A world class education in a safe corner of the globe
St Michael’s Collegiate welcomes international students from all over the world. A sharing of cultures and experiences fosters understanding, acceptance and deep friendships amongst our girls and young women.
While studying at Collegiate international students are offered an outstanding education, inclusive of a unique blend of academic excellence, a nurturing environment, the encouragement of each girl’s individual development and the opportunity to develop their English language abilities.
The Hobart lifestyle
Collegiate is located in the capital city of Hobart in Tasmania, Australia's southernmost state. Tasmania is home to approximately half a million residents and offers a warm and welcoming lifestyle. The School is fortunate to be able to offer a world class education in a safe and friendly community. Tourists are drawn to Tasmania for its pristine wilderness, gourmet food and wine, historic architecture, unique wildlife and an established art scene which includes the world renowned MONA (Museum of Old and New Art).
Despite its convenient inner-city location, the School enjoys idyllic grounds and ample green space for student relaxation. All this is offered just a few minutes walk from the CBD, the vibrant waterfront precinct and the legendary Salamanca Market.
The Boarding House is situated in the leafy, green gardens of the Senior School campus. It provides a safe, caring and supervised environment for international students while they are studying and forming lifelong friendships.
Further information about Tasmania can be found at http://www.discovertasmania.com.au/
English as an Additional Language (EAL) support
We are delighted that our Head of EAL and Coordinator of International Students, Mrs Leah Rosebrock, was celebrated in the 2015 Study Tasmania International Education Shine Awards as Teacher of the Year in the Schools Sector.
Programs led by Mrs Rosebrock demonstrate best practice in promoting intercultural interaction, developing strong friendships and fostering a rich degree of understanding amongst students. As a result our international students are now a seamless part of our school culture.
International Student Enrolment Procedures
Enquires from international students can be directed to our 2016 International Students Agents. Collegiate works in conjunction with these agents who facilitate all aspects of international student enrolments. Enquiries may also be made directly to our Head of Enrolments, Mrs Trisha Lowe by email.
Complete the International Student Expression of Interest Form and forward it to your Collegiate affiliated agent or directly to Collegiate via fax (+61-3-62114955) or email, together with your daughters two latest school reports, and a copy of her passport.
In order for us to know your daughter’s academic level and English language abilities, we may ask you to do an English test (AEAS) before progressing further with the enrolment.
We will assess the application for enrolment and school reports and, if accepted, issue to you (or via the agent) the Offer of Place, which will outline the details of your enrolment.
After you have signed the International Student Enrolment Agreement attached to the Offer of Place and as soon as Collegiate receives the payment as outlined in the Offer of Place, the School then proceeds with the enrolment. We will notify the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship by sending to them an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE). We will also complete and have the Principal sign a Guardianship Declaration. Copies of both these documents will be emailed to you (or via agent).
With these forms, you will then apply for a student visa for your daughter. You will need to contact Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (usually located at either the Australian Embassy or Australian High Commission or Consulate office) in your country.
Only after the Visa has been granted should you make your daughter’s flight bookings. Please view our 2016 term dates and note that students need to arrive in Hobart the day before school commences. As soon as your daughter’s flight bookings are confirmed please notify Collegiate by email.
On arrival at Hobart Airport, your daughter will be met by the Director of Boarding and International Students (or her representative) and, once at the School, your daughter will be settled into the Boarding house. Before she starts her classes, she will have an English Assessment test to determine her English level, and she will meet with the Academic Dean to select her subjects and be provided with a school timetable. She will also have an interview with the Principal and she will be introduced to her House Dean and Mentor. Further on-going support is provided by the Director of Boarding and International Students, the International Student coordinator and the Head of Senior School or Middle School.
Policies and Conditions of Enrolment
The Offer of Place letter (in Step 2 above) contains details of Collegiate’s International Student Conditions of Enrolment, International Student Visa Regulations and Code of Conduct, International Student Refund Policy and International Student Enrolment Agreement.
Collegiate has many other policies and reports, including our Grievance Policy, with which international students and their parents should make themselves familiar. To view these policies and reports please visit the Policies page on our website.
Other Useful Links The Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Levy is required by the Commonwealth Government and is payable prior to commencement at the School. Students must maintain OSHC for the period covered by their visa. The School currently arranges OSHC on a 12 monthly basis and the levy is added to your daughter’s school fees each year. For further information please refer to the website https://www.ahm.com.au
The Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Citizenship 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. Please refer to https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/
The Australian Government wants overseas students in Australia to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding place to study. Australia’s laws promote quality education and consumer protection for overseas students. These laws are known as the ESOS framework and they include the Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code 2007. Parents and Students should make themselves familiar with this framework. For further information please refer to the website here
The Overseas Students Ombudsman investigates complaints about problems that overseas students may have with their private education and training in Australia. Overseas students or family or friends of overseas students who are concerned about a problem a student is having can contact the Ombudsman. The Overseas Student Ombudsman is independent and impartial. For further information please refer to the website http://www.ombudsman.gov.au/about/overseas-students