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Townsville is Australia’s largest tropical city, famous for its diverse natural resources and beautiful rainforests, reefs, beaches and islands.

With Global Choice Australia you will attend one of the best schools in North Queensland while you are immersed in Australian culture with a local host family. Whether you want to improve your English, participate in one of the many extracurricular activities at school or explore Australia’s beautiful sights, this is the perfect program for your next adventure.

Eligibility Requirements

– Medium English

Applicants must demonstrate they passed all core subjects in their previous two years’ of schooling, and: • completed an IELTS General English test with an overall score of 4.5 (entry into Year 9); 5.0 (entry into Year 10; or 5.5 (entry into Year 11); or • completed schooling taught in English for a minimum of two years. In limited circumstances, the Queensland Department of Education and Training may allow an applicant to demonstrate English language proficiency by proof they have studied English as a subject for a minimum of two years and achieved satisfactory results.

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Domestic Transport
  • School Transport
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Re-entry Orientation
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Visa and Passport Fees

Discover Townsville

Townsville is a cosmopolitan city, in the heart of the tropics with the Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep. Local features include the world renowned Reef HQ, the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, the Billabong Sanctuary where you can learn about Australia’s native wildlife, and the Brolga Dreaming Aboriginal Centre. The rocky granite headlands of Magnetic Island merge with 23 bays and beaches where you can explore surrounding coral reefs, tropical fish and marine life. Magnetic Island is also home to Northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas living in the wild.

The best schools for your next adventure!

Pimlico State High School

Pimlico State High School is located in Townsville, North Queensland. Pimlico is committed to providing all students with a quality educational experience. The school aims to achieve excellence in teaching and learning within a safe and supportive school environment.

Pimlico has a strong emphasis on academic excellence, and is well known for its outstanding performing arts and instrumental music programs. The school also has well developed links with James Cook University and the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE.

Kirwan State High School

Kirwan State High School is one of the largest in Queensland, and offers an unrivalled range of academic, cultural, sporting and vocational programs. The school takes pride in its strong sense of community and its well-established student support programs and structures. The school is located in Townsville, the administrative and educational hub for
North Queensland.

Kirwan is a leader in information and technology and science and has
been accredited with the Council of International Schools.

5 reasons why you should choose AFS for your experience abroad



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