International Student

Meriden values diversity and welcomes international students from many different cultures, religions and backgrounds. Students from countries across the globe are part of the Meriden community. The school's inclusive and supportive community ensures a smooth transition into the day-to-day life of the school.

Meriden has an excellent record of consistently strong academic performance and our students proceed to universities in Australia and overseas to undertake a broad range of studies.

Our Enrolments Office would be happy to answer any questions in relation to enrolment and we encourage all our prospective students to arrange a guided tour.

Please note that there are additional terms of enrolment applicable to the enrolment of international students. For a list of these additional terms click here.

Courses Applicable to International Students

Meriden offers three registered courses applicable to international students:

  • Primary (Kindergarten to Year 6) Course Code: 041562D – 364 weeks’ duration.
  • Junior Secondary (Years 7 to 10) Course Code: 041563C – 208 weeks’ duration.
  • Senior Secondary (Years 11 and 12) Course Code: 041564B – 104 weeks’ duration.

The duration of the course includes the vacation periods in each school year. There may be some variation in the end date for a Year 12 student subject to her final examination timetable.

If a student wishes to undertake the Senior Secondary course (Years 11 and 12) at Meriden, she must have commenced her studies at the School by Year 10. The School may consider enrolment of the Student in Year 11 if she wishes to transfer from another school in Australia, provided she has been studying at that school for at least one year and can show evidence of satisfactory academic progress and English language competency.

English Language Competency

English language competency requirements apply for students wishing to enter Meriden in Years 4 to 10 who are from non-English-speaking backgrounds (NESB). There are no literacy pre-requisites for NESB students in Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3. NESB students wishing to enrol in Years 4 to 10 must meet the following literacy levels through testing by Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS) or the InternationalEnglish Language Testing System (IELTS). Documented evidence of the achievement of the required level must be submitted with the Application for Enrolment.

Year AEAS Level IELTS Level
4* ≥ 30 Not applicable
5* ≥ 35 Not applicable
6* ≥ 40 Not applicable
7 ≥ 61 Band 5.5
8 ≥ 61 Band 5.5
9 ≥ 71 Band 6
10 ≥ 81 Band 6

*Applicants for Years 4 to 6 who do not meet the literacy prerequisites set out in the table above will not be refused enrolment on this criteria alone. However, if such a student is offered enrolment at Meriden, the Parent will be required to pay, prior to commencement, an additional one full term’s tuition fee. This fee provides for intensive English language instruction, provided by the School over the coming academic year.

During the enrolment interview process, the Student must satisfy the following facets of English language competency to determine whether the Student’s English is at an acceptable level to proceed with an offer of enrolment:

  • Demonstrate her ability to respond in written form in English to Meriden’s Language Assessment (not literature based);
  • Demonstrate her English speaking capacity during a personal interview held at the School. The Student may be required to undertake additionalintensive English tuition at her own expense until a satisfactory level, including colloquial spoken English,is reached.

Exemptions to requirements for NESB students may be granted to students who live in an English-speaking country and have studied in an English-speaking school for at least twelve months.

Australian Government Regulations

ESOS Framework
The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) establishes legislative requirements and standards for the quality assurance of education and training institutions offering courses to international students who are in Australia on a student visa. For more information about this visit the Department of Education and Training website here.

Agents Representing Meriden
The Australian Department of Education (DEEWAR) requires each education provider within Australia to publish on its website a list of all persons who represent or act on the providers’ behalf in dealing with overseas students or intending overseas students. Click here to view a list of the organisations which have represented Meriden in this capacity.