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International students

The Queensland Department of Education trading as: Education Queensland International (EQI)
CRICOS: 00608A
Meridan State College have welcomed overseas students since 2010, and has established short term International Study Tour programs to cater for varying levels of English.

Our College has established relationships with tour agents based in Taiwan and Japan, and have an ongoing agreement to host students from these countries for future tours. Our coastal position is a key feature of our College and is just one of the many reasons International Schools choose to participate in Short Term Study Tours at Meridan State College.

Meridan State College is considered a school of excellence and our grounds include industry standard hospitality facilities, industrial workshops and a unique rainforest and boardwalk that join our primary and secondary campus. Each of our three sub schools welcome one tour group per year, enabling our students to benefit from the experience, encouraging understanding and cultural awareness. Each group visit for a period of 12-25 days and consist of 14-30 students per tour.

Core values are key to our learning philosophy and our students are encouraged to practices these values daily. Visiting students are supported prior to, during and after the tours by our experienced Study Tour Coordinators.  

Participants of short term study tours engage in specialised English lessons, Integration Classes with Meridan buddies as well as Indigenous Culture and Art lessons.

Check out The Korean Study Tour video filmed at Meridan State College earlier this year.



Our homestay coordinators are here to support International Students, Homestay Families and Meridan Buddies during the study tours, and to ensure that it is a memorable and positive experience.  

Our International Study Tour Coordinators liaise with Host families, International Tour agents, Education Queensland International and College Staff to coordinate the program and Itinerary. International Coordinators work closely with ESL Teachers to ensure the program delivered meets the needs of our International Students. 


Responsibilities of the Homestay Provider:
  • Provide shelter in the form of a bedroom/study, together with the use of living areas, such as lounge, dining, kitchen, toilet and bathroom.
  • Provide a minimum of three nutritional meals per day.
  • Provide household materials, such as towels, sheets, blankets and eating/cooking utensils, as mutually agreed.
  • Provide transport to and from school on week days, and weekends where activities have been arranged.
  • Maintain the physical environment in a tidy, hygienic manner.

An important responsibility of both parties of the Homestay arrangement relates to the status of the student within the Homestay household.  Homestay Providers are expected to welcome the student as a valued member of the household and students, in return, are expected to show consideration and courtesy for others in the household.

In order to establish and maintain a harmonious relationship, it is the responsibility of both the Homestay Provider and the student to develop a set of expectations for mutually agreeable standards of household behaviour.

These expectations may include:

  • Telephone rules – when the phone can be used; if overseas calls are allowed; how payment is to be made for overseas calls, etc.
  • Meal/bathroom/bedtime schedules.
  • Household tasks.
  • Use of household utilities, e.g. washing machine, stove, TV, etc. 

Should you feel that your family would be interested in being considered as a host family, please contact​​​​​