Delivering courses to overseas students

NESA administers the first stage of the approval process for school providers to deliver courses to overseas students in NSW. Find information on the processes and forms that providers need.

Teacher with class and computers

We're improving our online experience so it's easier for you to find and read content.

Improvements are being made in stages as we migrate content to This will have no impact on the information available to you.  

Check out our government schools, non-government schools and home schooling sections.  

Leave your feedback about the new site on our feedback form.

Approval of school providers to deliver courses to overseas students

This section provides information about how the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) approves school providers to deliver courses to overseas students in NSW, including:

  • school courses
  • non-AQF Award English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) where provided in the capacity as a school.

You can find out more by reading about the approval process and the Guidelines, as well as the fees and administrative arrangements.

Approval overview

Find out about NESA's role in the approval process, CRICOS and the legislation that governs approval of school providers.

The Guidelines

The Guidelines provide information about the regulations and requirements for school providers delivering courses to overseas students.

Fee schedule

A full list of the fees that school providers are required to pay NESA in 2024 to become approved and maintain approval.

Administrative arrangements

Find out more about the administrative arrangements that approved school providers are required to understand.

Raising concerns

Complaints, concerns and appeals about providers can be sent through dedicated channels. Find out which channel you should use to address your concern.

Approved NSW school providers

Only the school providers that are approved by NESA and are listed on CRICOS may deliver courses for overseas students in NSW. Find a provider in the current list.

Document proformas

School providers can access proformas to help identify the policies, procedures and documentation required


Typing on a laptop.

Contact information

Contacts for providers and education services providers, making a complaint about a provider, visa enquiries and exchange student information.



Stay informed with NESA newsletters

Subscribe to NESA newsletters for all the latest news, media releases and official notices.


Contact the School Registration Unit

You can contact the Regulation of Schooling team by email or phone.

Stay connected

Keep in touch by following NESA on social media.

For more information on how to contact a specific team or make a complaint, visit NESA's contact us page.

Top of page