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 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.

Our Teaching and Learning Environment

  • Academic excellence
  • High expectations
  • Disciplined
  • Positive work ethic and mindset
  • Cultural openness and diversity
  • Supportive 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, Chile, Brazil, Indonesia,Europe and Malaysia.   Students receive ongoing assistance and pastoral care with their transition to studying at a new school in a different country.

Separate EAL English classes, including additional English extension, exist for all students from Years 7-10 and for VCE based on eligibility. Homework Club with tutors and a range of co-curricular activities are also offered.

On-Campus Language Centre: Intensive English Language Program

An on-campus English Language Centre will open in 2019 which will deliver an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) to support Collingwood’s international students with their language development and emotional well-being.  Students will undertake a rigorous 20 week language program to acquire the skills and language proficiency needed for entering mainstream classes.  Additionally,students will attend regular curriculum-linked excursions/incursions to develop an awareness of Australian culture. The Language Centre will support and provide the highest level of best learning and teaching practice by qualified EAL teachers. There will be an intake of 15 students only each semester.  The new centre will include a student lounge with fridge/microwave facilities and comfortable furniture. All students will benefit from the many opportunities for intercultural relationships and enriched global understanding.

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.

In 2002, the College became a member of the Council of Internationally Accredited Schools, one of only a small number of government schools in Australia.

VCE at Collingwood College

Our VCE program is academic and rigorous. We are determined that our students should have a fulfilling educational experience and achieve their potential. Inpartnership with Fitzroy High School we offer a rich and varied VCE program in order to broaden opportunities and give wider 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

  • New Library and Resource Centre
  • VCE Study Area with Computer access
  • School Theatre
  • Dance Studio
  • Music Studio (2)
  • Multi-media Room
  • Gymnasium(2)
  • Tennis, Basketball and Netball Court
  • Several Computer Lab’s
  • Innovative Design and Technology Centre
  • School Canteen—healthy food served at reasonable price
  • A state of the art indoor sports centre including 3 basketball courts to be completed mid 2019

Special Programs

  • English as a Second language (EAL) Classes
  • Chinese Language Classes
  • Variety of sports 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
  • Tutorials—develops study and examination skills

Please see the Programs page for more information.

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.

School Principal: Dale Perichon

Secondary Principal: Judith Clelland

Primary Principal: Sam Luck

Learning Specialist – EAL: Lori Michael

International Student Coordinator: Lucy Wang

Welfare Worker: Gareth Rego

Careers Teacher: Sam Horstman

We also have an Educational Psychologist, a Paediatrician, a Speech Pathologist and a Youth Worker available by appointment.


Our sister school—Suzhou High School of Jiangsu Province with 4000 students, located in Suzhou, a city famous worldwide for silk, picturesque gardens.


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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