Primary schools throughout Victoria, Australia offer high quality learning in a caring environment and welcome international students.
Young international students can enrol in any Victorian government primary school if there is a place available for them.
Apply to us and we will do our best to place your child at a school that suits them and is close to their new home.
Primary school years
Primary school classes are divided into Prep and Years 1 to 6 (total duration up to 7 years). Primary school in Victoria is the learning place for students up to 12 or 13 years old. To enter Prep, students must be 5 years of age on or before 30 April that year to be eligible (applicable to
dependant fee category students only).
Standard fee category students must be at least 6 years of age at the time of their visa application. Grade 6 is the final year of primary school and students are usually 12 to 13 years of age.
Academic success is important and your child will have the best learning and teaching in the world. However, it’s not the only aim of Victorian primary schools. Our schools recognise the importance of social growth and try to keep students with others of the same age group.
Primary school students are placed in the best grade that fits their:
The choice of grade level will also allow for the difference between schooling systems overseas and in other states of Australia.
English language skills
Our schools support international primary students with their English language learning while they undertake normal classes with local students. Therefore, your child is not required to be enrolled in an intensive English language program before they start school.
Welfare and care
All primary aged students must live with a parent or legal guardian (in the case of adoption or if the parents are deceased) while they are attending a Victorian government primary school.
Fees and program options
Use our online
application process to find out:
- the program that applies to you
- the fees you are required to pay for attending a Victorian government school
- the type of visa you need to apply for
- the application form you need to use.
How to apply
Click here to learn about our application process or find your nearest accredited agent.
CRICOS Provider Name and Code: Department of Education and Training, 00861K.
CRICOS Course Names and Codes: Primary (Prep to Year 6), 019047G; Secondary (7-12), 019048F; Victorian College of the Arts Secondary Course (7-12), 028651A.