International education

Australia is one of the most multicultural societies in the world and globalisation places greater emphasis on the need for intercultural awareness and skills to sustain the cultural diversity of our richly complex society.

Internationalising schooling

Schools that make internationalising an integral part of their teaching are better placed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attributes required in a globalised world.

The internationalising schooling guide for schools includes advice on:

  • building a whole-school approach to internationalisation
  • informing curriculum, assessment and instruction
  • creating sister schools and overseas learning experiences
  • forging community partnerships
  • integrating international students

Globally engaged learners program

The globally engaged le​arners program builds student skills for success in a global future.

Funding is available for students to participate in six internationalising education programs to help develop global awareness and intercultural understanding, and develop the skills they need to be successful, interconnected, active and informed global citizens.

The funding is available to help remove barriers to participation for students who may not normally be able to access these programs.

Fully funded places available for students in 2018-2019

We are funding a number of places in the following global learning programs to enable participation by Victorian government school students.

Please contact the suppliers listed below to ascertain the suitability of their program offerings, including timing, to your school's particular needs and to proceed with registration if appropriate.

Asia Education Foundation (AEF)

Provider contact details:

Name: Supreya Blyth
Phone: +61 3 8344 3590
Email: s.blyth@asialink.unimelb.edu.au
Additional email: aef-support@asialink.unimelb.edu.au
Website: Asia Education - Go Global Programs
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Australia-ASEAN Youth Forum

Years 9-11 students (team of six students)

The Australia-ASEAN Youth Forum is a full-day interactive simulation designed to deepen students’ understanding of Southeast Asia and Australia’s relationship with the region through role-play. Bringing together more than 60 students from across the state, this forum challenges students to discuss key regional issues from the perspectives of Australia and one of the 10 ASEAN Member States. Working in teams of six per country, students will present their country position statement on issues of climate change and trade, before debating them in depth to try and reach mutually agreeable solutions through negotiation and consensus building. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with and hear from subject experts, who will share their insights about the key issues and opportunities facing the region as well as the importance of Australia’s engagement with Southeast Asia.

Global Goals Youth Forum

Year level: Years 9-11 students (team of six students)

The Global Goals Youth Forum is a full-day design sprint designed to deepen students’ understanding of global issues and develop their general capabilities. Adopted by world leaders in 2015, the Global Goals for Sustainable Development aim to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030. Using design thinking, this interactive forum brings together over 60 students to propose innovative solutions to achieve positive global change. The forum acknowledges the role of young Australians in taking action to solve global issues of our time and challenges them to work collaboratively in teams of six to design their 'Big Idea' to help realise the Global Goals. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from and interact with subject experts, who will share their insights on how their work contributes towards reaching the Global Goals.

AFS Intercultural Programs Australia

Provider contact details:

Name: Frances Baxter
Phone: 02 9215 0077
Email: frances.baxter@afs.org
Website: Global Citizenship Education

Student Intercultural Leadership Mentoring Program

Years 7-12

This leadership program creates a group of Student Mentors in your school who can support international students; recently arrived refugees or migrants; or other new arrivals in your school community. The program can complement existing peer support practice or international student programs in your school. The program commences with a highly interactive workshop which prepares Student Mentors to implement a structured approach to mentoring students who have recently joined your school community and represent different cultures. Following the workshop, Student Mentors commence mentoring their nominated mentee throughout a school term. The program concludes with a webinar for participants to share and reflect on their experiences. The program can accommodate groups of up to 20 students from a single school, or a group of 20 students drawn from multiple schools within one DET region. After completing the program, students will:

  • Understand basic concepts of culture
  • Recognise their own cultural perspective
  • Apply techniques to suspend judgment in intercultural contexts
  • Build mentoring skills
  • Practise student support and mentoring through structured reflective activities
Participating schools must provide a venue for the Workshop. Webinar platforms are provided by AFS Intercultural Programs Australia.

Intercultural Capability Workshops

Years 5-6, Years 7-12

These workshops focus on experiential learning and provide participating students with key intercultural competences. Workshops can be delivered in full-day or half-day formats in high schools for students from a single year group or across a range of year groups. For primary school students, workshops can be delivered in formats of up to half-day durations for students in Years 5 and/or 6. Workshops can cater for a maximum of 100 students and a minimum of 20 students.

After participating in this Workshop, students will be able to:

  • Define culture and recognise the impact of culture on their daily life
  • Understand different concepts of culture
  • Apply techniques to suspend judgment in intercultural contexts
  • Build awareness of global citizenship and identify opportunities to apply this learning in their school community

Content will be contextualised to local school environments and be age-appropriate.

Participating schools will need to provide a venue for the Workshop.

High Resolves

Provider contact details:

Name: Elizabeth Thorne
Phone: 0452 518 211
Email: elizabeth@highresolves.org

Student Intercultural Leadership Mentoring Program

Years 7-12

High Resolves will facilitate highly engaging, immersive, grade level incursions across the following eight key topics:

  • Collective Identity: Students develop intercultural understanding by moving from a basic awareness of race and diversity to a more deeply felt appreciation of the unity of the human race.
  • Independent Thinking: Students recognise their unconscious biases and develop skills to think critically about the wide range of messages they receive, especially divisive ones.
  • Social Justice: Students realise that they each have a personal responsibility to make the world a more just place as active global citizens.
  • Digital Citizenship: Students develop an understanding of how, in an increasingly interconnect world, digital channels can be used to amplify messages that unite humanity.
  • Personal Impact: Students understand the impact of their actions and become motivated to make choices that are in the long-term, collective interest of humanity.
  • Collective Action: Students develop a wide range of interpersonal skills for mobilising people to work together towards a common goal.
  • Effective Collaboration: Students understand that integrating multiple perspectives helps achieve a better understanding of complex issues.
  • Conflict Resolution: Students realise that social conflicts can be solved by understanding and reconciling different perspectives.
High Resolves also offers schools a library of teaching resource packs (TRPs) to help teachers reinforce and deepen the learnings from our incursions. Each TRP provides teachers with a detailed lesson plan and supplementary materials needed to deliver a high quality version of the lesson. Global citizenship mastery is rarely achieved without some degree of real world, action-based, integrated practice. High Resolves provides two free opportunities for students to apply what they learn in our formal program should they wish to continue on their global citizenship journey:
  • Videos for Change: Groups of students create a one-minute video on a social issue they care about. The challenge is run in partnership with Network TEN, and the winning students have their video shown on TEN’s The Project.
  • Social Action Projects: High Resolves provides a framework for groups of students to plan, execute, and reflect on a project to improve a social issue in their school or wider community.
Kids’ Conference

Provider contact details:

Name: Stephen Spain
Phone: 0401 808 287
Email: stephen.spain@acu.edu.au

Primary and secondary
Groups of 5-6 students with one accompanying teacher

The Kids’ Conference Program includes two events to engage school students in developing and delivering conference presentations to peers and teachers. The time commitment for attending both events is two 2 days, as follows:
  • August 2018 workshop for prospective Kids’ Conference presenters.
  • Kids’ Conference 20th November 2018 at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus
  • This program offers a unique approach which enables students to co-develop a conference presentation on a topic related to their classroom work or to a special project that they are interested in, with support from conference facilitators and teachers. Students can present solo or in small groups. The program provides a unique opportunity for student-led learning and for students to learn how to present their ideas to peers and to a wider audience including teachers.

    This year’s Kids’ Conference will include a global citizenship collaboration theme to provide opportunities for Victorian students to collaborate in a joint learning project with overseas schools. There will be an opportunity to present the joint learning project at the conference. Digital displays and e-posters will also be developed and available for viewing at the Conference in November.

    The Program also provides opportunities for accompanying teachers to gain skills in facilitation techniques to develop student-led learning approaches in the classroom.

Sister school partnerships

Sister school partnerships create meaningful, reciprocal and sustainable relationships between two schools. They aim to meet the needs of each school community.

Overseas learning experiences

Overseas learning experiences help to broaden and internationalise the outlook of students and educators by spending time in another country. See the Overseas learning experiences page for more information on programs available to students and educators, and a resource guide on running overseas learning.

Building global citizenship program

The Building global citizenship program supports the statewide priority of community engagement with learning, particularly global citizenship, and is aligned to the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO).

The course at Bastow is open to all Victorian school principals, assistant principals and leading teachers. It is a blended model of professional learning that includes face-to-face workshops, an online community of practice and an offshore program in China to study and visit schools and companies engaging with Victoria.

Doing diversity

Doing diversity: intercultural capability in primary and secondary schools highlights factors that facilitate or impede intercultural understanding and provides a knowledge base for improving education resources and practices.

Doing diversity is an Australian Research Council Linkage project and was led by the School of Education at Deakin University in partnership with the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

For more information, see:

A number of resources have been developed from Doing diversity, including:

  • 30 insights - Short vignettes collected from schools’ experiences; they can be used as discussion starters and for professional learning
  • Six short interviews – Interviews with participating principals and ICU leaders on FUSE
  • Difference differently – Professional learning programs and modules for intercultural understanding
  • Doing diversity project website – A public repository of reports, resources and references.