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The Education Destination : The Education Destination
All schools offer the state matriculation curriculum and two also offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Students attend senior secondary colleges for Years 11 and 12, where they can choose from over 100 subjects and use the technology centres, learning resource centres and sports development centres. Most of the independent schools have boarding facilities. Some schools are co-educational while others are boys-only or girls-only. Schools have excellent facilities, co-curricular activities and pastoral care to support international students. Living and working in Tasmania Tasmania is a safe and welcoming place to live. One of the reasons it’s so safe is the small population – half a million across the whole state. International students say they find it easy to make friends. Tasmania’s cost of living is lower than the mainland cities. But Hobart and Launceston are as up-to-date and wired-in as any other city in Australia. This means international students can enjoy a high standard of living in a sophisticated urban place for as little as $11,000 per year – perhaps as much as $1000 per year less than it would cost in a comparable mainland city. There are plenty of housing options either on campus or close by. At the university campuses in Hobart and Launceston, suitable accommodation is easy to find, either run by the university or privately owned. Per week, costs are around $120 (without meals) or $280 (with meals). The university apartments are popular. The other option is to rent a share house. In Tasmania, private housing can cost as little as $80 per week for a room. Homestay and boarding school accommodation are also available for younger students or those wanting to live with a local family. Students often work part-time at restaurants and cafes, in retail or driving a taxi. Not only does this work provide extra spending money, it’s also a good way to get to know locals and improve your English. Enjoy outdoor sports or cultural activities Temperatures are cooler than elsewhere in Australia because of the southern location. The weather is mild and you can enjoy four seasons throughout the year. Day-time temperatures in Hobart and Launceston range from around 24°C in summer to 12°C in winter. This weather is perfect for outdoor sports such as whitewater rafting and bushwalking. You can also enjoy relaxing walks along the beach. More cultural pursuits include sightseeing Hobart’s historical buildings or browsing through the arts and crafts market at lively Salamanca Place. There are many cafes, restaurants and shops in Hobart and Launceston. Friendly, relaxed, high quality: if good things come in small packages, then for international students, Tasmania is a very good thing indeed. ¦ Tasmania universities University of Tasmania – www.utas.edu.au Australian Maritime College – www.amc.edu.au Study in Tasmania – www.studyintasmania.tas.gov.au Above: Enjoy the outdoor cafe culture in Hobart and Launceston. Images courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. Australia: The Education Destination 79 TASMANIA
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