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International students

Urangan State High School is happy to have international students studying at our campus. We have fee paying international students, exchange students from other countries as well as students from overseas who have come to live in Australia. Our students come from many nations including China, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Germany, France, Austria, the USA, and the United Kingdom.

Our international program is quality assured by Education Queensland International and we are a registered government provider of education. Our CRICOS number is 00608A.

Our international students can study years 11 and 12 (senior) and graduate with a recognised Queensland Certificate of Education. They can also attend as part of a study abroad program for between three months and one year. The costs for these programs are the same as those of Education Queensland.

The teaching staff at Urangan State High School are very experienced, skilled and professional. We have 4 qualified TESOL teachers on staff. While most of our teachers have been born in Australia. Others come from China, Canada, USA, Ireland, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Enrolment for courses at our school can be completed through Education Queensland International at study in Queensland. 

Why Hervey Bay?

The city of Hervey Bay is located a comfortable three and a half hours drive or 45 minutes flight north of Brisbane, Australia. It has a great sub-tropical climate, with Summer (January) temperatures averaging 29 degrees Celsius and a Winter (July) average of 21 degrees Celsius. Hervey Bay's abundance of natural assets includes the Great Sandy Strait, world heritage listed Fraser Island, the bay and the wetlands. It boasts a quality of life that balances work and pleasure, and is a clean, safe city that has a goal of being Queensland's most accessible city.

Hervey Bay is also one of the main access points to Fraser Island and major regional tourist attractions. It is renowned as a destination for backpackers. The whale watching industry has grown to a level where approximately 75,000 visitors per annum depart from Hervey Bay on daily whale watching trips. In total, approximately 600,000 visitors come to this region each year.


It's the reason most people give for moving to Hervey Bay and the reason they give for staying. And it's remarkable how so many different people give that same answer. Young couples, growing families, older couples establishing small businesses, retirees. All are captivated by Hervey Bay's enchanting mix of natural attractions, idyllic climate, relaxed pace, modern facilities, broad educational opportunities, exciting tourism ventures and friendly people.

All of this is within easy reach of Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Fraser Island and Central Queensland.

Urangan State High School offers you a total educational experience that could be the next positive step in your life, both academically and culturally.

As Hervey Bay's largest secondary education facility and in line with the dynamic growth of the city, our progressive school has evolved and adapted to the changing needs of the community by offering superior facilities and an innovative senior curriculum.

Our quality educational services and programmes are designed to meet the unique academic, artistic, social, and athletic needs of a diverse student population of 1534, including a growing number of Asian and European students.

Whatever future career you are planning, Urangan State High School is an ideal environment in which to complete your studies. We prepare our international students for entry into universities and tertiary institutions by providing Hervey Bays most comprehensive range of curriculum opportunities for Year 11 and 12 students.

At Urangan State High School we welcome both longer-term and study abroad students who may be with us for varying periods from 3 months to 1 year. We believe in providing all our international students with a firm grounding in English skills to accelerate your integration into mainstream classes.

Chinese is the second language taught and in addition to our fully qualified English Second Language (ESL) teacher, we are extremely fortunate to have professional staff who speak Mandarin Chinese, Indonesian and Thai. Together this team provides ongoing support for our international students for the duration of their stay with us.

The social environment at Urangan State High School is friendly, secure and nurturing, within a pleasant physical environment of landscaped and tree-lined school grounds.

Our facilities are first class, and include well-equipped, fully carpeted modern classrooms and specialist rooms, state-of-the-art science laboratories and computer facilities, as well as an impressive performing arts centre and gymnasium.

Urangan State High School has established an enviable reputation in the greater Hervey Bay community for consistently demonstrated excellence across academic, cultural, technological and sporting fields. Our students have notched up countless success stories and many have gone on to study at universities across Australia and abroad.

The sheer variety of our activities program promotes a strong sense of community in a diverse student group. Our focus is on promoting enthusiasm, exploration, and academic excellence in a school community that is results-oriented and relevant to the needs of today's youth.

Students learn to establish priorities, make challenging choices, and fulfil personal commitments while pursuing specific academic goals, receiving guidance, developing leadership skills, and becoming equipped with skills to take them beyond their secondary schooling.

International students come to Urangan State High School seeking a superior educational offering and they aren't disappointed. But what they take with them when they leave is a memorable social and cultural experience as well, because we strive to ensure your time here is as enjoyable and well rounded as possible.

We've opened our doors to the world, and are confident in our ability to equip our students with the skills to meet the high standards the global marketplace demands now and into the future.

Enrolling and documents

For information on how to enrol at Urangan State High School, please contact the Head of Department in charge of International students by either email or telephone provided below.

The international student handbook (PDF, 6 MB) is a useful resource for students to understand our school and community.

If the parent, guardian or student has a complaint or appeal please read the complaints procedures by clicking on the links to the right.

International students must read the travel procedures document and complete the form (available from the links to the right) before the commencement of their homestay and return it to the international student coordinator at Urangan State High School.

Contact details

Mr Meade Barnes

Head of Department: International Student Program (Acting)


Telephone: +617 4197 0111

EQI email:

Department of Education and Training
Trading as Education Queensland International
CRICOS Provider Code: 00608A