Saturday School of Community Languages

Connection Diversity Excellence

Telephone9244 5748

International students

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 Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code 2007.

For more information on the ESOS framework see the federal government Department of Education and Training website:

For information about student visa requirements refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website.

Contact a member of the executive team at your Saturday School centre if you have any concerns or questions about your studies, personal issues or other problems.

Attendance and course requirements

  • You must attend a minimum of 80% of all scheduled classes. If you do not meet attendance requirements you may be reported to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, unless there are compassionate or compelling circumstances (guidelines are provided below).
  • You must provide a doctor's certificate for any absences of 3 days or more. The doctor must be a registered medical practitioner. If you are absent for 1 or 2 days, a letter of explanation must be provided by your guardian or if you are over 18 years, you can provide your own written explanation.
  • You must meet course progress requirements. Your Saturday School centre will provide you with information about course requirements as outlined by the NSW Educational Standards Authority. 

Accommodation and welfare arrangements

  • If you are under 18 years, you must maintain your approved accommodation, support and welfare arrangements. If these arrangements are approved by the NSW Department of Education, you must not change those arrangements without prior written approval. Requests to change the arrangements must be made in writing to the International Students Centre and signed by your parents.
  • If you want to change your homestay, you should contact the International Student Coordinator at your weekday school.
  • NSW Department of Education recommends that students over 18 years old continue to live with relatives or homestay families. Changes to accommodation should be within reasonable travelling distance to your weekday school.
  • Your parent or relative (approved guardian) must notify your weekday school of your residential address within 7 days of arriving in Australia and notify any changes of address and contact details within 7 days. Students over 18 years who change address must also notify their school within 7 days. Your Saturday School centre must also be notified of any changes relating to your enrolment.

Conditions of enrolment

You must adhere to school rules and the terms and conditions of enrolment as stated on the enrolment application form.

Your school may suspend or cancel your enrolment on grounds of misbehaviour. For further information about student behaviour and suspension and expulsion of students, refer to an executive team member at your Saturday School centre.

Taking leave

If you are going to be absent for a week or more during school term, your parents must request approval from your weekday school principal. You must not defer your start date or take extended leave without the principal's permission. Approval is only granted on compelling or compassionate grounds.


If you obtain Work Rights on your visa, you are able to work during holiday periods. Any part-time work during school term must not interfere with your school studies and must not exceed 20 hours per week.

More information

For further information please refer to the International Students Coordinator at your weekday school, a member of the executive team at your Saturday School centre or the International Student Centre of NSW.