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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
>AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 125 Top left: The tropical climate encourages a healthy outdoor lifestyle. Images: Tourism Queensland ACROSS AUSTRALIA >QUEENSLAND A FANTASTIC LIFESTYLE Brisbane and the Gold Coast have many popular nightspots, and students can take advantage of the cafés, restaurants and bars. Public transport is widely available with services including bus, train, ferry and taxi. Public transport is comfortable, fast and reliable. There are international airports in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and the Gold Coast, as well as smaller domestic airports across the State. Known as the Sunshine State of Australia, Queensland’s summer starts in December with an average maximum of around 30° Celsius, although temperatures are often higher, particularly in the north. Winter begins in June and temperature averages 15–20°C. CQUniversity; Griffith University; James Cook University; Queensland University of Technology; University of Queensland; University of Southern Queensland; and University of the Sunshine Coast. Some Queensland universities also have campuses in other State capital cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne. All Queensland universities are involved in teaching and research with some featuring in medical breakthroughs and groundbreaking research. The strengths of Queensland universities include fields such as the creative industries, biotechnology, medical research, marine science, environmental science, tourism and hospitality. Universities have a wide range of support services for students. About 38,000 international students are enrolled at Queensland universities. You can get help with settling into university life, English language skills, study skills, finding accommodation and getting a job. With the Great Barrier Reef and ancient rainforests in the north of the State, students have access to fascinating research opportunities. Queensland’s high level of tourism also provides students with the chance to study and participate in a renowned tourist destination. VOCATIONAL INSTITUTES Queensland has government and private vocational institutes. Around 30,000 students from across the world are studying at Queensland vocational institutes. The government-run TAFE Queensland offers around 800 programs through 100 campuses across the State. TAFE has exceptional training facilities, enabling students to gain practical hands-on experience in commercial businesses and access the latest computers and facilities to help research and prepare their assignments. Private vocational institutes in Queensland have an array of study options from aviation to information technology to tourism. Some private institutes focus on a specific business area such as hospitality. If you want to study hospitality, travel or tourism, Queensland has unique benefits. As a top tourist destination, it attracts visitors from around Australia and around the world. Through your course, you will gain first-hand experience of working in a busy industry which caters to customers from all nationalities. In your spare time, you can also enjoy these tourist sights and services yourself! ENGLISH LANGUAGE COLLEGES Studying English in Queensland is a popular choice for international students. Each year, around 23,000 students learn English through a Queensland university, vocational institute or private college. You can study at a range of locations across the State and choose from a variety of courses including General English and English for Academic Purposes. The most exciting part about studying English in Queensland is being able to immerse and challenge yourself in an English-speaking environment. Outside of class, you have time to enjoy the beautiful sights of Queensland. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS Queensland’s school system is made up of government and non-government (independent) primary and secondary schools. The Queensland school system is divided into: Primary school (Years 1 to 7); Junior secondary education (Years 8 to 10); and Senior secondary education (Years 11 to 12). Students sit a matriculation exam in Year 12 for further study at a vocational institute or university. Schools have an academic focus supported by co-curricular activities including music, arts and performance and sport. With low living costs, rewarding education and a fantastic lifestyle, Queensland is a State of opportunity for the international student. It’s no wonder that Queensland is the fastest-growing State in Australia, and home to over four million people. ● >FIND OUT MORE Study Queensland www.studyqueensland. qld.edu.au Brisbane www.studybrisbane.com .au/ Cairns www.studycairns.com.au/ Gold Coast www.studygoldcoast.org.au/ Sunshine Coast www.suned.com.au Toowoomba www.toowoomba.org Townsville www.studytownsville.com.au/
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