International Students

The Northern College of the Arts & Technology (NCAT) welcomes International students.
NCAT is a Senior College providing individualised programs for talented Year 10 to 12 students wanting to specialise in the Arts and/or Technologies. Students can complete their Year 10, Year 11 and 12 VCE and/or VCAL at NCAT and then go onto further study at University or TAFE. NCAT has close links with major Universities, and a proud tradition of alumni with successful careers in the Arts industry and a range of Technology fields. The College curriculum offers both academic and vocational pathways. An IELTS level 5 is a minimum requirement for entry.

Its friendly, experienced and dedicated teachers support students to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to go on to further study or training in their chosen careers. In recent years the college has enrolled students from Japan, China, Belgium, Papua New Guinea and South Korea

Students can pursue their individual passions through cutting edge courses that are highly valued by tertiary institutions and industry.

Specialist Programs:
¬ Contemporary/commercial Music and Dance programs - entry via audition tape
¬ Design, Visual Arts, Media, Multimedia & Photography/Photoimaging – entry via electronic folio
¬ Courses in Musical Instrument Making – some Music knowledge preferred but not essential
¬ Technology & Trades Training  ( Engineering, Electro-technology, Integrated Technologies, Building & Construction, Automotive, Plumbing) – no pre-requisites
¬ Tertiary Folio Preparation program ( Visual Arts, Design, Photography & Photoimaging) – entry via electronic folio


The College’s arts facilities include purpose-built studios for drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, fabric and textiles. The college trains students in both analogue and digital photography. It has a dedicated photography/Photoimaging centre with film processing, colour and black and white darkrooms/labs, photographic studios and a range of industry standard production and processing equipment. In addition to a large Music room, NCAT has two midi labs, its own recording studio and ten dedicated Music rehearsal/practice rooms.  There are two Dance studios and a Drama centre. A new performing Arts facility will be completed in 2019.

Arts program areas have their own state-of-the-art Mac and PC labs furnished with i-Pads, video facilities and relevant software. Arts students also have access to our Trade Training Centre which provides facilities for computer-aided equipment for model making and prototyping including 3D printing.

Trades & Technology
The College’s Trade Training Centre is a unique, cutting-edge $17 million dollar facility with extensive sustainable and renewable energy areas for green-specific skills development. Industry standard equipment delivers workplace simulation and enables the skilling of students in current and emerging technologies. All classrooms are fitted out with computers and interactive Smart Boards.
Building and construction boasts an extensive workshop space with attached theory classrooms. Three large specialist-training areas are dedicated to electrotechnology, integrated technologies and telecommunications, supported by a Rooftop Renewable Energy Training facility. Automotive workshops include access to the latest engine analysis equipment.
Engineering workshops are furnished with 3D Printers, Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machines, laser cutters, milling machine, dedicated welding and thermo-cutting bays. As well as furniture and woodwork workshops, there are also specialist musical instrument making and repair areas with industry standard machinery and equipment.

Student Support
In addition to support provided by the International Student Coordinator, students are provided with a student buddy who will assist them to settle in and find their way around the college. Academic support is provided by their Form teacher, subject teachers, Level Coordinators and Sub School Leaders. Students are also able to access our Youth Support Worker who can provide counselling as well as links to other agencies and support services as required. The college has a visiting Psychologist for specialist counselling and a careers advisor to assist students in planning their future pathway.

General Information
The Northern College of the Arts & Technology (NCAT), in Preston is located next to Northland Shopping Centre which is also a large transport hub and 10 kilometres from the Melbourne Central Business District. The college is close to La Trobe University and RMIT’s Bundoora and City campuses. It is also within easy travelling distance of the University of Melbourne.

The college is based in the City of Darebin, which encompasses a number of suburbs including Preston, Northcote and Thornbury. Darebin is very multicultural.  Darebin City has an active artist community which is contemporary, experimental and culturally diverse. Writers, musicians and visual artists flock to the locality for performance and collaboration. The Darebin Council runs a strong cultural program which includes a number of Festivals during the years such as the Community & Kite Festival, Homemade Food Festival, Music Festival and other cultural events. See: See also

Apart from the large shopping centre next to the college there is the nearby Preston Market. or the multicultural hubs and restaurants along High Street, Preston and Northcote.

Other points of interest include the La Trobe Wild Life Sanctuary, Darebin Parklands, Merri Park, All Nations Park and Edwardes Lake Park.

For general information on studying and living in Melbourne please see the pre-departure guide available at
Language Support
Students requiring intensive language support are able to access English Language Centres which offer a highly specialized, intensive course of study. The students complete their course in 22 weeks (approximately six months) and then return to NCAT to join mainstream classes. 

On arrival - what happens to me?
As an NCAT International Student arriving in Australia for the first time you will be met at Melbourne Airport by a representative of the College and taken to your Homestay accommodation. You will be encouraged to ring home and tell your parents of your safe arrival and assisted in settling into your new home.

Orientation Program
In the days following your arrival, you will participate in an orientation program which will familiarise you with the College campus and the Preston area, including shopping centre, health facilities, and transport. You will also be taken on an excursion to the Melbourne city centre.
On campus you will be introduced to fellow students and the College's International Student Coordinator who will assist you with accommodation, opening a bank account and ensuring you have your Health Insurance card. The College International Student Coordinator will monitor your general welfare, and provide you with counselling and on-going support. With the support of translators and/or agents, regular contact will be made with your parents. You will also meet your year Level Coordinator and the Careers teacher. They will assist you with your subject selection prior to beginning classes.

Unless you have relatives in Melbourne with whom you wish to live, International students are required to live in a Homestay. A set weekly fee is charged to cover all expenses associated with food and shelter, including three meals a day, provision of facilities, heating and cleaning services. All students have their own bedroom with study facilities together with the use of other living areas within the residence.

International students enrolled at NCAT and their parents are assured that the College will find suitable Homestay accommodation which is reasonably close to the College and ensure that they are living in a stable environment. All Homestays personnel have a Working with Children check and are carefully monitored by the College on an ongoing basis.

Some international students prefer to get a part-time job whilst going to school. NCAT does not encourage VCE students working in their final year because of the workload and commitment required to complete Year 12 VCE. International students can work up to 40 hours per fortnight while they are studying, and can work full time during their semester breaks.

Everyone who works in Australia has the same rights and protections under the law. If you have found a job, you have a right to minimum wage and proper work conditions.  Find out more about Your rights at work. More information on working in Australia is available at and

International Enrolment Procedures
If you are interested in enrolling at the Northern College of Arts & Technology you should go to the International Student Program Unit website ( where you will find a list of accredited agents in your country who can assist you with the application process.

Applications for enrolment as an International Student at the Northern College of the Arts & Technology must be made through the International Student Unit of The Department of Education and Training, Victoria, Australia.

Students wishing to attend NCAT should nominate us as their preferred college. When this enrolment is submitted, prospective students will receive confirmation from the International Student Unit.

The school fees are also payable to the International Student Unit, not directly to Northern College of the Arts & Technology. You can find further information at

“NCAT is very different from other schools; it is more like a University or TAFE because people here treat you like young adults and not children. They look after you and make sure that you are safe, especially in the Technology area, where OH&S is so important. I love what I am doing and really enjoying it. Everyone, the teachers and the students, get on very well, there is very mature behaviour and respect. I can do things more precisely and quickly than before because of what I have learnt from my teachers.” Willie Zhang, 2017 Yr 12 student

More Information
For general information about NCAT International Student Program contact
Mr Ian McKey, International Student Coordinator, at [email protected]
Ms Raffaela GALATI-BROWN, Principal, at [email protected]
Telephone: +613 9478 1333   FAX +613 9471 0929
Address: Northern College of the Arts & Technology, 62 Murray Road, Preston. VICTORIA. AUSTRALIA. 3072.

CRICOS Provider Name: Department of Education and Training
CRICOS provider code: 00861K