International Students

Renowned for our strong academics and balanced and holistic approach to boys’ education, we recognise that boys think and learn differently from girls. Cutting-edge educational practices include Leadership Development, Emotional Intelligence, and Thinking Skills. We also provide integrated programs of co-curricular and academic, with a low student-to-staff ratio. Students also participate in an extensive leadership development program within the School.

TSS offers a comprehensive academic program designed to prepare students for university and other tertiary studies. Whilst the School has a history dating back over 106 years, the progressive approach to boys’ education enables them to prepare for life after School.

International students have been a welcome addition to the TSS community for over 50 years. There are approximately 1,600 students enrolled at TSS and over 300 of these are residential boarders.

It's fantastic for both our local and country students as they are able to interact and learn from a diversity of cultures. This arrangement provides an invaluable experience for both International and Australian students.

Jackson Elliot, Rogers Housemaster

Arriving at TSS

Arriving in a new country does not have to be an overwhelming and daunting experience. The staff at TSS work towards ensuring each student feels comfortable and safe within their new environment. Furthermore, TSS is able to provide your son(s) upon arrival with the following services:

  • Airport pick-up on first arrival
  • Comprehensive academic program leading to possible entrance to recognised Australian and international universities
  • Integrated programs of academic and co-curricular with low student-to-staff ratio
  • ESL support
  • School Counsellor for academic, career and personal counselling
  • Modern residential facilities with single rooms for students in Years 11 and 12 in a safe and secure environment
  • Catering for special dietary requirements

International Student Handbook

This comprehensive handbook contains all information pertinent to our overseas students.

International Student Handbook


International Agency Finder

AAS Education ConsultancyHong KongSam Kwong852 2323 3287[email protected]
Australian Education AssociationHong Kong

Catherine Ng

852 2114 4088
[email protected]
Aston Education
Hong Kong
Jason Mang
852 2866 9933
[email protected]
Auslander Services
Brisbane, Australia
I-Wei Chiu
[email protected]
DaDi Overseas Studies
Hong Kong
Cora So
852 6898 3907
[email protected]
DOM Education
Brisbane, Australia
Joseph Kim
[email protected]

Registration Criteria

Students must comply with the requirements of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) regarding regulations governing international student entry to Australia. They should also seek prior approval from DIAC before commencing a new course or changing courses.

Overseas students applying for an enrolment at The Southport School are required to provide the following record showing satisfactory levels of academic achievement and English language skills appropriate to the registered course being offered:

  • A copy of the student’s school reports for the last two years – certified copies translated into English.
  • A reference from the student’s principal or class teacher at the time of registration.
  • Copies of any certificates of public examinations (where applicable).
  • A copy of the student’s passport.
  • Results of an Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS) Test or produce evidence that his level of English is of sufficient standard to enable him to cope with mainstream classes.

The required records as set out above must accompany a completed Application for Admission form and the AUD$250 Registration Fee.

Having considered all records and any further information which may be requested, the Headmaster of the School will make the final decision on the acceptance of any overseas student into the School. Applications from overseas are processed according to established policy and procedures and are dealt with on their merits.

If a place in the School is available we will post a Letter of Offer and request payment of the Enrolment Fee of AUD$3,250 and the first installment of Tuition and Boarding fees. (This will be an estimation of half of the total cost of Tuition and Boarding fees for the first year of study). See Schedule of Fees.

An Enrolment Agreement Form will be enclosed. This must be signed and returned to the School with the fee payments.

When the fees have been paid the School will use you a Confirmation of Enrolment Certificate. This should be taken to the Australian Embassy in order to apply for a Student Visa. Once the student visa is issued, a copy must be provided to the School. Before entry to the School you will be provided with both the Boarding and Admissions Booklets and any information regarding orientation, stationery and uniforms etc.

Policies and Conditions of Enrolment

Overseas students applying to the School must undertake studies on a full-time basis, be academically qualified for the proposed course, be proficient in English at the required level, and have the financial capacity to cover all expenses including return airfares and living costs, and they must be of good health.

The School Rules, Social Code, Uniform and Discipline and Enrolment Agreement forms are all important documents and should be read carefully. The Enrolment Agreement form must be signed and returned to the School with your first fee payment. Students must abide by the terms and conditions specified in the Application for Admission and the Enrolment Agreement. Students are required to start on the first day of each term and finish on the last day of each term so they are enrolled and participating in School activities. An exception may only be made with specific permission of the Headmaster. Students shall attend all applicable lessons, classes, test and examinations during a course as well as submitting all assignments that are applicable to their chosen subjects.

For purposes of safety and duty of care, The Southport School’s enrolment policy requires that visa students in Years 1 to 12 have one of their parents residing on the Gold Coast to supervise and be responsible for them. Visa students in Years 7 to 12 who do not have a parent residing on the Gold Coast live in the School’s Boarding House to ensure that students are safe and properly cared for, and to provide suitable conditions for study. For further information please refer to the following Overseas Student policies located on our Policies Page.

High School Preparation Course

The Southport School requires evidence of sufficient proficiency in English to successfully meet the curriculum demands. To best prepare a boy for a successful start at TSS we recommend that high school students attend one of the following ELICOS Centres and are generally expected to undertake 2 terms of High School Preparation course (HSP). The Studies Department of The Southport School closely monitors the boys’ progress and advises the family of the best commencement date at TSS.

Browns English Language School

Tel:+61 7 5561 1192 Email: [email protected]
Photo Gallery: https://brownsenglish.edu.au/agentpage/multimedia/pictures


Tel:+61 7 5531 1990 Email: [email protected]
Photo Gallery: https://aicol.com.au/aicol-facilities/

Visa Requirements

For further details regarding visa requirements, please refer to the website of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) – http://www.immi.gov.au/

Further details can be obtained from the Admissions Office on:

Phone: +61 1300 877
Fax: + 61 7 5591 2124 Email: [email protected]

CRICOS Provider No. 00523F “The Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane trading as The Southport School”

Important internet sites for Overseas Students:

Studying in Australia: http://studyinaustralia.gov.au
Study Gold Coast: http://www.studygoldcoast.org.au

Australian Student Accommodation

During school holidays if the boy is not returning to their parents during the break, Homestay can be arranged through Australian Student Accommodation . Please refer to the below application form and policies.

Homestay Application Form

Homestay Policies & Procedures

Homestay Feedback Form for International Students

Homestay Host Family End of Term Survey

TSS School Accommodation and Welfare Policy