Westminster School welcomes International students of all nationalities and faiths who wish to experience the excellent standards of education, high-level integrated technology, and various opportunities to develop academic skills in friendly, safe, multicultural communities.
We offer an extensive range of subjects, foreign languages, sports, outdoor education, creative arts, music, leadership, and exchange programs around the world. We also provide individual learning plans and support to International students in order to ensure not only their academic progress, but also their physical safety and emotional wellbeing.
Westminster School is very proud of the academic success that International students have achieved over many years and most of them continue their tertiary education at internationally recognised universities in Australia, England, America, Japan or China.
Westminster School is located in Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. The school is an Early Learning Centre to Year 12, coeducational, day and boarding school. The school has approximately 1100 students in total and each year Westminster School has approximately 40 International students enrolled across our Preparatory and Senior Schools.
Westminster School has strong communication links with the parents of current and graduated International students. The Principal, Mr Simon Shepherd, regularly travels to many Asian and European countries to meet International students and their families.
As a part of the International Student Program, the International Student Coordinator hosts the Overseas Parents Meeting in major cities in China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam. This is a great opportunity for parents to find out how their child develops learning and interpersonal skills, both on and off campus.
For more information about being an International Student at Westminster, please read our International Student Handbook.
The WESTBridge Program is an intensive English course for newly-arrived International students, designed to prepare for a successful transition to mainstream classes. Students study with a specialist EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher, in a small class, to provide individual attention.
Depending on the student’s initial English level and the level required for their academic study, students spend 10 to 20 weeks developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken English. The course has a specific focus on the development of grammar, vocabulary, and English pronunciation. Students construct a range of texts, and develop research skills appropriate for Senior Secondary education. English language learning encompasses major subject areas, including Mathematics, Science, and Societies and the Environment.
While studying in the WESTBridge program, students are in the safe and supportive Westminster School environment, and have opportunities to participate in the life of the School community. They are in a tutor group, participate in Health and Physical Education classes, and often join sports teams, music groups, or other extra-curricular activities.
Entry requirements: Academic results and English proficiency test results. An intensive English program is not required if students have achieved an AEAS Assessment of Advanced Stanine 7.
International students who have graduated from Westminster School have flourished in their chosen fields, often in Law, Medicine, Engineering, Commerce, Computing, and the Creative Arts. As a School we enjoy hearing news of current students and Old Scholars who are making a positive contribution at Westminster and other universities.
Outstanding Year 12 SACE Results are produced by many International students (listed only recently graduated students):
International students at Westminster School have demonstrated strong mathematical skills through their scholarship applications or various Mathematics competitions:
International students at Westminster have also demonstrated their various talents in Foreign Languages, Fashion, Art and Music:
Westminster School aims to provide opportunities for International students to achieve more than they thought possible. This is the evidence that all International students are achieving their full potential at Westminster School.
The International Student Coordinator oversees the International Students program and supports all International students at school. Ruifang Huang understands the concern of parents, and the special needs of International students living away from home in a different cultural setting. She provides various events to encourage International students to achieve their full potential in all areas of their lives. Her language ability helps parents, students, and staff communicate without a language barrier.
As Westminster is a Day and Boarding School, we welcome International students into our outstanding boarding house. Our boarding precinct is a leader in the State with our Boarding staff trained to take care of our international student community, providing them with a supportive and caring living environment.
Homestay options are available, however we prefer that our students lived within our School community, giving them access to our beautiful grounds and providing an integrated living and study environment.
The Westminster School Boarding House welcomes students from Years 7 to 12 from a diverse range of backgrounds and a large population of Australian country students. Our Boarding provides modern facilities and a welcoming ‘family’ atmosphere with a dedicated team of experienced, professional, and supportive staff. The boarding experience gives international students the chance to build life-long friendships with fellow students from very diverse backgrounds, both in regional and rural Australia and other countries. This mixing of cultures and life experiences provides all with opportunities for meaningful interactions.
International students perform better in school when they live in a supportive and caring family environment. Westminster School carefully selects Australian host families, who provide a safe and secure environment for students living away from their own homes.
The host families are expected to provide full board and appropriate care and supervision to the age of the student. The host families also help International students to adjust to the Australian culture and lifestyle, assist with language, and support their learning program.
Westminster School works with the homestay placement agency, Happy Homestay Adelaide. The Homestay Program is closely monitored by the International Student Coordinator and the Homestay Coordinators of Happy Homestay Adelaide. Happy Homestay Adelaide does its best to fulfil the requests of International students as closely as possible and makes regular visits to host families and international students to help them achieve their full potential in all areas of their lives.
Westminster is a great School for International students. Listed below are the steps required to enrol.
Following this will be a series of steps to complete. Our International Student Coordinator will guide you through this post-enrolment process to ensure a smooth transition into Westminster School.
Please download the following document for more information about our Current International Agents.
Student applications are received by email and assessed according to the following steps.
For each application:
When a school transcript is received with an Australian Education Assessment Service (AEAS) report, the AEAS report will be assessed first. There will be a specific recommendation in the AEAS report relating to the number of weeks required for ELICOS before mainstream school is undertaken. The report will also indicate the student's level in English language proficiency, general ability and mathematical reasoning.
Westminster School only accepts students who achieve a minimum language and academic level. In addition, we will welcome students with a positive attitude to learning.
If the student's AEAS assessment is above average and we have received a copy of the student's report, the school transcript will now be assessed. The level or band of the student's school will also influence if the student's report is acceptable - for example, at a Band 1 Hong Kong school, an English subject result of at least 65%, an Average Subject result of at least 65% and a class ranking that places the student in the top half of the class will be satisfactory; however, in a lower band school, the student's results may need to be an English subject result of at least 80%, an Average Subject result of at least 80% and a class ranking that places the student in the top third of the year level.
If the school report and school band read together are considered to meet the minimum acceptable requirements, then move to Step 3.
Check the school report for any behavioral issues, negative teacher comments, or attendance issues. If any of these are negative, the student may not be accepted. If the student's school report comments are considered acceptable, move to Step 4.
Check if there are any special circumstances that also need to be considered - for example, a trusted longstanding agent strongly recommends the student or the student is young in a low year level or has a specific interest in a non-core curriculum area like arts, sports, outdoors, agriculture etc. If there are special circumstances that should be considered, a slightly lower level academic performance may be accepted (as determined in Step 2).
An interview is conducted by the International Student Coordinator.