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International students

Christ Church boarders come from many countries and different cultures. Boys are required to live on the Claremont campus as part of the Walters Residential Community where the boys are fully supervised and provided with daily tutoring support and guidance. For more information see our boarding page. Please view the School’s policy and compliance links (left) for international students before submitting an application. Click here for information on how to apply.

English proficiency

Christ Church has a long tradition of educating boys for whom English is an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D). Some of these students come from remote regions of Australia and others come from countries all around the world.

The student’s wellbeing is our first and foremost consideration when making decisions about the entry and instruction of an EAL/D boy. Christ Church has a high standard of academic excellence and therefore students require a satisfactory level of proficiency in English before enrolling at the School. Christ Church provides EAL/D classes across Years 7 – 12, however, the School is not an intensive language centre.

As part of the application process, the School must be provided with all relevant information regarding possible learning difficulties, and students must undertake an English assessment test by an organisation such as Australian Education Assessment Services. A place at the School is conditional on reaching the required standard prior to enrolment. For this reason, we require mandatory re-testing by AEAS before final enrolment, the results of which are used to ensure optimal placement of students in regard to year level and choice of subjects.

In order to best enable the School to support EAL/D students, students are usually admitted in Terms 1 and 3 only.

Local carer

All full fee overseas students need a Perth based adult relative or family friend over the age of 25 to act as a local carer. A boy’s local carer performs a vital role in acting in loco parentis as the main contact for the School. It is therefore very important that the local carer is proficient in English. If necessary, the local carer has to be able to meet the student on arrival from overseas and look after him until the boarding house opens. The local carer will also need to be prepared to accommodate the student in case of an illness that necessitates him temporarily living apart from the other boarders. The boarding houses are closed during mid-term breaks and school holidays, therefore, unless a student travels home, he will need to stay with his local carer at these times. Read here for more information.

Health cover

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. We also have a modern and well-staffed health centre located adjacent to the residential community. It caters for the primary health care and well-being of all boarding and day students. For more information visit our Health Centre page.