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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2010
56 | australia the education destination Language division. It also has diploma to degree pathways, qualifying students for university entrance. It provides training to over 29,000 students every year. English language colleges English language courses are offered at a range of private colleges, the University of Tasmania and the Polytechnic. The University’s English Language Centre has an English language intensive program that also prepares students for tertiary study in the Australian context. Most English language colleges provide student support, social activities and sight-seeing trips. Primary and secondary schools School students can feel at home in the small Tasmanian cities and enjoy the friendliness and support of their school. The state has more than 200 government (public) schools, as well as some of the most prestigious independent (private) schools in Australia. Tasmania has the highest proportion of teachers with postgraduate qualifications in Australia and one of the highest in the world. 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. Three public senior secondary colleges have recently been merged into a new government institution called the Tasmanian Academy for Year 11 and 12 students. 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 is 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 $1,000 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. The university apartments are also popular. Another 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 cafés, 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. Tasmanian universities University of Tasmania – www.utas.edu.au Australian Maritime College – www.amc.edu.au Study in Tasmania – www.studyintasmania.tas.gov.au australian state profiles students can feel at home in the small tasmanian cities and enJoy the friendliness and support of their institution. northern territory tasmania Photos: courtesy of Tourism Tasmania.
The Education Destination
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