International students are an integral part of Hills Grammar community.

We highly value our multicultural student population which is enriched by those who come to us from all over the world. 

An International student will hold a student visa to study in Australia. The School also enrols applicants whose families may be in Australia for short-term stays or on business or temporary resident visas.

Full fee-paying international students can apply for entry into the School at any grade. It is a school policy that students applying for entry into Junior School (Kindergarten to Year 6) must be living with a parent whilst enrolled. Students applying for entry into the Senior School (Years 7-12) can either be living with a parent or in Homestay Accommodation which is arranged by the School.

All international students with a Confirmation of Approved Accomodation and Welfare (CAAW) as part of their visa are required to have an independent school nominated Guardian for the entire period of enrolment regardless of age. Approved welfare/guardianship is provided by ISA Guardian and Welfare Services.

International students are required to have overseas student health cover (OSHC) for the length of their student visa. This can be arranged by the School on the student’s behalf.

All international students need to provide evidence of English proficiency when submitting an enrolment application. The School will accept testing results from iSTART Online and AEAS. It is the responsibility of the parents to arrange for students to be tested. The cost of assessment test is paid for by the parents.

The School has appointed Australian Boarding Schools International (ABSI) to facilitate and manage international student enquiries and applications for Hills Grammar. ABSI is not an agent; it is a member of our admissions team. Agents should direct enquiries to enrol@australianboardingschools.com.au.

The Hills Grammar School is a registered provider on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and complies with the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the obligations laid down in the National Code 2007.

The School is registered and accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to provide courses of studies for students from Kindergarten to Year 12. Students are eligible to receive the NSW Higher School Certificate on the successful completion of their Year 12 studies.


Below are some of the reasons why international students choose to come to Hills Grammar.

  • Pre-Kindergarten – Year 12, co-educational, independent, non-sectarian school.
  • A vibrant community of students from many different cultures, background and faiths.
  • Beautiful bushland campus: inspiring natural environment, native wildlife,18ha of landscaped grounds.
  • Caring teaching and non-teaching staff, dedicated to the safety and welfare of students.
  • A curriculum that is designed to enrich and extend and caters for a wide range of interests.
  • Excellent academic results. In past Higher School Certificate results students have placed in the top ten in the state in Mathematics, Latin, Ancient History, Extension 1 English, Modern History, Visual Arts, Hospitality and Information Technology with most of our students gaining first choice entry into University in Australia and overseas.
  • Exceptional facilities including climate controlled classrooms, science laboratories, industrial technology workshop, hospitality kitchen, dedicated performance spaces, art studios, gymnasium and fitness centre and an international sized sports oval.
  • Extensive co-curricular program, including sport, creative arts, music and leadership.
  • Support for Non-English speaking students (ESL).
  • A long and successful association with International Students since 1992.

  • In order commence the application process, international students are required to submit an International Student Application for Enrolment which must be signed by both parents/carers. It is essential that applications include the following supporting documentation
    • A copy of the student's birth certificate, translated into English if necessary
    • A copy of the information page of the student’s passport
    • A copy of the student’s latest school report translated into English
    • A copy of the student’s English Proficiency test results (ISTART Online or ASAS).
  • Our International Student Admissions Team will acknowledge your application and may ask for additional information if necessary.
  • All students will be required to participate in a pre-enrolment interview with the Enrolments Manager or the Head of International Students. This is usually arranged over Skype or WeChat at a mutually convenient time.
  • If your application is successful, you will be given a Letter of Offer for Enrolment.
  • To accept the Letter of Offer for Enrolment, you will need to pay the scheduled fees and sign and return all relevant documents to the admissions office.
  • Upon successful receipt of these documents and after payment has been cleared, a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and the Confirmation of Approved Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) will be released.
  • Prior to the commencement date, the School will send the student information about their first day, as well as and general requirements regarding uniforms, books and subject choices. Information and contact details about any required Homestay Accommodation will also be provided during this time. 

Important Information and Documentation

ESOS (Education for Overseas Students) Framework

Hills Grammar Privacy Statement

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