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The Education Destination : The Education Destination
to Year 10 and then move on to a different college for Year 11 and Year 12 (matriculation exams). Some independent schools provide classes from Year 7 to Year 12. A number of schools offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum. A home away from home Students in Canberra can choose from a range of accommodation options. School students may live in a homestay or in a school boarding house. Homestay is available for other students as well. It provides the security of living with a family and also helps you practise your English. For tertiary students, on-campus accommodation is available at most of the universities and at the Canberra Institute of Technology. If student dormitory life doesn’t suit, another option is to rent a share-house with a group of friends or classmates. Each tertiary institution provides accommodation services to help students fi nd a suitable place to live. Getting around Canberra Canberra has a good bus network all over the city and great cycle paths. Travel to and from campus is easy with buses servicing all tertiary institutions and schools. While understanding the layout of a new city can be challenging, Canberrans are only too happy to help. Dao, a 33-year-old student from Vietnam, says: ‘People are very kind and polite – they always give me directions and help me get to where I’m going’. On-campus safety is also taken care of, with after-hours shuttle buses and security staff. Living and working in Canberra International student life isn’t all about studying – outside of class, you can enjoy Canberra’s many cafes and restaurants, boutique shops, markets, cinemas, museums and art galleries. Canberra’s restaurants are multicultural so international students are never far from home-style cuisine. To fund all these activities, you can fi nd part-time work. Hospitality and retail (shop) are always popular choices for fi tting around class schedules but these are not the only options. Some international students get jobs as language tutors for local students. Canberrans enjoy the outdoor leisure activities available in their city. There are lots of sporting facilities (eg tennis, golf, cricket, netball, hockey, gyms and swimming pools) as well as national parks and outdoor areas for activities such as bushwalking, bike-riding and rock climbing. You can also sail, row or wind-surf on Canberra’s lake. Relaxed lifestyle in the bush capital Canberra is known as the bush capital due to its tranquil, leafy setting. Visitors are often surprised at the number of native birds and animals in the ACT. Japanese exchange student, Moe, says the relaxed atmosphere of Canberra makes her feel at home. ‘Canberra is so green and has such clean, fresh air,’ she says. ‘My friends and I often have barbeques by the lake on the weekend.’ Whatever brings you to Canberra, there’s a good chance you will fi nd a lot more to enjoy than you first expected. This clean, relaxed and friendly city isn’t just a great place to study – it might even begin to feel like your second home. ¦ Australia: The Education Destination 65 Canberra is known as the bush capital due to its tranquil, leafy setting. AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
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