International Students

Methodist Ladies' College is a thriving multicultural community.

Our bespoke Boarding House is home to girls from around the globe who thrive in our vibrant surrounds.

Girls who choose to study at MLC have the opportunity to thrive in a safe and nurturing environment, where their academic and personal well-being are paramount.

Our girls go on to study at the top universities in Australia and around the world, and take into their lives MLC's Values to be the best that they can.

No matter where in the world they are from, each and every girl is special to us.

Applications to MLC

All roads lead to MLC…

We welcome girls who are not Australian citizens as boarding girls on our beautiful Claremont campus.

To be able to join us, girls must fulfil the Australian Government visa requirements and be proficient in English. Our girls also need to be fully informed and be in agreement with a number of specific details to fully participate in the Australian education system.

To find out how to become an international student at MLC please read our International Students' Guide.

Please find information from the Australian Government in:

The Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) Framework which includes the Act 2000 and the National Code 2007, is available for reference.

Australian Boarding Schools International (ABSI) has been appointed by the College as a member of the Admissions team to assist with international student enquiries and applications. Agents should direct enquiries through ABSI.

Steps to apply

  • Our international boarders very quickly become part of our extended MLC family. All of our girls gain a rigorous academic education while being guided as they grow into the women they wish to become.

Steps to enrol at MLC:

Step One - Register

Complete an Application to Register and return it to our Admissions team, along with your registration fee and the following documents:

  • Copies of your daughter's two most recent school reports
  • A copy of your daughter's Birth Certificate
  • A copy of your daughter's passport
  • Evidence of any special visa provision where applicable.
  • A completed English Experience Audit Form (above)

Step Two - Meet us

If you have indicated that your daughter has a proficient level of English we invite you and your family to meet with us, either in person if you are visiting Perth, or by Skype. Your family will meet with our Registrar, our Dean of Middle Years or Dean of Senior Years, and our Director of Boarding.

If you have indicated that your daughter is proficient in English and does not need to complete an intensive English language course, she will still be required to sit a supervised online test at her current school.

We ask to meet families either by Skype or in person here at the College to determine your daughter' English proficiency.

As all lessons are delivered in English at MLC. International students are required to have a strong command of English to reach their potential in our education system in Western Australia. Please refer to the Required Level of English guidelines to determine whether your daughter meets the requirements.

Girls who need assistance to improve their English to meet MLC's English proficiency requirements are referred to our preferred intensive English language school, Phoenix Academy to complete an intensive English language course. The aims of this are;

  • To determine your daughter's academic and personal goals
  • Your family will meet with our Registrar, our Dean of Middle Years or Dean of Senior Years.
  • To introduce our boarding facilities

Our international students are required to stay in our Boarding House.

Students who are studying at Phoenix prior to joining our College also stay in our Boarding House where they get to know their future classmates and boarding sisters in a warm and safe environment. They also have a seamless transition to being a full-time student at MLC.

Step Three - Enrol your daughter

When a place is available for your daughter you will receive a formal offer from our Principal. Some offers may be made on the condition that your daughter successfully completes an intensive English language course.

You will need to accept or decline our offer within the specified timeframe.

To accept the offer, you are required to pay the confirming fee. If you do not do this, your application will not proceed.

Step Four - Confirmation

You are almost there. Once you have paid your confirmation fee our Registrar will send your COE (Confirmation of Enrolment) and welfare letter. These documents enable you to apply for a student visa for your daughter.

Step Five - Completion

We will need a copy of your daughter's visa to complete her enrolment. You will also have to nominate a guardian who lives in Perth, and supply this information to the College prior to your daughter's commencement date.

Welcome to MLC.

Living in Perth

Perth is the beautiful capital city of Western Australia, situated on the banks of the Swan River. Home to 1.9 million people, the city enjoys warm summers (December to February) and mild winters (June to August). It's no wonder that most West Australians take advantage of the state's outdoor lifestyle and revel in the natural beauty surrounding our city.

Our enviable lifestyle includes beaches, outdoor activities, movies, the arts, culture, and cuisine from around the world.

Perth facts at a glance:

Perth's time zone is +8GMT

Population: 1.97 million people (2013)

First colonised by Europeans in 1832

Traditional owners: Whadjuk Nyoongar people

More information about living in Perth can be found on the:

City of Perth website

Study Perth website

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