Victorian Government Schools

Victorian government schools provide international students with a high-quality education, pathways to higher education and a genuine opportunity to thrive and succeed. With a choice of nearly 200 accredited primary and secondary schools, the windows of opportunity are endless.

Windows of opportunity in the world's most liveable city

Victoria offers students an enviable lifestyle that nurtures success and the confidence to take steps forward in life. Melbourne is consistently voted the world's most liveable city, is one of Australia's most multicultural cities and was recently also voted the world's friendliest city. World-renowned for celebrating the food and heritage of all nations, Victoria also presents students with a large variety of food, culture and entertainment to explore.

Quality education - leaders in learning

Quality is the number one reason why international students and their families choose Victorian government schools. Victoria's leading school education system, classroom facilities, welfare support and English language facilities make it one of the world's best education destinations.

Wide choice of schools

Students choosing to study in Victoria enjoy a choice of more than 200 conveniently located primary and secondary schools. Students are offered the choice of a broad range of special programs and outstanding educational opportunities, along with the assurance that each school has met strict accreditation standards.

Government owned - secure and trusted

Victorian government schools provide a safe and secure environment. Victorian government schools have an established reputation for student welfare, support and achievement. With thousands of graduates every year, that leadership will never be in doubt.

World-renowned universities

A Victorian government schools education opens up windows of opportunity to further learning. Melbourne is home to universities and colleges recognised around the globe as centres for education excellence. International students are positively encouraged in building pathways to degree study. Visit the Victorian International School Student Hall of Fame to see video interviews with international students who are achieving their study dreams (

VCE - an international qualification

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is a global learning passport that lays the foundation for students to move onto further study. It is highly respected by world education bodies and offers direct access to many renowned international universities.

Excellent English language programs

Victorian government schools help international students to learn English quickly. On arrival, students can attend an Intensive English Language Program before they move into mainstream classes. The personalised English language tuition offered in Victoria plays a critical role in helping international students achieve the required English language skills to successfully complete their high school studies and attain academic excellence. To learn more, visit

Caring individual welfare support

The happiness and security of international students living and studying in Victoria is important. Student care, from arrival to the very last day, is of highest priority for the large network of teachers, friends and families providing support specifically for international students in Victorian government schools. Parents are regularly involved and informed through face-to-face meetings, phone contact and translated student reports.

Supportive and safe homestay families

Homestay families offer the safety and support of a real family. Homestay families are carefully selected and rigorously monitored by schools to ensure that students are provided with the best care and support in friendly, safe and secure environments.

Ying Yi Wang, China

English Language School

'I can write a long essay, do an oral presentation and talk to the local students more fluently than before... It's very necessary for international students to learn English at an in-school language centre. We can know more about the school, get used to the teaching style and improve our English before we go to the mainstream class.'

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