International Students

International Student Program

Footscray High School has a well established International Student Program with participants from Germany, Japan, China, Vietnam, France, Italy, Columbia, Thailand and India.

We currently accept international student enrolments in year levels 7 to 11. We advise agents, families and students applying to enrol at Footscray High School to have at least level 3 English. As we have an English Language Program at FHS, we are able to provide classes to improve students’ English language.

The length of time a student should attend these classes is 20 weeks or 2 terms. Upon successful completion of this program the student then joins mainstream classes.

We have excellent programs of study in English, History and Maths and Science.

Our broad curriculum caters for the talents of all students – this includes Music, Dance, Outdoor Education, Hospitality and Technology Studies, and Art and Photography. We also offer bridging English in Year 11

A variety of extra-curricular activities

A number of clubs and activities operate at lunchtimes or after school to cater for student’s special interests.
These include chess, photography, debating, art and fashion, animation and the book club.

There is also the opportunity for students to train for and participate in the great Victorian bike ride as well as other sports training and in-house competitions.

In addition to the above there are further extracurricular programs that you can choose to become involved in including camps, excursions, annual musical and theatrical activities, lunchtime clubs and activities as well as a homework club

“I remember the first time I arrived in Melbourne three years ago. I was feeling lost and uncomfortable in the brand new environment for the new chapter of my study in VCE. Fortunately, I received tons of support and encouragement from the teachers and staff. Even more so, it makes me feel proud to be a member of the Footscray High School family. During the pandemic, I successfully overcame the multiple online-onsite learning crossovers. I got over the stress and other learning barriers. I kept reminding myself that nothing could stop me from pursuing my dream. Finally, I proved myself with my dream offer in a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne.”

Quoc Nam (Jacob) Dang from Ho Chi Minh City

Serious about student welfare

At Footscray High School we provide every support to ensure every student has a successful academic record.
We also provide advice for tertiary studies in our Career Centre.
We hold an orientation camp once a year to help students learn about the history and geography of Victoria and establish friendships.

Our student welfare coordinator, school nurse and multicultural aides all cater for student welfare


Your homestay family will provide you with:

  • a safe, secure, welcoming place to live
  • a household compliant with the Child Safe Standards
  • a separate single room for your personal use
  • three meals a day, seven days a week, including snacks
  • facilities – a bed, wardrobe, towels and linen
  • utilities – gas, electricity, heating and water costs, internet
  • cleaning services of common living areas
  • the use of living areas within the residence
  • study facilities – desk, study light, bookcase
  • attendance at parent/teacher evenings on behalf of your parents

Easily accessible location

Footscray High School is located in Melbourne’s inner-west with a bustling multicultural environment. Some features of the local area include being:

  • close to Melbourne CBD, just 15 minutes away
  • well-serviced by public transport
  • accessible to Victoria University library, gyms, pool and playing fields
  • a multicultural environment and diverse culture
  • a local Asian market can also be found within walking distance.

To view some testimonials from our students click the image below.

For more information about International Education in Victoria please visit or access the downloadable information PDFs and application form below.

Designated International Student Coordinator

Sun is available to answer questions from students, parents and Agents.

International Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Tel: +61 3 9112 9500

Footscray High School 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