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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
>AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 117 COURSES AND DISCIPLINES >ENGINEERING AND IT Above: Sydney is an exciting city, offering a wide range of experiences. Photographer: Robert Wallace. Tourism NSW. AROUND THE STATE NSW is a large State with a lifestyle and environment to suit everyone. Down south, you can enjoy the colder climate of the Snowy Mountains with skiing in winter and bushwalking in summer. Just north of Sydney is the Hunter Valley, a renowned wine-growing region which exports to the world. On the north coast of NSW, you’ll find lush hills, white beaches and hotter weather. International students can be found studying across NSW in cities, coastal areas and regional towns in the countryside. Universities and their campuses are located in the cities of Newcastle, Wollongong, Armidale, Bathurst, Orange, Wagga Wagga and Lismore. Many cities and towns provide quality education at a range of levels with vocational institutes, English language colleges and schools. When you study in a regional city or town, you become part of the community and it’s easy to make friends with students and locals. Many international students enjoy the slower pace of life in a regional area, and they can balance their study with relaxing in a natural environment. NSW universities have a strong multicultural mix with students from many diverse backgrounds. Around 84,000 international students are enrolled in NSW universities. Students come from over 160 countries, including China, India, The Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Nepal, Indonesia and Vietnam. NSW universities have strong support facilities for international students. VOCATIONAL INSTITUTES NSW has a range of government and private vocational institutes offering courses that give you practical skills for the global workplace. The government TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institutes have 130 campuses across the State and there are more than 130 private vocational institutes. There are 10 TAFE institutes throughout NSW with 32 metropolitan campuses and 100 regional campuses. At both TAFE and private vocational colleges, you can study for a certificate, diploma or advanced diploma. More than 82,000 international students are enrolled in the vocational sector across NSW, with the highest number of enrolments from India, China, Nepal, Thailand and South Korea. Some vocational institutes also have agreements with universities so you can link your advanced diploma into credits for a bachelor degree. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS Around 7000 international school students are enrolled in schools in NSW. The State has an excellent system of government (public) and independent (private) schools from Kindergarten to Year 12. Schools are generally divided into primary school (Kindergarten to Year 6) and secondary school (Year 7 to Year 12). Students sit a matriculation exam in Year 12 for entry to tertiary education. NSW has more than 3000 primary and secondary schools; of these around 2100 are government-funded and 900 are independently managed. There are many schooling options including single sex, co-education, religious, secular and boarding schools, as well as schools specialising in particular fields such as science or sporting excellence, languages or performance arts.
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