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Studying in Northern Territory schools

Studying in Northern Territory (NT) schools and colleges offers you:

  • entry pathway into Charles Darwin University and other Australian universities
  • English language instruction
  • many subjects to choose from including mathematics, physics, chemistry, english, artistic studies and vocational education and training (VET) courses
  • specialist modern facilities including libraries, laboratories, gymnasiums, music and drama studios and sporting fields
  • academic and wellbeing support for students from qualified teachers and support staff.

The Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) is awarded at the end of year 12 to students who successfully meet it's requirements. With the right combination of subjects, students may then qualify for an Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank (ATAR). An ATAR is recognised by universities internationally and at all universities in Australia.

Northern Terrtory Government schools

Three boys standing cattingThe NT Department of Education is registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and can offer places to international students at any government school.

These NT Government schools in Darwin have intensive English language units:

The NT Department of Education has an International Education Unit which coordinates services for international students studying in government schools. This includes:

  • recruiting and placing international students (including dependents of people who hold temporary resident visas) in government schools
  • managing the Homestay Program for international secondary students.

Find out how to enroll at a government school on the Northern Territory Government website.

Private schools

Other non-government schools and colleges (known in other countries as private or independent schools) registered for international students are:

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College

Four students in from of collegeOur Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College, Alice Springs, caters for students from transition to year 12 with students located across three campuses: Transition to year 4 at Bath Street, year 5 to year 8 at Traeger Avenue, and year 9 to year 12 at Sadadeen Road.

The college is a systemic Catholic school responsible to the NT Catholic Education Office, in the tradition of the Marist Brothers, under the auspices of the Catholic Diocese of Darwin. It is a member of Marist Schools Australia.

PO Box 2508
Alice Springs NT 0871
t: +61 8 8950 6400
f: +61 8 8952 4607
e: admin.olshalice@nt.catholic.edu.au
w: www.olshalice.catholic.edu.au

St John’s Catholic College

Group of students working at a computerSt John’s Catholic College is an independent private co-educational and residential college with students from all over the NT, North Western Australia, North Queensland and also across the world including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, China and Vietnam. The college caters for students from years 7 to12 and offers the NTCET through the South Australian Board of Studies (SACE) from years 10 to 12. The school is centrally located in the Darwin CBD precinct and adjacent to George Brown Botanical Gardens.

St John’s Catholic College has a reputation for the pastoral care of its students, especially its international students, as well as for its academic excellence. The college places academic excellence as its top priority and apart from offering the SACE subjects which can lead to a tertiary entrance ranking (ATAR) for university study, the school also offers vocational education and training and university courses and community learning, for example, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award,  Army Cadets.

Years 7 to 9 (middle school) curriculum is designed to maximise the capacity of all learners to achieve the standards identified in the Australian curriculum in order to be successful learners, confident, creative individuals, active and informed citizens.

St John’s Catholic College offers a specialist, one-year intensive English course providing new international students, with minimal English, the skills they need to listen, speak and write in English and to prepare them for the academic demands towards the completion of their SACE studies.

In addition to their academic studies, international students from St John’s Catholic College are also involved in local sports, community events, camps and exchange programs to Japan and Indonesia.

Recent past international students have graduated from a range of high profile universities in Australia completing a number of degrees including Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Law.

LMB 13
Darwin NT 0801
t: +61 8 8982 2222
f: +61 8 8982 2204
e: admin.stjohns@nt.catholic.edu.au
w: www.stjohnsnt.catholic.edu.au

The Essington School

Group of students in front of school(Includes The Essington International Senior College, Charles Darwin University)

The Essington International Senior College offers the NTCET and studies in the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). Students also complete nationally accredited certificates or an undergraduate subject as students of Charles Darwin University during their senior secondary years. 

PO Box 42321
Casuarina NT 0811
t: +61 8 8985 0100
f: +61 8 8948 1910
e: administration@essington.nt.edu.au
w: www.essington.nt.edu.au