FAQs

Mater Christi College has welcomed and supported students of all religions and cultural backgrounds through the challenging and rewarding experience of studying overseas in a second language since 1989. For more information, please visit our International Students page.

The College recommends a Grade Average of 80% or equivalent. Applicants with lower scores who display a positive attitude to learning and good social skills will also be favourably considered.

We believe that a small international student program creates the most successful experience and best results for students. With an enrolment of around 30 international students, each girl is known and supported so that she can become her best self.

Mater Christi College has its own well established English and Preparation Program. The program assists with classroom English and develops the study and research skills needed to succeed in Australia. It also provides the essential support for a smooth transition to mainstream studies.

Yes, Mater Christi College is an open-entry Catholic Secondary School. We welcome enrolments from families of all backgrounds, abilities and faiths.

In addition to the on-campus English and Preparation Program, the College provides comprehensive academic and welfare support for international students including:

  • Ongoing language support
  • Specialist Tutors, Counsellors and Nurses
  • Accommodation with Mater Christi Homestay families
  • University entry counselling
  • Assistance with banking and health services
  • First language communication with families
  • Airport collection

Homestay Host FAQs

Most international students are studying at Year 10, 11 or 12 level (ages 15 to 19), with a smaller number of younger students.

The College asks interested Hosts to complete an application form with details of the accommodation arrangements. Our Homestay Coordinator will arrange a time to visit applicants to discuss those arrangements, answer any questions and determine suitability of placements.

New international students commence at the College each school term – January, April, July and October.

In general, students should be provided with a single room with good heating and storage, study facilities, bathroom access shared with one other person, internet access and access to transport.

The primary responsibility of a Homestay Host is to provide a welcoming home environment and to be engaged with the physical, emotional, academic and social needs of the student.

The College maintains regular links with Homestay families through the Homestay Coordinator who is available to respond to concerns and liaise between students, hosts and the College.

Students pay a weekly Homestay fee of $310 while in residence and a small holding fee for periods of extended absence.