International Homestay

Hillcrest Christian College approves the following accommodation options for our International students:

  • The student will live with a parent, as permitted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • The student will live with a relative, as permitted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • The student will live in College-approved accommodation – Homestay Program, operated by external homestay provider, or private accommodation arrangements approved by the College.

An integral element of the International Student Program is the experience of living with an Australian family. Providing international students with a safe, supportive and nurturing home during their enrolment is a high priority to our College.

The Homestay experience provides the student with a family environment, immersing them in the Australian culture, and reinforcing the English language lessons studied at Hillcrest. Experience has shown that students who are immersed in the English language by living with an English-speaking family, develop their English language skills at an accelerated rate.

It is College policy to work cooperatively with our Homestay families to facilitate a successful experience for both the student and family. The Director of the International Student Department oversees the College Homestay Program.

Homestay Application Forms will be forwarded with the Letter of Offer and Written Agreement.

For further information please contact the Director – International Student Department international@hillcrest.qld.edu.au

Please return completed forms to the International Department:

Hillcrest Christian College
PO Box 2503
Burleigh MDC QLD 4220
Australia

international@hillcrest.qld.edu.au

My Hillcrest Homestay family always involved me in their family life. When I was in Year 10, my host family and I went to New Zealand to celebrate their relative's 90th birthday, and it made me feel part of their family. When I think about it, it’s been a happy part of my life, living with an Australian family. It just takes a little bit of time to understand each other’s culture and to adjust to different way of life.