A not-for-profit head start program for VCE students, held each year at the University of Melbourne since 1971.


What is the VCE Summer School?

VCE Summer School (VCESS) is a two-week tutoring program that takes place in January and aims to help VCE students from a range of backgrounds gain a head start on their final years of secondary education. The program has a particular focus on creating a healthy study-life balance, and providing tutoring on the widest range of subjects. In fact, in previous years we have had tutors for each and every VCE subject students have taken, no matter how small the subject may be.

How can I stay updated on when applications are opening?

If you are a high school student wanting information on applying for the 2022 program when it becomes available, please join our student expression of interest list here.

When and where will the 2022 Program take place?

VCESS 2021 is currently planned to take place from January 10th – 21st. It is anticipated (but not guaranteed) that the program will run on the University of Melbourne campus, within Covid-safe guidelines. The program runs Monday to Friday in each week. You can view the (online) 2021 timetable here. 

How much does it cost to attend the program?

In 2021, the entire two-week program costs $50, which includes all VCE classes, subject materials, activities, workshops and focus tutoring. The 2020 in-person program cost $219 for non-residential students, and $419 for residential students, with the residential program including food and accommodation for the two weeks.

What if I’m a rural or regional-based student?

For students who don’t live in Melbourne, we offer our residential program (where Covid-safe guidelines allow), which provides additional activities, workshops and supports for students from rural and regional backgrounds, as well as accommodation and food for the two weeks.

The program runs alongside the VCE Summer School, meaning you will be attending classes and workshops run by the VCE Summer School, as well as meeting and being a part of a group of students participate in additional activities specifically designed to meet the needs of students from rural and regional backgrounds.

The program is led by university students many of whom come from rural and regional areas, who will share their experience and insights into VCE and coming to University.

How do I apply to enrol?

More information about enrolments for 2022 will be available later in the year. If you would like to be the first to find out more information as it becomes available, please join our student expression of interest list here!

Where can I get more information?

If you’re a student interested in applying to the VCE Summer School you’ll be able to find all the info you need via the links below!

You can also contact our office via email at If you would like to chat to us over the phone, send us an email with your contact details and we will call you back at a convenient time. Please note that our phone line is usually unattended due to University of Melbourne Covid-safe restrictions.

Click here for information about applying!

Click here for info about the academic side of our program!

Click here for information on why VCESS is more than just study!

Click here for information for education professionals!

Click here for other ways of getting touch with us!

Click here if you are a rural or regional student!

Click here if you are interested in becoming a VCESS tutor

Click here for answers to some of our frequently asked questions!

Click here for information about bursaries and scholarships!