International Students

Academic Distinction.
Global Possibilities.

At TIGS, we proudly offer an International Student Programme which deeply enriches the school experience for all. Our Centre for English provides courses that assist students to develop their English language skills so they can achieve academically and participate fully in the community, and the School’s Homestay Programme provides students with a home away from home, where they seamlessly take part in the broader Wollongong culture.

Our School

Opened in 1959, TIGS is an independent co-educational Anglican day school located on the eastern coast of New South Wales in the City of Wollongong, approximately 70km south of Sydney. TIGS is a dynamic educational centre that encourages each student to pursue the highest level of academic excellence, personal achievement and fulfilment of which they are capable. We aim to encourage independent thought and serious study, a high level of personal presentation and responsibility, the ability to lead and work with others, and develop individual talents and interests.




TIGS also offers English language tuition within our Senior School for International Students. The course combines intensive English language study with English for specific Australian Senior School subjects. While studying this course, International Students are integrated with TIGS students as they participate in activities as part of the academic, cultural, sporting and social life of the School.

Internationally Recognised Framework

Internationally Recognised Framework

Our curriculum is designed to encourage students to strive for excellence and achieve their best according to their interests. With first-class teaching and a reputation for excellence, we are proud to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. As an IB School, we offer an international standard of education from Kindergarten to Year 6 through the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

Extensive Co-Curricular Opportunities

Extensive Co-Curricular Opportunities

TIGS students have access to the Illawarra’s most extensive Co-Curricular Programmes from Junior School through to Senior School. Our Co-Curricular Programme complements the School’s core curriculum and encourages students to pursue their passion. The School offers a diverse range of activities including sports, community service, visual and performing arts, academic challenge, language and culture clubs, chess, outdoor education and overseas tours.

Academic Excellence

Academic Excellence

Students at TIGS excel across a range of disciplines including their core academic subjects, as leaders and through sport and the arts. Each student is supported to achieve their personal best in a culture of high effort and achievement. TIGS students regularly feature in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) Merit Lists which recognise the top Year 12 achievers in NSW. Approximately 90% to 95% of our Year 12 students are typically accepted into university. Band 6 results, indicating the highest level of performance, were achieved across 24 different subjects in 2018. This demonstrates the exceptional depth of teaching and support that equips students to excel across many disciplines at TIGS.

Exceptional Teaching

Exceptional Teaching

Teacher quality has a profound impact on learning. Our staff are of the highest calibre, handpicked for their extensive level of expertise and dedication, providing your child with the ideal environment to achieve their best. 95% of families at TIGS rank the quality of teaching as the main reason they chose to send their children to our school.


Homestay offers a unique opportunity for students to experience Australian lifestyle and culture in a safe, friendly and caring ‘home away from home’ environment, as well as the opportunity to practice their English in real-life situations. Our international students are accommodated in carefully selected homestays with either a TIGS family or a family from the local community. These families are reputable and provide quality accommodation. To ensure our students are provided with a safe and caring environment, all our families undergo regular insurance and police checks. We interview and inspect all families in their homes prior to their being accepted as homestay families and on an ongoing basis, in order to ensure high standards are maintained. Our Homestay Coordinator is available to deal with any problems that may arise. Transport to school is available from all homestay locations.

Interested in hosting a student?  Homestay for students of The Illawarra Grammar School is managed by UOW College Homestay. For further information or to register, contact the College.

Study English at TIGS

The Illawarra Grammar School offers English language tuition to high school age international students.

The School’s Centre for English provides a high quality English course to prepare students for the Senior School.

The Centre for English is located within
the TIGS campus giving students full access to all TIGS facilities and support services.

Our High School Preparation (HSP) Course teaches the English and academic skills that students need to be successful in high school in Australia.

The course combines intensive English language study with English for specific Australian high school subjects. Time is allocated to focus on Australian study methods and techniques.

While studying at the Centre for English, students are integrated with TIGS students, participating in activities as part of the academic, cultural, sporting and social life of the School. Where appropriate, students are placed in Mathematics classes in the mainstream, this interaction increases confidence and helps students adapt to life in the School.

The course also includes study in the library, computer and internet skills, project work, self study and educational excursions.

Our Courses

About Wollongong

Wollongong is one of Australia’s most liveable regional cities located just one hour south of Sydney CBD and the international airport. It is the third largest city in New South Wales, and the tenth largest city
in Australia. Located in a narrow coastal strip, Wollongong is home to over 300,000 residents, beautiful landscapes and one of Australia’s best universities, the University of Wollongong.

Wollongong is the heart of the Illawarra Region enjoying a magnificent natural environment from rainforests to spectacular sea cliffs and unspoilt beaches. It has a mild, sunny coastal climate with winter temperatures averaging 17 degrees and a summer average of 27 degrees tempered with sea breezes. Most rainfall occurs between February and June.

Key economic sectors include manufacturing, education, technology, research and development, coal mining, retail services, tourism, port activities, health and community services.

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The Illawarra Grammar School has consistently maintained a fine reputation as a leading choice for both local and international parents in their desire
to provide the best education for their child. We welcomes applications from students living in other countries who wish to study in Australia.









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