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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
>AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 119 ACROSS AUSTRALIA >AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY ‘Canberra’s restaurants are multicultural so international students are never far from home-style cuisine.’ Australian Capital Territory Canberra, the capital of Australia, offers the benefits of a major city in a relaxed country setting. It is a unique city with its outdoor lifestyle and bushy parks combined with national cultural establishments and a café culture. Choosing to study in Australia’s national capital city could be one of your best decisions. With a relatively small population of 358,000, Canberra offers the benefits of a major city in a relaxed country setting. Many international students have been charmed by Canberra, and its educational institutions cater for visitors from across the globe. An advantage of living in the capital of Australia is the many national cultural establishments. Students have access to Parliament House, the National Library of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, to name just a few. The capital’s calendar of cultural events is also impressive, covering everything from a science festival to a world-renowned flower festival to a car rally and the ever- popular Multicultural Festival. Canberra is one of Australia’s safest cities. It is home to around 11,000 international students from more than 140 countries. ACT UNIVERSITIES Canberra’s tertiary institutions attract the majority of the city’s international students. Canberra boasts four universities – the Australian National University, the University of Canberra, the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Australian Catholic University. The universities specialise in different disciplines. The research-focused universities work with national organisations in Canberra, such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), as well as with institutions from around the world. VOCATIONAL INSTITUTES Canberra is also home to a number of quality private and government vocational institutes that welcome international students. Some of the private institutes are dedicated to specific fields, such as hotel management, cooking or hairdressing. The Canberra Institute of Technology, with its five campuses across Canberra, is for students who wish to gain practical qualifications for on-the-job skills. Students can study hospitality, trades and other vocational skills, while taking advantage of a practical approach, training facilities and flexible class structures. ENGLISH LANGUAGE COLLEGES Canberra’s institutions are experienced in meeting the needs of students who arrive with limited English language skills. Most of the tertiary institutions offer English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) . The courses include General and Academic English classes, as well as specialised IELTS training. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS Canberra has a large number of schools – 93 government schools and 46 independent (private) schools. Each has its own particular advantages to offer international students. A FRIENDLY CITY Ismail Sulaiman from Indonesia studied a Master of Marketing Communication at the University of Canberra. ‘Before I came to Canberra, I did some research and found that the University of Canberra was the best choice for my studies. It had a good reputation for offering a course based in work-practice. I am very impressed with Canberra. It is a quiet and friendly city which is good as it allows me to study.’
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