Newington College

International students

International students are welcomed from all over the world and are an integral part of the Newington College community.

Study at Newington

Newington’s enviable location in Sydney’s Inner West provides an ideal environment for our international students to study, play and excel side-by-side with local students.

Under the provisions of the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code 2007, Newington College seeks to provide international students with a safe, enjoyable, and rewarding experience, consistent with national education standards. Australia’s laws promote quality education and consumer protection for overseas students. These laws are known as the ESOS framework and include the Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) Act 2000 and The National Code.

Newington College is registered by State and Federal Government departments to accept Full Fee-Paying Overseas Students (CRICOS Provider Code 02290B).

A strong pastoral care team supports our international students, including mentors, Heads of House, Counsellors and the Careers Counsellor. Strong support is provided by the Head of Boarding and the boarding community.

The Admissions Office can liaise directly with families or a representative of the family. Get in touch to discuss possibilities for your child.

What you need to know

We understand that an overseas student must be able to satisfactorily cope with the academic program as well as participate fully in the life of the school. Therefore, Newington College requires that any Overseas Student fulfil the following prerequisites for enrolment:

It is essential that the student has successfully achieved the necessary academic background to enable them to commence the course for which they wishes to enrol at Newington. They must have studied their preferred subject choices in their previous school. We require submission of academic reports from the previous 2 years with the Application for Enrolment.

Students in Years K-6 will have their English proficiency assessed at interview. The decision to offer the student admission will sit with the Head of School.

For Students in Years 7-12, International Students must be able to demonstrate competence in English and must provide a recent AEAS or IELTS assessment with their Application for Enrolment. 

English requirements

  • Year 7 and Year 8: AEAS: 61+ (Upper Intermediate)
  • Year 9 and Year 10 (Semester 1): AEAS: 71+ (Pre-advanced)
  • Year 10 (Semester 2) and Year 11: AEAS: 81+ (Advanced) IELTS: 6.5

In order to meet the above standards, students may need to spend a period of intensive study at an Australian Language College. This service is not provided by the College and the family will need to seek alternative arrangements.

International Student Fees

In addition to the College Fees, extra International Student Fees apply.

Find out more about International Student Fees on our Fees webpage.

When Parents are not living in Australia

Pending availability, Overseas Students in Year 9-12 may live onsite in the College’s boarding house if their parent/s are living overseas. However, it is the responsibility of the student and their family to ensure the student has suitable homestay arrangements during holiday periods.

Guardian and Student Welfare Arrangements

Overseas Students must have a responsible adult appointed as their guardian. The guardian is to act as a parent in all matters relating to College policy, order and discipline. Please note that even when a student is 18 years of age or older the school still requires the same parent/guardian supervision as for all other students.

  • Irrespective of age, all Overseas Students must have a College approved guardian.
  • Irrespective of age, all Overseas Students must live in a College approved Homestay and stay with this arrangement until the end of their final examination period.

  • The student lives with a parent or immediate member of their family (over 25).
  • All guardians are English speaking.
  • The guardian is also the homestay parent.

Contact Us

Should you have further enquiries or wish to discuss specific enrolment opportunities for your child, please contact our Director of Admissions, Ms Shannon Kennedy.