International Student Programme and Curriculum Senior School students at Mercedes College can choose to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Both of these pathways provide excellent curriculums and enables graduating students to apply for entrance to universities in Australia and around the world including the USA and UK.

Academic Excellence

At Mercedes College we provide students with a world-class education. As a leader in delivering the International Baccalaureate (IB) our students have the choice between the IB Diploma in Year 11 and Year 12 or completing the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

As a high academic achievement school, we strive for excellence, and we are very proud of the high success rates attained. More than 90 per cent of graduating students achieve tertiary entrance in a discipline of their choice. Most go on to university studies in Engineering, Medicine, Law, Commerce, Economics, Computer Science and Teaching.

Mercedes College students study fulltime with 25 hours of staff/student contact time per week for 40 weeks each academic year. The school year is divided into four terms with the main holiday break during December and January. Term 1 starts in late January/early February. Classes start at 8.35am and finish at 3.25pm Monday to Friday.

Our students flourish academically and as individuals, with a focus on personal growth and development beyond scholastic achievement alone. Students at Mercedes College learn who they are, understand their strengths, what inspires them and how they learn best.

Mercedes College term dates

Our Facilities

Mercedes College students have access to world class learning and state of the art information technology resources. On campus we have high quality online learning capability and across campus WIFI. All students have internet access and email facilities, learn computing, and use devices in every subject area.

Our learning facilities include:

  • library and information resource centre
  • arts and multi-media suite – computer aided design
  • drama and the expressive arts complex
  • music suite
  • fully equipped science laboratories (5)
  • contemporary learning resources in all classrooms.

In 2022, our new Arts and Sports Precinct will start to come to life. This future-focussed and sustainable learning environment will offer a new performing arts centre, a state of the art indoor and outdoor sports complex and communal learning spaces.

Mercedes College students have access to multiple sporting facilities on campus. This includes playing fields for soccer, football, cricket, hockey and softball as well as tennis courts, two indoor gymnasiums for basketball, and facilities for volleyball, badminton and table tennis.

Specialised Learning Programs

Mercedes College is an internationally minded world class school providing a holistic education for individual students, reflective of our belief that everyone is unique. We help students develop and reach their potential, as well as prepare them to be global citizens.

Intensive English Courses

During the enrolment process, we assess our International Students’ proficiency in English. Further information about the standard of English required before entering mainstream classes is listed in our Enrolment Form. 

For newly arrived International Students and Local Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) Students needing to acquire English Language skills before studying at Mercedes College, we recommend the South Australian College of English (CRICOS: 00094M).

South Australian College of English

The South Australian College of English has an Adelaide campus located in the city centre (Level 1, 47 Waymouth Street, Adelaide) and just a five-minute walk to Rundle Mall, shops, restaurants, public transport and beautiful parklands. 

With an excellent reputation, the South Australian College of English is the oldest independent English Language school in Adelaide.

Homestay and Guardianship

From the moment your son or daughter arrives at Adelaide Airport they come under the care and guardianship of Mercedes College and reside with a Homestay family, unless other arrangements are organised during the enrolment process. This includes while students study at the South Australian College of English.


To enrol, contact us and we will assess the student and determine if English Language classes are required. If so, you, or your Education Agent, will be informed and then contacted by SACE Adelaide to enrol into English Language classes and apply to study at Mercedes College. SACE Adelaide will issue an invoice and other required documents to you, independently of Mercedes College.

Mercedes College students studying English Language at SACE Adelaide will be monitored by us for academic progress and wellbeing. A student progress report will be provided to the Academic Adviser at Mercedes College every six weeks, with an end of term report submitted every 12 weeks. The course length for each student will vary subject to progress. The duration of English Language study can vary from 1-35 weeks or more.

Fees for SACE Adelaide:

Visit South Australian College of English Adelaide for more information including their enrolment, materials and weekly tuition fees for the High School Bridging course.

Other Important Information

CRICOS Code: 00365D

For enrolment enquiries please contact:

Leeanne Moriarty
International Marketing Coordinator
T | +61 8 8372 3200
E | International