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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2010
australia the education destination | 9 school with the foundation skills, values, knowledge and understanding necessary for lifelong learning, employment and full participation in society. Quality in Australian schools is regulated by state and territory governments and through benchmarks agreed to by all levels of Australian government. State and territory education authorities set quality standards by determining curricula, student assessment and certification, resource allocation, and teacher-employment requirements and professional learning. School students are well prepared for further study or entry into the workforce. Students benefit from a focus on academic achievement, as well as career education and transition-to-work programs. Children in Australia start school at around five years of age and finish when they are about 18 years old. Australia has a system of primary schools (Kindergarten to Year 6) and secondary schools (Year 7 to Year 12). Students undergo assessments and exams in Years 11 and 12 to receive a senior secondary certificate of education for entry into tertiary study. Some schools also offer the International Baccalaureate. The school system includes both public (government-run) and private (independent or non-government) schools. Private schools may have a religious affiliation. Some schools are co-educational while others may be boys-only or girls- only. Many private schools have boarding houses for their students to live on campus. In addition to their academic teaching, schools provide a range of co-curricular and social activities to create well- rounded students. Some schools specialise in particular fields such as science and technology, gifted and talented, sports, drama, art, languages or music. Schools have dedicated support staff to help their international students adjust to life in Australia. More than 27,000 international students were enrolled in Australian schools in 2009. English language courses (ELICOS) Australia is a great place to improve your English language skills. It offers specific English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS). Australia has hundreds of colleges across the country providing a wide range of courses for beginners to advanced speakers. Many universities and vocational institutes also have ELICOS centres. You can take a course to suit your study or work needs including General English, English for Academic Purposes, English for Business and IELTS preparation. The English language training sector is closely regulated and monitored through government regulation and industry self-regulation. English language colleges must be registered on CRICOS. English language colleges provide support for their students in settling into Australia, as well as social events and sight- seeing trips. In 2009, more than 130,000 students were enrolled in ELICOS courses. Many students complete an ELICOS course in readiness for university or other study. about australian education The Australian academic year The academic year runs from February to December with a long summer holiday break over December and January. Universities and vocational institutes tend to have two semesters with exams at the end of each semester and a holiday break between semesters. Schools tend to have four semesters with two to three week holiday breaks. Some courses have mid-year intakes around July. English language courses run throughout the year with flexible starting dates. A welcoming environment Australia has been welcoming international students for decades. It has a history of international education which continues today with its multicultural campuses, international teaching staff and global outlook. You will create links and friendships with Australians and other students from around the world. As a society, Australia is highly multicultural with migrants and visitors from all parts of the globe living together harmoniously. You can practise your own religion, enjoy eating your national cuisine and speak your own language with others of the same background. Australia is a safe, friendly country with a democratic government. With its excellent education system, great lifestyle, welcoming society and beautiful natural environment, it is a perfect study destination. Photo credits L to R: Main pic: Big Stock Photo, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, JP International College, Kinross Wolaroi School, Tourism Victoria.
The Education Destination
Australia The Education Destination 2011