International Student Program

Ringwood Secondary College

A globally aware college, Ringwood Secondary College enjoys a small number of overseas fee-paying students previously and currently from China, Hong Kong, Korea and Vietnam. Ringwood Secondary College is located in the outer Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne at the gateway to the Yarra Valley.

Our primary purpose for welcoming International Students is to contribute to the College’s ethos and culture. The College focuses on students’ sense of belonging and cultural diversity, allowing students to develop a cultural awareness that assists them to be active members of the global society.

The International Student Coordinator ensures to stay on top with the communication between parents and homestay providers. Homestay providers are carefully selected to provide a welcoming environment that is a ‘home away from home’ for our International Students.

Success Story – Quality staff and excellent academic achievement

Ringwood Secondary College is very proud to announce that three students obtained ATAR scores above 99 and 28 students over 90 in 2020.

“I’ve received so much support from the school and the teachers. The constant updates of school arrangements remind me that I am not alone, but rather, we are connected in a mutual, helping community and are overcoming the challenges together. I’m so grateful and proud to spend my last year of high school at RSC with those lovely peers and teachers.”
Our Dux in 2020, Mengjia Yu (Afra) scored 99.25.


The academic requirements for all International Students are to have an average of 80% on all subjects (requirements from Hong Kong will be different and an online interview with the International Student Coordinator. Please note that Ringwood Secondary College only accepts Year 9 to Year 11 applicants.

All applications can be made online at or through the International Education Division (IED) – Department of Education and Training (DET).

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +613 9637 2990
Fax: +613 9637 2184 / +613 9651 4424

Ringwood Secondary College 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

International Student Visa

Students who wish to study at Ringwood Secondary College as an overseas full fee-paying student will need an International Student Visa. Students can apply online through the Department of Home Affairs website For more information, please refer to


All students are provided with an enrolment package and International Student Program Handbook prior to arrival in Australia. Students and families are provided with information about the school’s policies, uniform and textbooks cost and also some essential information about living in Australia. The International Student Coordinator will also contact both students and families to verbally revise the information, to make their transition easier and less daunting prior to departure.

Airport Pickup

Students who require to be picked up from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine Airport), will meet an International Student Program team member at an agreed meeting point and be sent to an allocated homestay provider’s house.

Homestay Providers

The College understands that accommodation and welfare arrangements are vital for the International Students as students are living and studying away from their home countries and may require extra special care and support. Some of our International Students prefer staying with local homestay families, allowing them to understand and experience Australian culture and also to improve their English Learning procedures. On the other hand, other International Students prefer staying with homestay families with the same cultural background to ease the transition and cultural shock when studying overseas. Ringwood Secondary College chooses only the best suited homestay providers to ensure International Students’ welfare and accommodation are carefully looked after. All homestay providers are closely monitored and visited annually to ensure the safety and mental health of our students.

Students and homestay providers are required to sign a Homestay Responsibility Agreement to ensure each party fulfils their responsibilities when living together.

Translated Documents and Ongoing Communication

Students will be provided with translation of all key documents once they have been successfully enrolled into Ringwood Secondary College. All International Students will be provided with an Emergency Card that has the International Student Coordinator’s, Assistant Principal’s mobile number on it once they start their mainstream classes. Parents, homestay providers and students are able to access support if and when required, 24 hours a day.

The International Student Coordinator will regularly send out emails in both English Language and Chinese Language to update parents, students, homestay providers with upcoming school events, important updates, study requirements and VCE information. Regular meetings will be conducted with Sub-school Coordinators, parents, students and the International Student Coordinator to discuss any important matters.

20-week Intensive English Language Program

Students are required to undergo a 20-week Intensive English Language Program before they can enrol into Ringwood Secondary College for their mainstream studies. Students are required to pass all English Language requirements at the language schools before they can successfully start mainstream studies. Some students can choose to study at a Private English Language Centre such as Melbourne Language Centre and Hawthorn Melbourne English Language Centre. Alternatively, students can select to undertake the English Language Program at Wantirna College. The International Student Coordinator will regularly visit the students from different language schools and closely monitor their English proficiency.

Orientation Program

Students who have completed the 20-week Intensive English Language Program will be invited to Ringwood Secondary College for an Orientation Day. School Tours, class timetable, internet connection, locker allocation and the ordering processes for uniform list & book list will be provided to new incoming students. Over the first week of arrival at Ringwood Secondary College, new incoming students will be introduced to fellow students and staff such as Sub-school Coordinators, school nurse, and the International Student Program Team.

After-school Study Clubs

  • Monday afterschool Physics & Maths Method Fun Club
  • Wednesday afterschool Further Maths & EAL Fun Club
  • Thursday afterschool Homework Catch-Up Club

Our school aims to provide ongoing academic support to students to ensure that they have a smooth transition from their previous study system to the Victorian Curriculum requirements. We offer after school study clubs, which allows students to feel comfortable and supported when asking questions.

Ringwood Secondary College Facilities

  • Auditorium with multi-tiered seating
  • Canteen offering a range of healthy snacks and meals
  • Careers Resource Centre
  • Fully networked computer laboratories
  • Fully resourced library
  • Fully equipped wood/metal workshops
  • Gymnasium
  • Home Economics (Food Technology) Centre
  • International Student Lounge
  • Mod grass tennis courts
  • Nurse’s station
  • Outdoor area
  • Specialist music rooms and practice rooms
  • Wellbeing Centre
  • Well-equipped Science laboratories
  • VCE Study Centre

Child Safety Standards

Ringwood Secondary College actively promotes the safety and wellbeing of all students. All school staff are committed to working together to protect students from abuse, or harm in the school environment.

Ms Shirley Luong
International Student Coordinator
E: [email protected]
P: (03) 9870 2002

For further information please visit the Victorian Government Schools International Students Program [email protected]

Ringwood Secondary College 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