Study Tours in Victorian Schools

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Victorian government schools welcome visiting groups of overseas students for short term study experiences. Short term study tours are an excellent way for overseas students to experience education, culture and lifestyle in Victoria. Study tours also benefit Victorian schools and communities by promoting language, cultural and international studies.

Study tours contribute to the internationalisation of education by providing Victorian students, educators, schools and local communities with the opportunity to interact and engage with students and educators from other countries.

This page provides information for government schools interested in hosting groups of overseas students on study tours.

If you are an overseas student, parent, educator or study tour operator, see: Student Programs

What is a study tour?

A study tour is a school-based short term study program that places groups of school-aged (minimum 10 years of age) overseas students in Victorian government schools. The duration of a study tour can be from three days to 12 weeks.

Overseas students undertaking a study tour:

  • gain new skills and knowledge through a combination of school-based learning and hands-on, educational excursions
  • improve their English through English as an Additional Language lessons and practice in a variety of settings
  • interact and learn with Victorian students to develop friendships and intercultural understanding
  • experience Australian culture and lifestyle through homestay with Victorian families.

Study Tours – choice of program

Themed study tours

Themed study programs are now available for overseas students. These programs are tailored to provide student groups with positive educational experiences and include a wide range of excursions with partner education centres. Study tour themes include:

  • Science and Technology
  • Performing and Visual Arts
  • Leadership and Sports.

Flexible study tour option

An option which provides flexibility to overseas students to design their own Study Tour is also available. This program provides student groups with greater flexibility in selecting their preferred program components as part of their study tour.

Who organises study tours?

The Department negotiates tour requirements with registered study tour operators representing the study groups. (Study tour operators must register with the Department and not contact schools directly to organise study tours.)

What support do host schools receive?

The Department's International Education Division oversees the registration process of tour operators, and provides support and advice to schools, particularly schools hosting for the first time. Also a School Resource Guide, accessible online, aggregates relevant legislation, information, requirements and policies that will assist in the governance, management and administration of study tours in Victorian government schools.

Benefits of hosting a study tour

Benefits to the host school

  • Establishes and strengthens productive relationships between Victorian and overseas schools.
  • Presents opportunities to develop longer term international programs and projects.
  • Strengthens language programs and incorporates global perspectives into the curriculum.
  • Promotes greater diversity in the school communities and improves cross-cultural understanding.
  • Promotes the Victorian education system and quality of the school program internationally.

Benefits to students, teachers and host families

  • Opportunities for two-way learning and networking.
  • Encourages friendships, responsibility and increased self-confidence.
  • Promotes cultural sharing and understanding.
  • Reinforces commitment to additional language studies.

Becoming a host school

Stage 1

The school may:

  • be approached by the Department regarding hosting a group
  • approach the Department with a query about a proposed program or to express their interest in becoming a host school.

Stage 2

The Department will:

  • clarify program obligations with the principal
  • brief the principal and designated school contact person.

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