Department program

Victorian Young Leaders to China

Victorian Young Leaders to China (VYLC) is an immersion program for year 9 students.

The program is a life-changing opportunity for students and teachers to live in and attend school in China.

The program focuses on:

  • language and cultural learning with personal development
  • leadership skills.

Applications for 2018 are now closed. ​

Program in depth​

The VYLC program is a world-class, six-week in-country immersion program for Year 9 students, designed to prepare them to live and work as citizens and future leaders in an inter-connected global community.

For Chinese language students, the immersive nature of the program accelerates their Chinese language proficiency. For all students the culturally rich program can have a transformative impact on their learning at home, and broaden their minds to a future career with an international focus.

Beyond study, students will get to explore the sights and sounds of China, encompassing both traditional and contemporary culture.

In-country highlights

For students, a typical school week may include:

  • Chinese language classes  
  • morning exercises
  • cultural classes   
  • attending some selected local classes eg: maths, science, music, arts, P.E. etc.
  • self-study
  • excursions to nearby attractions and cities.

B​enefits

For st​​udents

By taking part in the VYLC program, students will return with a heightened appreciation of contemporary China, its culture and history, and its educational and political landscape. Past students have returned with greater personal confidence and developed a broader, international perspective on​ their future careers, with a particular focus on China.

Having a genuine impact on students’ learning and aspirations, there are proven, significant benefits for both teachers and schools who take part in the VYLC Program.

For teachers a​nd language experts

  • represents a unique opportunity for personal and professional development
  • builds knowledge and understanding of the drivers shaping China’s education system
  • presents a valuable opportunity to develop and reflect on their professional practice and thinking in an international context.

For scho​ols

  • strengthening of Chinese language programs
  • provide students with a lived experience of global learning and engagement
  • the opportunity to exchange and learn from high-performing schools in China.​

Testimonials

Hawkesdale P​-12 College

Sarah Cassidy, a Year 9 student at Hawkesdale P-12 College, speaks about her 6 week immersion experience in China as part of the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program. Hear how it impacted on her learning Mandarin and how she has changed.

Ne​​erim South District Secondary College

Andrew Entsch, a Year 9 student at Neerim District Secondary College, speaks about his 6 week immersion experience in China as part of the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program. Hear why he thinks this program is one of 'double happiness'.

Alkira Se​condary College

Georgia Dingle, a Year 9 student at Alkira Secondary College, speaks about her 6 week immersion experience in China as part of the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program. Hear how China has impacted on her attitudes to her family, inspired her to work harder and take on new leadership opportunities.

Matthew​​ Flinders Girls Secondary College

Neisha Pearson, a Year 9 student at Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College, speaks about her 6 week immersion experience in China as part of the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program. Hear about her most significant moment, making friends and the best way to get the most out of the program.​

Camberw​​​ell Grammar

Jeremy Yi, a Year 9 student at Camberwell Grammar, speaks about his 6 week immersion experience in China as part of the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program. Hear how the program's motto 'When in China do as the Chinese do" played out, what he learnt that will impact on his future and how he has changed.

Backgro​​und

The initiative contributes to Victoria as the Education State by developing the students' global competencies. Furthermore, this initiative supports the Victorian Government’s new China Strategy - Partnerships for Prosperity, by developing the capabilities and knowledge of students to engage with Asia.  ​​