Freeze on international students at Victorian state schools

Apr 30, 2019 by

By Henrietta Cook –

Victorian state schools have been ordered to stop enrolling international students as applications surge to a record high.

For the first time, state schools have been warned they are at risk of breaching a cap on international students set by the Victorian schools’ watchdog.

Some international students hoping to study in Australia later this year have been left in limbo and there are concerns the changes could jeopardise the viability of some schools’ international student programs.

In a letter sent to principals last week, the Victorian Education Department said it would exceed the enrolment cap of 5750 students next term if it continued to receive international student applications.

“Accordingly, we are not in a position to accept all students who would like to study in Victorian government schools in 2019,” it said.

“Please do not offer places at your school to education agents or direct applicants for 2019.”

Victoria is Australia’s most popular destination for international school students, with around 5000 full-fee paying international students currently enrolled in Victorian public schools.

Source: Freeze on international students at Victorian state schools

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