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The Education Destination : The Education Destination
The University of Canberra has been recognised for the high percentage of students who achieve employment after graduation. It offers diverse qualifications from nursing to graphic design. During 2008, the majority of the ACT’s tertiary-level international students were enrolled in management and commerce. Society and culture was the next most popular fi eld, followed by science, information technology and engineering. Vocational institutes for practical training Canberra is also home to vocational institutes that welcome international students. These include the Canberra Institute of Technology, the Australian International Hotel School, the Australian Business Academy and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment. The Canberra Institute of Technology, with its five campuses across Canberra, is for students who wish to gain practical qualifi cations for on-the-job skills. Students can study hospitality, trades and other vocational skills, while taking advantage of a practical approach, training facilities and fl exible class structures. English language colleges Canberra’s universities Australian National University – www.anu.edu.au University of Canberra – www.canberra.edu.au Australian Catholic University – www.acu.edu.au Australian Defence Force Academy – www.adfa.edu.au ACT Department of Education – www.det.act.gov.au Canberra’s institutions are experienced in meeting the needs of students who arrive with limited English language skills. Nara, a 24-year-old student from Mongolia, has plenty of praise for the atmosphere and people at his university. ‘My teachers and the university staff are always kind, and happy to help me with anything,’ Nara says. Most of the tertiary institutions offer English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS). The courses include general and academic English classes, as well as specialised IELTS training. Primary and secondary schools For a small city, Canberra has a large number of schools – 93 government schools and 46 independent (private) schools. Each has its own particular advantages to offer international students. Above: Outside of class time, students can be found in the many cafes and restaurants. Top right: Canberra has a wide range of entertainment, cafes and clubs, restaurants, shopping centres and markets. Bottom right: Students in Canberra enjoy an outdoor lifestyle with activities around the lake and other facilities including the nearby national parks. All images courtesy of Canberra Tourism. Heather Paterson, manager of the International Education Unit at the ACT Department of Education and Training, explains that Canberra’s small size means that international school students are known as individuals and supported. ‘There are many layers of support here,’ Ms Paterson says. For example, students who need extra English language assistance before starting school can attend one of three Introductory English Centres. Within each school, international students receive regular English language lessons with a special English language teacher. The Department employs offi cers responsible for international students in each government school, and multilingual officers can be contacted by students and parents 24 hours a day. School students at government schools can live with a host family registered by the Department. Most independent schools have boarding houses for their students. Canberra has high quality secondary schools to educate students and prepare them for university entry. In the ACT secondary system, students attend high school from Year 7 64 AUSTRALIAN STATE PROFILES
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