Residential Rural and Regional Program

*Please note that the Residential Program has been CANCELLED in 2022. You can read more about this decision below.

We offer a residential program to support students from rural and regional backgrounds (where COVID-safe guidelines allow). The program provides additional activities and workshops, as well as accommodation and food for the two weeks of Summer School. 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 who 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. You will also have the opportunity to meet and form friendships with other VCE students from all across Victoria. Places on the Rural and Regional Program are limited and as such preference is given to students based on need.

Residential Program CANCELLED in 2022

Unfortunately the Directors have come to the decision to cancel the 2022 Residential Program. With COVID cases rising and the difficulties involved in keeping students COVID-safe while cohabitating, we can no longer provide students with an enjoyable residential experience while also keeping them safe. As such, we have decided to cancel this event now in order to give students and guardians time to adjust their plans.

All students who have signed up for the Residential Program are entitled to a full refund. However if you still wish to continue with VCESS in another format, you can switch to either the Online or In-person (Mixed Delivery) Cohort, and be refunded the difference in cost. We are currently having discussions with our residential team about planning some online events for rural and regional students in these cohorts. We will update this page once these events have been confirmed.

We apologise deeply that the Residential Program was not able to go ahead. We understand and share in VCESS students’ excitement for this program, and are incredibly sad to be making this decision. However, we must prioritise the health and safety of our students, tutors and their families and communities.