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

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 'Apply online' button.
  3. Register as a new student.
  4. Complete and submit your online application.

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.
Last updated: 20 May 2024

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