The Scots School Albury welcomes international students to share in our academic, cultural and sporting programs. Our
international students enrich our environment and ensure all of our students have a connection with the broader world.
The Scots School Albury is CRICOS registered to provide education to international students who have obtained a student visa to study in Australia.
Applications are accepted from overseas students 18 years old and younger for positions from Kindergarten to Year 12.
All students enrolling in the Primary School, Kindergarten to Year 6, must live with a parent or suitable close relative as defined by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
It is the School’s preference that students applying for positions in Year 6 to Year 12 enrol as Boarders.
In cases where a student enrolling in Year 6 to Year 12 will live with a parent or suitable close relative enrolment as a Day Student may be considered.
Living in a homestay with a non-blood relative, other than for short holiday periods, is not permitted
All applications for enrolment should be submitted to the School by
The Enrolments Office
PMB 6006 AMDC
Albury NSW 2640
F: +61 2 6041 3210
International Student Handbook
It is important that all International Students familiarise themselves with the following information before starting the enrolment process set out below plus the information and policies Scots has in place in relation to international students.
These processes, policies and procedure together with everything else you need to know about being an international student at Scots are set out in our International Student Handbook
International Student Enrolment Process
Entry Level and Intake
International students can be enrolled at The Scots School Albury at any year level if a vacancy exists. The most common time for students to commence their course is at the beginning of the School year in late January. However it is possible for students below Year 10 to commence their studies later in the year where a position is available.
Students from a non-English speaking background applying for entry into Year 10 or Year 11 must commence at the start of the academic year. The only exception is where the student has been studying at another Australian school and is able to continue with, or with only minimal changes, their pattern of study.
English Language Entry Requirements
Our overseas students are valued members of our community and are encouraged to participate in all academic and non-academic opportunities available to them. A satisfactory standard of English and a good academic record of achievement are indicators of likely success.
Scots requires evidence of sufficient proficiency in English to successfully meet the curriculum demands of the enrolled course. This is a requirement under the 2007 National Code of Practice, Section D Standard 2.
It is a condition of enrolment that students applying for Years 7-12 complete an assessment through Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS) which interviews the student and tests the student’s English language proficiency, general ability and mathematical reasoning. Costs of testing are to be meet by parents and they or the education agent must organise the testing prior to submitting the application.
Scots requires different levels of English ability for students entering at different levels. In general terms, the older the student, the better his or her English must be:
- International students applying Years K – 6 will be based on the contents of their school reports and their character references and their interview.
- For students entering years 7 -10, the minimum level of English proficiency required is an Upper Intermediate score of 61 to 70 in the Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS) test or an IELTS score of 5.0. For year 11 and 12, it must be IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent. However achieving this does not guarantee a place.
Scots will consider the feedback from the AEAS tests plus the interview and may require the Student to attend a full-time intensive language course and review the results from the course before a letter of offer is made for mainstream classes at Scots. Scots has a relationship with Avalon College in Melbourne and recommends that students who require an intensive English course attend that college.
When new international students arrive at Scots, staff will conduct a series of tests to confirm their level of academic and English ability within 6 weeks of commencement. Support maybe offered in the form of additional tutoring.
Application for Enrolment
To apply for a position at Scots applicants should submit a completed International Student Application for Enrolment Form together with:
- The application fee of AU$150 (non-refundable)
- a copy of the student’s birth certificate, or other evidence of birth translated into English if necessary
- One passport sized photo of the student
- Copy of student’s passport and visa
- Copy of latest school reports (in English)
- AEAS test results(if applicable – only needed for entry into years 7 and above)
- Any ESL reports from a language college (if any) and
- any other documentation pertaining to the student’s English levels.
Please note that being registered does not guarantee entry into the School but places the applicant’s name on a list for interview.
The School will assess the application and if there is a vacancy and the student is considered to be a suitable candidate, arrangements will be made for an enrolment interview. Where the student is not able to come to the School in person the interview may take place by Skype or telephone.
As part of the interview and application review process, the School will consider any previous school reports, the student’s English language ability and other relevant personal experiences such as involvement in cultural, sporting and community service activities and their references will be considered.
Offer of Enrolment
Based on the process outlined above, should the School decide to offer a position to the student a Letter of Offer and a written International Student Enrolment Agreement together with Appointment of Guardian forms will be sent to the student.
To accept the offer the student’s parents or legal guardians are required to:
- sign the International Student Enrolment Agreement,
- return the signed International Student Enrolment Agreement to the School, and
- pay the initial fees in relation to tuition fees, boarding fees and other specified non- tuition fees for the first semester at the School.
Following receipt of the above, the School will issue a Certificate of Enrolment (CoE) and) where the student is a boarder, a letter approving Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare Arrangements (CAAW) will be provided in order to allow the student to apply for his or her student visa. The parents must immediately notify the School when the Student’s visa is issued. If a visa is refused then the School’s refund policy will apply. Parents must notify the School that the visa has been refused in order to receive a refund (The process for the refund is set out in the School’s International Student Refund Policy.
International students must advise the School’s Enrolments Office of their arrival details in Albury.
The current Fee Schedule for International Students together with conditions relating to payment of fees is available HERE. It sets out the terms and conditions relating to the payment of fees.
Some parents may prefer to use an agent who speaks their own language and is experienced in making student applications and applying for visas. Agents may charge a fee for their services.
Parents are not obligated to use an agent and applications are accepted from agents or directly from the student’s family.
Currently Scots only has an active agency agreement with CETA Worldwide Education:
Living in Australia
Living in Australia will be a new experience. There are support services at Scots as well as from other organisations to help make adjusting to life in Australia easier.
For information about Living in Australia visit the Australian government website www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/en/Living-in-Australia
The Scots School Albury is fortunate in its location in Albury to take advantage of a healthy and safe environment with access to some of the most outstanding natural beauty with idyllic rivers, lakes and mountains with the convenience of an easy commute to cities.
Albury is a vibrant community of around 30,000 people. It is a cosmopolitan and sophisticated city renowned for its educational excellence, friendly community and rich history and culture as well as having an abundance of sporting facilities, entertainment venues and a wide variety of shopping outlets. The city has a relaxed atmosphere and a low cost of living, while still offering all the facilities students would expect of a much larger metropolitan area.
Albury has a mild climate, with pleasant warm summers, extended spring and autumn seasons, and crisp winters with some frosty nights and occasional snow falls.
Transport to and from Albury
Qantas, Virgin Australia and Rex Airlines operate direct flights between Albury and Sydney, together operating 4 to 6 flights each way daily. Regional Express also operate a twice daily flight to Melbourne. There is daily train service to either Melbourne or Sydney and major coach companies also pass through the city each day en-route to Sydney and Melbourne.