The 2023 VCE Summer School and Residential programs are anticipated to run primarily in-person with options for online access from 9-20 January 2023. Formal enrolments for the 2023 VCESS program are will open in late 2022. Until then, you can submit an expression of interest to study at VCESS 2023 here

You are welcome to contact the program Directors at summerschool@union.unimelb.edu.au with any additional questions.

Check back on this page later in the year — more information will be released soon!


The costs for delivering the program have been affected by recent events since 2020. For additional context, the previous pricing for the 2020-2022 programs is included below.

  • 2022: The program was ultimately delivered online, costing $90 for two weeks of classes, focus tutoring, activities, and tertiary events. Initial plans for a mixed-delivery program had in-person costs at $190, and one-week residential costs at $290.
  • 2021: The VCESS program ran online, with fees set at $50. This enrolment fee covered all classes, subject booklets, participation in the academic and activities program and any focused tutoring students required.
  • 2020: The price for the in-person program was $219 for the academic and activities program, and $419 for the residential program for rural and regional students. 

The VCE Summer School is passionate about making our program accessible to students facing financial disadvantages. If you are experiencing financial hardship, we’re here to help. Please explore our Scholarships and Bursary program and get in touch to discuss how we can help you get involved!

Vaccination Requirements

You can read more about the University of Melbourne vaccination requirement here. You can find more information on the COVID-19 vaccines at the VaxFACTS website.


In previous years, a complete refund was available a month before the program, a partial refund until the start of the program, and no refund for withdrawals during the program, except for at the Program Directors’ discretion in exceptional circumstances.

All participants at the 2022 program were refunded for online elements that they were not able to complete, including cancelled in-person activities and the residential program. There were no additional costs for activities that were added to the online program, such as the tertiary expo.