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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
128 >AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 WORKING AND LIVING IN MELBOURNE A range of accommodation types is available in Melbourne and across Victoria – living in a homestay with an Australian family, staying on-campus in a college or renting a house or apartment. The cost of accommodation in Melbourne is generally higher than in other parts of the State. Melbourne is seen as a leader in educational standards for local and international students. There are many suburbs throughout Melbourne where students can find accommodation; a quarter of students who study in the city live there too. On an Australian student visa, you can work up to 20 hours per week in the school term and full-time in the holidays. For those students who wish to work, there are the advantages of earning money and practising English. Most universities and colleges have employment services to assist students in finding a job. Students tend to work in industries with flexible hours such as hospitality and retail. For a state-of-the-art education in a picturesque setting with entertainment galore, Victoria really is the place to be! Images: Tourism Victoria. Photographer: Mark Chew (above). Private vocational institutes can be divided into those which offer a range of courses and those that focus on specific industries such as hospitality, music, design, photography, alternate therapies, hairdressing and beauty. The teachers in vocational institutes are experienced in the industry and share their work-related knowledge. ENGLISH LANGUAGE COLLEGES Victoria has a wide range of English language programs offered through the universities, TAFEs and private colleges. These programs include General English, English for Academic Purposes and IELTS Preparation. For tertiary students, English for Academic Purposes helps them develop the skills they need to undertake a course successfully in an English-speaking university. More than 25,000 international students are studying English in Victoria. The highest number of students come from China, India, Vietnam, Thailand and the Republic of Korea. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS Victoria has a first-rate school system with government and non-government (independent) schools. The State Government has over 1600 primary and secondary schools throughout Victoria, with 100 accredited for international students. There are hundreds of prestigious independent schools, some of which have a religious affiliation. Independent schools may be boys only or girls only or co-educational (boys and girls together). Students study for their matriculation exam in Years 11 and 12. Some independent schools offer the International Baccalaureate in addition to the Victorian matriculation exams. International students are supported through well-being programs and ongoing assistance. Each Victorian Government School has an International Student Coordinator to meet the individual needs of international students. ● >FIND OUT MORE Study in Victoria www.studymelbourne.com.au Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development www.study.vic.gov.au
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