The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is a two year comprehensive senior high school program. A key feature of the Victoria’s education system is the diverse and dynamic choice of subjects offered in the curriculum. Students can choose from over 60 units across 9 key learning areas in the VCE. Click here to find out more.
There are no formal tests, exams or interviews required to be enrolled into a Victorian Government school. The only admission requirement is that you must have gained 50% or higher for all of your subjects in the last two years. There is also no English test required; however, we may require you to study for at least 20 weeks in an intensive English language program if you do not have an IELTS score of 5.0 or higher.
All of our schools offer high quality education, opportunities for academic success and pathways to university, as well as providing a supportive and safe environment for students. Depending on where you want to live in Victoria, what subjects you want to undertake and what other interests you may have, we believe there is a Victorian Government school that is right for you.
  • Subjects offered
  • Languages offered
  • Sports and extra-curricular programs
  • Academic and sporting facilities, and
  • Whether the school offers a University Extension program

All Victorian schools are required to be registered and to meet standards under the Education and Training Reform Act. To search for a school, visit the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority's website.

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Students who wish to apply as a full fee paying student need a ‘student visa' to study in Australia. You can apply for a student visa at an Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission. Some students will be able to apply online through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Yes, you can take intensive English language courses at Victorian Government schools and also continue English as an Additional language as a VCE subject. Click here to find out more.
Yes, we offer a Study Abroad Program that allows students to study at our schools for 1 term or up to 4 terms. Click here to find out more.
If you are under 13 years of age when you start your studies you must live with a parent or approved relative. If you are going to a primary school you must live with a parent. Click here to find out more.
The Victorian education system and school environment is different to many other countries. In Victoria students are encouraged to take part in class discussion and contribute their own ideas. Student life in Melbourne or one of Victoria’s vibrant regional communities is never boring. There’s always something happening in school or after class. Click here to find out more.
Victorian schools offer an extremely wide range of subjects. Some secondary schools offer over 40 subjects. English is mandatory for all school students. International students may study English as a Second Language (ESL). Click here to find out more.

If you will be going to a Victorian Government primary school you must live with a parent / legal custodian for the duration of your study at the school.

If you will be going to a Victorian Government secondary school and you are under 13 years of age you must live with a parent or relative approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

If you will be attending a Victorian Government secondary school and you are 13 years of age and older you have three options. You can:

  1. Live with your parents or a relative approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
  2. Nominate a family friend to live with. The nominated person will be required to be approved by the Department of Education and Training.
  3. Request that the Department of Education and Training arrange an approved Homestay accommodation for the duration of your study.
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An approved Homestay is when you live with a local family. You will be considered a member of the family for the duration of your stay and will often be in a home with other children. Homestay provides you with the best possible way to experience Australian culture and to improve your English. Homestay families are carefully selected by schools and most have been hosting international students for many years. Click here to find out more.
Homestay costs between $230 - $300 per week depending on the location of the school. The cost of the Homestay covers:
  • three meals a day
  • facilities – a bed, wardrobe, towels and linen
  • all gas, heating, electricity, cooling and water costs
  • cleaning of common living areas
  • use of all shared areas in homestay
  • study facilities – desk, lamp and bookcase
Students living in Homestay will be met upon arrival by a staff member from their host school who will then accompany them to their homestay accommodation.
Most schools will require you to buy and wear a uniform, some schools are non-uniform schools. The International Student Coordinator at your school will assist with obtaining a uniform.
All international students must have health insurance while in Victoria. The International Education Division can arrange Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) on your behalf if requested on the application form.
International students holding a student visa subclass 571 are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week as long as the work does not interfere with their studies or attendance. During holidays students are permitted to work full-time. Students who wish to work should discuss this with their parents and the International Student Coordinator at their school.
You can download the application form from our website and return it to us with all the supporting documentation. Alternatively, you can contact one of our accredited agents in your area to assist you with the application process. Click here to find out more.
You can contact the International Education Division for more information.
Last Update: 19/07/2017 10:59 AM