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James Nash State High School is a large co-educational secondary school located on the north side of Gympie, a medium-sized Aussie town surrounded by rural properties and national parks. 

Gympie is only a one-hour drive to fabulous beaches and a two-hour drive to Brisbane, Queensland’s capital city. The beachside resort of Noosa is around 70 kilometres to the south of Gympie, while the Fraser Island World Heritage Area is within reach for day trips.

The James Nash community welcomes international students to our campus. When local and international students meet at our school, through EQI’s Regional Study Abroad Program, all students broaden their learning experiences and make new friends. This supports the school’s goal of pursuing educational excellence for all learners.

Our past and present international students travel from European and Asian countries to spend up to a year with us. As many as ten international students will be homestaying in our area at any one time and they always enjoy the experience of living in a genuine Australian town.

To find out more about Gympie visit the Gympie Regional Council for further information.


During semester holidays breaks there are a number of exciting activities you can experience whilst in Australia. Please visit the EQI Holiday Adventure Program for details. 


Homestay families - we look after you



When international students join us at James Nash SHS, they also join a local family. Our Homestay Coordinator welcomes students and works with the students, their natural family and their homestay family to ensure that everyone has a happy experience.

James Nash State High School has several continuing and new homestay families. They live in various locations – in town, out in the country or in smaller towns nearby. Each homestay family is personally visited and inspected by school personnel, checked by the Police and endorsed by the Queensland Government Children’s Commissioner. In addition, families receive regular training to ensure they are skilled in dealing with the needs of international students.

Homestay families provide a separate room for each student, 3 meals per day and assist in transport to and from school where possible. Sometimes students are required to pay for the bus if their family lives out of town. Students from overseas are encouraged to become part of our families and learn about Australian life.

Visit the EQI website for information on how to apply to become an international student at James Nash. 

If you require assistance, you can contact an agent within your country

Please view the James Nash 2017 International Student Handbook (PDF 989KB)


EQI Email:

Department of Education and Training
Trading as Education Queensland International
CRICOS Provider Code: 00608A