International Students


Bayside P – 12 College has been hosting international students for over 30 years.  We have enrolled students from China, Vietnam, Italy, Philippines, Malaysia, France, USA, Brazil, Korea, Germany, Sweden, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Iran, Jordan and India.  We also have a long-standing sister school relationship with Anjo-Higashi Senior High school in Japan and receive regular exchange students through a number of select programs from Europe, Asia and North America.

The International Student Program

The International Student Program at Bayside P-12 College is focused on a rigorous academic program.  The school is open to students with high levels of academic achievement and ability in their home countries, with the aim to providing strong opportunities for further education upon successfully completing secondary school in Australia.  Students at all year levels (from prep to 12) can apply for the program. Families interested in our Homestay Accommodation are available to students over 15 years of age.

Senior students can choose to participate in a wide selection of subjects (that are also offered to local students) to enable them to complete the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). While at school, students will complete subjects designed through the Victorian Curriculum during years 7 to 10, then have an opportunity to complete their final two years of education through the VCE. Year 10 students are expected to complete 1 week of work experience in a workplace of their choice. While studying at Bayside P-12 College students will be supported with a strong academic and caring pastoral programs.

International students are also overseen by a dedicated and experienced International Student Team who are directly employed by the school.  The International Student Team supports and guides international students and ensures that they have a rewarding and enjoyable time at Bayside P-12 College

For students who enrol in the VCE, there are additional supports in place to help students choose a comprehensive range of subjects and better understanding the education system that they will be a part, including university or TAFE courses.

Underpinning the academic program is a network of support available to all international students. Students have access to a variety of resources including dedicated careers pathways staff, mental-health and wellbeing staff, pastoral care teachers, classroom teachers, Year Level Co-ordinators, Principals and Assistant Principals as well as a dedicated International Student Team to provision their safety and wellbeing.

Bayside P-12 College’s Facilities

Bayside P-12 College offers excellence in teaching and learning with state-of-the-art learning facilities. There is a strong commitment on the whole curriculum with an emphasis on Science and Technology (including a STEM program in the middle years) along with the Arts, English and Humanities based subjects. Together the curriculum provides strong links to local universities. The college provides students with an outstanding opportunity to gain a global perspective across its three superbly located multi-cultural campuses. Along with our fantastic academic program, new students also have the benefit of being at a college located just 8km from Melbourne’s central business district. This means when not studying hard, students can use public transport to explore all the sights of Melbourne!


To enrol into the international program at Bayside P-12 College:

  1. Head to
  2. Select “How to Apply”
  3. Select “Apply Online Now”
  4. Complete the online application system. During this process – select “Bayside P-12 College” as your top preference school.

Entry Requirements

Bayside P-12 College does not have any additional entry requirements beyond the standard entry requirements to enter a Victorian Government School. However, students who do not achieve a satisfactory result in English from their English language centre may be asked to continue studying there until a satisfactory result can be achieved to ensure a smooth transition to mainstream education.

Students who are able to produce an IELTS result of 5.5 (6.0 for VCE) can enter the college without attending an English language centre.

If you have any questions regarding entry requirements, including your individual circumstances – please contact Shelby Johnson at

Tuition Fee and Additional Costs

Please refer to DET International Division’s fee page regarding tuition fees to study at Bayside P-12 College:

Studying in Australia may result in a number of costs outside of tuition fees. This includes:

  • Homestay Fee: $360.00/week
  • Additional School Uniforms: $150 – $300
  • Textbooks: $50 – $200
  • VCE VCAA Exam Fee: $250 – $450
  • Excursions: $5-$60 per activity
  • School Camp: $200 – $800
  • Mobile Phone Prepaid Plan: $30.00/month
  • Public Transport: $4.60/day

Fees can change without notice. International Student Coordinator for more information regarding costs of study and living in Australia

Homestay Accommodation

Bayside P-12 College has partnered with many friendly, local families to provide homestay accommodation for international students aged 15 years and up. All host families carry a child safety related check and have been vetted by the International Student Coordinator before having a student placed with them.

The current homestay rate for 2024 at Bayside P-12 College is $360.00/week. Students will receive:

  • Single room for only their own use
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (breakfast, lunch are self-served)
  • Water, Electricity, Gas bills covered
  • Wellbeing support from their host family
  • An experience of living with an Australian based family

Bayside P-12 College is constantly looking for new homestay families in Williamstown, Newport, Spotswood, Altona, Altona North and surrounding suburbs to join our program. If you are interested in hosting a student at Bayside P-12 College, please contact Shelby Johnson at

Course Credit

If you have completed prior study in a secondary college overseas or interstate at Year 11 or Year 12 level, prior credit can possibly be granted for the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Please email the International Student Coordinator with your academic transcript for more information.

Third Party Education Providers

Bayside P-12 College has partnered with the Victorian School of Languages (VSL) and Virtual School Victoria to deliver language subjects that are not available at the college. This includes VCE subjects such as Chinese First Language Unit 1 – 4 and Vietnamese First Language Unit 1 – 4.

The College is also part of the wider Hobsons Bay VET Cluster network. This gives students at the college access to a wide range of VET certificates which can be completed as part of their VCE program. International students participating in a VET program are not able to receive a formal certificate qualification upon completion of their VET but will receive credit towards their VCE including a study score (for VETs that are scored) which contributes towards their ATAR.

More Information

For more information regarding the International Program, please contact the International Student Coordinator. The staff responsible for the International Program at Bayside P-12 College are as follows:

International Student Coordinator
Shelby Johnson

International Student Support
Natalie Hill

College Principal
Milan Matejin

Student Experiences
“My entire experience of Australia has been spectacular. Bayside has just been the icing on the cake. I have loved my time at Bayside and I can’t see myself being anywhere else” Zane – International Student