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International Students

Welcome to the the International Student Program at Reservoir High School.

As a founding school, Reservoir High has a well established International Student Program. In 2019 the program includes a select group of 25 students from a range of countries such as China, Vietnam, Laos, Saudi Arabia and India.

Our International Student Program reflects the diversity of the school population.

Reservoir High School is a co-educational, Year 7 – 12 school, with approximately 650 students. Students are attracted by the diverse and comprehensive range of academic subjects offered and the leadership opportunities available.

Reservoir High School is accredited to deliver quality international student programs to school students studying in Melbourne. While studying at Reservoir High School, students will improve their English language skills and have access to science, technology, music and sporting facilities. They will also receive the care and support they need to succeed. Students who study at Reservoir High School are supported by a committed team of staff comprising an International Student Coordinator, a Student Wellbeing Coordinator, a School Nurse and Chaplain, the Doctors in Schools Program with our own Dr. Kate available for students on site and highly experienced caring teachers. We endeavour to build strong relationships with students, parents and homestay families to ensure the positive engagement and successful achievement of all international students.

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The school is conveniently located approximately 10km north of Melbourne’s city centre. Tram and bus services are located directly outside of the school grounds.  An extensive shopping complex where students can readily access major banks, supermarket facilities, travel agencies, restaurants, post office, etc. is only a 10 minute walk. Reservoir is also in close proximity to Bundoora Square, the UniHill Shopping precinct, Northlands Shopping Centre and the Preston Market. Universities such as the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology are a 40 minute tram ride away, while LaTrobe University is within walking distance from the school. Access to a number of TAFE Colleges is also available by tram, train or bus. Students also have access to Reservoir Leisure Centre and a number of other sporting facilities close to the school. Please see the attached brochure for information about the local area.

The schools facilities include modern classrooms, computer rooms, specialist science laboratories, arts/technology wing, a well resourced library and a purpose built Performing Arts Centre. A canteen provides nourishing lunches and snacks for students to purchase before school, at recess and lunchtime. The extensive school grounds provide basketball and netball courts and ample grassed areas for students to play football and soccer. The school also has access during school hours to a state of the art, fully equipped gymnasium.


International Students beginning their studies in Australia are required to complete 20 weeks of intensive English at an approved language centre. Throughout this time, students are supported by an International Student Co-ordinator, who has been appointed by the school to assist in providing transition for new students through an orientation program. On completion of their intensive English studies, students are integrated into all mainstream classes but attend English as an Additional Language classes at their appropriate year level.

The school’s International Student Co-ordinator is responsible for the general welfare and well-being of our overseas students. The school is responsible for the welfare arrangements of many of our students who are under 18 years and have no family members residing in Melbourne. A secure and comfortable Homestay can be organised through the school if required. Overseas students are also supported by staff fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese. Subject and career counselling is also available through the school’s experienced course counselling team.

International students must comply with certain Department of Education and Training (DET) and visa regulations. For information on student’s education obligation and entitlements, please refer to the Standard Conditions & Policies document. It includes:

  • Attendance Policy
  • Course Progress Policy
  • Student Behaviour Policy
  • Student Travel Policy
  • Student Deferral Policy
  • Transfer Policy
  • Withdrawal Policy


Child safety is of utmost importance to us at Reservoir High School. A number of school policies have been developed by the school to support the safety of our students. These can be accessed here.

For any further information regarding enrolment into the International Student Program, please contact the program coordinator, Tammy Baines by email at Application information can also be accessed through the website (International Education Division). The Principal Class Officer responsible for the International Student Program is Katie Watmough. She can be contacted by email at

Map of local services for International Students
Local Nguyễn talks about her daughter's time at RHS