Summer School

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

This page is for general information about the program, or high school students interested in studying at VCESS. If you are a university student looking to volunteer with VCESS, you can find more information here, or contact us at

What is the VCE Summer School?

The 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. In January 2023, it will take place primarily in-person in Parkville, with options for online access. See below for details.

The program has a particular focus on creating a healthy study-life balance and providing tutoring on a wide 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. 

Download our VCESS 2023 student brochure (PDF) here.

How do I apply to enrol?

Applications to be a student for VCESS 2023 will open around October. More information about the application process will be provided then.  

In the meantime, you can submit an expression of interest to study at VCESS 2023 here, and you will be notified when applications open or if there are any major updates before then.

When, where and how will the program be delivered in 2023?

VCESS 2022 will take place January 9th – 20th, with classes and events on Monday to Friday each week. The program will primarily be in-person at the Parkville campus of the University of Melbourne and meeting relevant COVID-safe guidelines. Students unable to travel to campus each day are encouraged to apply for the online cohort or our Residential Program.

We aim to accommodate students who are comfortable and excited to return to in-person learning and activities, as well as students unable to do so by January next year. Students attending the program in-person will have access to all online components of the program.

You can read more about our in-person, online and residential program programs here.

How much does it cost to attend the program?

More information about the pricing will be provided closer to the opening of student applications. The cost for recent VCESS programs is included below, but please note that they vary significantly due to differences in the program format each year.

Program Type Day students Residential students
2020 (fully in-person) $219 $419


2021 (fully online)





2022 (planned hybrid)


$90 online

$190 mixed

$290 mixed

The VCE Summer School believes that a student’s financial situation should not preclude them from participation in the program. We have a number of full and partial bursaries available and at our 2022 program, more than half our students received a bursary.

You can learn about our scholarship and bursary program here.


VCE Summer School welcomes any questions or queries you might have. 

Email: You can reach the program directors at

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