International Students program

Forest Hill College was one of the first schools in the state to offer
an International Student Program. With over twenty years’ experience, we are a safe, supportive and dynamic learning environment where students from all across the globe work together to learn and grow.

The key to the success of our students are our experienced and caring team who are dedicated to ensuring each student flourishes both in and out of school. The Director of our International Student Program, Chrissie Chen, leads a team of staff who provide wellbeing, homestay, academic and in-class support for all students in the program.

Learning at Forest Hill College

Forest Hill College’s vision is to inspire passionate, positive and curious learners. Our curriculum is designed to create a tailored pathway for each individual student, with students given support in finding pathways into University based on their goals, talents and passions. We have proud history of building academic growth for all students using the latest teaching and learning research. Our values of Connect, Explore and Aspire are epitomised in our high expectations and support for students to become self-regulated and enthusiastic learners who challenge themselves. With recently updated facilities, state of the art classrooms, including 21st century engineering and design, sporting, performance and music spaces, Forest Hill College is an inspiring environment in which to learn.

Students from Forest Hill College are regularly accepted into universities across Melbourne, including the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology and Deakin University. International Students from Forest Hill College have achieved study scores in the top 2% of the state and have been offered scholarships at Monash University.

International Students program

Forest Hill College was one of the first schools in the state to offer
an International Student Program. With over twenty years’ experience, we are a safe, supportive and dynamic learning environment where students from all across the globe work together to learn and grow.

The key to the success of our students are our experienced and caring team who are dedicated to ensuring each student flourishes both in and out of school. The Director of our International Student Program, Chrissie Chen, leads a team of staff who provide wellbeing, homestay, academic and in-class support for all students in the program.

Learning at Forest Hill College

Forest Hill College’s vision is to inspire passionate, positive and curious learners. Our curriculum is designed to create a tailored pathway for each individual student, with students given support in finding pathways into University based on their goals, talents and passions. We have proud history of building academic growth for all students using the latest teaching and learning research. Our values of Connect, Explore and Aspire are epitomised in our high expectations and support for students to become self-regulated and enthusiastic learners who challenge themselves. With recently updated facilities, state of the art classrooms, including 21st century engineering and design, sporting, performance and music spaces, Forest Hill College is an inspiring environment in which to learn.

Students from Forest Hill College are regularly accepted into universities across Melbourne, including the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology and Deakin University. International Students from Forest Hill College have achieved study scores in the top 2% of the state and have been offered scholarships at Monash University.

Communication and Feedback

Parents and students are provided with ongoing feedback via our Compass site on the internet about their progress and how to continue to improve. Our International Student Program staff communicate with families on a regular basis via Skype, WeChat, Line and other similar online services as well as through in-country visits to different locations each year.

Intensive English Language Program

“Forest Hill College gives me the opportunity to explore strengths that I never knew I had before.” – Chi Kiet

Forest Hill College provides an on-site Intensive English Language program for 20 weeks when students first arrive. This program, designed by expert teachers of English as an Additional Language, ensures a seamless transition into mainstream classes.

In addition to the intensive English program, students in IELP go through a thorough induction program that helps them understand Australian culture, schooling and living in Melbourne. This includes a “Buddy” program in which local students act as guides for newly arrived students.

Academy Programs – Elite Sports and Performing Arts

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In addition to the academic education program at the College, we also offer students access to elite high performance training programs in a number of sports, including tennis, soccer, golf, basketball, and in the performing arts. These programs are run by expert coaches and industry leaders. Students in the Academy Program spend four mornings a week in training which includes coaching, game play and strength and conditioning training. For more information about this program, please see our academy page.

Community and Cultural Opportunities

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As well as our academic programs, International Students at Forest Hill College have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities outside of class. Robotics and Coding Clubs run at lunchtime, as well as sporting, science and art clubs. Many students volunteer their time with community service through our Leos Club which is linked to our local Lions Club International branch. Students in Leos Club have worked to raise money for charities, planted trees, and are working to make the world a better place.

Living in Melbourne

Rated one of the world’s most liveable cities every year for a decade due to the high quality of life, safety, beautiful environment, excellent education system and efficient transportation.

Internationally renowned for its status as Australia’s cultural, artistic, food and sporting capital, it is a safe, exciting and beautiful place. Melbourne has a long history of multiculturalism where people from all around the globe live and work, contributing to an exciting food and cultural experience. There are also plenty of day-trip locations in the state of Victoria that are only a short distance from the city, such as Healesville Sanctuary, Phillip Island Penguin Parade, and the Great Ocean Road.

Forest Hill College is situated only 18kms from the centre of the city, in a leafy green suburb with many trees, parks, sports fields and gardens nearby. Mt Dandenong is short drive away with hiking opportunities and beautiful views across Melbourne.

The College is a short distance from Glen Waverley and Box Hill, both well known for their international food and shopping. We are also walking distance from Forest Hill Chase and Burwood 101 Shopping Centres and close to The Glen, Knox, Chadstone
and Eastland Shopping Malls.

The College has excellent public transportation links, with one of Melbourne’s famous tram lines only 400 metres away, bus stops for a number of routes at our school gate and several railway stations on both the Belgrave/Lilydale and Glen Waverley lines a short bus ride away. Brand new Quest Serviced Apartments has recently opened nearby which is popular with families coming to visit their children.

Homestay

Forest Hill College has developed a strong relationship with a large number of local homestay families over the years. Homestay families are carefully selected and regularly inspected to ensure a welcoming, healthy and safe environment and are either within walking distance or a short bus or tram ride away from school. All selected families are trained in our Child Safe Standard Code of Conduct.

How to Enrol

Enrolment into Victorian Government Schools is completed through the International Student Program of the Department of Education and Training Victoria. To learn more about the application process, go to www.study.vic.gov.au where you can learn more about the program and apply online.

To find out more about Forest Hill College, please contact our International Students Office on: +61 3 9814 9444