At St Catherine’s School we welcome international students, and celebrate the diversity and global influences which they bring to our community.

Study in Australia

We are committed to maintaining a balance of students across different regions and encourage an equally diverse international community. Our international students from China, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia bring deep cultural enrichment, language learning and global perspectives to our School community.

Our international students find the St Catherine’s School experience provides close and supportive community, intellectual, social, emotional and moral development; high academic achievement; and diverse opportunities to pursue all areas of interest.

We invite you to take a virtual tour of our School or arrange a personal tour, at a time convenient to you. Our Registrar would also be happy to send you our Prospectus.

Boarding at St Catherine’s School provides our girls with a safe and comfortable living environment. They have the opportunity to make friends with girls from across Australia and around the world. Take a virtual tour of our fully renovated, National Trust-listed Victorian mansion providing a comfortable and unique home environment to our community of girls.

Application Process at St Catherine’s School

  1. Complete the online Application for Enrolment Form.
  2. Return Application with a non-refundable registration fee of $220 (per non-resident student), a copy of the student’s Birth Certificate and Passport and a copy of the AEAS English Report (if applicable) or an IELTS test result must be supplied at the time of Application.
  3. The student’s name is then added to a Waiting List for entry in the Year and Level nominated.
  4. When the student’s name is reached on the relevant list, students undertake a basic literacy and numeracy assessment to determine their educational needs, after which an interview (on site or via Skype) with the Principal is arranged at which time the parents or guardian and student attend, bringing with them current school reports.
  5. A formal offer of a place in our School may then be made, and a non-refundable Entrance Fee of $1,800 for one child, or $2,500 (maximum) for more than one child, is immediately payable to accept a place. Please view the Business Practices for more information about fees and charges.
  6. Upon receipt, formal confirmation of the place is provided by way of an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) which enables a student to apply for a visa.
Child Safe School

St Catherine’s School complies with the Victorian Government Child Safe Standards and has a Child Safe Policy and Child Safe Code of Conduct that applies to all members of the School Community.
As a Child Safe School, St Catherine’s is committed to empowering girls in an environment where they can feel safe, secure, valued and respected. We strive to create a culture in which staff, volunteers, children and families feel comfortable and supported when talking about any child safety concerns. Children have rights and are encouraged to express any concerns about their safety to one of the designated Child Safety Officers.

Welfare and Accommodation

If you are under 18 years of age, you will only be granted a visa if there are adequate arrangements in place for your accommodation, support and general welfare. Your visa application must demonstrate that you will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a DHA approved relative. If you will not be living with one of these people, the School can agree to be responsible for approving your accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements while you are in Australia on a student visa. All Overseas Students planning to study at St Catherine’s School are required to indicate their accommodation arrangements at the time of application. The School requires that all students either:

  • Live in Australia with a parent, a DHA approved relative or a legal custodian;
  • Live in the Illawarra Boarding House (must be at least 13 years of age); or
  • Live in Australia under a Homestay accommodation arrangement approved by St Catherine’s School (must be at least 13 years of age).

Boarding at St Catherine’s School: Illawarra

St Catherine’s Boarding House is a happy environment in which to make lasting friends and to be supported during your time in Australia. Eligible Overseas Students from 13 to 18 years of age can reside at the School’s Boarding House, subject to availability. The Director of Boarding Services (assisted by a number of Boarding House staff) monitor the health and welfare of the students in her charge with diligence and care. Find out more about our boarding house.

During Term breaks, students residing in the Boarding House for whom St Catherine’s School has issued a CAAW must:

  • return home to parents, or
  • apply for approval to stay with a DHA approved relative, or
  • move to a Short Term Homestay arrangement approved by the school.


Where the students will not be residing with a parent or DHA approved relative and a boarding place is not available, eligible international students may be considered for a School approved Homestay arrangement. St Catherine’s School currently engages a Homestay Services Provider to organise homestay accommodation options but the school does not delegate, outsource or contract out the responsibility for approving the accommodation and providing support and general welfare arrangements for a student who is under the age of 18.  Stringent selection, approval and monitoring processes apply and will be discussed at the time of application.

Nominating a Local Contact

All  Overseas Students not accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a DHA approved relative will be issued with a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) letter and are required to nominate a Local Contact. The Local Contact details must be included in the Enrolment Contract and must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be over 25 years of age.
  • Must have an adequate grasp of written and spoken English
  • Must be a Permanent Resident of Australia and live in the Melbourne metropolitan area and be easily contactable by telephone. If the Local Contact is away for an extended period of time, a replacement must be nominated and the School notified of this change.
  • Must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC)
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