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At any one time there are between 60 to 80 international students enrolled at Henley High School from around the world.

With students coming from Austria, China, Italy, Japan, Germany, Portugal, Vietnam and many more, international education fosters cultural understanding, global perspectives, and cross-cultural communication skills, preparing them for success in an increasingly interconnected world. Likewise, local Henley High School students benefit from exposure to a diverse array of cultures.

Our international students are supported by a committed team of staff comprising of an Assistant Principal, International and Languages, a International Education Manager, the wellbeing leaders and highly experienced and caring teachers.

Our International Education program includes short, medium and long-term options, giving students flexibility and allowing them to immerse into life and study in Australia at the level they are most comfortable with.

Our efforts rely greatly on homestay families generously bringing an international student into their home and helping them with all other aspects of living in Australia, beyond the classroom.

Meet the International Education team

Assistant Principal International and Languages

Ilana Nicolle

AP International & Languages
Assistant Principal International and Languages
International Education Manager

Mandy Matz

International Education Manager
International Education Manager


Ms Ilana Nicolle
Assistant Principal International and Languages
Phone: +61 8 8355 7000

Ms Mandy Matz
International Education Manager
Phone: +61 8 8355 7007

International Education Services
Phone: +61 8 8226 3402

Study Tour (short stay)

Study Tour

A Study Tour is designed for groups of students and their accompanying teachers wishing to experience the English language, lifestyle and landscapes of South Australia. Study Tours are short term programs, generally ranging from one to six weeks and are custom designed to suit the needs of the group.

Each year Henley High School hosts Study Tours from:

  • Kofu Daiichi High School, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
  • Koishikawa Secondary Education School, Japan
  • Ritsumeikan Junior High School, Japan
  • Jay Pritzker Academy, Cambodia
  • New Caledonia

The students are hosted by homestay families chosen by Henley High School, and take part in English classes as well as mainstream lessons including Studies of Society, Food and Hospitality, Dance, Physical Education and Science. In addition they participate in cultural excursions and experiences including Cleland Wildlife Park, aquatics, Adelaide Zoo, Aboriginal cultural activities and local attractions.

Study Abroad (Medium stay)

Study Abroad

Studying abroad in a South Australian government school gives students the opportunity to experience the Australian way of life and improve their English while living and studying alongside Australian students. The High School Study Abroad Program is for students wishing to complete their secondary education in their home country.

Students enrolled at Henley High School in the Study Abroad Program can study up to a year across 1-4 terms and stay in homestay accommodation. Study Abroad students can choose subjects from an academic or experiential program to meet their individual learning goals and interests.

For further information please visit International Education Services and express a preference for Henley High School.

Graduate Program (Long stay)

Graduate Program

Undertaking the High School Graduate Program is exciting and presents many opportunities for students to experience other cultures, languages and lifestyles, improve their English language skills, choose new subjects, make friends and build their confidence.

The High School Graduate Program is for students who wish to study in Australia for longer than 1 year. If you come to us as a Graduate Student you can complete your secondary studies and have the opportunity to gain entry into an Australian university. International students in this program come from Vietnam, Brazil, Italy, Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Sweden and Germany. Henley High School offers a comprehensive support program for international students in mainstream classes.

Henley High School offers students with limited English communication skills the opportunity to complete 1-4 terms of an Intensive English Course (ISEC) before commencing mainstream studies. In ISEC classes, international students will improve their general English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as well as the specialist English language skills of Mathematics, Science, Business Studies, Australian Studies, Information and Communication Technology.



Henley High School’s participation in international programs depends on us providing individual homestays. Your support is most appreciated.

The visiting students are extremely excited about their trip and want to participate in the everyday activities of family life in Australia. As part of the international experience, international students will live with a caring family from the school community.

As a local family hosting an international student, you will have the chance to:

  • Learn about and share cultures, customs and traditions
  • Make lifelong friendships with your student and their family
  • Participate in activities and meet other host families
  • Explore fun things to see and do in South Australia.

You will also receive a weekly payment of approximately $320 per student.

Homestay payments support their family to provide four meals a day (breakfast, recess, lunch and dinner) and transport to and from school. On weekends the student is invited to join in normal family fun and activities like going shopping, visiting relatives and friends, going to watch a sporting event or a walk along the beach.

Homestay for Study Tours

If you haven’t been a homestay family before, then Study Tours are the perfect option for you. Lasting between 1-2 weeks, a Study Tour is just long enough to give you a good sense of what its like to have an international student live with you and join your family, without it being such a big commitment for your first time.

Homestays for Study Tours are organised by Henley High School. If you are interested, please complete the Registration of Interest form below and we will be in touch.

Homestay for longer stays

Homestay arrangements for students completing the longer-term Study Abroad or Graduate Program are made by International Education Services. Please visit their website for more information and to express your interest in becoming a longer-term homestay family.

What is involved?

When you host an international student, they will become a member of your family. Your student will be a long way from home and in your care. You will be expected to provide them with a safe, supportive and welcoming home environment. As a homestay family, you will be required to provide:

  • A furnished bedroom inside the family home (not a separate dwelling)
  • All meals
  • Use of utilities (eg water, electricity and gas)
  • Internet access
  • Use of facilities (eg access to TV, iron, vacuum cleaner)
  • Laundry
  • Support your student in their studies.

You are also required to:

  • Monitor your student’s health and wellbeing 
  • Accept duty of care for your student outside of school hours
  • Negotiate reasonable expectations of behaviour inside and outside the home
  • Notify International Education Services of any changes in family circumstances (eg illness, separation, family members returning home, new partner, moving house, planning holidays)
  • Notify International Education Services if you are hosting other students from other education institutions.

To help you along the way, International Education Services and our own International Education Team offers ongoing support to all homestay families, including a 24 hour emergency phone service.

How do I become a homestay?

Before you can host a student in your home, you must become an accredited homestay for International Education Services. This straightforward process includes:

  • Completion of the Homestay Application Form
  • A current Working With Children Check (WWCC) for every person over 18 years of age residing in your home
  • Approved criminal history screening from the Department for Families and Communities (DFC) for every person over 18 years of age residing in your home (which is reviewed every 3 years)
  • A visit and interview by one of our accommodation officers to meet your family and assess the facilities in your home
  • Your attendance at periodic homestay information workshops organised by South Australian Government Schools.

To get started, simply complete our registration of interest form and we can guide you through the process.


Enrolment information


Henley High School has a comprehensive curriculum which caters for the varied interests and abilities of our students. Our goal is to ensure that each student can identify and plan their career pathway in collaboration with a mentor and then select subjects to enable them to achieve their individual goals. For more information about our curriculum see the Curriculum page.

Compulsory additional requirements

Laptops: All students are required to use the school laptops.

  • Graduate students are required to purchase a school laptop (the cost in 2024 is $1400). Payment in full is required by the end of the first week after commencement date. Invoices are issued after arrival, once forms have been submitted.
  • Study Abroad students are required to pay a non-refundable lease fee.  Any damage will be an extra charge.

Calculators: Some Mathematics subjects require Graduate Program students to purchase a graphics calculator from the school. The cost is approximately $240. Invoices are issued once the student commences study.

Dictionaries: A hard copy bilingual dictionary is required (electronic dictionaries are not permitted in exams). Dictionaries can be purchased by the student from any good book store once they arrive in Australia.

Padlocks: All students are required to use a school supplied combination padlock.

Additional costs

Some practical subjects such as music may attract additional costs that are not included in student fees. If students apply and are accepted into the Henley Sports Academy, students are required to pay additional fees.

Language studies costs

Languages studied at Henley High School do not attract additional payments. However, languages studied at Adelaide Secondary School of Languages do attract an additional cost. Please refer to their website for costs.

Languages offered at Henley High School include:

  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)(Years 10-12)
  • Japanese (Years 8-12)


Lisa Kirchler: Austria

Lisa Kirchler: Austria

I want to thank Mr. Noll, Ms. Bennett, Ms. Treilibs, Ms. Foster, Mr. Spencer, Mr. Clifton and Ms. Madigan for their support and care. I cannot believe that six years passed since my visit to Australia. The stay at Adelaide was an unforgettable experience. I learned a lot at school and about myself. All the impressions and experiences I could make in my live so far, affected my development. They brought me where I am today. As well did the time at Henley High. Eventually I did finish my painting Ms. Bennett. I graduated with a degree in Biology and Geography at the University of Innsbruck. Now I am looking forward to work as a high school teacher in South Tyrol, Italy. The schoolyear starts in September. My wish is to become a good teacher, to encourage my students the way I experienced it. Again, thank you for the enjoyable time at your school. 

Luise Kratt: Germany

Luise Kratt: Germany

Hi, my name is Luise Kratt; I’m 16 years old and come from Germany. I was at Henley High School for three terms (9 months). I always wanted to study abroad for a while and chose Australia because it’s a beautiful and unique country, the people are very open-minded and friendly and interested in you. At first, I wanted to go to Queensland, but so many other International students (and especially Germans) go there and I wanted to experience the “real” Australia, not just cities where you can find more tourists than citizens.

Adelaide is a very nice city, it is safe and sometimes you feel like it’s just many small villages next to each other. It was perfect for a student at my age.

I loved HHS very much. All the students were friendly; the teachers were really, really nice and always supported us international students. But the greatest people there were the International Student Coordinators. They were always there for us, no matter if you couldn’t find your classroom, had to do some paperwork or needed help with the language.

Henley High School organized a lot for the internationals, for example a great Zoo-sleepover! That was an once-in-a-lifetime experience, which everyone loved. Also, they showed us the city, had a special program for us in the days before Christmas and took us to the cinema.

School in Australia and school in Germany are just two completely different things, and I had great subjects, which we would never have in Germany, for example catering, dance, surf life saving, wood work and many more.

I spend a lot of my time at the beach or with my funny homestay sister from Norway. You don’t only get to learn the Australian culture at HHS, but you also make many international friends.

I can only recommend it for everyone, Study Abroad! It will make you a lot more independent, open-minded and teaches you to appreciate the world around you so much more. Also, you get to know so many new people and their cultures, improve your English and it gives so many opportunities for your later life. If I want to come back? FOR SURE! Maybe for University, maybe for work, but for sure to see all my new friends again!

See ya!
Luise Kratt

Nina Koch: Germany

Nina Koch: Germany

My name is Nina Koch, I’m sixteen and therefore I’m in Year 11. I’m only staying for six weeks because I have to be back for school in Germany where I live. I arrived two and a half weeks ago.

Even it’s a really short time, I’m enjoying my stay here in Adelaide and at Henley High.

So why did I come to Australia? Well, of course I came to improve my English. But more than this, I wanted to make new friends and discover your culture. I heard many stories of Australia from my grandma who have been to Australia to visit her sisters who immigrated. Europeans who have been to Australia are normally very fascinated by your beaches, the outback, the cities, the koalas, the kangaroos and all the other Australian animals. So I wanted to see them on my own. But I also came to experience the Australian way of live and your easy-going way. And I really can say that everyone here is more relaxed and open than in Germany that doesn’t mean that Germans are rude. It’s just different and I really enjoy it.

I’ve chosen Adelaide as I wanted to live in a city but also because the surrounding of Adelaide is really nice and you can discover many things. Furthermore, it’s also the ‘Festival State’ and this means a lot of fun and no boredom.

I’m going to Henley High because I love its big sports offerings and the laptops used during your lessons. Of course it is well located, not too far from the city centre and close to the beach.

Until now, I can definitely say I did the right choice and I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.

Thany Thao: Cambodia

Thany Thao: Cambodia

Good morning Ms Schneyder, staff and students. My name is Thany, and I came from Cambodia on a study tour with five of my classmates. We are so honoured that we have the chance to stand on this campus. We are students that come from Cambodia, which is a tropical country in Southern Asia. We live in rural villages of Siem Reap. Cambodia is an unindustrialised realm in this region, so the technology and ways of living are not moving smoothly as other nations because it just established its independence for about over thirty years. From 1975 to 1979, Cambodia was in a chaotic situation suffering under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Many buildings were destroyed and people were slaughtered.

Right now the education system in Cambodia is not as stable as here because the teachers are not qualified and they cannot do their jobs properly. Many of the schools are old and they are not properly rebuilt. Students still ride their bikes to schools, which can be very dangerous because the traffic there is not very organised. Some of the new foreign organisations are opening schools for new people to strengthen the quality of education. It is very lucky for young Cambodians to have the opportunity for this chance. It is not very easy for them and us to go to school every day because we live in poverty. Most of their parents are going out for work legally or illegally, so they leave their children at home under their grandparents’ care. You can see the difference between Cambodia and Australia by the description above.

Cambodia’s main economic activity is agriculture, which means that we farm for living. In the past we used animals to do work, but now some people change to use machines, which is a big improvement.

Despite all of this information, there are many valuable temples that still stand proudly in different provinces. This is Angkor Wat that is located in the town that I came from, Siem Reap. This is the independence building for Cambodia that was built after King Norodom Sihanouk gained our freedom from the French.

Finally, I want to say that is a nice time to share information about my own country with you.

Thank you.

Thany Thao

Luke Ling: China

Luke Ling: China

My name is Luke Ling. I am 19 years old and currently doing year 12. I was born in Canton, it is located in Southern China, next to Hong Kong. I have been living in Adelaide for more than 2 years. The reasons I came to Adelaide were, Adelaide has a wonderful environment for studying, and a better education system, and also, it was my parent’s decision.    

I imagined lot of things before I came to Adelaide, for example, ‘what does Australia looked like?’, ‘Are Australian people friendly?’ I arrived in Adelaide in 2010, I missed my family and I talked to my parents on the phone every day. Everything was so strange to me. There were big differences between Australia and China, for instance, the buildings, the people and education system. When I was in China, I had to go to school every day even on the weekend. I was so stressed about school. Now I only need to go to school from Mondays to Fridays. Now, I am happy that I don’t have to go to school on weekends anymore.

I am so glad that my agent and parents helped me settle into Henley High School and a fantastic homestay. Henley High School teachers and students are very friendly; I always get support from my teachers like Ms Bond and Ms Dolman. I have an excellent relationship with my homestay parents, they came from Italy and they have been homestay parents more than 10 years. Therefore, they know how to interact with students. Their support is important in my life, for example, when I had trouble with looking for a part time job and they taught me how to find a job easily and write a resume perfectly.

Since I have been here more than 2 years, my English speaking and listening have improved a lot, I have made a lot of friends who have different background culture, I always talk to them in English even though I have an accent when I speak English. Now I am not afraid to talk to other people, because I have enough confidence. My friends come from everywhere like Korea, Thailand and Afghanistan. Therefore I have increased my knowledge and understanding of different cultures.

 My aim is very clear, to stay in Australia until I become a local citizen. This is why my parents wanted me to come to Australia. I will always remember what my parents said, I will lend money to you and let you study in Australia, and please don’t waste this opportunity and pay me back the money one day when you are successful.

I will keep studying hard and complete my studies until I graduate from university.

Finally I want to thank all of the teachers and students who are very friendly to me and have supported me. Thank my homestay parents who took care of me for two years. I have the best memories from attending Henley High School and I’ll never forget all my life.

Gary Sun: China

Gary Sun: China

Hi! My name is Gary. I’m 18 this year and I’m currently doing year 12 in Henley High School. The reason why I chose to come to Australia was because I was tired of living in stress and boredom everyday and really looking forward to a brand-new life in another country. In Australia, I have more opportunities to meet people from different countries, have a better education and have a fantastic career in the future. My parents were very supportive of my idea.

I’m enjoying studying and living in Australia. I’m totally impressed by the laidback lifestyle and pleasant learning environment here. As an international school, Henley High provides me with a lot of opportunities to meet people from different countries. I’ve got my circle of friends. They’re made up of Australians, Chinese, Germans, Singaporeans, and Vietnamese. 

In my spare time, I’d like to go to different parties with my friends. Also, there are so many local entertainments in Adelaide, such as the Asian Festival, Guitar Festival and Royal Adelaide parade.     

To be honest, I was very nervous when I first arrived in Australia because of the culture shock. Back then, I was still struggling with my English expression and I didn’t really understand what was going on around me. But the support of homestay, teachers and friends helps me retrieve the confidence. That is something I really appreciate.

I’m going to graduate from Henley High School in December and hope to take ‘secondary education’ at university. I dream of becoming a maths teacher in Australia, and sharing my knowledge and experiences with more students.

Fabian Tigges: Germany

Fabian Tigges: Germany

I arrived in South Australia in July 2009 and stayed here for nine months. I chose to study at Henley High school because I liked the subjects which are taught at Henley High School especially Chemistry and the different Sport Programs. In Germany every student studies 10-12 from which he can choose 2-4 subjects so I was really surprised that in Australia every student just has to choose 4-6 subjects. However, because of this the school days down here are more relaxed and you can specify on the topics you really like to do. The subjects I most enjoyed were Soccer and Chemistry because the easiest ways to make contact with Australian students were sport and the practical parts of Chemistry. The most memorable experience of my studying at Henley High was probably the day when we built our own fire extinguisher in Chemistry and a student blew up his beaker.  I think I will never forget his astonished face. After these nine months I go back home with great memories and friends who I hope to see again one day. However, first I have to finish school back in Germany and then we will see what comes next.

Lisa Wueterich: Germany

Lisa Wueterich: Germany

My name is Lisa Wueterich and I am 15 years old. I am from Germany and I was in Australia, studying at Henley High School for 3 months. I wanted to do an exchange because I wanted to learn better English and learn more of a different culture. Besides, I also want to go to Australia because my brothers were also here for an exchange in Australia and they told me a lot of things and it sounded really interested.

I flew to Perth and had holidays there with my mother for four days.  The first three days we went into the city and visited different things. On our last day in Perth we rented a car and went to the Pinnacle desert. I liked the Pinnacles because they looked different.

Then we flew to Adelaide and where we met Charlotte and her family at the Airport.  On this day we also met our hockey trainer at the Port Adelaide Club because we wanted to play hockey there. He was very friendly to us and he told us different things about the Port Adelaide Hockey Club and the Henley High School hockey program. On the next day we went to a state hockey match and then Charlotte and I went to our homestay. I was very nervous about the homestay.

On the last day I was to see my mother for three months, it was her birthday, so we celebrate her birthday and the birthday of Charlotte’s mother also. After the celebration we went to West Lakes and then our families met our homestay.

The next day was our first school day at Henley high School and I was excited to go to “my new school” for three months.

After few weeks in Australia, I went with Charlotte and Helen to the Outback for five days. On our first day we flew with our travel agent to Alice Springs and then we went to Uluru and to the Olgas. We slept two nights in swags. We were allowed to climb on the Uluru but I didn’t do it because it was too hot.  We slept on our first night in an underground hostel.

Just before my last week in Australia, I went with Helen and Charlotte to Kangaroo Island.  We drove with eight other peoples in a bus. We had a lot of fun and we saw a shark and some amazing waves. Besides we also saw (baby) sea lions. On the ferries back to Adelaide we saw dolphins and the dolphins also jumped and it looked so beautiful.

Charlotte Breucker: Germany

Charlotte Breucker: Germany

I am from Stuttgart, Germany. I flew to Australia three months ago landing in Sydney where I spent two weeks driving by car with my family from Sydney to Melbourne and then from Melbourne to Adelaide!! I was so excited and looked forward a lot to my first school day and to meet my homestay family.

The first week I was very homesick and couldn’t believe that these three months will be a good time! I couldn’t believe that in the end I don’t want to leave. But now I can say: It was a beautiful time here and I really don’t want to leave!!

I came to Australia, because my brother has been to Australia a few years ago. Moreover, I wanted to experience a new culture, country and to improve my English.

The reason why I chose Henley High School was, because they have a very good sport program. I participated in Special Sport Hockey and I played Hockey for the Port Adelaide Hockey Club. Through the hockey I made lots of friends and I felt very welcome.

From Adelaide I did lots of trips: to the outback and to Kangaroo Island and  two different wildlife parks. It was such a great experience. If you have to opportunity to experience the life in another culture or country, take the opportunity and go away from home! You will never have to chance to go to school, to high school in another country. I will tell you some experiences that I had.

Near Uluru, I slept in a “swag”.  A swag is a big sleeping bag, where you put your sleeping bag in. It protects you from the weather, especially from wind and the coldness. That means I slept without tent!! So I looked into the stars during the night- it was amazing!

On the ferry from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide, I saw dolphins! They were jumping in front of the ferry, it was so exciting!

The school system here in Australia is so different to what I am used to in Germany. At Henley High School every student has a laptop, a locker and a school uniform. We are not allowed to carry our bag with us, we put every thing in our locker and take the stuff out before the lesson.

I am very happy and lucky that I have seen Sydney and Melbourne! Both cities are beautiful! It is really great to visit such beautiful cities, and it is very interesting and scary to drive on a road, where there was NO house for 2 hours!

Conclusion, there is just one thing I would suggest: if there is the opportunity to go to another country, live with a homestay family away from you parents and go to another school. Take to opportunity and go to another country.  In the beginning it will we hard, but the beginning is just one week, after this week the time flies away and you have to leave when you would like to stay! I am very happy, that I did the exchange and spent three amazing months in Australia.

Gabriel Rizzo: Brazil

Gabriel Rizzo: Brazil

I am Gabi from Brazil, I have been at Henley High School for a month but I am leaving in December!  English is becoming one of the main languages of the world and for me it is important to learn it. That’s one of the reasons that I am here but I also came to learn about Australian way of life and at the same time have fun making new friends.  For the short time I have been at Henley High I’m loving it as the staff have been great and I know that they will help me and all the other international students to achieve this.  I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and I’m pretty sure that this experience will be amazing.

Gabriel Rizzo
Study Abroad Student (Brazil)