Victorian government schools accredited to enrol international students appoint an international student coordinator (ISC). They become the primary contact between the student, parents, school, Department and homestay families.
The ISC makes sure international students have the information and ongoing support they need to settle into their school, their homestay, and to achieving their study goals.
ISC professional learning program
This learning program is designed to build the capacity and knowledge of international student coordinators.
It includes the key knowledge, skills and dispositions required to be effective in the role, and gives advice for ongoing learning and targeted professional development.
ISC mentoring program
The ISC Mentoring Program provides new ISCs with an experienced mentor (also an ISC) for a 12-month period. Mentors choose to participate in this program and provide counsel, insight and guidance to ISC mentees in the undertaking of the ISC role.
Mentoring arrangements involve regular communication, including face-to-face meetings, phone and electronic contact as well as participation in workshops.
For more information about the program and how to get involved as a mentor or mentee, see: ISC mentoring program summary (PDF, 274KB)
ISC school clusters
ISC school clusters provide professional learning, knowledge transfer and networking for ISCs and their schools. Accredited schools are organised in cluster groups across regions. ISCs from the schools in each cluster meet throughout the year, enabling them to engage and share information with each other and representatives from the Department on operational and policy matters.
ISC school clusters also include professional development activities and support the implementation of the ISC professional learning and mentoring programs.