Thank you for considering The Friends' School for your child's educational needs.

We encourage you to get in contact with your local agent or to contact our Enrolments Office if you have any questions or would like any further information.

Our Enrolments Manager, Jen Scharkie, frequently attends education fairs around the world and would love to meet with you on her next visit to your part of the world.

Steps to International Student Enrolment.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Friends’ School in Hobart Tasmania. The Friends School accepts international students from all parts of the world reflecting our Quaker values of diversity and global connections. We offer enrolment subject to availability throughout the year where admission is of benefit to the student and a space is available.

  • Meet the age, academic requirements of the course you are applying to.
  • Read our prospectus and our Purpose and Concerns
  • Read our school policies including boarding (Walker House) international and whole school.
  • Research your study pathways offered at Friends’.

All applications need to be completed fully and signed by both parents. The application fee will be applied at the time of an offer being made and included in the non-tuition costs. Each application is reviewed individually and independently by the Enrolments Manager.

  • Complete the Enrolment Application
  • Copy of Passport photo page
  • Previous 2 years of academic transcripts – (certified and translated into English if necessary)
  • A one-page letter/essay by the student-written in his or her own Handwriting.
  • Certified copies of certificates, awards demonstrating the applicant’s extra-curricular activities and service.
  •  A written reference from the student’s principal or class teacher at the time of application. (Certified and translated into English if necessary)
  • Copies of any certificates of public examinations (where applicable).
  • Results of your Australian Education  Services Assessment (AEAS) or other internationally recognised tests.

Once the required forms and documents have been received the Enrolments Manager and appropriate academic staff will review the application file.
A skype interview or interview in person will be arranged prior to an offer being made. Further information may be requested at this point.
Once a decision is made, your application will be acknowledged and, if successful, an Offer and an Enrolment Agreement will be sent to you.

To accept your offer to The Friends’ School you will need to:

  • Read, sign and return the written agreement to the Enrolments Manager
  • Payment of offer monies must be paid by the due date noted in your offer. If we do not receive payment by the date specified, priority will be given to other applicants.
  • On receipt of signed agreement and payment, confirmation of Enrolment will be issued.

If you are applying through a Friends’ approved agent, your agent can assist you with your visa application.

You will have needed to have accepted your offer and received your Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment and Welfare (CAAW) Letter before you can apply for your Student Visa.

If you have opted for the School to purchase your Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) you will also need to provide the evidence (Policy Letter) with your visa application. This will be sent to you at the same time as the Confirmation of Enrolment.

Congratulations! We are looking forward to welcoming you to The Friends’ School very soon.

Please contact either your agent or the Enrolments Manager before booking flights. If you are a boarding student, you may not arrive before the date specified on your welfare arrangements.

If boarding, you will be emailed all Walker House forms that will need completing fully (leaving no blank answers) and returned to the Enrolments Manager by the date specified when provided to you.

Please read the student information to prepare for your arrival and make sure you contact enrolments if you have any questions.

Living in Australia

The Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs Living in Australia web pages contain information and publications about life in Australia and links to government settlement services including help learning English. These pages also provide information about Australian values and the cultural diversity of Australia’s people.

Study Tasmania is also a useful website for students considering study here.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

All Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Visa. This Health Cover provides medical and hospital insurance while living in Australia.

Students must not arrive in Australia before the date of commencement of Health Cover. If you are in Australia and do not have adequate health insurance, you are in breach of visa condition 8501.

The Friends’ School can organise OSHC coverage for students through Medibank Private, or students can select an approved OSHC provider and organise their own cover.  Please consider Medibank Privates Price List for OSHC.

Students can find out the length of Health Cover required at student visa grant periods.

Students must include the Policy Number of the OSHC in their Student Visa 500 application to the Australian Visa Office.

Visa Requirements

Please visit the Department of Home Affairs website for information about Student Visa applications and requirements. Students must comply with the requirements of the Department of Home Affairs in regard to regulations governing international student entry to Australia.

ESOS Framework

The Australian Government wants International students in Australia to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding place to study. Australia’s laws promote quality education and consumer protection for international students. These laws are known as the ESOS legislative framework and they include the Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018. Families and Students should make themselves familiar with this Simplified student visa framework.