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Welcome to Northcote High School’s International Student Program


Chào mừng đến với chương trình học sinh quốc tế của trường trung học Northcote

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

Northcote High School is a large, vibrant inner-city high school established in 1926. Highly regarded for its excellence in teaching and learning and its outstanding academic results, the school offers a wide range of subjects at VCE level – including sciences, mathematics, commerce, humanities, music, arts and technology. The International Student Program is a highly valued part of the school’s culturally diverse learning community and its focus on preparing future ready students. The school is close to city universities and tertiary institutions.

As one of the first schools accredited by the Department of Education to take international students, Northcote High School has successfully developed a comprehensive program to provide opportunities for students to improve their English language skills, prepare for university entrance, improve career opportunities and share the richness of their own culture. Our international students are from all over the world, including China, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Japan, Laos, Taiwan, Iran, Burma, Cambodia and Bangladesh.

Northcote High School offers an intensive English Language course over 20 weeks in Semester one and two, to students who need this intensive training to prepare for enrolment into the mainstream cohort at the school. To learn more about the types of subjects and supports available for international students, see: Northcote High School – international student profile.

We are proud of our international students’ accomplishments and achievements, as well as the connections and support we offer them. See international student alumni to find out more about the success of our international students.

Local environment

Northcote High School is situated at the southern end of the City of Darebin, on St Georges RoadNorthcote. A tram service operates from the front of the school and the train station is a five-minute walk away. The location of the school is a drawcard for many families considering enrolment.

Northcote is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, 6 kilometres northeast of Melbourne’s Central Business District. It is a suburb with a village vibe, where older Greek and Italian residents live alongside artists, musicians and young families.

It’s a hub for live music, with regular shows at local venues including the Northcote Social Club and the intimate Uniting Church. Innovative eateries and bars, plus shops selling designer goods, line High Street and spread into neighboring Thornbury. The Westgarth Cinema screens movies in art deco surrounds.

Northcote also offers a wide variety of recreation facilities and sports clubs for residents and visitors to enjoy, catering to all interests.

Strong support for international students

We have a strong focus on developing agency and leadership in our students to prepare them for success in the next stage of their learning journey beyond Northcote High School.

Our International Student Program is well integrated into the broader school community and provides strong support and guidance. Our teachers are committed professionals who are experienced, enthusiastic, caring and supportive, aiming to be positive role models for students in lifelong learning.

Students participate in an intensive English as a Second Language (EAL) program and we also offer after-school tutorials for specific subjects ensuring all students progress in their learning.


Rich co-curricular activities

Our school provides comprehensive academic subjects and rich co-curricular activities to develop well-rounded and socially skilled students.

These activities include our school production, debating, art and STEM clubs, public speaking competitions, community sports clubs, music, school sports, extra tutorial classes, camps, youth forums, community engagement, as well as interstate and international tours when travel restrictions allow.

How to enrol

For information on how to apply as an international student at Northcote High School, see Enrol international student.

International Student Program Brochure 2024

Contact our office

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

International Student Coordinator (ISC) & Global Education Program Director: Jocelyn Hill

Phone: +61 3 9488 2300


International Student Office:

Northcote High School is accredited under the Department of Education’s CRICOS registration (CRICOS provider name and code: Department of Education, 00861K). For more information, see:

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