International Student Coordinators Professional Learning and Development

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 accredited to enrol international students appoint an international student coordinator (ISC) who becomes the primary contact between the student, parents, school, Department and homestay families.

The ISC ensures that international students have the information and ongoing support they need to settle into their school, their homestay, and to achieving their study goals.

ISCs play a critical role in influencing the quality of the International Student Program. Accordingly, the capacity to perform this role at a high level of capability is a planning and professional learning priority for the Department.

As part of a holistic approach to ISC professional learning and development, the Department has developed professional learning and mentoring programs and established ISC school clusters.

ISC Professional Learning Program

The ISC Professional Learning Program provides a methodology for capacity building and professional development in continuing to enhance the quality of the International Student Program and the reputation of the Department as a high quality international education provider.

As part of a holistic approach the ISC Professional Learning Program provides a methodology for learning across three developmental stages: beginner, maturing and highly experienced.

The ISC Professional Learning Program is a key capacity building initiative underpinned by the development of the ISC capability statement and the ISC Learning and Developmental Guide.

These key documents identify the key knowledge, skills and dispositions required to be highly effective in the role, as well as providing a methodology for ongoing learning and targeted professional development.

For more information see; ISC Professional Learning Program 

ISC Mentoring Program

The ISC Mentoring Program seeks to establish working relationships between experienced and commencing ISCs and support newly appointed ISCs in developing their understanding of the International Student Program.

As part of the ISC Mentoring Program, mentor to mentee relationships are essential for the transfer of knowledge and best practice gained through years of practitioner experience.

The ISC mentoring relationship is based on mutual respect and provides an effective and positive coaching experience for participants, as part of the overarching ISC Professional Learning Program.

The ISC Mentoring Program provides new ISCs with an experienced mentor (also an ISC) for a 12 month period. Mentors choose to participate in this program and provide counsel, insight and guidance to ISC mentees in the undertaking of the ISC role.

Mentoring arrangements involve regular communication, including face-to-face meetings, phone and electronic contact as well as participation in workshops.

For more information about the ISC Mentoring Program and how to get involved as a mentor or mentee, see: ISC Mentoring Program Summary (pdf - 273.56kb)

ISC School Clusters

ISC School Clusters provide professional learning, knowledge transfer and networking for ISCs and their schools. Accredited schools are organised in cluster groups across regions. ISCs from the schools in each cluster meet throughout the year, enabling them to engage and share information with each other and representatives from the Department on operational and policy matters.

ISC School Clusters also include professional development activities and support the implementation of the ISC Professional Learning and Mentoring Programs.

For more information contact the International Education Division at international@edumail.vic.gov.au