Study in Melbourne

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 Technology.

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 endeavour.

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 regional 'zone'.

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.

Primary Schooling

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 every suburb.

Secondary Schooling

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 & Training

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 hospitality.

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...

University Education

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 as follows:

Location of universities in Metropolitan Melbourne
 Location map of Melbourne universities  

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