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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
>AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 11 ‘Australia has a history of international education which continues today with its multicultural campuses, international teaching staff and global outlook.’ A HARMONIOUS, MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY 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. Australia has a national curriculum framework to ensure high academic standards across the country. All schools provide subjects in the eight key learning areas, as well as additional subjects as electives for secondary students. 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. The school system includes both public (government-run) and independent (non-government) schools. Independent schools may have a religious affiliation. Some schools are co-educational while others may be boys-only or girls-only. Many independent schools have boarding houses for their students to live on campus. 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. There are five main types of English language courses taught in Australia: • General English – to develop overall speaking and listening skills • English for Academic Purposes – for study at a university or vocational institute • English for specific purposes – for use in specific industries, such as business or tourism • English for High School Preparation – for study at secondary school • Examination Preparation – to prepare for an exam such as IELTS or TOEFL. 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. You can enrol in English language courses at any time of the year. Full-time courses range from four weeks to 48 weeks. English language colleges provide support for their students in settling into Australia, as well as social events and sight-seeing trips. Many students complete an ELICOS course in readiness for university or other study. Australia welcomes students from around the world to learn through its high quality, innovative education system and graduate with the skills for today’s world. ● > FIND OUT MORE Information about studying in Australia: www.studyinaustralia.gov.au Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au
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