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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
144 Australia – The Education Destination couRSeS foR caReeRS Whether you want to improve your English skills for education, work, travel or fun, Australia has a wide range of courses to match your needs. These are called English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS). Courses are often practical with innovative teaching methods so you may study English in real-life situations through activities and excursions. Some courses also include work placements. English is the national language of Australia and you learn from friendly native speakers. Australia is a multicultural society with a history of welcoming international students. You will meet local Australians, as well as classmates from countries across the globe. Many students combine travel with their study, discovering the beautiful landscapes and attractions that make Australia unique. To further improve your English and learn about the Australian culture, you can live with an Australian family in a homestay arrangement. courses at all levels Australia has hundreds of English language colleges in many different locales – city campuses, colleges by the beach or in the countryside. They offer a wide range of courses from beginner to advanced levels. Each course has a specific aim – whether it’s for education, travel or work purposes. Some examples of courses include: • General English – develops communication skills in a range of formal and informal situations; improves practical English skills for work or travel • English for Academic Purposes (university or vocational study) – prepares you for tertiary studies including reading and writing skills for academic purposes, presentation skills and an introduction to research skills • English for High School Preparation – prepares students to enter an Australian secondary school • Exam Preparation Courses – help you prepare to sit specific English language exams such as IELTS, Cambridge or TOEFL • English for special purposes – improves your English language skills for specific careers or industries such as English for business, hospitality and tourism, health professionals, and computing and information technology • Study tours – provide the opportunity to undertake General English combined with sporting, tourist or cultural activities. choice of colleges Australia has a diverse number of English language colleges – large and small, private and publicly funded, some are part of a university or TAFE institute, others are independent but linked to educational institutions. viSaS To SuiT youR PuRPoSeS visitor visa If you are travelling in Australia and want to do a short English language course, then you may do so on a visitor visa. You can study for up to 12 weeks on a visitor visa. working holiday visa Working holiday visas are for people between 18 and 30 years old to study, work and travel in Australia for up to 12 months. The following countries have working holiday agreements with Australia: Belgium, Canada, Chile, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and the USA. Student visas If you are studying for more than 12 weeks and you do not fit into the working holiday category, then you must apply for a student visa. There are a range of student visas dependent on the type of course you are studying. You can apply for an ELICOS visa if you are only studying an English language course. If you are studying at a secondary school, vocational institute or university, then you should apply for the appropriate visa, which will include an ELICOS component. On a student visa, you must study a full-time course of at least 20 hours a week. You can also work up to 20 hours per week. ‘English language colleges provide cultural and social support to their students.’ english courses for all purposes australia has an international reputation for its english language training system. Travellers, business people and students from around the world enjoy immersing themselves in the english language environment in australia.
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