The relaxed lifestyle, opportunities for outdoor adventure, urban living combined with world-class education makes Australia a very popular destination for students who want to experience international education.
With over 10 years experience and extensive local knowledge in High School placement in Australia, STB team is here to offer and provide onshore support before and throughout the High School program. Experienced Student Welfare Coordinators provide 24/7 assistance in all matters related to their well being (both personal and academic).
Throughout those years, we have proudly developed a strong and respectful relationship with our partners; which is highly taken into account by them when processing enrolments and in all usual and/or unexpected situations during their study period.
That is why STB makes the difference. Our personalised service is well known and highly regarded in the Industry and amongst our students.
The High School program is offered for students ranging from Year 7 to Year 12 wishing to study in Australia for 3 to 12 months or more (up to the 6 years duration of the High School period). This is a unique opportunity to improve their English proficiency as they study whilst immersing themselves in the Australian culture.
Studying in Australia may be different to what most students experience in their country. Australian schools provide focus not only on the academic work but also on practical skills subjects. By being exposed to a wide range of possible professions, students find easier to determine career paths to be taken in the future.
High Schools Programs in Australia are characterised by strong cultural diversity. Students relate to local and international students coming from all parts of the world. This diversity is highly appreciated by the entire school community as it provides students and school personnel with a greater understanding of global cultures.
Usually most schools in Australia have between 200 and 3000 students enrolled per year.
Many Australian High Schools also offer vocational training, giving students the opportunity to earn further qualifications while undertaking their high school certificate.
To be considered as a suitable applicant the student must:
The Australians receive formal education free of charge up to the "senior secondary school". The government subsidizes the public schools through tax payers. The international students that do not live in Australia have to pay for their studies, since they do not pay taxes. With the payment received from the foreign students, the schools invest in new resources and facilities for the students. In the case of private schools, even the Australian students have to pay for their education, since they are not subsidized by the government.
Studying is compulsory up to the tenth year. After completion of year 10, domestic students can opt whether to continue studying or not in order to obtain a qualification that will guarantee admission to a University.
Australia holds a vast range of secondary level apprenticeship schools (also referred to as high schools or grammar schools), which can be public or private schools, offering a large variety of technical and practical subjects.
The majority of the secondary schools in Australia are public, which means financed by the government. Most of them are "co-educational" (mixed), but there are a few schools exclusive for boys or girls, known as "single-sex schools".
The private secondary schools are, in general, affiliated to religious organizations and show an educational history and more traditional principles; therefore, more restrict in any conduct discipline. In general, the Australians who opt to study in a private school intend to enroll in a university.
The school year starts at the end of January or beginning of February and finishes at the beginning of December and is divided into four terms of 10 weeks per year. Between terms there is always a two-week break. The breaks are in April, July and September.
Most of the schools place students in host families. In some private boarding schools, there is also the option to live on campus/dormitory; however due to very limited spaces, this option is not available all year long.
Our team of coordinators travel around Australia every semester to visit host families and catch up with our students.
It is the host families’ obligation to provide a safe environment for our students with a private bedroom, breakfast and dinner and full meal on the weekends. In Australia, dinner is the main meal of the day and we do encourage our students to be home for that.
In Home Stays, international students experience the real Australian family lifestyle and have the best opportunity to practice their English conversation skills. It is very common for students to establish life long relationships with their Australian host families which endure even when they are back in their home country.
Every student enrolled with STB Pacific will receive the host family profile before departing your country.
There are no maids in Australia so students are expected to help with some house chores and to keep their room tidy.
The host families can be composed of both parents or solo mothers/fathers with children or no children at home. It is also common to have host parents from different nationalities because Australia is a young and multicultural country. Some host families host more than one international student but we do not place two students from the same country in the same family unless it is a special request from parents.
Australians love animals and most host families will have a pet. In special circumstances (for the students with allergies) a family without pets can be arranged.