International Students

International Students

Dickson College has International Private Students (IPS) from many countries, such as Vietnam, Myanmar, China, Indonesia and other Asian countries. The College accepts IPS students from the age of 16. Students with limited English may undertake a preliminary course in English language at the Secondary Introductory English Centre (SIEC) which is located at the College . Students aged 12-16 can do a full-time intensive English course at the SIEC and then study other courses at Dickson College for Years 11 and 12. Dickson College offers specialised English as a Second Language classes at Accredited and Tertiary level with qualified, experienced teachers. Homework tutorials are led by ESL teachers, to help students with drafting and editing homework and assessments.

International Students


At Dickson College students can do a wide range of courses over 2 years. These include Mathematics at 3 different levels, English as a Second Language, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Business Studies, Information Technology and Music. These courses are part of the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate. Students can also gain university entry.

University Entrance

International students at Dickson College can study for the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and  university entry.  IPS coordinators help with preparation and training for the AST exam.


Homestay accommodation is available with selected families in areas close to the school. If you have friends or relatives in Canberra you may organise your own homestay accommodation.

The ACT Senior Secondary Certificate

The ACT Senior Secondary Certificate is a 2 year (4 semesters) study package, including 3 or 4 majors (subjects studied for 2 years) and 2 or 3 minors (subjects studied for one year).International students study 5 or 6 subjects of their own choice each semester, including English as a Second Language.

International students can choose from the wide range of subjects available to all Dickson College students, including Mathematics at 3 levels, Biology, Physics and Chemistry, Information Technology, Business Studies, languages (French, Indonesian, Chinese and Japanese), Sports Studies, Music, Art, Photography and Technical Drawing.

Advantages of gaining the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate at Dickson College for International Students

  • No English language entry test to university (that is, no IELTS or TOEFL test).
  • Improve your English to a level that enables you to succeed at university. Several courses are offered, depending on your needs.
  • Become familiar with the Australian education system, which you will find is different from your own in many ways
  • Adjust to Australian culture and way of life
  • Make Australian friends
  • Study with experienced and helpful teachers who will assist you to be successful

For more information on international education at Dickson College, contact:

Coordinator, International Program
Dickson College
Phillip Avenue,
Dickson, ACT, 2602

How to apply

All applications for International Education at Dickson College are organised by the ACT Education and Training Directorate.

Fax: +61 2 6205 9178

International Education Unit
ACT Education Directorate
GPO Box 158  
Canberra City 2601

Website: ACT Education Directorate - International Students

Nominate Dickson College as your preferred school in part 2 of the application form.

For students from the People's Republic of China - the Education Directorate will give you contact details of educational agents in China who will be able to assist you with your visa application and other requirements. Please contact the ACT Education and Training International Education Unit for any further details.

CRICOS Registration number 00643J