International Students Program
Dandenong is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, approximately 30 km south east of Melbourne’s central business district. Situated on the Dandenong Creek, it is at the foothill of the Dandenong Ranges.
Dandenong is the most culturally diverse area in Melbourne and is a major commercial and industrial area. It features wide-ranging shopping facilities and extensive parkland. The community is multicultural, vibrant and welcoming. The suburb hosts annual events such as the Dandenong Show and Carols in Harmony Square. Professional stage performances also take place regularly at the Drum Theatre.
Dandenong High School is located:
- 1.3km from Dandenong Station
- 800m from the iconic Dandenong Market
- 2km from the Dandenong Plaza shopping mall
- 2kms from Dandenong Library and Harmony Square
More information about Dandenong can be found on the City of Greater Dandenong website: http://www.greaterdandenong.com/events/home
For more information on public transport visit: http://www.ptv.vic.gov.au
About Our School
Dandenong High School is a highly multicultural school and international students are warmly integrated into the school community. The school provides a diverse educational program which prepares students for successful progress to tertiary studies. We understand that international students have different needs and vulnerabilities and our international program works specifically to provide support and cater to the specific necessities of your child.
Dandenong High School offers a wide-ranging Year 7 to 10 curriculum, as well as the Victorian Certificate of Education and VCAL for Years 11 and 12. VCE students can choose from an extensive range of subjects, including VET, whilst VCAL students gain hands-on experience in their chosen field. International Students are encouraged to participate in important events in the school such as the School Production, International Week and House activities including Sports, Debating and Chorales.
Dandenong High School has welcomed international students from China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Turkey and France. Many have achieved excellent results in VCE and have gone on to university, well-prepared for further education.
Further information on VCE, VCAL and VET can be found in the Senior Studies Handbook.
Support for International Students
International students receive on-going support through the International Student Coordinators, their House Leadership Team, Wellbeing, the Careers team and Homework Club.
International Student Coordinators
The International Student Coordinators provide day-to-day support for international students including:
- Welcome and orientation
- Weekly international student meetings
- Monitoring of student attendance, academic progress and well-being
- Homestay visits
- Special lunches and activities
- Enrolment and all other administration duties
Communication with the school is encouraged and is done through the International Student Coordinators. International Student Coordinators make regular contact with parents and homestay providers, providing immediate answers to your questions and delivering important information. Each semester, parents receive a translated report outlining student achievement.
House Leadership Team
Each student will be allocated to one of our seven Houses where they will be supported by a House Leader, Assistant House Leader, Student Coordinator and House Attendance Officer. Each House Leadership Team is responsible for student management and facilitates all aspects of House culture, learning, engagement and wellbeing.
A committed Wellbeing team member is dedicated specifically to international students. They assist your child with their orientation and transition into the school, and also see students regularly during the weekly international student meetings. Ongoing meetings between students and Wellbeing are arranged as required.
The Careers team supports international students as they transition through secondary school to further study. They provide individual subject selection support at Years 9, 10, 11 and 12, as well as during the Year 12 VTAC application and change of preference processes. Your child will receive relevant information on courses and careers specific to international requirements.
Should your child require additional academic support, they can find help at Homework Club. Homework Club runs every Tuesday from 3:30pm until 5:00pm. Teachers and university students are available to assist students with their work during this time. Refreshments are also provided.
For more information about the International Students Program, please download the handbook.
International students must lodge an application with the Department of Education and Training (DET). As part of the application, Dandenong High School can be listed as a preferred school.
The application form and procedure can be found on the following website:
Information on school fees can be found here:
Visa (subclass 500) conditions are outlined here:
Further information can be found on the Victorian Schools International Students Program website:
Students may be required to complete an interview via video chat prior to their application being accepted.
Please note: Dandenong High School is currently not accepting Welfare Option 4 students.
Noble Park English Language School
Noble Park English Language School is a Victorian government school, which provides an intensive English language program for newly arrived and International students from non-English speaking backgrounds. Students choosing Dandenong High as their host school can receive intensive English language tuition at Noble Park English Language School for a period of approximately 21 weeks prior to attending Dandenong High School.
Dandenong High School
92-106 Princes Highway
Dandenong, Vic, 3175
Telephone (613) 9792 0561
Facsimile (613) 9706 8028
Dandenong High School is accredited under the Department of Education and Training’s CRICOS registration (CRICOS provider name and code: Department of Education and Training, 00861K). For further information refer to www.study.vic.gov.au.
International Division, DET (Department of Education and Training )
Phone: +61 3 9651 3700
Fax: +61 3 9651 3981
SPU website: www.study.vic.gov.au