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

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.

For more information, see: Sister school partnerships

Overseas learning experiences

Overseas learning experiences help to broaden and internationalise the outlook of students and educators by spending time in another country.

For more information on programs available to students and educators, and a resource guide on running overseas learning, see: Overseas learning experiences

Leading Asia Capable Schools

Leading Asia Capable Schools is aligned to the Department's Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO), supporting the statewide priority of Community Engagement with Learning, particularly Global Citizenship.

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.

For more information, see: Leading Asia Capable Schools

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.