Why study in NSW

Academic Excellence

  • Our schools offer academic excellence in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment. Students acquire high-level English language skills, study a wide range of subjects and develop future-focused capabilities.
  • Programs for gifted and talented students and extension subjects in senior high school ensure students are challenged and achieve their best.
  • Each year over 25% of our international students appear on the Higher School Certificate (HSC) Honour Roll.

Exceptional Teaching

  • Highly qualified, university–trained teachers are accredited through the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).
  • High-quality, engaging instruction inspires students to achieve their best in academic subjects, sports, the arts and many other areas of study.
  • Small class sizes provide more one-on-one guidance from teachers who cater for individual student needs and ensure each student achieves their maximum potential.

Student Welfare

  • Individual care is provided for every student in a safe and secure learning environment. Every school offers an orientation program. Buddy systems pair international students with local students to help them settle in and make new friends.
  • School-based student support personnel includes an international student coordinator, year adviser, school counsellor, careers advisor and English language support staff.
  • Students may also access our dedicated team of DE International advisors who provide additional support and individual services.

Learning Facilities

  • Digital technology is integrated through the school curriculum and facilitated through WiFi connectivity, tablets, laptops, interactive whiteboards, computers and video conferencing.
  • Modern facilities including science and language laboratories; libraries; auditoriums; arts, sport and recreational facilities designed to maximise student engagement, participation and learning. A range of technologies is provided for specialised subjects including 3D printers and robotics labs.
  • Increased engagement in learning is achieved through programming tools, virtual learning environments, game-based learning and multimedia creation tools and simulations.

Academic Pathways

  • The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is the highest qualification awarded in secondary education in NSW and is nationally and internationally recognised. It is awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed Years 11 and 12 at secondary school.
  • International students successfully progress to universities and colleges in NSW, Australia and overseas.
  • Past international students are now enjoying success at university and in professions both in Australia and overseas.

Language Support

  • High quality Intensive English Centres support high school-aged students who require English language improvement.
  • Our Intensive English Centres provide intensive English language tuition, orientation and welfare support, helping students adjust to their studies quickly.
  • Primary school students may receive language support through school-based English language support teachers.

Student Life

  • Students perform better in school when they live in a supportive family environment.
  • Homestay accommodation is a unique opportunity for international students in Years 9 to 12 to stay in an Australian family home and to learn about Australian culture. Homestay provider standards are regulated by DE International.
  • International students under 18 years of age must live with a parent or approved carer.

Global Opportunities

  • Sydney is ranked 7th in the QS Best Student Cities rankings, recognising its excellence as a top student destination worldwide (according to QS Best Student Cities 2024).
  • Students learn other languages and connect with students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds in the multicultural environment of our schools.
  • Living and studying in NSW develops students as global citizens, enabling them to live and work anywhere in the world.