Overseas Students

Norwest Christian College is a diverse, multicultural learning community that celebrates individual differences and values the cultural enrichment brought by students from other countries. The College is recognised for its excellent quality education programs which it extends to overseas students (CRICOS Provider No. 02257C). 

The College hosts a small number of overseas students in each cohort. Our students must be living in Australia with a parent or a member of their family. They enjoy integrating into our vibrant college and experiencing Australian culture first hand. Students are included in social networks with Australian students, vastly improving their English speaking ability. 

The College has a wealth of experience in teaching and integrating overseas students, typically from China, South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Our teachers are hand-picked, exceptional educators who teach and guide students to be responsible local and global citizens. The College has a range of staff committed to helping students transition to their new country and integrate into the College community. 

To request further information, contact our Student Enrolment Manager: 
Michelle de Rooy E: enrol@nwcc.nsw.edu.au P: +61 2 8889 4600


Course Description

All courses are studied on campus at Norwest Christian College, Riverstone, Australia. Students in Years 7 to 12 receive a student handbook at the beginning of each school year which contains information about assessments for that year. 

Additional information about course content can be obtained from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) website.   

Primary - Kindergarten to Year 6 (Course Code 041239D)
This is a 7-year course for students aged from 5 years.  

Secondary - Years 7 to 10 (Course Code 041240M) 
Secondary consists of 2 stages - Stage 4 and Stage 5. Stage 4 contains mandatory curriculum covering all learning areas. Stage 5 includes elective subjects and upon successful completion, students may be awarded the NSW Record of School Achievement (RoSA).  

Senior - Years 11 and 12 (Course Code 041241K) 
The Senior Years consists of a 2 year course - Year 11 Preliminary and Year 12 Higher School Certificate (HSC) - and upon successful completion, students may be awarded the NSW Higher School Certificate.  

Entry Criteria for Years 7 to 12 
International students are required to demonstrate English language proficiency for admission and continuation into Years 7 to 12 at Norwest Christian College. The results from the Academic and General International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) and equivalent English examinations are used in conjunction with school reports to determine the readiness of students for Year 7 to 12 courses. 

Minimum English Proficiency Scores

Year IELTS Minimum result in all Bands
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Enrolment Process for Overseas Students

1. Discover  

Our friendly Student Enrolment Manager is more than happy to speak with you and answer any of your questions about the College prior to you engaging in the enrolment process.

2. Apply 

Download the Overseas Student Application form or call our Student Enrolment Manager on +61 2 8889 4600 and send the completed form to the College by:  

E: enrol@nwcc.nsw.edu.au 
M: PO Box 6335, Rouse Hill Town Centre, NSW 2155 Australia 
F: + 61 2 9627 463

Please include your $500 non-refundable application fee when submitting your application. Payment options are included in the application form. If you are enrolling more than one child, download and complete the additional child form as needed to be included with your application.

3. Application Review  

Once we have received your application, it will be reviewed and assessed by our Enrolment Committee to ensure the student’s English proficiency, qualifications and experience are appropriate for the course. Our Student Enrolment Manager will contact you with the result of your enrolment application, and let you know if your application will be eligible to progress or whether you will be placed on our waiting list.

4. Enrolment Interview  

At a mutually convenient time, we will arrange an over the phone interview for you with the Principal, and if you are already in Australia we can give you and your family a tour of the College.

5. Offer of Enrolment 

Following the enrolment interview, if successful, a Letter of Offer will be sent to you along with an Enrolment Agreement and other required enrolment paperwork to review and complete by an advised date.

6. Acceptance of Offer 

An Offer of Enrolment is accepted and secured when all the relevant enrolment paperwork is returned, including the signed Enrolment Agreement, by the advised date.

7. Welcome to Norwest  

Once we have processed your Offer of Enrolment acceptance, you will be sent Confirmation of Enrolment correspondence outlining commencement dates, orientation days, uniform fittings, and other pertinent details which will assist your child’s transition into the College Community. Prior to your child commencing, you will need to submit a bond payment and a full year's fee in advance as stated in the 2021 Overseas Student Fee Schedule.  

Contact our Student Enrolment Manager on +61 2 8889 4600 or enrol@nwcc.nsw.edu.au with any queries regarding the enrolment process.

The College’s K-12 Enrolment Policy  is also available for your information.

Living in Sydney, Australia

Norwest Christian College 

The College campus is set on 15 acres in a tranquil, semi-rural environment in the heart of Sydney’s rapidly growing Norwest development sector, approximately 45mins from the centre of Sydney.

Living in Sydney  

Australia is one of the most diverse and welcoming countries. Sydney is Australia’s largest and most beautiful city, and as a global city is a fantastic location to begin your Australian education.  

While in Sydney enjoy our harbour, beaches, wildlife, and mountains. The Australia Government provide information on the Tourism Australia website, and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection offers helpful facts about living in Australia

Studying in Australia  

Studying in Australiaand Schools in Australia provide valuable information to assist your decision to study in Australia.  

Cost of Living  

The cost of living in Australia may be different from the country of your origin.


Safety Information  

Your safety is important. Read health and safety factors related to living in Australia.

Regulations and Policies

Norwest Christian College and the Australian Government want our students' guests to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding experience. Australia’s laws promote quality education and consumer protection for overseas students.  

Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Framework

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework has been established to promote quality education and consumer protection for all overseas students so they can have a safe and enjoyable experience with their studies in Australia. This framework incorporates the ESOS Act 2000 and the National Code 2018. Prospective International Students and their parents are requested to read the ESOS Framework by accessing the link above.

Visa Conditions

When you are granted a student visa, you must abide by its conditions. Failure to comply with these conditions could result in the cancellation of your visa. These conditions include (but are not limited to): 

  • Complete the course within the duration specific in the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) 
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress 
  • Maintain satisfactory attendance (a 95% attendance is required, and all absences must be covered by a signed letter from the Student’s Guardian) 
  • Maintain approved Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) while in Australia
  • Notify the College’s Student Enrolment Manager of any change of address or contact details within 7 days.

Overseas Student Health Cover  

All international students must hold current Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) from an Australian health insurance provider to cater for the costs of medical and hospital care while living in Australia. OSHC also covers the cost of emergency ambulance transport and most prescription drugs. 

You will need to complete an Application for OSHC which is available from registered OSHC providers. Only Australian health funds that have signed an agreement with the Australian Government can provide OSHC. The College’s preferred OSHC provider is Medibank Private.

Overseas Students Ombudsman 

If you wish to lodge an external appeal or complain about a decision made by the College, you can contact the Overseas Students Ombudsman. The Overseas Students Ombudsman offers a free and independent service for overseas students.

See the Overseas Students Ombudsman or phone 1300 362 072 for more information. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and other information about the Overseas Students Ombudsman are also available on their website.