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Schools with International Students Looking for a Homestay in Brisbane

In this article you will find a comprehensive list of schools in Brisbane that have international students that may be looking for homestays in Brisbane with your family.

Homestay in Brisbane is considered to be the most important component contributing to the success of an international student’s study program. At times, international students may encounter problems academically, socially or culturally. With the right homestay host who is understanding, patient, kind who cares, international students can achieve academic success and take home some wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Homestay Brisbane

These Brisbane schools are often looking for host or homestay families to provide food, accommodation and a family life to these overseas students. These can be short term – a few days or long term a few years.

If you are interested, click on the school name and read more!

Catholic & Independent Private schools:

These schools may have international students looking for a homestay in Brisbane.

Brisbane Boys’ College (Toowong)

Brisbane Christian College (Salisbury)

Canterbury College (Waterford)

Citipointe Christian College (Carindale)

Clayfield College (Clayfield)

Clairvaux MacKillop College

John Paul College (Daisy Hill)

Hillbrook Anglican School (Enoggera)

Lourdes Hill College (Hawthorne)

Mary Mackillop College (Nundah)

Mueller college (Rothwell)

Rivermount College (Yatala)

Southern Cross Catholic College (Scarborough)

St Aiden’s Anglican Girls’ School (Corinda)

Saint James College (Brisbane)

Saint John’s Anglican College (Forest Lake)

St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School (Ascot)

St. Paul’s School (Bald Hills)

West Moreton Anglican College (Karrabin)

State Schools looking for homestay host families:

International homestay students also attend many state schools across Brisbane. Try these schools to see if they your family can provide a homestay Brisbane style!

Alexandra Hills State High School

Balmoral State High School (Morningside)

Calamvale Community College

Cavendish Road State High School (Holland Park)

Centenary State High School (Jindalee)

Cleveland District State High School

Corrinda State High School

Craigslea State High School (Chermside West)

Ferny Grove State High School

Indooroopilly State High School

Kedron State High School (Wooloowin)

Kelvin Grove State High School

Kenmore State High School

Mitchelton State High School

Mt Gravatt State High School

North Lakes State College

Rochedale State High School

Sunnybank State High School

The Gap State High School

Whites Hill State College (Camp Hill)

Yeronga State High School

Blue Card

Homestay providers are considered to be “engaged in regulated employment”, as a volunteer, for the purposes of the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 (“the WWC Act”).
Each adult residing in a homestay home is taken to be a volunteer engaged in regulated employment, and must either hold a current Blue Card or positive Exemption Card (Queensland teachers and police officers only) before a student can be placed in the homestay home.
If a homestay applicant does not hold a current Blue Card, our staff will submit an application to Blue Card Services using the Blue Card Application Form. The homestay provider application can only be approved if a positive notice (Blue Card) is issued.
If a homestay provider applicant already holds a current Blue Card through an organisation other than our school, our staff will submit the Link an applicant/cardholder to this organisation form to Blue Card services.  Once this notification has been made, the WWC Act requirements have been met unless Blue Card Services informs the school otherwise.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ You find out more about Blue Card’s here.

Brisbane supports a whole host of International Students who come to study in our great city. From short term visits to long term stays the rewards for schools, students and the homestay families, like you are immense. We talked to 3 schools to find out more…

Why do the schools host students?

Margaret Dagan – Clayfield College Homestay Co-ordinator

Clayfield College has offered a homestay program since 2001. The homestay program is designed to help students experience a different culture and education from their country of origin. Our international student program caters for both male and female students from ages 10 to 18 years old.  We offer long-term homestay for students who plan to study in our English Language program for up to twelve months or students who may spend 3 – 4 years in our High School with a plan to graduate in Year 12.

Homestay is also offered for students who want to experience a 4 – 6 weeks English language course during their summer vacation from their respective country – usually around June/July/August time. Our short term Study Tours see us hosting students for 1 – 4 weeks at other times in the year. These students come from Japan, China, Taiwan, and Korea. Other short-term students come from Brazil, Portugal, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Korea and Japan for anywhere from 1 – 10 weeks.

To find out more about the Clayfield International College Homestay Programme click here.

What do the students say about the experience?

Maree Carr – Japanese Teacher – Southern Cross Catholic College

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Southern Cross Catholic College (SCCC) has hosted many students who visit from larger cities in Japan and so enjoy the laid-back coastal setting Brisbane offers. Many of them are surprised by the size of their homestay families’ homes and how short the school day is compared to their very busy lives in Japan.

The students from Kyoto found life in Australia particularly different from their lives in Japan with one student saying, “We wash clothes more frequently than Australian people. Australian people cherish water.” Another student also pointed out how nice it was to eat dinner with all family members, something that doesn’t happen often in Japan with the long hours fathers work and the long hours students tend to study.

When asked further about their homestay experiences and how it differed to life back in Japan, students also noted “Going to bed very early and [waking] up very early.” as something they had to get used to. It is not unusual for students in Japan to be up until all hours of the night studying or unwinding after a long day. Students often make up for their lack of sleep during class the following day; something frowned upon in Australia but considered completely acceptable – even complimentary – in a Japanese classroom.

To find out more about the Southern Cross Catholic College Homestay Programme click here

What does it take to be a homestay family?

Debbie Kemish Director of St Paul’s School International School

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St Paul’s host families come in all shapes and sizes – from single people with a love of travelling to young couples in a new home to parents and their children (both young and old) to retired couples.  At St Paul’s School, our homestays have one thing in common – a wish to welcome someone into their home and to assist them in learning about the Australian way of life and to chat to them in English so that they feel comfortable in their new surroundings and continue to grow in confidence and abilities through their teenage years. As the Guy family says ‘hosting International Students is all about having fun, interacting together and getting to really know each other. Spending quality time with our students doing the things we love.’

Of the over 100 families that are registered with St Paul’s to provide accommodation to international students, some offer long-term placements which means they see “their” student mature from a nervous new arrival to a graduating Year 12, with friends, skills and confidence.  Others offer short-term placements to students keen to capture their short stay in Australia with memories of interaction and outings with their host family. These short stays vary from 3 nights to 2 months.  The impact of the host family is a big one for these tours as the host families come to encapsulate “Australia” in their memories.

In the over 16 years that host families have been a part of the St Paul’s School community, the strength of many of the relationships continues on – making friendships with the international parents, catching up with students for a coffee or a meal when they leave and continue on at university in Southeast Queensland.  The links made sometimes leads to invitations to weddings a number of years after graduation and great holiday destinations.

Families who have the ability to welcome young people into their homes and to engage these youngsters may differ in many ways but they are all able to encourage our students in their journey.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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