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Homestay is for visiting students who want to experience the real-life Australian lifestyle by living with an Australian Host Family during their stay. Homestay gives visiting students the best opportunity to practice their English conversation skills in everyday life, while ensuring safe accommodation and a caring home environment. Visiting students often develop lasting friendships with their Australian host families.


Homestay fast facts

  • Host families are carefully selected from within the school community and they are always asked to provide a caring and nurturing environment for our International students.
  • All adults over the age of 18 residing at the homestay are required to have a valid suitability card; the school can assist with this no-cost application.
  • Host families are required to attend an Orientation session where they will receive comprehensive information to ensure the student has a fulfilling Homestay experience and that they are familiar with all EQI requirements.
  • Host families provide visiting students with full board, including three nutritious meals a day and snacks.
  • Host families provide assistance to access appropriate transport to and from school and related school activities.
  • Students are responsible for all costs of transportation to and from school and extra-curricular activities.
  • Students will have their own individual bedroom with study facilities.
  • Students may be placed in a homestay with a student from a different nationality.

Homestay Costs

Gold Coast region Homestay families receive $282.00* per week for the 2017 calendar year. This based on the student welfare period which is normally one week before Term One and one week after Term Four.

Students normally return home over the Christmas vacation, however, a holding fee will be paid to the homestay family based on $50.00 per week. (This is invoiced directly by the school to the student).

* Study Tour funding for homestay families is completely different to this and the school will advise the funding on a tour-by-tour basis.

Department of Education and Training Trading as Education Queensland International
CRICOS Provider Code: 00608A