Primary school education in NSW takes 7 years. It begins in kindergarten when children are 5 years old and ends in Year 6 when they're 12. The international student program is offered at selected schools in the Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong areas.

You can apply for up to 2 years of study as an international student in a NSW primary school.


  • there are no English language entry requirements
  • children aged from 5 to 10 must live with a parent during their time in Australia
  • children aged 11 and 12 can live with a parent, or a direct relative approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

If you'd like help with your application, the Department of Education International (DE International) has a worldwide network of representative agents to guide you through the process.

What you need

  • your personal details
  • certified copy of your birth certificate or your passport
  • visa details (if applicable)
  • your accommodation and welfare documentation
  • overseas student health cover (OSHC) details (if applicable)
  • evidence of satisfactory progress in literacy and numeracy (if applicable)
  • certified translations of all supporting documents that are not in English
  • your method of payment.

How to apply

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Select the 'Download PDF form' button.
  3. Complete and sign the form.
  4. Gather all your supporting documents.
  5. Email your application to

More information

  • All NSW government primary schools are co-educational schools, with boys and girls in the same classes.
  • Students who are wanting to enrol in a NSW government high school after they've completed Year 6 may be required to do an intensive English language course during the second semester of Year 6.
  • DE International representative agents are also able help you with visa applications if you wish.
  • There are 4 school terms:
    • Term 1 begins in January
    • Term 2 begins in April
    • Term 3 begins in July
    • Term 4 begins in October.
  • Primary school applicants can enrol from Term 1 to Term 4.
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