Australia offers international students a high quality education in a safe and welcoming environment. International students have been enrolled in Australian schools since the 1950s. The general tone of secondary education is much more independent and student guided than primary school. Students have many course options which reflect their interests and goals. Some schools emphasise certain subjects more than others. Choice and diversity is increased by schools，which specialise in areas such as languages, music, sport, information technology, agriculture or vocational education.
Australian schools are among the finest in the world. Below are the reasons why an Australian education so valuable:
- Small class sizes (a maximum of 30 students in a class).
- University-trained and qualified teachers and specialist teachers in subject areas.
- Facilities of a high standard – including a high level of technology, with all schools having computers and internet access.
- 'Gifted and talented' programs to extend students who are high achievers.
- 'High Achievement' programs, which see the top students studying university-level subjects for advance credit.
- Individual learning programs for students who require additional learning support.
- Quality assurance frameworks where schools must meet required standards.
A large number of secondary schools are available to international students who choose to study for one year or more or as part of an international student program. Students may enter at any year if the application is accepted by the school, and with appropriate transcripts. New students need complete academic records and an appropriate English language proficiency. And students must meet an upper age limit for each year level，as follows：
- Year 7: 15 years of age
- Year 8: 16 years of age
- Year 9: 17 years of age
- Year 10: 18 years of age
- Year 11: 19 years of age
- Year 12: 20 years of age
Completing the last two years of high school in an Australian Institution can offer high quality learning and excellent pathways to tertiary education.