Victorian Young Leaders to China program​

The Victorian Young Leaders to China (VYL China) program is an award winning, in-country immersion program for Year 9 students and accompanying teachers, which helps to prepare them for living and working in an increasingly interconnected global community.

Combining language and cultural learning with personal development and leadership skills, the program is a potentially life-changing opportunity for students and teachers to experience life and attend school in China.

The program contributes to Victoria as the Education State by developing students' global competencies. Global learning and engagement is important for all Victorian learners, which has been explicitly acknowledged through a focus on 'global citizenship' in the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) and in the inclusion of 'intercultural capability' in the Victorian Curriculum F–10. Furthermore, this initiative supports the Victorian Government's China Strategy – Partnerships for Prosperity, by developing the capabilities and knowledge of students to engage with Asia.

To provide flexibility and encourage wide participation across Government, Catholic and Independent schools, two types of program are available:

  • Statewide program
  • Sister School Partnership program (two options).

What is the VYL China program?

The VYL China program provides opportunities for students and teachers from selected Victorian schools to participate in three program phases:

  • pre-departure phase, which prepares students and accompanying teachers for the program. This phase focuses on building country-specific knowledge about China, developing intercultural capability, managing cultural adjustment and student welfare, and setting expectations
  • overseas immersion for up to six weeks, which includes being hosted by a local school in China, opportunities to improve Chinese language skills, developing friendships with Chinese peers (including student buddies) and undertaking a range of excursions exploring Chinese history and culture
  • post-program phase, which provides opportunities to celebrate the achievements and successes of participating students and teachers. This phase facilitates reflection and sharing of learning outcomes to sustain the skills developed, promote the program to others and support continued engagement with China.

For more about the different program types, benefits, key dates, costs and application process, see the Principals and Teachers tab above.

For more about the in-country highlights, benefits, costs and how to apply, see the Parents and Students tab above.

Getting involved in the 2020 VYL China program

Program types

VYL China
Statewide program​
  • ​Managed by the Department of Education and Training for schools that include Chinese language learning in their curriculum
  • Open to students who are learning Chinese as a second language
  • The six-week in-country experience involves two weeks intensive language and cultural immersion at a Chinese university and four weeks at a high-performing Chinese school
​VYL China
Sister School Partnership program
(individual school model)
  • ​Supports Victorian schools to facilitate their own arrangements with their sister schools in China to provide an immersion experience of between four to six weeks
  • The learning focus is student leadership, intercultural capability and global citizenship
  • The individual school approach is open to all Victorian secondary schools with the capability and resources to develop their own program
​VYL China
Sister School Partnership program
(cluster school model - new)
  • ​​Supports Victorian schools to arrange a school cluster to participate in a four-to-six-week immersion experience with at least one active sister school in China
  • The learning focus is student leadership, intercultural capability and global citizenship
  • The cluster model approach is open to all Victorian secondary schools with the capability and resources to develop their own program

Benefits for students

The VYL China program is a potentially life-changing immersion experience in which students combine language and cultural learning with accelerated personal and leadership development.

Students who have taken part in the VYL China program have returned with a greater understanding of contemporary China, its culture and history, and its educational and political landscape. Past students have returned with an increased confidence and developed a broader international perspective on their future careers.

Benefits for teachers

Participation in the program leads to:

  • knowledge about teaching and learning in a high performing Chinese school
  • increased intercultural understanding and capability
  • increased knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture and society
  • opportunities for professional learning that promotes reflection and development of their classroom practice
  • a desire for further personal and professional learning.

Benefits for schools

The program:

  • accelerates students' leadership and citizenship capabilities, empowering them to act as strong role models for other students
  • provides opportunities to partner and learn from high-performing schools in China
  • acts as a catalyst for school community support in global learning and engagement, particularly for intercultural capability and language learning.

Key information and dates

The following program options are available for schools: ​

Program optionsSt​atewide p​rogramSister School Partnership program (individual school model)
Sister School Partnership program (cluster school model)
Program eligibilityVictorian secondary schools offering Chinese as a second language (Year 9 level in 2020)

Students enrolling in Chinese as a second language in Year 9 in 2020 as continuing learners of the subject (completed Years 7 and 8 level)

One teacher to accompany up to 8 students (1:8 ratio)

Victorian secondary schools with an active sister-school partnership in China

Students enrolling in Year 9 in 2020

One teacher to accompany up to 8 students (1:8 ratio)

Victorian secondary schools with an active sister-school partnership in China, clustering with other secondary schools

Students enrolling in Year 9 in 2020

One teacher to accompany up to 8 students (1:8 ratio)

​Program duration​Six weeks in China​Four to six weeks in China
Four to six weeks in China
Travel datesIntake 1: March / April 2020

Intake 2: October / November 2020
Participating Victorian schools determine dates of their programParticipating Victorian school clusters determine dates of their program
Costs$3000 student contribution

The Department funds remaining costs including teacher costs (excluding CRT)

Up to 35% of student places to be fully funded by the Department (conditions apply)
$3000 student contribution

The Department contributes $3900 per student and $6900 per teacher

Up to 35% of student places to be fully funded by the Department (conditions apply)
$3000 student contribution

The Department contributes $3900 per student, $6900 per teacher

In addition, the Department will fund a once-off $3000 start-up contribution to new lead schools

Up to 35% of student places to be fully funded by the Department (conditions apply)
Key datesApplications for 2020 are now open. Applications close 20 August 2019.
​Contact information​Email: vylc@edumail.vic.gov.au

Costs

VYL China is funded through a co-contribution model, with parents/guardians contributing $3000 and the Department funding the balance of the core program costs. To reduce the effects of disadvantage, up to 35% of places will be fully funded by the Department for students whose parent/guardian holds a current healthcare or pensioner concession card naming the student.

For the Statewide program, the Department funds core program costs for the accompanying teacher, noting that any teacher replacement cost is the responsibility of the participating school.

Core program costs include:

  • pre-departure and post-program phases
  • travel arrangements, including return airfares, visas and insurance
  • accommodation, meals, activities and excursions in China
  • student uniform and curriculum materials.

Any incidental costs (e.g. passports, token gifts and spending money) are the responsibility of the participating students and teachers.

For the Statewide program, schools are responsible for collecting the $3000 co-contribution from parents/guardians, to be paid to the Department (or their representative) for program delivery.

How to apply

Applications for the 2020 VYL China Statewide and Sister School Partnership programs are now open.

To apply, please complete and submit the below application form via ​email to: vylc@edumail.vic.gov.au

For more information​, see:

Promotional Materials

The following marketing materials can be used to help promote the VYL China program:

​For more information, please email: vylc@edumail.vic.gov.au

Discover and share in the experience of previous VYL China program participants

See video clips of student testimonials and experiences:

Information for parents and students

The Victorian Young Leaders to China (VYL China) program is an award winning, in-country immersion program for Year 9 students and accompanying teachers, which helps to prepare them for living and working in an increasingly interconnected global community.

For Chinese language students, the immersive nature of the program accelerates their language proficiency. For all students, the culturally rich program can have a transformative impact on their learning at home, and broaden their minds to a future career with an international focus.

Beyond study, students will get to explore the sights and sounds of China, encompassing both traditional and contemporary​ culture.

In-country highlights

For students, a typical school week may include:

  • Chinese language classes
  • morning exercises
  • cultural classes
  • attending some selected local classes, e.g. music, arts, P.E. etc
  • self-study
  • excursions to ne​arby attractions and cities.

Benefits​

By taking part in the program, students will return with a greater appreciation of contemporary China, its culture and history, and its educational and political landscape. Past students have returned with increased confidence and developed a broader, international perspective on their future careers.

Benefits for students include:

  • improved language proficiency, including practical and conversational language
  • aspiration for studying Chinese Second Language through to VCE
  • enhanced intercultural understanding and capability
  • accelerated development of leadership capability, interpersonal skills and global citizenship.​​​​

Costs

The VYL China program is funded through a co-contribution model, with parents/guardians contributing $3000 and the Department funding the balance of the core program costs. To reduce the effect of disadvantage, up to 35% of places will be fully funded by the Department for students whose parent/guardian holds a current healthcare or pensioner concession card naming the student.

Any incidental costs (e.g. passports, token gifts and spending money) are the responsibility of the participating students and their parents/guardians.

Core program costs include:

  • pre-departure and post-program phases
  • travel arrangements, including return airfares, visas and insurance
  • accommodation, meals, activities and excursions in China
  • student uniform and curriculum materials.

How to get involved

Contact your school to learn how you can participate.

Promotional Materials

For a program information brochure, see:

For more information, email: vylc@edumail.vic.gov.au

Discover and share in the experience of previous ​participants

See video clips of student testimonials and experiences:

Last Update: 29/07/2019 5:55 PM