Nothcote High School

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International students at NHS


Welcome to Northcote High School’s international student program. 


Chào mừng đến với chương trình sinh viên quốc tế Northcote của trường trung học .


As one of the first schools accredited by the Education Department of Victoria to take international students, we have successfully developed a comprehensive program for many international young students and their families whereby they improve their English language skills and career opportunities while immersed in a different culture.


Northcote High School is proud of our international students’ accomplishments and achievements as well as the connections and support we have been able to provide them with.


In recent years we have welcomed students from China, Vietnam, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Korea and India . Due to demand for places at NHS, international students are accepted for Years 10, 11 and 12 only.


With about 80 International students engaged in study, Northcote High School is undeniably the first choice for overseas students living in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Less than four kilometres from the centre of Melbourne, well serviced by public transport and within easy travelling distance of shops, cafes, libraries and universities, NHS boasts an international student program that is well integrated into the broader school community and that provides very strong support and guidance.

On arriving in Melbourne, students begin a 20-week intensive English course at an English Language Centre after which they join mainstream classes at Northcote High School.


Wonderful VCE results for 2014


Ruowen Wang (pictured at right) is our leading international student in 2014. She scored an ATAR of 98.1

What do international students think of our school?

I fell in love with the dark red colour of the school buildings on my first school day. Red colour makes me feel warm. I then quickly found out that all the teachers and classmates have warm hearts too. This is a very happy and exciting school and I enjoy every minute here. Year  11 student from China


Your school understands our family's needs and expectations. We greatly appreciate the ways our son has been looked after and cared for. We are glad that we made the right decision to choose your school for my son. Parent of a Year 11 student


NHS international student support

Northcote High School provides an intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program for students from a non-English speaking background. When international students arrive  they participate in an orientation program to introduce the student to our school. We also have an International Student Coordinator, a Program Support Officer and two Assistant Principals dedicated to this particular program. Students also have access to the VCE Coordinator and Careers Counsellor.


A purpose-built centre caters specifically for the international program specifically and other facilities such as a modern library, a senior study centre and computer facilities throughout the school ensure international students are looked after.


All Northcote High School’s international students live with Australian homestay families who provide support and room and board and are arranged and coordinated by the school. (NHS does not enrol international students living independently and requires that they all live with a homestay approved by our school.) We also arrange pick up from Melbourne airport.


NHS also offers after-school tutorials for some subjects and end-of-year extra English and Maths classes for international students at some levels.


In addition we organise trips for international students to our camp site at Boho South.


How to enrol

If you are interested in enrolling at Northcote High School you should contact the an Agent in your city. If you don't know which Agent to go to, contact our office and we can suggest one.


Applications for enrolment as an international Student at Northcote High School are made through the International Student Unit of the Department of Education, Victoria, Australia. Students wishing to attend Northcote High School should nominate this school as their preferred High School.


The school fees are also payable to the International Student Unit, not directly to Northcote High School. You can find further information at


More Information

For general information about Northcote High School’s International Student Program, contact


International Student Coordinator

Ms. Lixia Wang


International Student Program Support Officer
Ms. Zhen Wang



Northcote High School
St. George’s Road
Northcote, Victoria, 3070

Telephone +613 9488 2334
Fax +613 9488 2397


Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
CRICOS Provider Code : 00861K


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