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Overseas Applications

Since 2002 Tara has welcomed a small number of students from overseas each year, providing a friendly, supportive environment that encourages the educational development and personal growth for all students.

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Consistently, Tara celebrates outstanding results achieved by our students, who proceed to universities in Australia and overseas to undertake a broad range of studies. Congratulations to our Class of 2019, we appreciate the hard work of students and staff that has culminated in this great outcome.

Girls who are granted a VISA to study in Australia, especially Boarders who live away from their family, have an opportunity to broaden their perspective on the world and will benefit greatly from their Tara experience. Read about Overseas Students here in our information booklet (PDF 547.7KB) to learn more.

Tara has a rich tapestry of diverse cultural backgrounds and is registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) as Provider 02320A. The following courses are offered by Tara,

Junior School

  • CRICOS Course Code: 086010J, Primary (Kindergarten to Year 6)

Senior School

  • CRICOS Course Code: 041575K, Junior Secondary (Years 7 to 10)
  • CRICOS Course Code: 041576J, Senior Secondary (Years 11 and 12)

English Language Proficiency

Students for whom English is an additional language are asked to provide a certificate of English proficiency. Tara recognises testing results from iSTARTOnline Assessment Testing Services and Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS).

Students may also wish to better prepare by undertaking an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS). Satisfactory results need to be provided prior to commencement with Tara.

English Proficiency requirements at Tara are an AEAS (or equivalent) minimum result of Stanine,

  • 4 – 5 for commencement in Years 4 to 6
  • 6 – 7 for commencement in Years 7 to 10
  • 8 – 9 for commencement in Years 11 to 12

To support students from non English speaking families, the School also offers a supportive English as an Additional Language (EAL/D) program during a student’s enrolment.

Enrolment Process

Applications will be reviewed when a completed application form is lodged with the following documentation, translated into English if necessary,

  • birth certificate,
  • student & both parent’s passports,
  • immunisation history,
  • two most recent school reports,
  • English proficiency test results,
  • a short self-introductory video made by the applying student, and
  • arrange payment of the non-refundable $220 Application Fee.

Completed applications, reviewed as satisfactory by our Registrar, will be scheduled for a family Enrolment Interview, with both the student and parents. If successful following an interview, a place at Tara will be offered to the student.

Tara will lodge Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and, if applicable, a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) letter with the Australian Department of Home Affairs and provide you with a copy for VISA applications, only following Parent acceptance of our offer, including initial fee payments.

Accommodation and Welfare

All Senior School Overseas Students, who are not accompanied by a direct family member (approved by the Australian Department of Home Affairs), are required to board in Tara’s boarding facilities, Eggleton House.

Eggleton House is a safe and homely environment for students from Years 5 to 12. Boarding girls come from a mixture of overseas families, rural Australian and Sydney based families. Our Boarders enjoy the beautiful parklands and learning facilities on campus and take part in a range pastoral programs, competitive sports and cocurricular activities.

Overseas Students, who are Boarders, will require their family to appoint a Carer Guardian, who speaks the family’s home language, to act as a liaison between the School and the parents. All welfare arrangements require the Principal’s approval.

Junior School students need to be attended by a direct family member, who will reside with them locally, until boarding at Tara is a possibility in Senior School years.

It is important for families applying for enrolment from overseas, to know their rights and responsibilities. For more information visit the following;

Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Framework

Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act

Australian Government’s Guide to Study In Australia

Australian Department of Home Affairs – Exploring VISA Options