International Students

The Northern College of the Arts & Technology (NCAT) welcomes International Students. NCAT offers students in Years 10-12 the opportunity to develop their creative strengths and academic capabilities through participation in highly focused, personalised programs and use of state-of-the-art facilities.

Our emphasis on individual guidance and support for each student helps them maximise their achievements, produce quality outcomes, and establish a solid pathway into higher education and future success. Students can complete their Year 10, VCE or VCE Vocational Major specialising in their areas of interest and then go onto tertiary studies.

In recent years the college has enrolled students from Vietnam, China, Japan, Korea, Belgium, Italy and Austria.

General Information

The Northern College of the Arts & Technology (NCAT), in Preston is located next to Northland Shopping Centre which is 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 campus. 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. It 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.

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Program Guide

Language Support

Students requiring intensive language support are able to access one of several offsite English Language Centres which offer a highly specialised, 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

International Student arriving in Australia for the first time are met at Melbourne Airport by a representative of the College. They are taken to their Homestay accommodation and assisted in settling into their new home. Student will be encouraged to ring home and tell their parents of their safe arrival.


Orientation Program

In the days following their arrival, students will participate in an orientation program led by the International Student Coordinator (ISC) which will familiarise them with the College campus, their timetable, their Form group teacher and Level Coordinator and their student buddy who will help them settle into the college. The ISC will introduce them to the Preston area, including shopping centre, health facilities, and transport. They will also be taken on an excursion to the Melbourne city centre.

The ISC will provide ongoing support with homestay and any school or personal issues and refer students to key personnel for any specialist support. As the ISC is also the Careers Advisor, he will also provide expert advice and support with subject selection, pathways planning and tertiary entrance.


Unless students have relatives in Melbourne with whom they 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 accommodation including internet access.

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 safe and secure environment. All Homestays personnel have a Working with Children check and are carefully monitored by the College on an ongoing basis.

International Enrolment Procedures

Students interested in enrolling at the Northern College of Arts & Technology should go to the International Student Program Unit website where they will find a list of accredited agents in their country who can assist them 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. Further information at


NCAT is accredited to enrol fee paying International Students.
CRICOS Provider Name: Department of Education and Training
CRICOS Provider Code: 00861K