Blackfriars is a diverse, multicultural school and, for more than 20 years, has welcomed students from across the globe who wish to study in Australia.

The International students’ program adds an extra dimension to life at Blackfriars, enabling local and international students to think beyond boundaries, form lasting global friendships and develop an informed perspective of the world.

We have modern facilities and a strong academic curriculum that provides boys with opportunities to further their learning and engagement through comprehensive electives and specialist programs. Outside of the classroom, boys can immerse themselves in the full range of co-curricular activities on offer.

We celebrate significant festivals and cultural events with our international students and encourage all students to aspire to positions of leadership among their peers.

International students at Blackfriars consistently achieve outstanding results. This success is reflected in our end of year results where approximately 90% of our international and local students are directly accepted into local and overseas universities. The foundation laid at Blackfriars makes for an easy transition to tertiary study, with graduates pursuing a diverse range of undergraduate courses.


The programs for international students at Blackfriars are based on the Australian Curriculum and the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). The SACE is internationally recognised and accepted for entry to all Australian universities and in many other countries, including the USA, UK and Canada.

Students at Blackfriars explore and excel in their natural strengths, build confidence to apply themselves to more challenging subject areas, co-construct learning and lay the foundations for lifelong learning and achievement.

Junior Secondary

  • Junior Secondary Studies
  • Year Levels: 7 to 10
  • CRICOS Course Code: 096656K
  • Duration 208 weeks

Our Junior Secondary program caters to the diverse needs of boys in this transitional period of life. The contemporary curriculum for Years 7 to 10 is based on the Australian Curriculum, where teachers identify the needs of each student and create individual programs that encourage their development.

Senior Secondary

  • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education
  • Year Levels: 11 & 12
  • CRICOS Course Code: 096657J
  • Duration 104 weeks

In the Senior Secondary program, boys undertake the internationally recognised South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Students can opt for a fully academic program on the pathway to achieving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and tertiary studies, or a program rich in Vocational Education and Training, or a mixture of these.

2024 International Student Captain Chanrithyreach (Reach) Chay.

Student wellbeing

Blackfriars values a safe learning environment that nurtures the wellbeing of students and provides them with a place to achieve their optimum in all pursuits.

Like all students at Blackfriars, international students are allocated to a House where they meet and interact with students from other year levels and become involved in activities that promote friendly competition and cooperation. Within their House, students are assigned a Home Group teacher who works closely with the student to provide academic and personal support.

Specialist counsellors are also available to assist students with specific personal matters, English language support and to provide advice about subject selections, university and career pathways.

A home away from home

The Blackfriars Homestay Program immerses international students in Australian culture by placing them with a carefully matched local family.

With their homestay family, students experience Australian family life and hospitality while receiving the support you expect from home in a safe and encouraging environment. Students are actively encouraged to involve themselves in family life, which assists their English language development and provides opportunities to establish positive and rewarding relationships.

The homestay family is an integral part of the student’s Blackfriars community.  While the school Principal has ultimate responsibility for all students, our International Student Liaison Officer meets regularly with international students to monitor their academic progress, homestay arrangements and personal development.

International enrolments

For information about enrolling at Blackfriars, contact our Registrar or an International Education agent in your region.