Viewbank College

International Students

Viewbank College International Student Program    


Viewbank College is a co-educational government secondary college with an enrolment of over 1300 students. We are only able to allocate places to 30 International Students across the school.

Our program is largely academic, with most of our students planning to continue their studies at university.

We are very proud of our International Student Program. Students take on an enormous challenge when they leave home to study in another country and we offer them all the support they need to be successful. Viewbank College is a Child Safe environment in accordance with the Victorian Government guidelines, with a Child Safety Code of Conduct. (see ‘Child Safe’ under About Us) 

Homestay Accommodation

We have a number of families offering homestay to students who have applied to come here without family. Strict regulations ensure the safety of students we monitor homestays and conduct regular checks.

Families who might be interested in providing homestay for a student can email Kaye Mackenzie (see below) or the ISP Assistant, Jeanette Maxwell,


Students requiring airport pick up will be met at the airport by the International Student Coordinator and taken to their homestays. They will be assisted to set up a bank account, to obtain a mobile phone, uniform, books and so on, before the start of school.

English Language Support

Our International Students join mainstream classes for all their studies. We have found this the best way to help them quickly improve their English and to become part of the Viewbank College community. However, students receive an additional 2 lessons per week of EAL (English as an Additional Language), where they work in small groups. Here they can work on developing their language skills and they can be assisted with classwork.

There are also homework sessions run by teachers after school. Students can attend these sessions for help with their work in English, Humanities, Maths and Science and Commerce subjects.


All applications start with the International Education Division of the Department of Education and Training. The website contains all the information and processes for application.

However, if you have an enquiry relating specifically to Viewbank College, you are welcome to email the International Student Coordinator, Kaye Mackenzie,

or call on  90913877.


Term 4…

As we move into Term 4, VCE students are preparing for their final exams. Our seven Year 12 students are spending their last weeks with us, some looking forward to the Valedictory Dinner at the end of the exam period. All are making future plans. We wish them well.


Language exam orals have already been held at Coburg – for one of our Year 10s, for four Year 11s and for one Year 12 International Student who is taking Japanese.

Students in Year 7 to 9 have a long way to go, with exams for the Year 9s at the end of November. On November 27th, we move in to ‘2019’ with the whole school changing over to 2019 classes and courses. This is a very important time for everyone. Some International Students who will start with us next year, will also come for introductory classes.

Back to Macleod

Last Monday afternoon, six of our students were able to return to Macleod College where they had completed their Intensive English Language Courses at different times over the last three years. They were delighted to meet past students who had gone on to different schools and to meet the teachers again. Thank you to Colleen Cochrane (ISC ) and to Ms Ketty, Greta and Joanna for a wonderful event.


Kaye Mackenzie,

International Student Coordinator.