International students


As a provider of education and training services to international students, Christ Church Grammar School is required to comply with the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 and Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act).

Christ Church Grammar School is registered with the Commonwealth Government, CRICOS listing 00433G, and offers the following courses:

  • 035561M Primary Education Pre-primary to Year 6 (boys only, accompanied by parents)
  • 099034E Junior Secondary Education Years 7 to 10 (boys only, boarders)
  • 099033F Senior Secondary Education Years 11 to 12 (boys only, boarders)

View our Full-Fee Paying Overseas Students Handbook.

Boarding at Christ Church

Boarders at Christ Church 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 to 12, however, the School is not an intensive language centre.

As part of the application process, international applicants must sit an entrance test administered by Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS). This can often be done in your home country. The results of this test should be included with your application. 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.

If you are applying for a position between Years 1 and 3, the School may choose to interview you and your son to determine his proficiency with the English language. The School may make an offer conditional upon successful completion of an intensive English program prior to commencing at Christ Church Grammar School.

This is the School’s approach, as it does not offer an intensive English program, and students who do not speak English as their first language must have an adequate command of the language to ensure that they can manage the workload in mainstream classes.

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 insurance

All visa applications must provide evidence of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the proposed duration of their visa. OSHC is an insurance that provides cover on the costs for medical and hospital care which international students may need while in Australia. OSHC will also pay for most prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport. OSHC provides a safety net for international students, similar to that provided to Australians through Medicare, and includes access to some private hospitals, day surgeries, ambulance cover and benefits for pharmaceuticals. Parents must organise Overseas Student Health Cover for their son and provide a copy to Christ Church, so the School can issue the Confirmation of Enrolment for visa application purposes.