Nominations are now open for the Victorian Global Learners Awards (VLGA) for 2020.

The VLGA celebrate excellence in the internationalisation of Victorian schools and recognise the valuable contribution made by international students in internationalising our classrooms and in making Victoria the Education State.

The Awards are also a reflection of the terrific work of our schools and school communities in welcoming our international students into our lives and into our classrooms, and supporting them to achieve their potential.

The VLGA Student Awards will be presented to Year 11 and Year 12 international students in the following award categories:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Arts Achievement
    (Awards in both Performing and Visual Arts fields)
  • Community Engagement
  • Global Citizenship
  • Sports Achievement
  • Student Leadership.

Additionally, one Year 12 international student will be chosen from the above six categories to receive the prestigious International School Student of the Year – Ambassador Award.

Schools should note that, this year, in addition to Standard and Full-fee Dependant International Students, Study Abroad students are also eligible to nominate for all of the student awards.

Schools should also note that they are able to nominate more than one student for each individual award category.

Additional Awards include:

Homestay Family of the Year Award

Homestay Family of the Year Award recognises the crucial role that homestay host families play in supporting international students, not only in their adjustment to living and studying in Victoria, but throughout their student career.

Excellence in Global Learning Award

Excellence in Global Learning Award (Non-Government Schools) recognises that school which most effectively embeds internationalisation in its culture, not only through delivery of a robust International Student Program, but through programs such as sister school links, staff and student exchanges, cultural immersion programs and integration of internationalisation in the curriculum.

Please note that the Excellence in Global Learning Award (Government Schools) is now part of the Victorian Education Excellence Awards and is called the Dr Lawrie Shears Excellence in Global Teaching and Learning Award. Nominations for this award have closed for 2019.

Key Dates

  • Nominations Open

    18 October 2019

  • Nominations Close

    13 December 2019

  • Judging Commences

    December 2019

  • Notification of finalists

    February 2020

  • Presentation ceremony

    June 2020

Award Categories

There are nine award categories, six of these awards are open to international students in Years 11 and 12. There is one International Student of the Year – Ambassador Award which is open only to Year 12 international students. There is also one award for a school and one award for a homestay family. Criteria can be found here

The award is presented to a Year 12 international student who has achieved the highest ATAR score in VCE or IB equivalent, and to a Year 11 international student who has obtained the highest level of achievement in all subjects.

One international student from Year 11 and one from Year 12 will receive the Arts Achievement (Visual Arts) Award. In addition, one international student from Year 11 and one from Year 12 will receive the Arts Achievement (Performing Arts) Award. This could be evidenced by achievements such as exceptional contribution to and/or participation in the arts. This includes visual and performing arts work as defined in relevant VCE/IB subjects.

One international student from Year 11 and one from Year 12 will receive this award which recognises outstanding sporting achievement. This includes membership of state or national sporting teams, participation in competitions at state, national or international level, or breaking Victorian, Australian or world sporting records.

One international student from Year 11 and one from Year 12 will receive this award which recognises outstanding leadership. This could be evidenced by achievements such as Student Representative Council Presidency, membership of School Council or leadership of international student groups.

ne international student from Year 11 and one from Year 12 will receive this award which recognises outstanding commitment to fostering integration between local and international students, as well as a high level of intercultural competency and understanding of global issues.

One international student from Year 11 and one from Year 12 will receive this award which recognises participation in activities and groups which have a positive impact on the school and the wider community. This could be evidenced by active involvement in community groups, charities or similar organisations.

One international student from Year 11 and one from Year 12 will receive the Arts Achievement (Visual Arts) Award. In addition, one international student from Year 11 and one from Year 12 will receive the Arts Achievement (Performing Arts) Award. This could be evidenced by achievements such as exceptional contribution to and/or participation in the arts. This includes visual and performing arts work as defined in relevant VCE/IB subjects.

The Homestay Family of the Year Award recognises the crucial role that homestay host families play in supporting international students, not only in their adjustment to living and studying in Victoria, but throughout their student career.

The Excellence in Global Learning Award recognises non-government schools who effectively embed internationalisation through delivery of a robust International Student Program and/or global learning programs such as sister schools, overseas teacher and student learning experiences, cultural immersion programs and integration of internationalisation into the curriculum. The Excellence in Global Learning Award is a whole school award to enable recognition and promotion of global learning programs and excellence across Victoria.

Please note that the Excellence in Global Learning Award (Government Schools) is now part of the Victorian Education Excellence Awards and is called the Dr Lawrie Shears Excellence in Global Teaching and Learning Award.

No separate application is required for this award which is presented to a Year 12 international student, selected from the finalists for the other six awards. The award recipient will have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, the ability to represent Victorian schools, and leadership through engaging with both the school and wider community.

Awards ceremony and media requirements

All finalists will be invited to attend the 2020 Victorian Global Learning Awards Ceremony in June 2020.

The Victorian Government reserves the right to use all or part of any material generated (photographs, film footage, application submissions or any detail) for the purpose of the Awards or for publication online, in print or other broadcast media, for publicity, promotional materials or campaigns.

Finalists and winners of the Victorian Global Learning Awards may be required to participate in media interviews.

By applying, nominees and nominating Principals agree that their contact details may be provided for promotional purposes to agencies engaged on behalf of award organisers.