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Education Providers

Geelong is fortunate to have so many quality educational institutions that are registered with the Government to offer courses to international students. Whatever stage you are on your educational journey there are many options to choose from.



    (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students)

    Providing English language classes to prepare students for further study, Elicos courses can be completed at any age and study stage but are usually the first step to studying in Australia.

  • Private Higher Education College

    Private Higher Education College

    Providing higher education for post-secondary students, qualifications range from certificates to bachelor degrees. Marcus Oldham College graduates commence careers in agriculture or para-professional roles. Deakin College students pathway into the second year of Deakin bachelor degrees.

  • Secondary School

    Secondary School

    Catering for students from Year 7 to Year 12, upon successful completion students will have achieved either the: Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or International Baccalaureate (IB).

  • TAFE


    Providing vocational training that focuses on hands-on learning, qualifications offered include certificates, through to advanced diplomas, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships. Graduate students commence careers in trades or para-professional roles, or pathway to university.

  • University


    Providing higher education for post-secondary students, qualifications range from bachelor degrees to post graduate doctoral degrees. Graduates are highly skilled to work in a diverse range of academic, professional and research roles.

Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian education system is a national policy that covers qualifications from the tertiary education sector (higher education and vocational education and training) in addition to the school-leaving certificate; the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. This is known as the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

The AQF has 10 levels and links school, vocational and university education qualifications into one national system. This allows you to move easily from one level of study to the next, and from one institution to another, as long as you satisfy student visa requirements. It allows for choice and flexibility in career planning. All qualifications in the AQF help prepare you for both further study and your working life.

Our institutions are linked across the country and across the world, which makes it easy to move throughout the education system between courses or institutions and formal agreement and recognition frameworks mean every step of the path will contribute to your future no matter what your study or career goals.


Multiple study pathways and exit points exist between secondary school, TAFE and university. Each stage of study brings its own qualification and can be the completion of your studies, or it can provide a pathway onto the next stage.

Your current year and skill level will determine what course level or institution you are eligible to apply for. Where you finish will depend on the career outcomes you’re hoping to achieve.


  • Student Events and Activities

    Student Events and Activities

    Upcoming events

     Stay tuned for events in 2020

    The 2020 International Student Welcome Event for students who have arrived since July 2019 will be held 19 March. Details to be announced soon.

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  • Student Resources

    Student Resources

    Where can I get help with......

    Browse the Study Geelong student resources for international students.

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  • Study Geelong Student Ambassador Program

    Study Geelong Student Ambassador Program

    The Study Geelong Student Ambassador Program provides higher education students (domestic and international) with adventures and professional development to promote Geelong as a study destination and strengthen relationships between international students and the broader Geelong community.

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Student Stories

  • Annie XIN

    The Geelong College

    I obtained my VCE from Geelong College in 2003. After that, I received a scholarship to study a Bachelor of Philosophy (PhB) degree majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology at Australian National University. PhB is a unique degree from ANU that tailors for high-achieving students and prepares them for a career in academia by offering a research focused undergraduate degree.

    During my undergraduate studies, I did an exchange semester at Stockholm University. After Sweden, I returned to ANU and completed my Honours research project at the John Curtin School of Medical Research under Professor Chris Parish. I was winner of the University Medal and recipient of the Janet Elspeth Crawford Prize recommended by the Dean of the Faculty of Science. I continued on with research and completed a PhD in molecular immunology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. My project investigated how cells in the immune system perceive cues from viral infections such as influenza and translate these cues into forming an appropriate immune response to defend the body from invading pathogens.

    My study resulted in authorship in high-ranking academic journals including Nature Immunology and Immunity and part of the study was chosen for presentation at the 14th International Congress Of Immunology in Kobe. I was the sole recipient of the Australian Academy of Science Adam J Berry Memorial Scholarship in 2010 and completed a traineeship at the National Institutes of Health in the US under the prestigious Dr Warren Leonard. I have since pursued a career in medicine and am currently studying my 2nd year of the postgraduate degree at St Vincent's Hospital (a clinical school belonging to University of Melbourne).

    Annie XIN

    I obtained my VCE from Geelong College in 2003. After that, I received a scholarship to study a Bachelor of Philosophy (PhB) degree majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology at Australian National...

  • BoRui

    North Geelong Secondary College

    Hello,I’m BoRui Deng. I‘m 16 years old and I come from China. Now I’m studying in the North Geelong Secondary College.

    My “Australian parents” are Ali and Sef. Both of them are Iranians. They give me a good care. I also help them as I can. We became a family, not just a landlord and a student. The place which I am living is close to the beach. We have two cats and one silly dog(always brakes my clothes. When I got to the house, I was surprised the house was so nice. I ‘m very lucky to live with them.

    BoRui Deng

    Some people asked me why I chose Australia, Geelong and NGSC. Australia has a beautiful and unique nature and it also has a safe social environment. People are kind and welcoming. It’s a good country to live and study. When the study abroad agencies asked me which city you want to study, I said Melbourne, because I have been to Australia on 2014 and went to many state capital. I thought Melbourne was the best city to study.When the study abroad agencies gave me the school introductions, located in Melbourne and near cities, I saw the introduction of NGSC. That was the first time that I learnt about Geelong and NGSC. As I researched the information about Geelong, I got to know that Geelong is quiet and peaceful city. Geelong also has many beautiful views likes the beach、forest and high mountains. The left picture is Southern Ocean and the right mountain is called The You Yangs. I have been to there. That is lovely,isn’t it?


      You Yangs





    The main attraction for the North Geelong Secondary School is its teaching resources: good facilities, intelligent teaching methods, excellent teachers and caring for students. When I first came to school ,I faced many difficulties,such as hard to understand what the other people said strange classmates, different teaching style etc. Luckily some students and teachers gave me a hand, especially Mr. Dawson and Mr. O. They are taking a lot of care to me and gave me much help,like my parents. I am very grateful for them,I will never forget.

    Some people ask me if I have any advice to future international students. Yes,I just have two pieces of advice. First, don’t be shy to talk with other people. It’s the best way to practice your English and make new friends. If you have any problem that you can‘t solve, just ask other people. They will be glad to help you. If you don’t say anything,everyone will think you are fine.

    The another one is study hard. Some international students become lazy after they come to Australia,because the school is easy and has more freedom than their country‘s schools. Never be undisciplined,it’s very important. Remember,you come to Australia for study.
    I hope I can meet you in NGSC.


    Hello,I’m BoRui Deng. I‘m 16 years old and I come from China. Now I’m studying in the North Geelong Secondary College.

    My “Australian parents” are Ali and Sef. Both of them are...

  • Trinh

    Kardinia International College

    Trinh's story at Kardinia International College.


    Trinh's story at Kardinia International College.

  • Pimchanok Kanoknitanan (Mink)

    Kardinia International College

    3 years in Kardinia International College give me lots of experiences. Before I came here, I was afraid that I would not fit with anyone. However, first day of the school, many students came and greeted cheerfully. I was very happy and felt more comfortable to talk with them. Kardinia has a wide range of activities for the students to join and make friends such as school clubs, school productions, house athletics, and so on. Also, by studying in Kardinia, I have not only learnt English, but I have learnt many different languages as this school opens for students from around the world. As in the school song, “Wisdom leads to respect and respect leads to friendship with the world”, Kardinia includes these three words in our everyday at school. In addition, as my family does not stay here, I have to stay with homestay family. They are like my second parents who help, support, and look after me as their child. They are the best homestay family ever. I have learnt so many things from them such as culture, custom, language, etc. Kardinia and my homestay family are located in Geelong where is very quiet and peaceful. It is totally different to my home country, Thailand. The traffic is much better, therefore it is quicker to travel from one place to another. Ultimately, I am so glad that I came to Australia and study in Kardinia International College. I will never ever forget this experiences in this school, this homestay and this country.

    Pimchanok Kanoknitanan (Mink)

    การที่ได้เรียนที่ Kardinia International Collegeมา3ปีทำให้ฉันได้เรียนรู้สิ่งต่างๆมากมายก่อนที่ฉันจะย้ายมาเรียนที่นี่ฉันกลัวมากว่าฉันจะไม่มีเพื่อนและไม่สามารถปรับตัวให้เข้ากับคนที่นี่ได้แต่วันแรกของการมาโรงเรียนนั้นเพื่อนๆหลายๆคนเข้ามาทักทายอย่างเป็นมิตรสุดๆฉันดีใจมากและรู้สึกสบายใจขึ้นที่จะเข้าไปคุยกับพวกเขาKardiniaมีกิจกรรมต่างๆให้นักเรียนเข้าร่วมเพื่อที่จะได้ทำความรู้จักกับเพื่อนมากขึ้นเช่นชมรม,การแสดงของโรงเรียน,กีฬาสีและอื่นๆยิ่งไปกว่านั้นการที่ได้เรียนที่Kardiniaไม่ได้ทำให้ฉันได้เรียนรู้แค่ภาษาอังกฤษเท่านั้นฉันได้เรียนรู้หลากหลายภาษาเพราะโรงเรียนเปิดรับนักเรียนจากรอบโลกตามเพลงของโรงเรียนที่กล่าวไว้ว่าภูมิปัญญานำไปสู่ความเคารพและความเคารพนำไปสู่มิตรภาพทั่วโลก”Kardiniaได้ผสมผสาน3คำนี้ไว้ในทุกๆวันของการมาโรงเรียนการที่ฉันมาเรียนที่ออสเตรเลียฉันจึงต้องอาศัยกับโฮมสเตย์ซึ่งโรงเรียนเป็นผู้จัดหาให้พวกเขาเป็นเหมือนครอบครัวที่2ของฉันเป็นคนที่คอยช่วยเหลือสนับสนุนและดูแลฉันเหลือลูกของพวกเขาตลอดการอยู่ที่นี่พวกเขาเป็นโฮมสเตย์ที่ดีที่สุดจริงๆฉันได้เรียนรู้อะไรหลายๆอย่างจากพวกเขาเช่นขนบธรรมเนียมประเพณีวัฒนธรรมภาษาและอื่นๆอีกมากมายKadiniaและโฮมสเตย์ของฉันอยู่ใน Geelongที่ที่เต็มไปด้วยความเงียบสงบซึ่งต่างจากประเทศไทยมากการจราจรก็ดีกว่าเยอะจึงทำให้เดินทางได้รวดเร็วท้ายที่สุดนี้ฉันดีใจมากที่ได้มาเรียนที่ออสเตรเลียและที่Kardinia International Collegeฉันจะไม่ลืมประสบการณ์ต่างๆที่ฉันได้รับจากโรงเรียนนี้โฮมสเตย์นี้และประเทศนี้เลย


    Pimchanok Kanoknitanan (Mink)

    3 years in Kardinia International College give me lots of experiences. Before I came here, I was afraid that I would not fit with anyone. However, first day of the school, many students came and greeted...