International Program

About Collingwood College

Collingwood College is the closest government school to Melbourne’s CBD that accepts applications from international students. We have a successful and well-developed International Student Program with student enrolments from a range of countries. Additionally, a new and supportive Intensive English Language Centre (IELC) opened in 2019 for students to develop their English language skills before transitioning to mainstream classes.

All forms of public transport are easily accessible and Collingwood train station is directly across the road (15 minutes from Flinders Street Station).

How to enrol

IED (International Education Division), of the Department of Education and Training, administers all applications from International Students for places in all Victorian Government Schools. Please make applications through IED. You can find information about the Victorian Government Schools’ International Student Program, such as application procedures, school fees, application forms, key policies, etc. via their website:

International Student Entry Requirements

In order to meet the educational and welfare needs of international students, the entry requirements for enrolment at Collingwood College are based on some or all of the following:

  • The student’s school reports for the last two academic years are assessed to ensure the student can cope with the workload and demands
  • An interview via Skype or phone to assess the student’s oral language abilities
  • IELTS tests to demonstrate an achievement of 6 (for Year 11 Entry)
  • A school based written assessment


Should you require enquires be answered in a specific language, please send a request to:

Lucy Wang
International Student Coordinator

Phone: 03-9412 7729
Phone – International: 00-61-3-9412 7729 (from overseas)

Judith Clelland
Principal, Secondary School (PCO)

Phone: 03 9412 7715
Phone – International: 00-61-3-9412 7715 (from overseas)


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电话: 00-61-3-9412 7729 (直线)

传真: 03- 9416 1279


Department of Education and Training

CRICOS Provider Code: 00861K

International Program

Collingwood College was established in 1882 and has a long history as a leading government school in Victoria. It is co-education with a P-12 structure and is conveniently located to the Melbourne CBD. It is well-served by train, tram and bus services. The school is also in close proximity to The State Library, University of Melbourne and RMIT.

Our students achieve academic excellence in a friendly and supportive learning environment. We passionately believe in the potential of all students, and we work hard to ensure every individual achieves success within and beyond the classroom.

Our students consistently gain 100% completion of VCE.

Our school values are Diversity, Creativity, Innovation, Relationships and Achievement. These underpin the learning and behaviours expected at our school and are reinforced throughout our school day, as well as in our student leadership and co-curricular programs.

All students benefit from the many opportunities for intercultural relationships and enriched global understanding from the International Student Program at our college.

Teaching and Learning Environment

  • Academic excellence
  • High standards & expectations
  • Disciplined
  • Positive work ethic and mindset
  • Cultural acceptance and diversity
  • Supportive & highly skilled staff

Our International Students

We have a dynamic International Student Program with students enrolled from around the world including places such as Vietnam, China, Iran, Singapore, Africa, Cambodia, Brazil, Indonesia, Europe and Malaysia.

On arrival, students and their families/guardians undertake a comprehensive Orientation program as part of the enrolment process and receive ongoing assistance and well-being with their transition to studying at a new school in a different country.

Separate EAL English classes exist for all students from Years 7-10 and for VCE based on eligibility. Additionally, English Extension is offered at Year 9 & 10. An afterschool Homework Club with tutors runs weekly for all international students in the school library.

All students attend weekly Home Group sessions with a focus on developing essential skills for learning and life – goal setting, mindfulness, character strengths, and a range of learning and well-being strategies. Additionally, VCE students attend weekly Tutorial sessions with a focus on building study skills and learning strategies for academic success and social development.

Student Leadership and Extra-Curricular Program

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities available at the school which include environmental and art clubs, debating and music/performance opportunities. A range of activities and clubs are offered on a term basis.

The following leadership roles are open to international students: Student Representative Council, International Student Captain and Vice-Captain, and Well-Being Year Level Leader.

All new students partake in a Buddy Program where they are teamed with another student to assist with transition and forming relationships. Similarly, the International Student Well-being Team provides student voice and active decision making in the overall International Student Program.

In addition to educational experiences and curriculum-linked excursions/incursions at each year level, organised activities for our international students to enhance their understanding of Australian life and culture, to develop friendships, and to enrich their life experiences include the Lunar New Year Celebration, Welcome Picnic, Water Park Excursion, Snow Trip and Collective Birthday Party celebrations. Please check our International Program Activities page

On-Campus Language Centre: Intensive English Language Program

An on-campus English Language Centre opened in 2019 and delivers an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) to support Collingwood’s international students with their language development and emotional/social well-being. Students undertake a rigorous 20 week language program to acquire the skills and language proficiency needed for entering mainstream classes. Additionally, students attend regular curriculum-linked excursions/incursions to develop an awareness of Melbourne and Australian culture. The Language Centre supports and provides the highest level of best learning and teaching practice by qualified EAL teachers. There is an intake of 15 students only each semester. The centre includes two spacious classrooms, a student lounge with microwave facilities and comfortable furniture with tables for individual/collaborative study.

Students Destinations

The college encourages all students to become confident life-long learners and acquire knowledge and skills that are valued internationally, enabling them to effectively enter universities in Australia or in other countries.

Collingwood College graduates go on to study at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT, Victoria University, La Trobe University and Institutes of Technical and Further Education.


Collingwood College has been operating as an accredited provider of tuition, care and support to international students since 1995 and continues to successfully meet all requirements and standards.

VCE at Collingwood College

Our VCE program is academic and rigorous. We are determined that our students have a fulfilling educational experience and achieve their potential. In partnership with Fitzroy High School we offer a rich and varied VCE program in order to broaden opportunities and subject choices. We are able to offer around 100 VCE units over two years. VCE courses are tailored to meet the individual needs of students. We regularly review progress and support our students to achieve their best results.

Please see the VCE Programs page for more information.

School Facilities

  • Library and Resource Centre
  • VCE Study Area with Computer access
  • School Theatre
  • Dance Studio
  • Music Studio (2)
  • Multi-Media Room
  • Tennis, Basketball and Netball Court
  • Several Computer Lab’s
  • Innovative Design and Technology Centre
  • School Canteen— healthy food selection
  • A state of the art indoor sports centre (opened 2020)

Special Programs

  • English as a Second language (EAL) Classes
  • Chinese Language Classes
  • Inclusive Sports Program
  • Music Program (instrumental and orchestra)
  • Homework Club – Operates in the library after school 3.05pm-5pm from Monday until Thursday. This is a supervised free service
  • Tutorial—develops study and examination skills

Student Support Services

In addition to Home group teachers and Year-level coordinators, the College has a team of dedicated staff that offer support for international students.

College Principal: Sam Luck

Secondary School Principal: Judith Clelland

Acting Primary School Principal: Margaret Doucas

Learning Specialist – EAL: Lori Michael

International Student Coordinator: Lucy Wang

International Student Well-Being: Angie Pantelidis

Welfare Worker: Gareth Rego

Careers Teacher: Sam Horstman

An Educational Psychologist, Paediatrician, Speech Pathologist and Youth Worker available by appointment.


Collingwood College is one of the finest Victorian Government Schools.

IED (International Education Division), of the Education Department, administers all applications from International Students for places in Victorian Government Schools. Please make applications through IED.

For information about Collingwood College’s International Student Program, please contact International Student Coordinator Lucy Wang.

Telephone: 03-94176681
Telephone (from China): 00-61-3-9412 7729

Facsimile:  03- 9416 1279

For specific information about the Victorian Government Schools’ International Student Program such as application procedures, school fees, application forms, key policies, etc., please visit this website:

Department of Education and Training.

CRICOS Provider Code: 00861K

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