About the SACE International

An international passport to learning

SACE International is an internationally recognised pre-university program administered by the SACE Board of South Australia.

It provides an opportunity for students to study in their own country and build upon their local pre-matriculation studies. It is the most popular Australian-based pre-university program in Malaysia, where it has been taught since 1982. The program has also been taught successfully in China since 2005.

Students who successfully complete SACE International are accredited with the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), an award that is recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Students are provided with a university aggregate score (out of 90) and an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). The ATAR is a percentile ranking that is recognised without modification by all tertiary selection agencies in Australia and is used by universities around the world for entry selection purposes.

SACE International has given more than 35,000 students access to the SACE in their own country and has led to their acceptance by universities across the world, including in Australia, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand.


SACE International offers:

  • proven learning techniques tailored to university study
  • a balanced choice of subjects leading to a variety of university courses
  • a mixture of school assessments and external examinations that assess students fairly
  • an opportunity for students to complete the program over one year (with appropriate recognition for previous studies)
  • the flexibility for students to complete the program over an extended period
  • an opportunity for students to increase their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) by repeating subjects without penalty.

Entry requirements

To be admitted into SACE International, students must complete the equivalent of Stage 1 of the SACE in their own country, and satisfy English language proficiency requirements.

SACE International colleges in each country conduct their own English language preparatory programs to ensure their students have the best possible chance of succeeding in SACE International.