Applications for the awards have now closed.

Many thanks to everyone who have applied for the Awards! Please keep checking our website or social media pages for updates.


The Victorian International Education Awards are an initiative of the Victorian Government to support the international education sector, and raise awareness of the sector’s benefits to the broader community.

What you stand to win

Award winners, with the exception of the International Alumnus of the Year, are awarded up to $10,000 to contribute to their studies at an educational institution in Victoria.

The International Alumnus of the Year will receive a certificate of recognition.

The recipient of the ‘Premier’s Award – International Student of the Year’ will receive an additional $10,000 to be used for their studies.

Award categories and assessment criteria

The 2019 VIEA will feature Student Awards and a Premier’s Award.

Provider Awards are held every two years and will return in 2020.

There are seven Student Awards that you can apply for. Expand each section for the category details, such as assessment criteria.

International Student of the Year – English Language Training

This Award will be presented to an international student who is studying an English Language course that runs for a minimum of 20 weeks.

Applicants must have demonstrated outstanding improvement and contributed to the internationalisation of their institution.

Assessment criteria

These are the criteria and what you need to show to meet them.

Criterion 1: Community involvement (70%)

  • Demonstrate contribution and connection to the Victorian and global communities.
  • Provide examples of activities or actions where you believe you have added value to Victorian community, global community and international student experiences.

Criterion 2: Academic achievements (30%)

  • Describe your studies and academic achievements to date.
  • Provide a description of how your studies will assist you in achieving your career goals.
  • Include messages that could encourage others who are interested in studying in Victoria.

International Student of the Year – Higher Education

This Award will be presented to an international student who is studying an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework-based program at a Victorian education provider.

Applicants must demonstrate how they have contributed to the internationalisation of their institution, the broader Victorian community and academic achievements.

Assessment criteria

These are the criteria and what you need to show to meet them.

Criterion 1: Community involvement (60%)

  • Demonstrate contribution and connection to the Victorian and global communities.
  • Provide examples of activities or actions where you believe you have added value to Victorian community, global community and international student experiences.

Criterion 2: Leadership skills (30%)

  • Outline your leadership abilities and describe how they have developed through your studies or extra-curricular activities.
  • Provide an example of your leadership skills.

Criterion 3: Academic achievements (10%)

  • Describe your studies and academic achievements to date.
  • Provide a description of how your studies will assist you in achieving your career goals.
  • Include messages that could encourage others who are interested in studying in Victoria.

International Student of the Year – Research

This Award will be presented to an international student who has been pursuing a postgraduate research program either at Masters (by Research) or Doctoral level.  

Applicants must demonstrate how they have contributed to the internationalisation of their institution, the broader Victorian community and academic achievements.

Assessment criteria

These are the criteria and what you need to show to meet them.

Criterion 1: Community involvement (60%)

  • Demonstrate contribution and connection to the Victorian and global communities.
  • Provide examples of activities or actions where you believe you have added value to Victorian community, global community and international student experiences.

Criterion 2: Leadership skills (30%)

  • Outline your leadership abilities and describe how they have developed through your studies or extra-curricular activities.
  • Provide an example of your leadership skills.

Criterion 3: Academic achievements (10%)

  • Describe your studies and academic achievements to date.
  • Provide a description of how your studies will assist you in achieving your career goals.
  • Include messages that could encourage others who are interested in studying in Victoria.

International Student of the Year – Regional

This Award will be presented to an international student who is studying at a Victorian education provider outside the Melbourne metropolitan area.  

Applicants must demonstrate how they have contributed to the internationalisation of their institution, the broader Victorian community and academic achievements.

Assessment criteria

These are the criteria and what you need to show to meet them.

Criterion 1: Community involvement (60%)

  • Demonstrate your contribution and connection to the Victorian and global communities.
  • Provide examples of activities or actions where you believe you have added value to Victorian community, global community and international student experiences.

Criterion 2: Leadership skills (30%)

  • Outline your leadership abilities and describe how they have developed through your studies or extra-curricular activities.
  • Provide an example of your leadership skills.

Criterion 3: Academic achievements (10%)

  • Describe your studies and academic achievements to date.
  • Provide a description of how your studies will assist you in achieving your career goals.
  • Include messages that could encourage others who are interested in studying in Victoria.

International Student of the Year – Vocational Education and Training (VET)

This Award will be presented to an international student who is undertaking a VET course.

Applicants must demonstrate how they have contributed to the internationalisation of their institution, the broader Victorian community and academic achievements.

Assessment criteria

These are the criteria and what you need to show to meet them.

Criterion 1: Community involvement (60%)

  • Demonstrate contribution and connection to the Victorian and global communities.
  • Provide examples of activities or actions where you believe you have added value to Victorian community, global community and international student experiences.

Criterion 2: Leadership skills (30%)

  • Outline your leadership abilities and describe how they have developed through your studies or extra-curricular activities.
  • Provide an example of your leadership skills.

Criterion 3: Academic achievements (10%)

  • Describe your studies and academic achievements to date.
  • Provide a description of how your studies will assist you in achieving your career goals.
  • Include messages that could encourage others who are interested in studying in Victoria.

Victorian Student of the Year – Internationalisation

This Award will be presented to a domestic student studying an accredited course at a Victorian education provider.

Applicants must have actively and effectively supported the engagement of international students with the broader Victorian community

Assessment criteria

These are the criteria and what you need to show to meet them.

Criterion 1: Community involvement (60%)

  • Demonstrate your contribution and connection to the Victorian and/or global community.
  • Provide examples of activities or actions where you believe you have added value to Victorian community, global community and international student experience.

Criterion 2: Leadership skills (30%)

  • Outline your leadership abilities and describe how they have developed through your studies or extra-curricular activities.
  • Explain why you should be considered for the Victorian Student of the Year – Internationalisation award. Consider your personal and community achievements as a global citizen.

Criterion 3: Academic achievements (10%)

  • Describe your studies and academic achievements to date.
  • Provide a description of how your studies will assist you in achieving your career goals.
  • Include messages that could encourage others who are interested in studying in Victoria

International Alumnus of the Year

This Award will be presented to an alumnus of a Victorian educational institution who studied as an international student.

Applicants must have used their student experience and education to maintain links and create benefits to Victoria through business, volunteering or community networks.

Assessment criteria

These are the criteria and what you need to show to meet them.

Criterion 1: Entrepreneurial achievements (60%)

  • Describe your achievements and include recognition of entrepreneurial or innovative activity.
  • Describe your involvement and contribution to promote Victoria and your institution.

Criterion 2: Leadership skills (30%)

  • Outline your leadership abilities and describe how they have developed through your studies or extra-curricular activities.
  • Provide an example of your leadership skills.

Criterion 3: Academic achievements (10%)

  • Describe your studies and academic achievements to date.
  • Provide a description of how your studies have assisted you in achieving your career goals.
  • Include messages that could encourage others who are interested in studying in Victoria.

Premier's Award

The Premier’s Award - International Student of the Year will recognise the most outstanding candidate for this year.

Nominees for other awards will automatically be considered as candidates, so this award does not require an application.

Recipients of the Premier’s Award will help promote the State as a leading international student destination.

How to apply

Eligibility criteria for all awards

To apply for any award, you will need to meet these criteria.

  • If you’re applying for the English Language Training, Vocational Education and Training, Higher Education, Research or Regional category, you must be currently enrolled as an international student in a course at a Victorian education provider.
  • If you’re applying for the Alumnus category, you must have graduated from an accredited Victorian education provider.
  • If you’re applying for the Internationalisation category, you must be currently enrolled in an accredited course as a domestic student at a Victorian education provider.
  • You agree to act as an advocate for the awards, Study Melbourne and Victorian International Education, and support Study Melbourne marketing activities as required.
  • You agree to the full terms and conditions.

Preparing to apply

To apply, you will need to register online and submit your application and supporting materials. You can submit one entry per category.

Documents needed

  • a written submission of how you meet the assessment criteria for the category you are applying for. You can write about 800-1,200 words per criterion. Each point per criterion allows a maximum of 400 words.
  • two referees who agree to be contacted for further information if needed—we will need their names and contact details
  • a headshot photograph to use for Study Melbourne’s marketing purposes.

Supporting materials 

You are encouraged to submit any relevant documents that demonstrate how you meet the assessment criteria.

Documents

  • These can include: Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume; academic transcripts; certificates.
  • They should be from the last five years.
  • You can submit up to five documents.
  • The maximum size allowed for each document is 5MB.
  • You can combine supporting material to create one document—for instance, compile multiple images into one PDF file.

Web links

  • These should link directly to the material you want to submit, such as: your portfolio; videos.
  • You can submit up to five web links.
  • The links must be publicly available.

Do not submit these documents

If you are an international student, please note that you do not need to provide these documents at this stage.

  • Do not submit your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
  • Do not submit a copy of your student visa—If you are shortlisted, we will contact you for it.

Apply now! 

Applications for the awards have now closed.

The closing date for applying was 9 August 2019.

Many thanks to everyone who have applied for the Awards! Please keep checking our website or social media pages for updates.

Terms and conditions

You will need to agree to the full terms and conditions to apply.

2018 VIEA Premier's Award winner

Ka Ho (Dereck Lee), Winner of the categories: International Student of the Year 2018 – Premier's Award and International Student of the Year 2018 – Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Video transcript: Ka Ho (Dereck) Lee - Winner of 2018 Premier Award

Title: Ka Ho (Dereck) Lee - Winner of 2018 Premier Award

Ka Ho (Dereck) Lee:  I chose to come to study in Melbourne because I found that people in Melbourne are really nice and the educational system is fairly supportive. I was very surprised to receive this award and I really want to share this joyful moments to other international students. I would advise people who are interested to study in Australia or in Melbourne, do—if you have opportunity—please take this opportunity.