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.


This has been a short, but busy term. We have welcomed new students at Years 7, 10 and 11. Some students took part in Swimming and Athletics Carnivals and that was good to see.



High Achievers

At the Senior Assembly, we were able to recognise the achievements of students in 2017 and to congratulate Tianle Wang who, as a Year 11 student, earned a score of 50 in Maths Methods.


International Education

Hung Minh Mai, who graduated in 2017, and I spoke at a planning day for the Department of Education’s International Education Division. Held in the beautiful Grand Ballroom of the Windsor Hotel, the forum was looking at supporting students, both local and International Victorian students, to become truly global citizens. Branton and I were the ‘customers’, giving information about our involvement and experiences in International Education. Hung Minh Mai (Branton to many of us) spoke beautifully and many of the attendees commented on how articulate and sophisticated he was in addressing the issues. Thank you Branton for giving up your time to take part in the event.


Meeting the Governor of Victoria

On March 19th, Xiao Xu (Wayne to many of us!) attended a Welcome Event at Government House. Mrs Jeanette Maxwell accompanied Wayne and they were able to speak to the Governor, the Honourable Mrs Linda Dessau AC, visit the beautiful Government House and eat a delicious morning tea!


Meeting some parents

Parents of International Students were invited to afternoon tea to meet each other and to find out a bit more about the school and its processes. There is always a lot to learn about other systems, so it was good to meet the parents (and grandmother and cousin!) at this informal event.

Holiday Time

This is a busy time for senior students in particular. You can do a lot of important study during the holidays, as well as enjoying a break.


Kaye Mackenzie,

International Student Coordinator.