provider to the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection approving accommodation arrangements before a student visa can be granted. For further information on student visa conditions visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website (e.g. visa condition 8532)

FAQ’s and Other Useful Information

Introduction to CRICOS

CRICOS – Common Discussion Issues

FAQ – Working with education agents

FAQ – Welfare responsibility – parents are onshore

FAQ – Visitor and Tourist visa enrolments – issues for consideration

FAQ – Vacation Travel to Other Overseas Destinations

FAQ – Vacation care arrangements for international boarding students

FAQ – Tuition vs non-tuition fees FAQ – Student Files (Record keeping)

FAQ – Requirements for Written Agreements

FAQ – Requirements for Refund Policies

FAQ – Provider Obligations for Change in PEO

FAQ – Overseas Recruitment via Commercial Homestay Providers

FAQ – Obligations for the provision of ESL support

FAQ – Managing non-payment of fees

FAQ – Managing Blue Cards for Homestay Placements

FAQ – Late arrival and attendance

FAQ – Delivering VET sector courses in schools

FAQ – Defining Course Progress (February 2017)

FAQ – Blue Cards and Private Homestay Arrangements

FAQ – Application Process and Written Entry Requirements

Useful sites