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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
70 >AustrAliAn EducAtion 2012 sociAl ActivitiEs International students say they quickly make friends at English language colleges because of the great social activities. Colleges organise a variety of different events for their students. These might include: barbeques; visits to local cafes, parks and galleries; trips to the movies with other students; shopping; student parties; and karaoke nights. In addition, there may be regular sports or outdoor activities, such as soccer, cricket, swimming or surfing at the beach, depending on your location. Some colleges arrange cultural days and concerts where students perform music, dance or sing. To help you get to know Australia, colleges provide sightseeing excursions and short trips around your local area. If you’re in Sydney for example, an excursion may involve taking a ferry from near the Opera House across to Manly beach, bushwalking in the Blue Mountains or a weekend trip to skiing. It’s a wonderful chance for you to have some fun, see your local area and make friends from around the world. ‘To help you get to know Australia, colleges provide sightseeing excursions and short trips around your local area.’ Top: You will experience Australia through the activities organised by your college. visAs for english lAnguAge courses 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. 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 is 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 a week. 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. Australia has working holiday agreements with the following countries: 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. sociAl And culturAl support English language colleges provide cultural and social support to their students. They can assist with accommodation and homestay arrangements. Some colleges have their own accommodation on campus. On arrival, you will receive an orientation to help you adjust to your time studying in Australia. Students gain so much more than improved language skills through their college. They make friends from Australia and around the world and enjoy sightseeing excursions and social activities organised by their colleges. These may include anything from barbeques and movie nights to scuba diving and skiing to Australian cultural events. ●
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