Studying at The Knox School

The Knox School is an independent, co-educational school located in an outer metropolitan environment east of Melbourne, with clean air, an abundance of space, outstanding new facilities and with close proximity to public transport.

The Knox School prides itself in its academic achievements and our graduating students are well-prepared for university.

The Knox School is committed to the promotion of international understanding and cultural respect within our school and in the wider community. At The Knox School, we aim to build bridges between our culture and international cultures, celebrating our diversity and respecting the traditions of others.

The Knox School welcomes students from around the world and we have a dedicated program to support their academic success and wellbeing in Australia.

The Knox School provides...

  • Small classes, specialist groups and individual attention
  • A secure urban environment
  • Career guidance and personal counselling advice
  • State of the art multimedia and presentation resources
  • Access to the latest teaching methods in modern facilities supported by Digital Technology resources
  • Counselling for course selection for VCE and University entrance
  • A community dedicated to multiculturalism and the growth of international understanding
  • Care and proper supervision of students to provide a safe learning and living environment
  • The VCE– An internationally recognised qualification
  • Health Services – A registered nurse available every school day
  • Dedicated counsellors for the needs of students
  • Special classes in EAL (English as an additional language)
  • Additional programs in oral and written English
  • The celebration of major cultural events at school
  • A five weekly reporting cycle for parents

The Knox School is a member of the Melbourne Schools’ Partnership International with the University of Melbourne.

Every year the University of Melbourne organises a range of activities tailored to the needs of international students enrolled in Years 11 and 12 at MSPI schools. These activities are designed to inspire Year 11 and 12 students about future study opportunities, and motivate them to maximise their talents and abilities.

International Curriculum at The Knox School


Prep to Year 6

The Junior School Curriculum aims to develop skills in English and Mathematics to ensure a solid foundation for future studies. Years 5 and 6 form a bridge between traditional Primary and Secondary Education. The Curriculum has an emphasis on time management, learning skills and study and exam techniques in preparation for Senior School.


Year 7 to Year 9

The Middle School has an emphasis on health and wellbeing and also teaches students about time management, learning skills and study and exam techniques in preparation for Senior College.


Year 10 to Year 12

The Senior School has a strong record of attainment, achieved by setting challenges for young people undertaking their VCE. Teachers maintain a close working relationship with students to ensure their success.


One of the conditions for obtaining a student visa is that parents make arrangements for a specific person to be responsible for the accommodation and welfare of the student until they reach 18 years of age. 

If students do not have a relative* living in Melbourne who can act in this capacity, then The Knox School will provide a list of qualified caregivers who, for a fee, will act in this capacity. 

*The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) defines a ‘relative’ as a brother, sister, stepmother, stepfather, stepbrother, stepsister, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew.


It is a DIAC requirement that all students under 18 years of age live in supervised accommodation approved by The Knox School. We will find suitable homestay accommodation for international students with families who have been hosting students from The Knox School for many years. All our homestay families have undertaken a police check. Every effort will be made to accommodate your homestay requests.

Homestay accommodation with internet costs approximately A$290.00 per week and consists of a furnished bedroom in a private home with three meals a day provided. The bathroom will normally be shared.

Students over 18 years of age are permitted to share a house or flat with other students. Estimated cost would be from A$300.00+ per week. Flats/units or houses normally require one month’s rent in advance and one month deposit.

Note: Most flats/units or houses are unfurnished.

Full details of the DIAC requirements can be viewed at

Support Services

All students have access to professional Academic, Careers and Personal Counsellors for:

  • Tertiary/University programs
  • Career Guidance
  • VCE subject selection
  • Study skills


We can arrange for you to be met at the airport on your arrival in Melbourne and taken to your homestay. A charge of A$120.00 is made for this service.

Full details of flight arrangements must be provided at least one week prior to arrival and if there is a change, please advise the School immediately.


After you have settled, your homestay host/caregiver will help you establish a bank account and make contact with the School.

Your first priority is to select your subjects to enable a timetable to be generated.

You will need to purchase text books and buy your school uniforms.


Prior to the commencement of Term One, there will be an orientation session when you will meet staff and be provided with information about your studies at The Knox School.

A tour of the School will help you become familiar with the campus.


‘Personalised English At Knox’: English Language Study (ELICOS)

Our PEAK program is accredited by NEAS

The Knox School offers a full time comprehensive intensive English Language Program (PEAK), which prepares students to enter mainstream classes with the required level of proficiency in English
Entry to PEAK is based on academic reports and The Knox School Pre-Entry English Language Test.
Enrolment is available for programs ranging from 10 – 50 weeks in either Pre-Intermediate or Intermediate level.

Students who achieve 75% in the PEAK end of term examination will be eligible to undertake mainstream courses

How to Enrol

Read the Prospectus carefully. If you have any questions, ask The Knox School or its local representative.

Complete as many details as possible on the “Overseas Student Application Form for Enrolment in a Course” and sign the Application Form where applicable.

Attach copies of your last two years school reports (where available) and any official examination certificates, such as HKCEE, SRP, SPM, SMU, Cu San (Year 9), Gao Er (Year 11), etc, and evidence of your English Language proficiency, such as IELTS, TOEFL, AEAS, Itsa Global Tests, etc. Students without English Language test certificates will be asked to sit for The Knox School Pre-Entry English Language test for our assessment.

Email and then mail the original Application Form and copies of your school reports, examination certificates, English Test reports to The Knox School for assessment or to the local representative in your country.

The Knox School will acknowledge your application promptly and will immediately issue a Letter of Offer if your application is accepted. The Knox School will assist you from that point onwards to complete all formalities required to obtain a student visa.

The first instalment of tuition fees, subject levies and the Overseas Students Health Charge (OSHC) are payable at the time an enrolment is accepted. The second and final installment of the tuition fee and subject levies will be payable in the last week of June.


Download an International Fee Schedule here

For more information please contact the International Program Administration Officer: Ms Michelle Lu
Phone +61 3 8805 3800
Fax +61 3 9800 3509
Email here

Academic Admission Requirements

CountryEntry to Years 5-9Entry to Year 10Entry to Year 11Entry to Year 12
HONG KONGSatisfactory school reportsForm 3* Form 4Form 4
Form 5 (HKCEE)
Form 5* (HKCEE)
MACAUSatisfactory school reportsForm 3Form 4Form 5
MALAYSIASatisfactory school reportsForm 3*Form 4*
Form 5
Form 5*
SINGAPORESatisfactory school reportsSecondary 2Secondary 3Secondary 4
VIETNAMSatisfactory school reportsYear 9**Year 10**Year 11**
KOREASatisfactory school reportsYear 9**Year 10**Year 11**
CHINAN/AYear 9 (Cu San) or
Year 10 (Gao Yi)
Year 10 (Gao Yi) or
Year 11 (Gao Er)

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