Victorian Young Leaders to China Program

Schools in Victoria are being challenged to put global thinking at the heart of their teaching to ensure students are well prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. A range of initiatives lead by the Department of Education and Training currently exist to support principals, teachers and students to think globally and help prepare students for living and working in a globalised world. The Victorian Young Leaders to China (VYLC) Program, a six-week language immersion program to China, is one such initiative. 

The VYLC Program gives students, teachers and school leaders the opportunity to be part of a life-changing international education experience and to develop their Asia-Readiness. The Program is designed to provide this opportunity to 1500 Victorian Year 9 students who will travel to China over a five year period from 2014.

The Victorian Young Leaders to China (VYLC) Program is about students developing capabilities for modern ways of living, thinking and working. The program supports students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of another culture and language. It is designed to increase the number of students in all Victorian schools who include a language in addition to English in their senior secondary studies. Students taking part in the program benefit from an immersion program, over six weeks, that will improve their Chinese language proficiency and develop leadership skills, global knowledge and intercultural understanding. These core skills will help students to live and work in a globalised world.

For further information about the VYLC program visit

This e-poster will focus on sharing program design elements for the effective delivery of student immersion programs such as the VYLC Program. This will include a discussion into how these elements contribute to achieving objectives of the program, drawing on information gained from the overall evaluation.

Mrs Concetta Andreana

Manager, Internationalising Education Unit

Victorian Government Department of Education and Training

Concetta Andreana (BA, DipEd, MEd) leads a unit within the International Education Division of the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Her unit supports schools to internationalise their curriculum through targeted programs such as the Victorian Young Leaders to China. This is a five-year program to provide 1500 Year 9 students with a study immersion experience in China. From 2008 to 2012 she was the Manager of the Languages other than English (LOTE) Unit and was responsible for system-wide support of languages other than English programs in government schools in Victoria. In her role as LOTE Manager, Concetta had responsibility for delivery of the Victorian National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools program. She has taught in Victoria, Hong Kong and Shanghai.