Get involved: VYLC 2018


The Victorian Young Leaders to China (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.

Information for principals and teachers

The program is a life-changing opportunity for students and teachers to live and attend school in China. Combining language and cultural learning with personal development and leadership skills, the program focuses on one of Australia’s main trading partners, China.

To provide flexibility and encourage wide participation across Government, Catholic and Independent schools, three program options are available in 2018. The individual Overseas Learning Grant is available for Year 9 students in 2017 or 2018.

Benefits for students

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.

Benefits for teachers and 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.

Benefits for schools

  • 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.

Program options and key dates

Applications for VYLC program options open Tuesday 16 May and close Wednesday 2 August 2017.

The following program options are available:

School applications:

Statewide program


  • Department of Education and Training, bringing schools across Victoria together.

Program eligibility:

  • Victorian secondary schools offering Chinese Second Language Program (Year 9 level in 2018)
  • students enrolling in Chinese Second Language Program Year 9 in 2018 as continuing learners of the subject (completed Years 7 and 8 level)
  • one teacher to accompany up to 10 students (1:10 ratio).

Program duration:

  • six weeks in China.

Travel dates:

  • intake 1: March/ April 2018
  • intake 2: October/ November 2018.

Applications close:

  • Wednesday 2 August 2017.

Succesful schools notified:

  • September 2017.

Contact information:

Sister School Partnership program


  • individual schools through existing sister school partnerships.

Program eligibility:

  • Victorian secondary schools with an active sister school partnership in China
  • students enrolled in Year 9 in 2018 who are prospective and continuing learners of Chinese
  • one teacher to accompany up to 10 students (1:10 ratio) (minimum of 10 students).

Program duration:

  • six weeks in China (minimum 4 weeks in-school program).

Travel dates:

  • participating Victorian schools determine dates of their program.

Applications close:

  • Wednesday 2 August 2017.

Succesful schools notified:

  • September 2017.

Contact information:

Individual student applications

Overseas Language Study Grant


  • student's family and a VRQA registered Student Exchange Organisation.

Program eligibility, 2017 and 2018 intake:

  • individual student enrolling in Year 9 Chinese second language at a Victorian secondary school in 2017 (for the 2017 program) or in 2018 (for the 2018 program)
  • completed Years 7 and 8 Chinese second language studies.

Program duration:

  • minimum 6 weeks in China.

Travel dates:

  • Individual students determine program dates within the following timeframes:
    • 2017 intake: commence program between August to December 2017
    • 2018 intake: commence program between January to December 2018.

Applications close:

  • Applications are now closed for 2018.

Succesful schools notified:

  • late July 2017.

Contact information:


The VYLC program, including all core program elements, is costed at $6,000* per student.

These costs are funded through a co-contribution model, with the Department of Education and Training (the Department) contributing $3,000 per student.

The cost to parents/students is $3,000 per student.

The entire $6,000 program cost is funded by the Department for students whose parent/guardian holds a current healthcare or pensioner concession card that lists the student by name. (Please note that fully funded places are capped at 25% of total places for the sister school partnership program.)

The Department funds core program costs for the accompanying teacher, noting that any teacher replacement cost is the responsibility of the participating school.

Any incidental costs (e.g. passports and spending money) are the responsibility of the participating students and teachers.

*Core program costs include:

  • all travel arrangements, including return airfares, visas, and insurance for government schools
  • accommodation, meals and activities organised by the Chinese partners
  • student uniform and curriculum materials.

How to apply

Applications are now closed for the 2018 VYLC program.

Promotional materials

The following marketing materials can be used to help promote the VYLC Program:

For principals

For parents/ students

Further information

For more information, see:

Discover and share in the experience of previous VYLC program participants

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To learn about the experiences of previous participants, see: