International Students

Stawell Secondary College welcomes international students.

Provider: Department of Education & Training
CRICOS Provider No.: 00861K
Stawell Secondary College welcomes international students for long-term study and for short-term exchange visits. Here at the College we believe success is possible for every student. School will be both exciting and challenging, but ultimately rewarding and overseas students are made to feel at home. Our school has hosted students from China, Brazil, Indonesia and Germany.

Where is Stawell?

Situated approximately 230 km west-north-west of Melbourne, on the Western Highway to Adelaide, Stawell is close to the world renowned Grampians National Park.

Studying at Stawell Secondary College

Students at the College enjoy spacious grounds and a selection of teaching and learning spaces with specialist equipment and facilities.

Stawell Secondary College is the only secondary college servicing the town and as such provides a comprehensive Year 7 to 12 curriculum with a range of pathways to meet the interests and needs of a wide variety of students.

While some students come for short-term exchange visits, others complete the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education). This qualification is recognised Australia-wide for university entrance in all states of Australia. VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning is also offered to Year 11 and 12 students seeking a ‘hands on’ pathway into a trade apprenticeships/ traineeships, fulltime employment or further vocational training at TAFE’s and Polytechnic’s. International students receive ESL (English as a Second Language) tuition and support with their studies.  A fact sheet providing information to international students and their parents on how to get the most out of studying the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and what to consider if you think the VCE is not for you and you would like to pursue alternative study options through a Victorian government school can be found here.

Home Stay and Student Services

Stawell Secondary College offers home-stay and a range of services to provide for your personal welfare and social development. The host families are carefully selected by the International Students Coordinator who communicates regularly with families and students and provides support when the student or the family need assistance.

Enrolment Process

Application to study as an International Student must be made through the Department of Education and Training (DET). CRICOS Provider Code 00861K
Application process:

  • A student’s education obligations and entitlements can be found by reading the Terms, Conditions and Policies; Standard Application Terms, Conditions and Policies
  • Apply online at Benefits include faster processing of applications, saving and resuming applications at any time and creating and managing multiple applications in one online system.
  • Receive your application acceptance
  • Receive your Letter of Offer and Invoice
  • Pay your Invoice (within 14 days)
  • Receive your Confirmation of Enrolment Letter (and your Confirmation of Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) Letter if you have chosen for the Department to arrange your accommodation, i.e. homestay)
  • Submit your visa application to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

For further information or application forms e-mail

International Student Program Unit
Department of Education and Training
GPO Box 4367
Victoria, Australia 3001

Telephone: +61 3 9637 2990

For more information about Stawell Secondary College International Student Program, contact Mrs Cindy Bibby, International Student Coordinator or the the Principal, Mr Carlos Lopez, for emergencies on:

Telephone: +61 3 53581700
Facsimile: +61 53583096

For more information, download the International Student’s Handbook and a College flyer (which is also translated in Chinese) here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for a place at Stawell Secondary College in Years 7 – 12, an international student must show documented evidence of good grades in academic subjects studied in the previous school(s). English competence must be at an appropriate level prior to enrolment.  Stawell Secondary College will not enrol an international student that hasn’t met these requirements.

English Language Centre

Stawell Secondary College has a Language Centre onsite to cater for the language programs. We provide individualised programs for students which helps transition students smoothly into their full-time study.

Student Support Services

The International Student Coordinator cares for the support of overseas students, providing orientation and close monitoring to ensure a successful and positive experience at Stawell Secondary College.

The School House Leaders and School Counsellor are also available for assistance. Student well-being is also monitored by the home group teacher and the Wellbeing Team.

The VCE and VCAL Coordinators assist students with their study program to ensure they are aware of the requirements and processes involved with the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) and VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning).

The Careers Coordinator assists senior students with individual career guidance helping students to make appropriate career choices and to research the vast array of courses available. Students are given careful guidance regarding University or TAFE entry requirements and application procedures.

Homework classes are also offered to students which are free and conducted on a weekly basis.


At the core of the school the library provides books and resources to support classroom learning and provide for research and reading. An Australian Government-funded Language Centre, a new Trade Training Centre are exciting additions to the school facilities. Information and communication technology is accessed throughout the College via wireless internet. The school campus also features modern sporting facilities.

Academic Program

Stawell Secondary College students perform consistently well in the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education). Stawell Secondary College offers a wide range of VCE and VCAL subjects to students in Year 11 and 12.

College handbooks detailing year by year level curriculum can be accessed here.

Extracurricular Activities

Sport, music and various forms of competition are offered within the curriculum and can also be pursued as extra-curricular activities. Individuals and teams compete in a range of sports to state level, and several bands and ensembles perform for entertainment and competition. Instrumental tuition is available and can lead to a number of music certificates.

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