Victorian International School Student Awards

On 26 April 2017, the Victorian Government announced the winners for the prestigious Victorian International School Student Awards at a ceremony held at Parliament House.

A total of 9 award winners and 11 commendation award winners from six countries were awarded and recognised for their outstanding contribution to Victoria by Ms Judith Graley, MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Education.

The awards, now in their fifth year, recognise and honour the unique and significant contribution made by international students to Victorian schools and the Victorian learning community. International students add cultural and linguistic diversity and develop the global perspectives of local students and teaching staff.

Teachers and students at the Victorian international school student awards

The Victorian Government congratulate the below students who are ambassadors for international education in Victoria, Australia:

  • Year 11 Academic Excellence Award, Hao (Coco) Dong, Balwyn High School
  • Year 11 Arts Achievement (Visual Arts) Award, Hyekyung (Bella) Park, Templestowe College
  • Year 11 Community Engagement Award, Thuy Ngan (Christina) Vuong, Keilor Downs College
  • Year 11 Global Citizenship Award, Yuchong (Clarence) Wei, Eltham College
  • Year 12 Academic Excellence Award, Yijia (Julie) Shen, Balwyn High School
  • Year 12 Arts Achievement (Visual Arts) Award, Ying Yan (Hebe) Ng, Rosehill Secondary College
  • Year 12 Global Citizenship Award, Nan (Nancy) Gao, Caulfield Grammar School 
  • Year 12 Sports Achievement Award, Ziyu (Mike) Chen, Whitefriars College
  • International School Student of the Year and Year 12 Student Leadership Awards, Yifang (Yvonne) Chen, Strathmore Secondary College.

Visit the Hall of Fame to watch video interviews with each of our success stories.

Congratulations to all of you!
The annual Victorian Global Learning Awards celebrate international student excellence and recognise schools and homestay families for outstanding global learning and engagement. The awards are open to all current Victorian Year 11 and 12 international school students, government and non-government schools and ​their homestay families. ​​

Two student winners are selected from each category - one from Year 11 and one from Year 12. The exception is the International Student of the Year – Ambassador Award, where only one Year 12 student will be selected. Two recipients - one government and one non-government - are selected for the school and homestay family awards. 

Nominations are now open until 8 December. You can nominate through the Online Nominations Portal.

Diverse University Students partaking in their curricular activities

Award categories

There are nine award categories, six of these awards are open to international students in Years 11 and 12. There is one International Student of the Year – Ambassador Award which is open only to Year 12 international students. There is also one award for a school and one award for a homestay family. 
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School and Homestay Awards (New Categories) 

Excellence in Global Learning Award The Excellence in Global Learning Award recognises schools who effectively embed internationalisation through delivery of a robust International Student Program and/or global learning programs such as sister schools, overseas teacher and student learning experiences, cultural immersion programs and integration of internationalisation into the curriculum. The Excellence in Global Learning Award is a whole school award to enable recognition and promotion of global learning programs and excellence across Victoria.  
Homestay Family of the Year The Homestay Family of the Year Award recognises the crucial role that homestay families play in supporting international students by providing the support and safety of a real family throughout their time in our schools. The Homestay Family of the Year Award enables schools and international students to recognise homestay families who go the extra mile through nomination for the award.

Student Awards

Academic Excellence AwardThe award is presented to a Year 12 international student who has achieved the highest ATAR score in VCE or IB equivalent, and to a Year 11 international student who has obtained the highest level of achievement in all subjects.
​Arts Achievement Award (Visual / Performing Arts Categories) One international student from Year 11 and one from Year 12 will receive the Arts Achievement (Visual Arts) Award. In addition, one international student from Year 11 and one from Year 12 will receive the Arts Achievement (Performing Arts) Award. This could be evidenced by achievements such as exceptional contribution to and/or participation in the arts. This includes visual and performing arts work as defined in relevant VCE/IB subjects.
Community Engagement AwardOne international student from Year 11 and one from Year 12 will receive this award which recognises participation in activities and groups which have a positive impact on the school and the wider community. This could be evidenced by active involvement in community groups, charities or similar organisations.
Global Citizenship AwardOne international student from Year 11 and one from Year 12 will receive this award which recognises outstanding commitment to fostering integration between local and international students, as well as a high level of intercultural competency and understanding of global issues.
Sports Achievement AwardOne international student from Year 11 and one from Year 12 will receive this award which recognises outstanding sporting achievement. This includes membership of state or national sporting teams, participation in competitions at state, national or international level, or breaking Victorian, Australian or world sporting records.
Student Leadership AwardOne international student from Year 11 and one from Year 12 will receive this award which recognises outstanding leadership. This could be evidenced by achievements such as Student Representative Council Presidency, membership of School Council or leadership of international student groups.
International Student of the Year -  Ambassador AwardNo separate application is required for this award which is presented to a Year 12 international student, selected from the finalists for the other six awards. The award recipient will have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, the ability to represent Victorian schools, and leadership through engaging with both the school and wider community.

Key dates

NominationsNominations for 2018 are open until 8 December 2017 
Judging commencesFebruary 2018
Notification of finalistsFebruary 2018
Presentation ceremonyMay/June 2018

* Please note, these dates are subject to review.

Why enter?

The awards program allows you to recognise your outstanding international students and homestay families, and showcase your school's educational offering by highlighting global learning achievements.

The benefits of being involved include: 

  • Honour and reward your top international students 
  • Recognise and drive quality amongst your homestay families
  • Demonstrate the quality of your school in equipping students with a global education
  • Market and promote your school through a professionally-produced promotional video
  • Raise awareness of your school by featuring in the Hall of Fame and social media channels.

Who can be nominated?

International Students

International students (standard, full-fee dependant and study abroad students) in Years 11 and 12 in Victorian government, Catholic and independent schools can be nominated for the six student awards.

The following students are not e​ligible for nomination:

  • dependants of permanent residents
  • students under specialist entrance visas whose status confers a tuition fee exemption (i.e. children of post-graduate research students and visiting academics)

​​​​Homestay Families

​Formally-registered households hosting standard or study abroad international students currently enrolled directly in a Victorian government school or CRICOS-registered Catholic or independent school can be nominated for the Homestay Family of the Year Award.


​Schools may nominate themselves for the Excellence in Global Learning Award in one of the following sub-categories:

  • Victorian government schools
  • Catholic or independent schools.

While it is expected that most schools nominating in this category would be delivering an International Student Program under CRICOS registration, nominations are not limited to these schools. Accordingly, schools can be nominated for any number of global learning programs, including sister schools, overseas learning programs, teacher and principal professional development, and incorporating the intercultural capability of the Victorian curriculum.

Conditions of entry

Student Award Categories

To be considered valid, entries must be completed in full using the online nomination form.

School Principals are responsible for ensuring that they nominate international students in the correct category. Judges do not have the discretion to re-assign applications to another category.

Nomination materials become the property of the Department and will not be returned at the conclusion of the judging process.

Photographs or video materials presented as a part of nominations should be of high resolution or of broadcast standard.

School Principals are responsible for ensuring that nominated students sign the consent form in relation to privacy, release of information and media requirements, prior to submitting nomination forms.​

How to enter?

​Only school Principals or their delegate can submit nominations via the Online Nominations Portal, following the steps outlined below. Nomination for the International Student of the Year – Ambassador Award category is not required, as Year 12 nominees for the six other awards automatically become nominees for this award.

  1. Visit the Online Nominations Portal to lodge your application
  2. Follow the instructions to create a school account
  3. Select the category to which you wish to nominate your student, school or homestay family
  4. Read the nomination conditions, selection criteria and note the supporting documentation required
  5. Complete the online nomination form
  6. Upload material to support nominations. All categories require the following depending on the award category nomination:
    1. Student Awards:
      • Student statement, written by the student, maximum of 400 words per selection criterion (total of 1,200 words maximum)
      • Principal’s supporting statement, 300 – 500 words maximum.
    2. Excellence in Global Learning Award:
      • Teacher's supporting statement, outlining internationalising education and global learning activities undertaken by the school, 300 - 500 words maximum  
      • Principal’s supporting statement, highlighting the links between internationalising activities and overarching school plans, 300 – 500 words maximum.
    3. ​​Homestay Family of the Year Award:
      • Supporting statement endorsed by international students accommodated in the homestay household, maximum of 400 words per selection criterion (total of 1,200 words maximum)
      • International Student Coordinator's supporting statement, 300 – 500 words maximum.

Refer to above selection criteria for additional requirements for each award category.

There will be an electronic acknowledgement of all nominations. Once all nominations have been received and the judging process has been completed by the judging panel, only finalists will be notified and invited to attend the presentation ceremony in May/June 2018.

The judging panel will not consider nominations submitted after the close of the nomination period.​

Judging process​

​​Student Awards, and School and Homestay Awards (Government Schools)

The selection of finalists and winner in each category will be determined by independent judging panels convened by the Department of Education and Training. For each category, the winner will be selected from three finalists.

Nominations will be judged according to how well they meet award selection criteria. Judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. All written material associated with judges' deliberations is confidential and will not be made available to third parties.

Finalists in the International Student of the Year – Ambassador Award category will be contacted by the judging coordinator informing them of the date and time for their interviews during February/March 2018. Inability to attend interviews may be grounds for exclusion from consideration in this category.

School and Homestay Awards (Non-government Schools)

The selection of finalists and winner in each category will be determined by a judging process consisting of a joint judging panel managed by Independent Schools Victoria and the Catholic Education Office.


Awards ceremony and media requirements

All finalists will be invited to attend the Victorian Global Learning Awards Ceremony.

The Victorian Government reserves the right to use all or part of any material generated (photographs, film footage, application submissions or any detail) for the purpose of the awards or for publication online, in print or other broadcast media, for publicity, promotional materials or campaigns.

Finalists and winners of the awards may be required to participate in media interviews.

By applying, nominees and nominating Principals agree that their contact details may be provided for promotional purposes to agencies engaged on behalf of award organisers.

Victorian Global Learning Awards Nominations
​​Nominations for the 2018 Victorian Global Learning Awards are open until 8 December 2017. For selection criteria and how to enter, see the Nominations/How to Enter tab of this webpage.
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