International Student Program

-School of First Choice


Auburn High School is a government secondary school with a focus on excellence. Our vision is to be a first choice in secondary education, where young people are engaged by high quality teaching to enable them to succeed in their lives. Auburn High School offers excellent facilities and rigorous, innovative teaching programs. We are committed to challenging all students in their learning, promoting enthusiasm for learning, connectedness to the world and a passion for personal excellence.

Auburn High school was deemed an Influence School in 2018 by the Department of Education in student learning growth and achievements.

The school offers a rigorous academic program for all students from years 7-12, with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Years 10 -12. The outstanding facilities include well-equipped classrooms with the latest technology, an English Language Centre, a new modern Science Discovery Centre, a VCE study centre, a lecture theatre, a drama studio, two indoor gymnasiums, Art and Design Centre, specialist laboratories and extensive playing fields. Our international students are from all over the world including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, the USA, Mexico, Malaysia, France, Korea, Germany and India.

Our teaching staff is committed to delivering our vision and building the best possible school. We have created programs that are innovative, engaging and that challenge each student in their learning so that they can work to the best of their ability. Our approach is rich in the use of technology and all students have 1:1 access to netbooks, ipads and desktop computers to support their learning.


Local Environment

Auburn High School is located 6km from Melbourne’s CBD, in the leafy inner-eastern suburb of Hawthorn East. Hawthorn East’s local government area is in the City of Boroondara. At the 2016 Census, Hawthorn East had a population of 14,321.

The school is well serviced by public transport with train, tram and bus connections, many

students also cycle to school via the dedicated bicycle path through the abundant local parklands. Fritsch Holzer Park is a large open space, popular for recreational activities. Anderson Park is another significant park in the area and offers panoramic views of the Melbourne CBD.


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Auburn High School Entry Requirements:

  • Minimum academic level of 80%, or B average
  • Skype/WeChat interview to assess the applicant’s English Proficiency
  • Most international students require two terms of intensive English Language Training before they start mainstream classes. Applicants with IELTS 5.5+ will be exempted from the 20 weeks intensive English course
  • Student placement longer than 1 semester

International Student Enrolment Process:

Auburn High School welcomes enrolment inquiries from all countries. We have a well-established International Student Program with students across Years 9 to 12. Application must go through the International Education Division of the Victorian Department of Education and Training on

International Education Division – Department of Education and Training
GPO Box 4367, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia

Tel: +61 3 9637 2990
Fax: +61 3 9637 2184 / +61 3 9651 4424

Application forms and brochures can be found at :


Pre-departure and Airport Reception

Please Click: Student International Handbook

Students and families are provided with a pre-departure package including information to help students get ready to travel and prepare for their new life and study in Melbourne. The package containing documents such as student’s arrival arrangement form, homestay profile, School Emergency Contact Card, School policies, booklist, uniform policy, day structure, visa conditions, information about school, information about Victoria and enrolment documentation. These documents are designed to make the transition period smooth for every prospective student.

Students requiring airport pickup will be greeted by school staff at the airport meeting point and supported in their arrival at the homestay.


New students arriving at Auburn High School will attend an age-appropriate and culturally sensitive orientation program including information about the school and our programs, enrolment policy and student code of conduct, local environment and catchment area, international student visa conditions, school support services and extra-curriculum activities, emergency and health services, relevant legal services, general health care and wellbeing, child safe standards and complaints and appeals procedures.



The Auburn High School Language Centre Programme is based on a series of thematic integrated units. These units are designed to develop students’ language skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Each unit also incorporates specific vocabulary, grammatical focus and study skills. The units also aim to provide some Australian cultural knowledge, cross cultural comparisons and language to assist newly arrived students to adjust and settle into their new home. The program is designed to help build resilience and enable students to integrate and feel confident in their new school environment with journal writing, reflective pieces, small group and pair work to enable students to express their responses in a supportive atmosphere. Links are also made with the welfare team in order to ensure the newly arrived students welfare needs are addressed through sessions on matters such as hygiene, heathy sleep patterns, accessing the Australian health system, fire safety, water safety, and travel on public transport. Students are closely monitored to ensure that they are settling into their home living arrangements and managing their daily routine.

A key aim of the program is to prepare students to undertake the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education). Therefore, skills required for VCE are embedded in the program in the form of carefully scaffolded text response and comparative essays, an introduction to persuasive language, listening comprehension exercises and practice in oral presentation. Students are introduced to the language of VCE subjects and the structure of the writing required.

The Language Centre is housed in a separate unit on the first floor of the school which has cosy classrooms fitted out with overhead projectors, a small library, and access to dictionaries and class set texts. Students are also introduced to aspects of their new home through excursions to places of cultural and historical significance such as the Museum, the Botanical Gardens, the National Gallery, the Shrine of Remembrance, and further afield to places Ballarat.


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Principal Team



Ms Maria Karvouni

Principal, Auburn High School





Ms Kristie Satilmis

Assistant Principal, Auburn High School





For further information about the Auburn High School program please contact:


Ms Jean Zhang
Coordinator, Overseas Student Program

Tel: +61 3 9804 6320





Ms Roslyn Mills
Language Centre Coordinator

Tel: +61 3 9822 3247





Please Click: High School Homestay Policy

International students will be carefully matched to compatible homestay families. The provision of quality homestay accommodation for international students is one of the most important responsibilities undertaken by schools in the Department of Education and Training’s (DET) International Student Program. Auburn High School endeavours to source and screen quality homestay providers to ensure our international students live in a safe, comfortable and caring home environment. Homestay are monitored closely and visited regularly by the International Student Coordinator to oversee international students’ outside-of-school life. Homestay providers assist student with their English proficiency, cultural adjustment, social integration and support students to make the most of their international education experience. Hosting international students can bring a rich cross-cultural experience and opportunity for families. Many local families already on board with Auburn High School Homestay Program over the years have enjoyed and benefitted from the diverse cultural and language exchange experience.


International Student Success & Leadership



School Dux 2017 Xiaochuan (Joyce) NI                    





School Dux 2018   Phuoc Gia Hy DUONG (Persie)

“I treasure every moment here at my school-Auburn High School. With the supports from teachers and welcomes from friends, I feel respected, valued and ready for the next stage of my life.”  Persie DUONG




At Auburn, we place a significant emphasis on developing a strong student voice and our student leadership model is based on a vertical house system. Internatinal student also get the opportunity to take part in the school leadership program.


2016 School Captain-My Hang Viet (Hannah)

2017 School Captain-Tan Ho (Liam)

2018 House Captain— Phuoc Gia Hy DUONG (Persie)

2019 House Captain-Dang Phuoc An Hoang


Rich extra-curriculum activities

Information on our International Student Program in Chinese (Mandarin) – 澳本中学国际学生项目简介 – is available here.

Department of Education and Training (DET), CRICOS Provider Code: 00861K.