International Student Program – The Wellington Way

Studying in Victoria
Victorian government schools are a destination of choice for international students. Our schools provide international students with a high-quality education, excellent English language tuition, caring welfare support services, secure homestay, and pathways to higher education. To learn more about studying and living in Victoria as an international student, see:

About our school
The motto ‘caring, striving, learning’ underpins Wellington Secondary College traditional values.

Wellington Secondary College is a large, vibrant multi-cultural government high school that enjoys strong links with other countries. Students are encouraged to become fully involved in the life of the College and have opportunities to apply for a leadership position. Your son or daughter will join a happy group of international students who are totally integrated into mainstream classes. Our students predominantly come from Vietnam and Cambodia.

All International students at Wellington choose a comprehensive Year 7 to 10 course or a full Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) program at Years 11-12. Mainstream classes are small (25 students) with a high level of student-teacher interaction to ensure more individual attention. Your son or daughter will enjoy the benefits of extensive curriculum and co-curriculum programs in a supportive 21st Century learning environment that includes accelerated learning by the early commencement of VCE, Sport, Music and Drama activities. There is also an Intensive English Language Class (WIELC) onsite for students to develop their English language skills as well as studying other key subjects prior to transitioning into mainstream classes.

Most students are able to study their first language as part of their VCE through the Victorian School of Languages.  These classes are held outside of normal school hours.

The International Students Program is an integral part of the College. We are proud of our cultural diversity and ensure that all our students’ multiculturally rich backgrounds are recognised, catered for, celebrated and valued.

Mulgrave is a quiet residential suburb in the south east of Melbourne, 20 kms from the city centre and located close to Monash University. The major shopping centre is Waverley Gardens located close to the College.  There are lots of parks, restaurants, sports ovals, sports clubs for tennis, cricket, football, baseball and athletics.  A modern housing precinct has been built around the former Waverley Park Australian Rules Football stadium also in the area.  Mulgrave is well serviced by bus lines and easy access to Springvale and Glen Waverley train stations.

Local Real Estate Agent’s suburb guide.

To help you adjust to living and studying in Melbourne you will be involved in an orientation program which will include information on:

  • the College and its programs
  • our local area
  • transportation in the local community
  • general support services
  • health care and well-being
  • child safe standards
  • accommodation arrangements (including homestay)
  • Australian culture
  • terms, conditions and key policies relating to your enrolment at a Victorian government school

Some of this information you can access prior to your departure for Australia by accessing particular websites, the most useful of which is and downloading the predeparture guide in your first language.

More information
To learn more about the types of subjects and supports available for international students, including our school brochures in Vietnamese and Khmer, see: Wellington Secondary College

How to apply

Most international students must apply to the Department of Education in order to study in a Victorian government school. To learn about the application types and to apply, see: How to apply

A visual interview via WeChat/Viber to assess oral English language proficiency.

Students under 15 years of age will only be considered if they live with a parent or a DHA approved relative. We generally only accept students entering Year 9 or higher.

Contact our school

A team of people will be involved in the orientation process including Ms Tzelepis (Director, International Programs), our multicultural aides, other staff members and students.

For more information about international students, please contact the below staff member.

Ms Connie Tzelepis
Director International Student Program
Mr Chris Knight
College Principal
Catherine Reinhardt
International Programs Assistant
Wellington Secondary College
91 Police Road, Mulgrave, Victoria 3170

Email: Phone: +61 3 9547 6822
Lyn Thai
Hattha Ieng
Carol Yi
Available Multicultural Aides

Other useful websites

Victorian Government schools:

Studying in Australia:

Post-secondary school study in Victoria:

Tourist destinations and things to do: and

Wellington Secondary College is accredited under the Department of Education CRICOS registration (CRICOS provider name and code: Department of Education 00861K).
For more information, see: