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international program - General Information

We welcome international students from all over the world to our School.

Our students come from as far afield as China, Japan, South East Asia, Germany, France and other parts of Europe, the US and South America. Most International students are accommodated in our Boarding Houses. We cater for 50 boys in Jaffray House and 22 girls in Heather Reilly House. Some students are permitted to move to Homestay, which is provided through a company operated by Monash University.

In addition to our boarders, we host regular cultural student exchange tours for two-four week visits. Our students also have the opportunity to travel on tours and exchanges to other parts of the world, most notably to the Notre Dame School on the outskirts of Paris.

Our international students become part of a vibrant and caring school community in which a broad range of interests are carefully catered for. We seek to develop young men and women who achieve the best possible academic outcome while also being prepared for adult life in a broader sense.

Peninsula Grammar will only accept international students who have completed at minimum Year 9 or its equivalent in their home country. Upon entry students must be a minimum of 14 years of age by 30 March of the academic year.


Life in Jaffray House

Past student, Chris Zhou, created a great short video showing a snapshot of life in Jaffray House. Click to see Chris’ upbeat look at how our boarders spend their time.


Peninsula Grammar boasts its own English Language Centre where staff assist new international students to come to grips with the English language and the Australian way of life and in general to be well prepared for their future study of the VCE and beyond.

We take pride in carefully supervising an entire process for international students with plans for long-term study in Australia. This begins when we meet families in their own country or delegate our authorised agents to act on our behalf. Later we greet and transport new students when they first arrive at Melbourne Airport.

Students are accommodated in our Boarding Houses where all their personal needs are attended to by our staff. If they need intensive English that is provided in our English Language Centre. Formal studies begin and we provide written reports to parents four times per year, with translation and interpretation services in key languages if required. Our VCE students receive intensive career guidance, so that when it comes time to begin tertiary studies they are well prepared and informed.

We supervise the university entrance procedure and provide students with all of the materials to ensure that they receive the appropriate visa, in a timely fashion, for further study.

Behind this service stands a dedicated and competent team of teachers, administrators, health and accommodation experts and counsellors.   

Having developed the expertise detailed above, Peninsula runs VCE programs in three cities in China and is one of the most respected and long standing providers of the VCE in that country.

We also support a newly developed school in Vikasnagar, near Dehradun in India. Known as The Peninsula School, India, it is growing at a steady pace. Although it currently offers Indian curriculum we aspire to offer some Australian curriculum in the future. The school comes under the direct supervision of the Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of India.  

International students of the highest academic calibre and with outstanding English language skills can apply for our international scholarships, which are offered to a maximum of five students per year with 100% tuition fee remission for Years 11 and 12.

All this considerable activity, both in Australia and overseas, is managed by our International Department, situated at the Mt Eliza campus.

Peninsula Grammar’s International Director, Mr Gary van den Elsen, visits a number of countries in a regular pattern each year. Appointments should be made well in advance and in accordance with his travel plan, a guide to which is below:

February   China     India 
April    China     Hong Kong
June  China     Malaysia
August  China     Vietnam    Thailand
October  China     Europe
December  China     Japan         Korea

If you would like to meet Mr van den Elsen during one of these trips or if you would like further information about Peninsula Grammar’s International Program, please contact our International Office on +61 3 9788 7819.

If you would like your child to attend our award-winning school contact Wenna Foster on +613 9788 7819 or via email at

Application forms and further information

Boys' Boarding - Jaffray House Handbook 2018 (PDF, 3Mb)

Girls' Boarding - Heather Reilly House Handbook 2018 (PDF, 4Mb)

International Enrolment Process & Application Form 2018

International Student Enrolment Medical Form

International Student Transfers Policy 2018

CRICOS Provider Code: 00333A

Approved Agents

Download a comprehensive list of our approved agents here.

Boarding House closure during school holidays

During school holiday periods the boarding house is closed. Homestay placement is available during these times and will be arranged by Monash College Pty Ltd, CRICOS Provider code: Monash College Pty Ltd 01857J. Peninsula Grammar will assist students with the homestay online application process. Homestay fees are independently charged by Monash College Pty Ltd. For information relating to homestay regulations, fees and charges please visit


Parents wishing to view the School are invited to contact our Admissions Office, who welcome enquiries at any time and will be happy to arrange personal tours for families. Telephone (03) 9788 7753 or email

our golden jubilee celebrations

All members of our community - past, present and future - were invited to join us as we celebrated fifty years of outstanding education on the Mornington Peninsula. We had a host of celebratory Golden Jubilee events in 2011. 



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