About EKC

Essendon Keilor College has a tradition of over 100 years of excellent education. The college is located in the prestigious, tree-lined suburb of Essendon with a safe, diverse and vibrant community. Each student is provided with a comprehensive, personalised education. The college has one year 10 - 12 campus and two year 7 - 9 campuses. The college offers a wide range of VCE subjects.

Why Choose EKC?

For over 25 years our international student program has been welcoming students from Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Students settle in very quickly and succeed because they feel safe, happy and well supported both at school and at home.

Our International Student Program is a valuable part of our school’s multicultural community. While the wellbeing of every student at Essendon Keilor College is our highest priority. It is an important outcome in its own right, but it is also a precondition for learning – making them inseparable.

Our International Student Program (ISP) wellbeing and support services include:

  • The ISP Team, headed by Ms Catherine Reid (International Student Leading Teacher) ensure that all students have access to a range of support services which includes a dedicated Homestay Coordinator and a full-time multilingual administrative assistant

  • an on-site English Language Centre (ELC)

  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Vietnamese first language classes

  • comprehensive orientation program

  • extra language support classes

  • integration into mainstream classes

  • Student Wellbeing Team and

  • Careers/course counselling

Easily accessible location

Essendon Keilor College is a multi-campus college located in the north-western metropolitan suburbs of Melbourne but close to the vibrant city centre.

Our campuses are served by excellent public transport services including tram, train and bus routes.

Our local community offers nearby major shopping centres as well as business and entertainment areas.

A variety of extra-curricular activities

All students are encouraged to develop their leadership potential and to demonstrate the growing self- awareness, confidence and skills required to serve others.

Opportunities to lead peers and participate in extra- curricular activities occur formally and informally in the classroom, as well as through our extra-curricular and service programs. These include:

  • student leadership
  • our instrumental music program
  • our performance and performing arts program
  • visual arts exhibitions
  • inter-school sporting teams
  • community service opportunities
  • camps and tours
  • clubs and activities.


  • Spacious Libraries

  • Senior Student Study-Centre

  • A recreation centre and gym on each campus

  • Sports/ Football Fields

  • Tennis courts

  • Indoor & Outdoor Basketball Courts

  • STEM Centres

  • Food Technology Kitchens

  • Art/Wood/Textiles Centres

  • Music rooms

  • Performing Arts Centre & Theatre

Homestay for international students

We have successfully hosted students through our homestay program for more than 25 years, ensuring the provision of secure, caring, comfortable and culturally enriching experiences.

We are ideally located in a safe, but exciting area between the Melbourne international airport and the Central Business District.

In Victoria, all government school homestay families provide:

  • a safe, secure, welcoming place to live

  • a household compliant with the Child Safe Standards

  • a separate single room for your personal use

  • three meals a day, seven days a week, including snacks

  • facilities – a bed, wardrobe, towels and linen

  • utilities – gas, electricity, heating and water costs, internet

  • cleaning services of common living areas

  • the use of living areas within the residence

  • study facilities – desk, study light, bookcase