Melbourne and Victoria has always been extremely
popular with international students. Literally hundreds of thousands of students
have studied here over the years. In 2009, almost 200,000 students from over
150 countries chose the state of Victoria for their education and their
future. Melbourne was ranked the world's fourth top university city in 2008 after
London, Boston and Tokyo in a poll commissioned by the Royal Melbourne Institute of
Melbourne has a long tradition of academic
excellence. Graduates of Melbourne’s universities have excelled in all fields.
They’ve won Nobel prizes. They’ve won literary and artistic awards. They’ve
achieved fame and fortune in business. They’ve succeeded in all areas of human
Primary and secondary education is free, however 35% of students attend a private primary or secondary
school with the most numerous private schools Catholic and the rest
Independent. Public schools may restrict entry to students living in their
All Victorian schools, whether they are private
or government, are superbly resourced. Teachers are well qualified. They are used
to working with students who speak English as their second language. There are
separate schools for girls and boys and coeducational schools. All promote a
healthy balance of academic, cultural, social and sporting activities. And all have
well-developed support systems for international students.
In Victoria, children are required to attend
primary school for seven years from 'Prep' (preparatory year) to Year 6. Children
must be 5 years of age by 30 April to begin primary school.
The four-term school year begins in late January and ends in mid to late December
for the summer holidays.
In Melbourne, primary schools can be found in
Many high schools in Melbourne are called 'Secondary Colleges'. These schools provide
education for Year 7 through to Year 12. During Years 11 and 12 students work towards the Victorian Certificate of
Education (VCE). This is the official government
secondary qualification, which allows entry to universities throughout
Victoria and Australia, as well as many of the best in the world.
An increasing number
of Victorian schools also offer the International
Baccalaureate , an internationally recognised secondary
qualification. For students who prefer more
practical and work related study options another option is the Victorian
Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
Vocational Education &
Students can also study for a range of vocational
education and training certificates, which gain them credits toward further
education and training in disciplines such as business, design and
Victorian Curriculum and
Assessment Authority (VCAA)
Primary and secondary assessment,
curriculum development and educationa research initiative throughout
Melbourne and Victoria are undertaken by the Victorian Curriculum and
Assessment Authority (VCAA), which offers the Victorian Essential Learning Standards
(VELS), the Achieve- ment Improvement Monitor (AIM) certificates, the
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied
Learning (VCAL). More on VCAA...
There are eight publicly funded
universities and a number of accredited private higher education providers, with
campuses located in the heart of the city, as well as the suburbs and regional
Victoria. The eight universities (shown on the location map below) in Melbourne are